8Great: Spa & Golf Resorts


Rejuvenating spas and world-class golf are two travel luxuries you’ll only find in combination at the very best resorts.

Here are 8Great destinations that offer the best of both.

  1. The Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta, Canada

Located in the stunning Canadian Rockies, The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel rises like a castle above Banff National Park. Guests flock to the golf course to experience famous views of the towering mountains surrounding the area. Each winter, the resort turns into a world-class ski destination.

One element that does not change from season to season is Willow Stream Spa, a Top-5 spa in Canada for its creative treatment ingredients and full body packages. Try a rose pedal bath or mountain lavender facial treatment to soothe the stress away.

  1. The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin

The only resort in the U.S. home to four Golf Digest Top 100 Courses is Destination Kohler, WI. The cream of the crop is Whistling Straits – Pete Dye’s ode to the rawness of Irish golf courses and host of next year’s PGA Championship.

The American Club is the Midwest’s only AAA Five Diamond Resort and home to the contemporary Kohler Waters Spa. Unique hydrotherapy and bathing services highlight the available treatments. Try a customizable package from the travel experts at Premier Golf for the optimal combination of golf and spa services.

  1. Cobble Beach Resort in Ontario, Canada

You’ll find romance, relaxation and waterfront golf at Cobble Beach, two hours from Toronto. Set on Lake Huron, the stunning backdrop offers guests all the inspiration they need no matter the season. As the Doug Carrick-designed golf course goes into hibernation for the season, Cobble Beach’s slew of winter activities gets fired up.

The Spa at Cobble Beach is proof that big things come in small packages. Tucked beneath the boutique inn, it offers a wide variety of hot stone and aromatherapy treatments for him, her and couples. After a long day of activity, it’s the perfect way to recover.

  1. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa in Kauai, Hawaii

“L?kahi” is Hawaiian for harmony, and it’s easy to discover on the island of Kauai. A can’t-miss experience at Anara Spa is to receive a massage in one of the open-air huts outside. Surrounded by flowers and the sounds of the Pacific, you’ll feel a connection with nature you can’t find on the mainland.

The accompanying golf property is Poipu Bay Golf Course, the former home of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf for 12 years. Golfers marvel at the final stretch of the back nine, which is situated on a 150-foot seaside cliff with the lush mountains in clear view.

  1. PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Gardens, Florida

Home to the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic, PGA National Resort & Spa is the perfect winter escape. PGA pros and guests admire the eye-catching new greens on each hole, a renovation overseen by Jack Nicklaus.

Inside, you’ll find the water-themed Spa and Salon at PGA National. Treatments center around a collection of mineral pools filled with salt water from the Dead Sea and other exotic locales. Try the “Dual Delights Golf & Spa Package” to experience the resort’s two most luxurious amenities.

  1. Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington

Since opening in 2010, Salish Cliffs Golf Club, less than an hour from Seattle, has collected a trophy case full of awards. The Gene Bates design is one of the most playable and scenic courses in the Pacific Northwest, with changes in elevation that allow for panoramic views of the Kamilche Valley. The resort will act as a home base for golfers traveling to the area next summer for the 2015 U.S. Open, which will be played at nearby Chambers Bay.

For those seeking a little serenity, the Seven Inlets Spa is a quiet retreat within the exhilarating resort. Guests love the dedicated Meditation Room and Eucalyptus Steam Room. Both offer the chance to recharge; mentally and physically.

  1. Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort in Worley, Idaho

Meandering through 620 visually stunning acres in the northern Idaho panhandle, Circling Raven Golf Club sits adjacent to the resort and has been named a top casino course by just about every golf industry ranking. Elsewhere on the course you’ll find nods to the heritage of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, which owns and operates the resort.

Nowhere is the tribe’s mark more sophisticated than at Spa Ssakwa’q’n (pronounced Sock-wah-kin). Ornate handmade baskets and Native American artwork provide a calming atmosphere from the time you walk into the waiting room. The spa also rotates through seasonally inspired treatments, including autumn offerings like the Honey Wrap or Warm Cardamom Massage.

  1. Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi

With spa package names like “Day of Beauty” and “All About You”, southern hospitality is on full display at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, which is often called the “Golf Coast” because of the wide array of celebrated courses in the area. In between trips to the beach, spa guests enjoy treatments in a spacious solarium or plunge pool to ease their spirit.

Highly acclaimed Fallen Oak is available exclusively for guests of the resort. The Tom Fazio design is the annual host of the PGA Champions TOUR’s Mississippi Golf Resort Classic and is regularly named the No. 2 casino course in the country, just behind Shadow Creek, its MGM Resorts International sister course in Las Vegas.