If you live in South Florida, there is nothing like a staycation with your family. From just about anywhere in Palm Beach County, you can find yourself at an amazing resort and spa, like I did on Father’s Day weekend, in less than an hour.
In 30 minutes, my family left Wellington and arrived in Palm Beach Gardens at the stunning PGA National Resort & Spa. At this resort lifestyle community, PGA National has a bunch of amenities and activities that cater to both relaxation and adventure seekers for friends and families.
During my recent stay at this world-class destination, my family of five had the opportunity to explore everything this exceptional resort has to offer. From championship golf courses to rejuvenating spa treatments, here’s an inside look at my unforgettable stay at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Inside my Stay at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens
As soon as I arrived at the resort with my husband and three kids, I was stunned by the elegance of 1960s Palm Beach architecture. It is a total vibe I love!
We stayed in one of the resort’s 379 spacious guest rooms, each offering stunning views. You have the option of guest rooms, cottages, suites, and vacation homes. We had a great room on the third floor overlooking the driving range… and the shower in the bathroom was stunning!
From the moment I stepped foot in the lobby, the friendly staff made me feel welcomed and ensured a seamless check-in process. (Shout out to Kim at the front desk!)
Golfing at PGA National Resort & Spa
PGA National Resort is renowned for its championship golf courses, and having a husband who is a Golf Professional and golf enthusiast, he couldn’t wait to check out the course.
The resort is home to the legendary Champion Course, where the Ryder Cup and the PGA Championship have taken place. Designed by the iconic Jack Nicklaus (Go Bucks!), this course is a testament to his skill and creativity.
The Champion Course’s “Bear Trap,” comprising the 15th, 16th, and 17th holes, is known as one of the most challenging stretches in golf. With a slope rating and USGA rating that demands precision and strategy, this course offers an exhilarating experience for golfers of all skill levels. (I’m guessing this is why a big bear is the first thing to greet you when you pull in.)
The resort also features four other spectacular courses designed by renowned architects such as Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio, and Karl Litten. These courses provide a variety of playing experiences, from open fairways to water hazards, catering to both avid golfers and those with higher handicaps, like me, but who’s counting?!
Eating at PGA National Resort & Spa
My husband doesn’t just love a thrilling day on the greens, he’s also a foodie. He was excited to indulge in the resort’s exquisite culinary options. In fact, he said the food was his favorite part of our trip!
PGA National has an impressive array of restaurants, ranging from casual to fine dining. Whether he was in the mood for a hearty steak at The Butcher Club or a light and refreshing meal at Honeybelle or Birdie’s Diner, there was always something to satisfy his palate on this Father’s Day weekend.
We didn’t eat at The Butcher Club but absolutely loved Honeybelle’s for dinner and Birdie’s Diner for breakfast. The decor and vibe were so fun. Plus, you can’t beat that pepperoni pizza!
The Spa at PGA National Resort & Spa
From luxurious marble bathrooms to outdoor mineral pools, the spa offers a wide range of treatments and therapies. You can take a dip in the hot tub or get a soothing massage to recharge and unwind.
My favorite thing to do is to spend time at a spa. Massages and facials are my favorite! Here’s a look at my last visit to the spa here.
The Pool at PGA National Resort & Spa
We have mom (me) and dad (Colin) covered here so far, so let’s talk about what the kids loved.
When I asked them, it was a tie between the pool and the arcade. (I agree.)
Around PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens
The resort is in Palm Beach Gardens and close to West Palm Beach, providing easy access to a ton of different activities.
Whether it’s exploring the vibrant arts scene at the Kravis Center near downtown West Palm Beach or embarking on a safari adventure at Lion Country Safari, there’s always something to do in Palm Beach County.
Before we checked in, we had lunch at VooDoo Bayou at Downtown at the Gardens. We love the vibe there and it makes us feel like we’re inside Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.
On the way to Downtown at the Gardens from the Turnpike, you will drive by PGA Commons. This upscale shopping and dining destination has a variety of boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries.
Forget something when you get to the resort? No biggie! Just head to The Market in the hotel lobby to pick it up. Don’t forget to swing by the gift shop to get a local souvenir too! They have the cutest pink flamingos there.
Amenities and services include complimentary Wi-Fi and full bar services.
The resort fee includes complimentary golf practice facilities and access to the state-of-the-art fitness center. (Maybe I’ll hop in there next time… probably not.)
My stay at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens was nothing short of extraordinary. The combination of exceptional service, luxurious accommodations, and a wide range of amenities truly sets this resort apart as one of the best South Florida has to offer.
Whether you’re a golf aficionado or simply looking to bask in the lap of luxury, PGA National is a must-visit destination that will leave you with unforgettable memories and a desire to return time and time again.
And the arcade. Don’t sleep on the arcade. It’s right by the kids club, but my kids never made it there because… the arcade.
If you go, let me know what your favorite part of the property is. You can find me on Instagram at @ChristinaAllDay.