The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is undergoing a refresh. The resort-wide project – including revamped Presidential and Villa Suites to re-envisioned restaurants and meeting spaces – will be completed in December 2013.
The updated resort, designed by a collaboration of MLG Architects, Monogram by Callison, Testani Design Troupe and EDSA, focuses on creating a natural beach resort atmosphere. Upon entering the resort, guests are welcomed to a refreshed open-air porte-cochère that will transform the welcome experience with elements of wood and stone surrounded by landscaped gardens. Throughout the lobby area, guests will see panoramic views of the 63-acre resort through floor-to-ceiling windows revealing the waterfall, lagoon, deck, swimming pools, Floating Hole and the nearby TPC Sawgrass course.
Down the lobby staircase, the enhanced lower lobby has new oversized furnishings and warmer hues, which set the tone for an inviting atmosphere that resembles that of a private residence.
The resort will replace one of its onsite restaurants, The Augustine Grill, with an expanded Starbucks and General Store that will sell items from snacks to gourmet specialty food items. The resort will revamp Café on the Green, its signature restaurant, changing the name to Vernon's and adding floor-to-ceiling views of the lagoon overlooking the TPC Sawgrass Course. It will have a glass-enclosed wine cellar, open cooking stations and upholstery and art reminiscent of golf culture. V. Kelly's, the resort's pub, will be renamed to Alice & Pete's Pub to honor golf legends and architects of the Stadium and Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass, Alice and Pete Dye. The Pub will also receive updates, including mahogany-hued décor and a terrace shaded by a wood pergola and overlooking the floating hole, with direct access to the TPC clubhouse via a golf cart shuttle.
The resort's 80 signature Golf Villas, adjacent to the Island Green Pavilion, will be updated throughout, with all new furniture, finishes, fixtures, appliances and carpet. The villas have two bedrooms and are outfitted with individual kitchens, as well as bathrooms with new vanities and light fixtures. Additional suites inside the main resort, including the Presidential Suite, are also poised for refresh.
Special attention is being paid to the 56,000 square feet of meeting space, with details ranging from new wall coverings, seating, light fixtures and carpeting in the 12 meeting spaces. The carpet patterns will mimic the trajectory of golf balls; furnishings and fixtures provide a golf clubhouse appeal; and ballrooms, pre-function areas, meeting rooms and boardrooms will be completely re-vitalized with new artwork and memorabilia that will be a focal point throughout the resort.
The resort already completed the refreshed 5,100-square feet Island Green Pavilion for weddings. The Pavilion now displays ivory and sand-toned drapery and subtle plaid carpet that ties the interiors back to the resort's golf theme.
The private Cabana Beach Club will also be experiencing a ReFresh. The oceanfront Club will emerge as a casual destination for diners, active travelers and beachgoers with a new look incorporating beach-inspired textures, materials and colors, and design touches that tie it back to the golf-centric appeal of the resort.