He Said Golf, She Said Spa
When planning their vacations, many couples find themselves divided along two lines: golf for him and spa for her. So why fight the obvious? With these top-notch resorts throughout the Southeast, you each get what you want along with luxurious accommodations and mouthwatering cuisine.
Innisbrook Golf Resort and Spa
36750 U.S. Highway 19 North
Innisbrook, Fla. 34684
Approximately 30 minutes outside of Tampa, Fla., Innisbrook, a Salamander® golf and spa resort, welcomes visitors to explore its 900 acres situated just a few miles from the Florida coastline and the Gulf of Mexico.
Obviously, Innisbrook is a golf resort, boasting four courses on the grounds. Perhaps the most well-known, the par-71, 7,340-yard Copperhead Course hosts the annual PGA Tour Transitions Championship. However, the par-72, 7,310-yard Island Course also garners praise from pros and casual golfers alike for its demanding fairways, challenging water hazards and dramatic elevation changes. The North Course and South Course also test players, so when planning your golf outing, schedule enough days to hit all four courses.
When seeking out some much-needed relaxation, Innisbrook answers the call with a top-notch spa. Encompassing 20,000 square feet, Indaba embodies all the elements that comprise a pampered experience: a comfortable lounge, a relaxing steam room and plunge pool, and, of course, soothing treatments. A special treat is the Indaba Signature Citrus Massage, a combination of a full body massage and a scalp treatment infused with citrus massage lotion and oils that leave you feeling completely at ease. The spa also offers an array of nail services, such as the Coco-Luscious Manicure and Pedicure, which includes a warm coconut milk bath, a refining coconut scrub and a massage with a rich tropical butter.
Innisbrook is just as varied in its accommodations and dining choices, so you're sure to find satisfaction throughout your stay. And with the Innisbrook Your Way Golf & Spa Package, Innisbrook provides the ultimate his-and-her getaway!
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
One Lake Oconee Trail
Greensboro, Ga. 30642
Overlooking Lake Oconee approximately 75 miles from downtown Atlanta, The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation awaits couples looking to spend a few quiet days enjoying their favorite pastimes.
He will welcome the challenge of 99 holes of golf designed by the likes of Rees Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio and Bob Cupp. Incorporated into five courses, these links stretch through the scenic landscape along the shoreline of Lake Oconee. All five are par-72 courses ranging from 6,698 to 7,066 yards, and caddie services are available. For specialized instruction, golfers can enlist the aid of the instructors with The Reynolds Golf Academy.
Over at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation Spa, she will find a quiet haven full of sensory experiences. With treatments ranging from massage and body therapy to facials and nail care, there's no shortage of pampering to be had. A must-experience body treatment is the Drift to Sleep, a 110-minute journey to heaven. This body therapy starts with an aromatherapy milk bath followed by a body massage accompanied by aromatherapy oils and capped off with a 30-minute power nap. Once it's over, you'll be hard-pressed to do much more than crawl back to the chaise lounges in the relaxation room.
At the end of a fulfilling day for both him and her, the two can come together for a memorable meal lakeside. The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation Chiminea Dining Experience takes couples down to the lake, where they will dine in front of their own personal Chiminea as they relax in Adirondack chairs. It's a truly unique way to finish off the day!
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
One Sanctuary Beach Drive
Kiawah Island, S.C. 29455
Located just south of Charleston, S.C., The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort blends in with its surroundings as naturally as the sea meets the shore. Therefore, is it any wonder that couples are drawn here for his-and-her vacations, where they enjoy the natural beauty while taking advantage of top-notch golf and spa facilities?
If you're after some pampering, head to The Sanctuary Spa, where you can indulge in a variety of treatments designed to relax and rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit. The spa menu is full of decadent facials, body treatments, massage options and salon services, along with some amazing combinations suitably named "Spa Medleys." In addition to 12 treatment rooms, the spa also has a sauna, steam room and whirlpool.
For the men ready to hit the links, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort aims to please. Five championship golf courses meander throughout Kiawah Island, providing beautiful lagoon and ocean views along the way. Designed by such notable names as Pete Dye, Tom Fazio, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Clyde Johnston, these courses have hosted a number of prestigious events. In addition to the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2003 World Cup, The Ocean Course will add the PGA Championship to its résumé in 2012. But regardless of which course you choose, you can rest assured you will walk away having experienced some of the best golf available in the Southeast.
Of course, you both can experience these amenities against the backdrop of well-appointed accommodations coupled with delectable cuisine. And with a selection of resort packages and special offers available, you're sure to find the perfect getaway for you both.
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
Charlotte, N.C. 28277
Just a brief drive from Charlotte, N.C.'s thriving Uptown, The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge welcomes couples looking for a quiet retreat where each person can indulge in his and her favorite leisure pursuits.
For him, a visit to The Golf Club at Ballantyne awaits with an 18-hole, par 71 golf course that has earned 4.5 stars from Golf Digest. After checking in at the clubhouse, the tree-lined rolling terrain is the perfect place to spend a few hours enjoying the great outdoors. For those wanting to practice first, grab a bucket of balls and head for the driving range. If you want to improve your swing or take a stroke or two off your handicap, sign up for a lesson at the Dana Rader Golf School. With instruction available for every golf level, learn basic golf etiquette, tips for putting, chipping, pitching and sand play, or work on improving your game from tee to green.
For her, The Ballantyne welcomes you to relax and unwind at The Spa at Ballantyne. With more than 50 spa treatments available, you're sure to find the right treatment to pamper your body and satisfy your senses. Of particular note, the Touch of Heaven Stone Massage certainly takes your body and spirit to a new level of relaxation. But there's no reason to stop there. With a large menu featuring facials, reflexology, body wraps, nail services and more, you will find more than enough ways to make the most of your "me" time at The Spa at Ballantyne.
When the two of you come together, you'll find spacious, comfortable hotel rooms and quality cuisine at the hotel's Gallery Restaurant and Veranda Bar. Also, when planning your visit, check the hotel website for special packages and offers just for couples.
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