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Big PGA Resort spa brings balance

Courtesy PGA National Resort and Spa

PGA National’s recipe for balance is pretty simple: Build a spa that equals the size of your meeting space.

The Spa at PGA National, white stucco and Mediterranean in style, is 40,000 square feet of tranquility. It anchors one end of the long resort, countering the 40,000-square-feet of meeting and conference space at the resort’s other end.

It is described as a European spa, yet many of its treatments, some 100 in all, are gathered from around the globe.

During a Thai-style massage, for example, massage therapists put their hands and feet to work to undo knots and release tension. Traditionalists might prefer the more standard but always stylish Swedish massage.

Skin treatments read like a dessert menu. One treatment uses a soothing gel made from a Hawaiian berry, followed by a slathering of warm coconut milk. Another blends pineapple and papaya for an exfoliating scrub that sounds good enough to eat. On the flip side, treatments of seaweed and Moor mud sound much less appetizing but promise to improve skin and circulation.

Before or after a treatment, spa guests can float in pools filled with salt and mineral waters. One replicates the Dead Sea; the other, France’s Sallies de Bearn.