Monday, July 11, 2011
I do know that it's a great place for Levelers - barely a step in sight - and the food is outstanding, a real surprise.
Tip: If you select a ground level pool room - very popular with multi-generational families - you will have five steps from pool to your room's terrace. All ages enjoy the nightly S'mores splurge at the beach-side fire pit.
The second floor spa is also an unexpected pleasure. Their new Bamboo massage takes the hot stone technique and broadens the areas of pressure with warmed bamboo "rollers" of varying circumferences. Lots of aahs, believe me.
Tip: Kelly, pool man supreme, will take very good care of you. He may look as if he never eats but take his word on food recommendations; the man knows. The grilled cheese sandwich is the best ever and worth clogging an artery or two.
I've been to a number of wine dinners and either you leave with a blur of flavors and wines or with an urge for something substantial and singular in flavor like a hamburger. Not here. My taste buds still vividly recall the textures and flavors of each course, (there were four) including the wine.
Each dinner has a theme; ours was a summer grill, perfect for the June Florida climate. From the opening Grilled Fennel and Peach Brochette to the Char-Grilled Atlantic Swordfish with Blood Orange and Thai Basil Salad with Summer Vegetable Couscous and the outrageously rich as satisfying dessert, the meal was a winner.
Also organic and sustainable, a theme that followed through with the Benziger family wines. Even better, the wine dinners are $45 per person, a far cry from much less satisfying but much more common $100 a plate fare.
Tip: You can read more about the courses and wines, plus get the recipes in the coming weeks at my other blog, Food Afar - Recipes from a Travel Writer.
The Shores Resort & Spa is the place to go.
My friend, also a Leveler, loved it summed up the experience with a comment on the staff's attitude, "No one looks through you here."