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It’s one of two mineral pools at Waters of the World at the spa and golf resort, the other containing waters from the Dead Sea in Israel, known for relieving muscle pain and giving serenity to the soaker. The spa also offers a freshwater swimming pool and a “Roman bath,” the latter a hot tub designed to look like an ancient aqueduct. Aesthetician Frederique Miller, a former ballerina from Marseilles, watched my Watsu taking place and said it looked like a beautiful ballet performance. She then led me into her treatment room for a Hydrafacial, a soothing treatment that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction and hydration. My dry skin sopped up the hydration of this treatment, which is also said to reduce the appearance of fine lines, winkles and hyperpigmentation. And since Paris Hilton, Adrienne Maloof, Evan Rachel Wood, Kate Winslet, Marie Osmond, Brittany Snow and Amy Poehler all have latched onto the HydraFacial, I am in good company and happy to follow their lead. The staff at the spa, all of whom seem to have interesting pre-spa lives, have a way of telling you just enough about themselves to interest you but understanding that then, most of us prefer total silence for the rest of our treatments. This was true as well of massage therapist Holly Farrar, who gave me a deep tissue Swedish massage; manicurist Angie Rawlins, who traveled the world working for a yacht captain before she came to PGA; and pedicurist Iryna Scheiner, originally from Ukraine. The latter two gave me “Lavender Bliss” treatments, which add delicious-smelling French lavender cream to



the hand and feet massages. Before your pedicure here, you can choose to put your feet into either orange mango coconut mineral salt water or green tea and lemon grass water, touted for their natural cleansing. There is very little staff turnover at this spa. Many have been here --happily, they say – for 10 and even 20 years, almost since it was first opened, in 1992. The spa is enormous – 40,000 square feet – and it includes a café where you can order healthy sandwich wraps and fruit smoothies for lunch. It features a list of “Super” foods such as avocados, beets and spinach, which have good health benefits as well as nice taste. Its waiting room features Impressionist-style green/blue artwork with an occasional palm tree thrown in, and cut pieces of fresh oranges and grapefruit in addition to the usual cucumber and lemon water, coffee and tea. Meanwhile, Waters of the World is the perfect name for this whole poolheavy resort, which boasts no fewer than nine pools, including a saltwater lap pool in their newly renovated racquet and fitness facility, and a zero entry kids’ pool. There’s a kids’ club, too, but the beauty of Waters of the World spa is that it is child-free, so the only sound that’s heard while you’re relaxing in a cabana or lounge chair is the soothing, other-worldly piped-in spa music.. Just after we arrived at the PGA spa on the first day, my husband and I were ushered into our own private cabana by the pools, after which we each had our own massage, which greatly helped sore golf and travel muscles. Tim is not one to lie around on a beach, but he took to the cabana by the pools happily, reading and listen-

PGA National Resort & Spa magazine 2016/2017  
PGA National Resort & Spa magazine 2016/2017