Note: I was given complimentary accommodations and a spa treatment to review this property. All opinions are my own.
Located in Ponte Verda beach, one of the beach communities surrounding Jacksonville, Florida, Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa is first and foremost a golfer’s paradise. It is the home of The Player’s Championship each May and also hosts a number of golf tournaments throughout the year. (Tim Tebow just hosted his charity tournament and gala at the resort.) But is there something to do for non-golfers? Are families welcome?Yes and yes. Sawgrass is a golfer’s delight, but they are much, much more.
Cabana Beach Club
All guests at Sawgrass have access to the private Cabana Beach Club, which has direct beach access, a great pool, several restaurants, and even a playground. It had a luxe country club vibe. With several restaurants, a heated pool, a toddler pool, and a fantastic beach with rentals available, guests have no trouble spending the whole day there. No outside food or beverages are allowed in but they have plenty of options at rather affordable prices like the children’s grilled cheese for $4 at the Sea Porch restaurant.
Spa at Sawgrass
If the opportunity presents itself, check out the Spa at Sawgrass. The technicians are professional and gentle, even with sun-burned skin. (Ask for a rosemary-infused aloe mixture to immediately calm irritated skin.) For moms out there, try building a spa day/afternoon/hour (anything) into any family vacation. Kids are not allowed so it’s just about relaxation and rejuvenation. Get there early to enjoy the sauna, take a dip in the private pool, or just spend extra time in the relaxation room. Ahhh…
In addition to all the golfing you can do, there are family activities galore as well. From bike riding (two hour rentals are free), swimming (2 pools), table tennis, a playground, and
miniature golf (also free). They also have a supervised kids club and kids night out program for only $25/child (ages 5-12). In addition, families will enjoy just walking around the grounds, quacking at the ducks, smelling the flowers, and letting the kids run through the lush grass.
Sawgrass Marriott has standard hotel rooms as well as one and two bedroom villas, which are great for families. With two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a full living room and kitchen, the two-bedroom certainly offers room to spread out. The villas are comfortable and like a little hideaway, but yet still be close to the main hotel (and with room service). The villas are now being updated as part of the resort-wide “refresh” to make them chic and even more upscale. For those who don’t want or need a villa, the standard rooms are inside the main hotel and currently start at $179/night for Georgia and Florida residents!
Sawgrass Marriott has the relaxed laid back vibe I’ve encountered at other north Florida beach resorts. It is luxurious without all pretense. It is sophisticated without trying too hard. It is family friendly without losing the romantic vibe those lucky kid-free couples enjoyed. At about 350 miles from Atlanta, Sawgrass Marriott is easily accessible. It is a beach resort the whole family can enjoy!
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