Heat it Up!

By: Lisa Codianne Fowler

A couple's getaway in Ponte Vedra Beach includes indulgent spa treatments, fine dining and a few rounds of golf.

Ponte Vedra Beach is the perfect romantic setting, weather or not. If the skies are cloudy, spend the day at the spa. If they're sunny, soak up some rays. The intimate Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach is reminiscent of a seaside European villa and offers room service throughout the day, afternoon tea and a sizzling in-room fireplace in most rooms to warm nippy nights.

The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa is just minutes away, but miles apart. The sprawling top-rated golf resort is like a luxury cruise liner with restaurants, shops and activities galore. In one weekend we 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 a 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 the king-sized bed topped with fluffy, feather pillows. It's all just steps from the ocean, where you can lounge, bicycle, fish, sail or kayak.

Dinner finds us at Lulu's, 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 dining venues; among them, the Innlet Dining Room, an elegant three-tiered dining room overlooking the ocean. Lunch or dinner, linen-topped tables, gourmet selections, stunning views and sounds of sexy sax set the stage for romance.

The Lodge also boasts two heated pools, access to neighboring golf and tennis, and a fully equipped fitness center, but we opt for treatments in the full-service spa of its sister property, the Ponta Vedra Inn and Club. Don't indulge in the Milk and Honey body wrap if you are 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.

If Florida is the Golf Capital of the World, Ponte Vedra Beach may be the Capital City. The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa is the official resort of THE PLAYERS Championship Tournament, 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 Café on the Green, which offers a daily breakfast buffet, to the highly acclaimed Augustine Grille, 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 Sawgrass Spa. 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, "I hope I've contributed to yours." Indeed. In Ponte Vedra Beach, the journey is filled with fun, relaxation and nothing if not romance.

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