In the heart of the Palm Beaches lies the home of the Honda Classic, PGA National Resort and Spa. Charlie, Georgie, and I ventured to Florida this spring for our first ever Mommy and Me trip.
The girls and I met up with our Instagram/blogger friend Lauren Diamantas (For the Love of Matching) and her daughters Charlotte and Caroline. This dream team girl gang was fortunate enough to stay at PGA National for two nights. Our plans for this trip were simple: explore everything this luxury resort has to offer.
Eat & Drink
PGA National is home to Ironwood Steakhouse and Grill, IBar, Palm Terrace, Bar 91, Waters of the World Cafe, Wave Bar and Grill and Cafe Pronto. Our first item on the agenda was lunch with a poolside view at Wave. It’s the perfect spot to grab drinks and food. Throughout our stay we enjoyed an array of goodies at Wave Bar and Grill including: pina coladas, strawberry lemonade (virgin and not), frose, lobster quesadilla, strawberry feta salad, mahi tacos, anda kids menu that included favorites like grilled cheese and pizza. Every morning we were there, our two families enjoyed the buffet breakfast at Palm Terrace. The girls loved eating fresh waffles, eggs, and bacon. I loved the complete fruit bar, fresh orange juice, and array of bread selections. Cafe Pronto is found right off the lobby, and offers quick bites and beverages. Our girls were more interested in the candy shop attached, where they each grabbed a bag of their favorite goodies including jelly beans, gummy worms, watermelon Sour Patch and Reese’s pieces to name a few! For the mamas needing a break, IBar offers appetizers and cocktails that can keep any family happy. IBar Nachos and The Squire signature cocktail are two must tries when you visit! Dippin Dots was a favorite treat that must be mentioned, they can be found next to the pool at the Splash Boutique! We thoroughly enjoyed everything we ate and drank while at PGA National. If I had to choose a favorite restaurant, I’d say Wave was the one for us. The girls loved hanging in the cabana watching TV, cooling off in their pool towels, and snacking on their favorite chicken tenders and sipping on strawberry lemonades. Mama recommends the margarita with the chicken tacos– poolside of course!
Speaking of pool, this resort has one of the nicest pools I’ve ever seen. The large main pool is big enough that you don’t feel like you are on top of the person next to you. We could be found at the zero entry side, knowing that our girls had plenty of room to explore safely in a large shallow area. Another option for young kids is the the tot pool. It was our second favorite spot to hang. This sweet shallow pool is located right next to the main pool. The girls had fun splish splashing around on floats in, what felt like, our own private area! However, the pools aren’t the only places that you can enjoy yourselves at. There is an arcade for the gamers in your life, a sandbox for the ones craving sand castles, ping pong and cornhole, a large outdoors checkers board, and on-site trails to explore on foot or bikes!
Play Where the Pros Play
Though the other activities at PGA National are fantastic, there is so much more to do still.
When you think PGA, you probably think golf, and you are not wrong. PGA National is the home of the Honda Classic and holds many tournaments throughout the year. There was a tournament the weekend before we arrived and we happened to miss seeing Tony Romo by just a day! There are five courses to enjoy here including: the Fazio, Estates, Squire, Palmer (designed by Arnold Palmer himself), and the toughest course in Florida, redesigned by Jack Nicklaus and home of “The Bear Trap”, The Champion course. Golf isn’t just for the adults. All our girls were offered a preview of the Summer Camp class with Ms. Sasha, and they loved their first experience on a golf course more than I could have imagined (read more here). My husband is an avid golfer, so this resort is the PERFECT place for a family like ours. They have amazing deals going on right now, but for summer– May 19th 2019 through September 30th 2019 you can purchase the Summer Escape and Play Unlimited Golf Package and enjoy full breakfast daily at Palm Terrace, one round of golf daily on The Fazio, Squire or Estates courses (surcharge to play Champion and Palmer courses), complimentary replay round daily, 50% off daily golf clinics and all of this for only $96.50 per person per night double occupancy or $179 per person per night single occupancy.
Now if an amazing pool, fun activities, and famous golf courses don’t call your name, then surely The Spa will be the place for you! I had the pleasure of enjoying a Swedish massage and time in the spa facilities, and have been dreaming of going back ever since. The Spa, as they call it at PGA National, is a state of the art European influenced destination spa. There are over 100 ways to treat yourself here! Walking in, you would think it is a spa like any other with their beautiful locker rooms, lounges, a spa, whirlpool, and sauna. What you don’t expect to find are the Waters of the World mineral pools and outdoor cafe. Nestled in its own oasis of palm trees and tranquility you will discover three pools and one whirlpool. One of the pools contains minerals from The Dead Sea in Israel and encourages serenity while relieving muscle pain. The Sailes De Bearn: France pool contains minerals that tone the skin and relieve stress. I absolutely loved these two pools. If I didn’t have my two girls to go back to, I would have loved to spend the entire day enjoying all these pools, eating at the Waters of the World cafe and enjoying adult beverages while sunbathing in this sweet adult only space. May 24th, 2019 through September 30th, 2019, you can enjoy the Waters of the World Offer which includes a balcony or terrace room, breakfast daily at Palm Terrace, and your choice of 50 minute spa treatment a day, access to the Waters of the World, and spa amenities for $169 per person, per night, double occupancy rate.
I could honestly go on and on about how much fun we had at PGA National. It really has something to offer for everyone no matter their age. We will be forever thankful for the wonderful memories made on this incredible vacation. I would go back in a heartbeat, and definitely recommend that you go visit soon!
PGA Resort Location: Exit 109 on Florida’s Turnpike to PGA Boulevard. 2 hours and 20 minute drive from Orlando. 1 hour and 20 minute drive from Miami. 3 hour drive from Tampa. 12 miles from Palm Beach International Airport and 49 miles from Fort Lauderdale International Airport.
Family Approved Attractions: Lion Country Safari, Loggerhead Marine Life Center, Sandoway Discovery Center, Palm Beach Zoo and Conservatory, South Florida Science Center, Rapids Water Park, Peanut Island & so much more!
Nearby Attractions for All: Worth Avenue shops, Restoration Hardware Store and Rooftop Restaurant, Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, Mounts Botanical Gardens, Boca Raton Children’s Museum, City Place, & so much more!
Disclaimer: Some pictures above were captured by Lauren Diamantas 2019. Content has been sponsored but all opinions are my own.