An Intro to The Spa at PGA National
The lavish PGA National Resort and Spa is Florida’s premier golf destination resort and spa. It has five championship golf courses (The Fazio, Palmer, Champion, Squire, Estates) and is home to the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic.
The Resort’s onsite world-class spa is the ultimate relaxation spot and has numerous accolades from TripAdvisor and Golf Digest, It has also won the four diamond award from AAA.
Pampering Myself at the PGA National Spa
I feel guilty about pampering myself at a full-service spa, but why? What expense is greater than taking care of my body and mental state? If you struggle with this, too, let’s just try to enjoy the art of the spa and how fabulous it makes us feel. We should embrace that our toxins have been released from our muscles and our aches and pains have been slathered, rubbed, kneaded, and stroked away.
The spa experience is as important as the treatment being given. I tend to look for a more upscale spa that offers a zen-like waiting room, lighter fare spa menu, and top of the line products. I found all of this at the PGA National Resort and Spa in West Palm Beach. Though they hosted me as a travel writer, received the same experience as anyone else. Having visited spas around the world, it is nice to have such a great one so close to home. I am excited to share my experience with you!
Arriving at the PGA National Resort
The PGA National Resort and Spa was a lovely showplace located West of I-95. I visited the spa with my friend, Vicky. We were immediately welcomed and registered. A spa attendant walked us through the enormous building, showing us where the saunas, steam showers, whirlpool, toilets, dressing area, relaxation room, and amenities were.
Vicky and I were given lockers with plush robes and slippers to change into. We were then guided to the relaxation room where our attendant would come get us for our treatments.
Relaxing Starts Here at the PGA National Spa
Hanging out in the relaxation room may be my favorite part of the spa experience. I helped myself to a cup of fruit water (they had lemon or cucumber to choose from) and lounged in the comfy chairs with a current magazine in hand until my spa technician came to get me.
I was led through a winding maze of hallways to the room where I would be receiving an anti-aging facial. Facials are such a treat! Let your aesthetician select the right one for you; after all, they are the experts. I unrobed and made my way to the table, nestling myself between thick, warm blankets. The table was heated and I immediately felt cocooned. Then my facial began.
Slathering Away the Fine Lines
My therapist Rachel (over 15 years with the Spa at PGA National) started my 50 minutes Youth Revelation facial by removing any makeup and dirt traces that I may have had on my skin. She then began slathering high-quality ingredients, lotions, tonics, you name it, on my face. These aided to improve the elasticity of my skin, reduce fine lines, and plump up the layers. The smells of the products were heavenly! Rachel and I enjoyed good conversation throughout the treatment.
I was still loving the warm PGA National Resort and Spa bed and enjoyed my mini-scalp/hand massages between times where the product needed to rest on my face. Rachel prepared a toning mask and patted it on my face to dry and “do its thing” (reduce the depth of wrinkles and resuscitate the skins’ firmness).
When the mask process time had elapsed, she removed it with clean, damp cloths and then added another layer of moisturizer. My facial was complete and my skin looked and felt incredible.
Massaging to Better Health
Next up, was my Hot Stone Massage. Between spa times, I was led to the relaxation room and given a cup of water where I waited for my therapist, Holly, to come get me. Holly had over 30 years experience in massage right here at the PGA National Resort and Spa.
Holly began to access my body condition and the hot stone idea was thwarted as I had too much tension and too many knots to move forward. We discussed this and I explained that I travel full time and typically carry 30 pounds (between laptop bag and purse) throughout airports, sometimes daily. Between the physical toll of that, 12-14 hours of pounding the pavement when visiting destinations, and lack of a proper massage regimen, my body was in bad shape.
With my tension and knots in mind, Holly began her process of releasing my knots and toxins from my body. Her hands were strong and they unhurriedly kneaded, rolled, stroked, clinched, and nurtured my body back to good. If I had taken better care of my body, it would not have been in this shape.
Feeling Like a New Woman
The last 10-15 minutes of my massage allowed for hot stone time. As the flat, hot rocks ran gingerly across my back, arms, neck, and legs, I felt as if I had died and gone to heaven. It was sheer joy! My favorite part was when she massaged my neck, up through the baseline of my hair; it was ultimate!
When our time was up, my body felt like jelly and Holly had to help me sit up on the side of the bed. My body felt fantastic; truly like a new woman. We said our goodbyes, I offered her a multitude of thanks and praises, and was led to the relaxation room.
Bonus Offerings: A Worldly Benefit at the PGA National Resort and Spa
The PGA National Resort and Spa has a unique offering that I had never seen—Waters of the World therapeutic mineral pools. Over 40 years ago, The Spa at PGA National had special mineral salts imported from the Dead Sea and the Salies de Bearn (the French Pyrenees).
Outside of the spa was an elaborate collection of three pools, lounge chairs, umbrellas, waterfalls, and attentive pool workers. Ladies were eating lunch at the table settings, while others were soaking in the mineral waters. It was a beautiful setting and incredibly inviting.
Vicky and I made our way to the Dead Sea Pool (from Israel), known to calm irritated skin and the mind. I forgot my bathing suit, so we sat poolside and dangled our feet into the water.
The salt pools are therapeutic, even when not fully submerged. Vicky and I spent 15-20 minutes here and then moved to the Salies de Bearn pool, which helps aid in body temperature changes, mood swings, and fluid retention. The water felt fantastic and we enjoyed our surroundings.
Check Out and Shopping
Vicky and I ended our time at the PGA National Spa by checking out at the reception desk and visiting their fantastic gift shop. It offered dozens of products from name brands such as Epicuren (a favorite of mine!), Pure Fiji, and Phytomer. It also sold nice clothing, jewelry, jeweled flip-flops, and a few surprises. These temptation items get me every time!
My spa experience was one for the books. I will forever be indebted to Holly, who brought my aching body back to life. Vicky and I also really loved the unique mineral pool offerings. For those not having a spa treatment, you may purchase a day pass ($25) to use the pools.
Important to Know:
- Spa services include treatments from the Americas, Bohia, Dead, and Mediterranean Seas, South Pacific, Polynesian Islands, Coast of Brittany, Sea of Japan, and more.
- Therapists here specialize in Shiatsu, Reflexology, Thai, Neuromuscular, Lomi Lomi, Watsu Therapy, and Sports massages.
- Watch for seasonal and monthly specials online.
- Spa packages are available for expectant mothers, brides/grooms, couples, gentlemen, and teens.
- Treatments range from hair and nails, makeup, skin care, and massage.
- Bathing suits are required for pool access.
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The Spa at PGA National
400 Avenue of the Champions
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
(800) 843-7725 or (561) 627-3111
Thanks to the Spa at PGA National for hosting us for these awesome treatments. As with all of my posts, reviews and opinions are 100% mine and unbiased.