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Pacific Palms Resort in Southern California

This Business and Golf Resort Has Had a Luxury Makeover

© Susan Belknapp

Red Restaurant Patio, Courtesy of Pacific Palms.Hidden on a hilltop enclave overlooking the San Gabriel Mountains, Pacific Palms Resort has long been a world-class conference and meeting center for business travelers.

The two 4-star golf courses have long been the primary draw at the Pacific Palms Resort, but no longer. After undergoing a multi-million dollar facelift and a name change, this resort is now an oasis of luxury and fine dining that leisure and business travelers are sure to enjoy even if they never touch a golf club.

The golf is still exceptional though and once you’ve arrived at Pacific Palms Resort, you will likely never want to leave. 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.

Every room has high-tech office hook-ups and floor to ceiling glass doors to maximize the stellar views. On a clear day, you can see the peaks of Mt. Baldy, the San Gabriel Valley floor, past the Los Angeles skyline all the way to Catalina.

Golf, spa, dining, cool bars, chic accommodations, lakeside dining and attentive service – the major Southern California attractions are freeway-close, but first consider the attractions in the resort, just outside your door.

The Spa

With its cascading water walls, deep color palette and Swarovski crystal chandeliers, it is immediately apparent that this spa facility was built with luxury in mind. The Spa menu is unique in that you can customize your treatments. First you choose from a basic menu where treatments are themed in one-word categories: Touch (massage), Glow (facials), Polish (body treatments) and Shine (salon treatments). Next, you can choose the length of treatment and then add from a menu of special enhancements to craft your own relaxation therapy.

For Instance, 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.

From the moment you’re welcomed, to the time you spend reveling in the afterglow in the relaxation room, you will feel that you’re every need has been expertly tended to.

World Class Golf

Golf is the order of the day at the only Golf Digest-rated 4-star resort in Los Angeles County. 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. Lush landscapes surround the courses with jewel-tone flowers and shady trees.

Private or group lessons are taught by PGA professionals and the resort features a 2-tier, 64-stall driving range, in addition to 3 practice and putting greens.

East, West and Luxury Dining

As part of the resort’s comprehensive luxury makeover was the creation of Red – a Restaurant and Bar, which is a 5-room dining complex that serves only the finest steaks and freshest seafood. Premium specialty cocktails are the standard as is an assortment of microbrews. Each room has a different décor and feel. There is indoor and lakeside dining, a bar with billiards and plasma screen TVs, a patio is centered around a stone fire pit, and a martini bar has private tables and high booths for an intimate dining experience.

Cima offers an open, lively atmosphere specializing in Pacific Fusion cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The wraparound patio has heaters and overlooks the golf courses, the city and mountain vistas beyond.

The Saturday night East Meets West buffet on 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 Grand Brunch is equally abundant, with flowing champagne and a greater variety of breakfast dishes. There are multiple stations, including an area that caters to kids. Service is friendly and efficient.

The copyright of the article Pacific Palms Resort in Southern California in California Travel is owned by Susan Belknapp. Permission to republish Pacific Palms Resort in Southern California in print or online must be granted by the author in writing.
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