Toasting to a romantic getaway in Ponte Vedra Beach
Enjoying a relaxing couples massage
Vernon's, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
Alice & Pete's Pub, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
The Spa at Sawgrass
A romantic walk on the beach
Relax on A Romantic Couples' Getaway to Ponte Vedra Beach
Resorts, Spas, Restaurants and Even Golf Courses Serve Up Romance
Ponte Vedra Beach is the perfect romantic setting, day or night. On your next couples getaway here, soak up the sun's rays on the beach, indulge in the pampered luxuries of a world-class spa or walk hand-in-hand beneath the stars at the edge of the sea.
The intimate Lodge & Club in Ponte Vedra Beach is reminiscent of a seaside European villa and offers 24-hour room service, high tea and an in-room fireplace. And Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa is just minutes away. This sprawling top-rated golf resort is like a luxury cruise ship, complete with restaurants, shops and activities galore. In one weekend, my husband and I experienced the best of both worlds.
From the moment we arrive at the Lodge & Club, we sense we are in a magical place – where waves crash outside our window, a fireplace lights with the flick of a switch, our every whim is catered to and everybody knows our names.
Our "preferred room" has a large balcony with expansive ocean views and doors leading out to a fountain courtyard. Classic Old World architecture echoes throughout the two-story exterior; wrought-iron lampposts, Spanish tile roof, turrets and archways give it a Mediterranean look and feel. Inside, a marble-laden bathroom features a sensuous garden tub. The fireplace sits at the foot of a king-sized bed topped with fluffy feather pillows.
Dinner finds us at Lulu's Waterfront Grille, a casual eatery on the Intracoastal Waterway. Fresh seafood daily, homemade everything and the Southern hospitality of owners Pat and Anna Finley make for a delightful sunset repast. Not that the Lodge is lacking for restaurants; among them is Sea View Grille, an elegant venue overlooking the ocean. Lunch or dinner, linen-topped tables, gourmet selections, stunning views and the sounds of a saxophone set the stage for romance.
The Lodge also boasts two heated pools, golf, tennis and a fully equipped fitness center, but we opt for treatments in the full-service spa of its sister property, the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club. Don't indulge in the milk and honey body wrap if you're hungry; this skin-silkening treatment smells good enough to eat. Add a couples pedicure and a dip in the coed lagoon-style Jacuzzi, and you'll be hard-pressed to find anything more urgent on your agenda. Except, of course, dinner. We've got reservations (a necessity) at the famous Restaurant Medure. While seafood is on the menu, we sink our teeth into tasty, dry-aged Kansas City strip steak.
If Florida is the Golf Capital of the World, Ponte Vedra Beach may be the Capital City. Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa is the not only the official hotel of the Association of Tennis Professionals but also of the world-famous Tournament Players Club, where golf greats continue to make history. Here, lakes and lagoons meander through impeccably manicured grounds blanketed with bright flowers and verdant palms, a picturesque backdrop for the wedding parties being photographed – as many as six a night in season!
We can see it all from our spacious suite, which also overlooks two swimming pools as well as the rolling greens. A shuttle to the hotel's beach club, restaurants that range from the resort's new casual dining venue Alice & Pete's Pub to their award-winning signature restaurant, Vernon's, shops and live entertainment guarantee you need not look elsewhere for all of your vacation needs.
One departure, however, begs your attention. Cross the footbridge from the hustle and bustle of the resort to serenity. Soothing music serenades even before you step foot into the sensational Spa at Sawgrass. Sip champagne or fruit smoothies while awaiting your treatment; ours is the most satisfying couples massage we've experienced. My husband emerges smiling, and I feel like I've just received a giant hug.
"Love fully, give freely and enjoy the journey," says my masseur J.J. Soerster. "I hope I've contributed to yours."
Indeed. In Ponte Vedra Beach, the journey is filled with fun, relaxation and nothing if not romance.