|Once you’ve arrived at Pacific Palms Resort, you will likely not want to leave this oasis of comfort and hospitality. With its clean lines, black lacquer accents and art-deco styling, the Asian influence is undeniable. Add to this fresh orchids and deep purple and chartreuse décor, and you feel like you’re in a different city. It reminded me of a hotel I visited in San Francisco’s financial district.Golf, spa, dining, themed bars, chic accommodations, great views and attentive service – the major SoCal attractions are freeway-close, but first consider the attractions in the resort, just outside your door.
• Golf is the order of the day, and this is the place for plenty of it. The Eisenhower (“Ike”) and Zaharias (“Babe”) are championship 18-hole courses famous for long fairways, 160 sand bunkers, 8 lakes and large bent-grass greens. Surrounding floral landscapes are at their height of beauty in spring and summer.
• Improve your game: Pacific Palms offers private or group lessons, taught by one of a team of PGA professionals.
• The resort features a 2-tier, 64-stall driving range, in addition to 3 practice and putting greens.
• Touch additions include: deep tissue, Tao stone therapy, Thai stretching, energy Reiki (an ancient Japanese healing technique), pressure point, aromatherapy or a massage lesson.
• Glow additions include: lifting and firming, white-effect lightening, Tao stone facial, rejuvenating champagne, glycolic facial peel, specialty masks, eye and lip contouring, and many more options.
• Polish treatment additions include: Seaweed body contour, aromatherapy body surge, sunless bronzing, scalp or foot massage.
• Choose from a 25- or 50-minute balancing-spa manicure or pedicure.
• The wraparound patio has heaters and overlooks the golf courses, the city and mountain vistas beyond.
• The weekend East Meets West buffet is a feast to behold. Mounds of fresh crab, shrimp, mussels and oysters are on ice. Outside is a sushi station, a dim sum station and half lobsters cooked in an Asian-inspired broth – take one at a time, but you can come back as often as you like. A Korean BBQ lets you choose your own raw ingredients and have them cooked to your liking. A whole roast pig separates traditional American selections from Asian favorites and several exotic delicacies. Desserts range from bounties of fresh fruit, to a variety of cheesecakes, petit fours and cream puffs, for starters. Bring your appetite and have a game plan – in order to hit the highlights at least once.
• Sunday Brunch is equally abundant, with flowing champagne and a greater variety of breakfast dishes.
• As of May 1, Red, a 5-room restaurant and bar complex, will be open. Each room will have a different theme, décor and feel. There will be lake-view dining. The bar has billiards and plasma screen TVs. The outdoor patio is centered around a stone fire pit, and the martini bar has private tables and high booths for an intimate dining experience. pacificpalmsresort.com
WHERE TO GO:
• Staples Center – 23 miles; staplescenter.com
• Toyota Speedway at Irwindale – 10 miles; toyotaspeedwayatirwindale.com
• Santa Anita Racetrack – 15 miles; santaanita.com
• Old Towne Pasadena – 20 miles; oldpasadena.com
One attraction unique to the City of Industry is the Fake TV McDonald’s, located at 17030 Green Drive, which is the setting for every McDonald’s TV commercial – and still is. It has recently been demolished and rebuilt to reflect the new store style. Cargo containers hold every possible McDonald’s uniform in every size from around the world (international commercials are also shot here). The basement has every style of furniture and color combination, so the set can be dressed like any current store.