PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The iconic Sawgrass Marriott is nearing the completion of a resort-wide, $25 million “refresh.” Enhancements will be seen throughout its 511 guestrooms/villas, resort pool area, modernized front desk area, hotel façade, the Sawgrass Spa and Cabana Beach Club. Other exciting facets of the project are a new “Butler Serviced” guest wing, and soon-to-be-launched The American Gator Club restaurant.
The refresh commenced in Q4 2015 and to date completed projects include:
• Exterior of the Villas
• The Primary Resort Pool
• The Lagoon Pool
• Cascades Event Lawn
• Main Resort Entrance
• Front Desk
The pool renovation included new surfacing, lighting, built-in fire pits for s’more-making and more, plus the addition of a modular cabana for daily rental. Landscaping enhancements include 4,700 indigenous plants adorning both pools as well as up and down lighting installed to dramatize the many 200 year-old oak and palm trees throughout the grounds.
In mid-March, The American Gator Club, formerly the 100th Hole, opened for Spring Break vacationing. Guests enjoy enhanced views of the 13th hole of the TPC® Sawgrass’ legendary golf course The Stadium Course while enjoying fare from an innovative new menu, including lighter, healthier options and local flavors, as well as Gator Club events and activities for adults and kids.
And by May, the hotel façade will boast fresh color, while guest rooms will have expanded, with Juliette balconies replaced by oversized sliding windows, complementing the sleeker hotel façade.
By summer’s end, the Sawgrass Spa will have added two couples treatment rooms and three new hair and makeup stations (new fitness center equipment was added in February). Additionally, guests can begin enjoying the SurfStream® wave simulator, adjacent to the primary resort pool. It features adjustable wave size, shape, and multiple riding modes. The oceanfront Cabana Club renovations will be finished in summer too — including a more elegant entrance and fresh landscaping; a new roof; resurfaced brick-paved walkways leading to the existing boardwalk onto the beach; and resurfacing of both pools and adjacent patios.
In September, the guestrooms will be completed, with 30 additional square feet per room, new bedding, linens, carpet, lighting, and bathrooms. Plus a second Presidential Suite will be unveiled, featuring both living and dining rooms to comfortably seat eight guests. Most exciting is the completion of Sawgrass Marriott’s “Butler Serviced” rooms and suites in September. Behind an unassuming glass door, guests’ VIP keys will open a wing welcoming them to an unparalleled oasis. The new wing will consist of 31 rooms and suites showcasing wide-planked hardwood floors, raised-platform beds, custom lighting, wrap-around sofa, eat-in table and much more. Butlers, will anticipate guests’ every need, from preferential tee times to VIP reservations at exclusive restaurants, and much more.
The iconic Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa invites you back to enjoy our classic hospitality, award-winning culinary creations and fresh new look.
For more information on the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, 1000 PGA Tour Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Tel: 904-285-7777. For package information and reservations visit: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/jaxsw-sawgrass-marriott-golf-resort-and-spa/.
About Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
The Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa offers 511 guest rooms and suites and 61,000 total square feet of meeting space, all set amongst a backdrop of 65 beautiful acres of Audubon rated grounds. Located in the picturesque locale of Ponte Vedra Beach, this full-service resort provides the best of all worlds, combining contemporary accommodations, an amazing selection of dining options, world-class spa and 99 holes of privileged access to championship golf, courtesy of the adjacent TPC Sawgrass, one of the PGA TOUR's most venerable courses. The Resort’s Cabana Club, located right on the white sands of Ponte Vedra Beach and the Atlantic Ocean, boasts an Olympic sized pool, hot tub, casual Ocean Front dining, and a signature Ocean Front Restaurant, 619 Ocean View, serving the finest fresh seafood, grilled steak and weekly specialties. Beyond the resort lie parks, preserves and gardens for guests to explore, along with a range of museums as well as St. Augustine, America’s oldest city.
Mary Jane Kolassa