Looking for the perfect pampering to fight off the post holiday blues? Look no further than Ross Bridge Spa and Golf Resort in Hoover, Alabama. The Resort has maintained its Scottish theme and delivers its guests with lavish comforts throughout the facility. Experience the finest in golfing on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and relaxation at the Spa.
The Ross Bridge course has stunning views that range from 4,800 yards to 8,191 yards and is designed specifically for PGA tournament play. The course is conducive for the casual golfer on up to the tournament player. It is the premier course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Golf Digest already calls it “one of the top-50 trips in the world,” and is equivalent to a trip to paradise.
For dining, Brock’s offers fine dining with a Mediterranean influence. The menu is cleverly de-signed to give guests the option of smaller portions so they can combine entrees. Dinner recommendations include the Seared Scallops and Filet of Beef Tenderloin. A breakfast signature worth trying is the Lemon Souffle Pancake. It is topped with raspberries, pine nuts and raspberry sauce. An-other item would be the Poached eggs brock’s. The eggs are served on polenta cakes with greens, prosciutto and truffle sabayon. There is free wine tastings in Brock’s for guests on Wednesdays and Fridays. Casual dining is offered at the Clubhouse. The mac and cheese will satisfy the cheese lover. JT’s Bar is located on the main level and over-looks the resort pool and golf course. There is also a Coffee Shop in the lobby. Make a day at the Spa and find total tranquility and escape from the noise.
There are several treatments to pick from. Suggestions are the Lavender Heaven Body Experience which indulges the senses with soothing lavender oil and mas-sage. It is a must have for the ultimate body experience. Other recommendations are the Ross Bridge Signature Massage. For a facial, consider the Ross Bridge Facial. “We pride ourselves on our very high level of guest service,” said Susie Marquez, director of the RTJ Spa Trail. “When a guest schedules an appointment with us, we don’t just treat it as a massage or a facial. We try to create the optimal spa experience from be-ginning to end. Having the top three Renaissance spas and two of the top five in Marriott, including the top spa globally, is a real honor.” It is among the top three Renaissance Hotel spas for guest satisfaction in Alabama. “From traditional warm stone massages to caviar facials, the RTJ Spa Trail features five spas across Alabama offering innovative treatments in exquisite settings,” said Steve Solberg, president and CEO of PCH Hotels & Resorts.
Owned by the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the RTJ Spa Trail is part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Resort Collection. “With 57,000 square feet of space collectively, the Spa Trail locations feature 38 treatment rooms and more than 130 employees dedicated to creating relaxing and rejuvenating experiences for our guests,” said Sol-berg. “From the shores of Mobile Bay to the edge of the Tennessee River, the Spa Trail features some of the country’s best spas. We currently are tied with Hawaii in the number of quality spas recognized by Best-Spas USA and we still have two more to be re-viewed.” Arizona, California and Florida are the top three states, followed by Alabama and Hawaii.
As part of the new Spa Trail, an annual RTJ Spa Trail Card was created to offer discounts on spa services, hotel rooms, dining and retail shopping. A complimentary glass of wine, extended use of the spa facilities and free make-up touch ups are additional values offered to Spa Trail Card members. The RTJ Spa Trail Card costs $40 and comes with a $20 gift card which can be used in any of the five spas. “Guests having spa treatments at each of the RTJ Spa Trail’s five lo-cations will earn a free treatment of their choice at any of the spas,” said Solberg.
In the mid 1800’s, James Taylor Ross moved his family to the Oxmoor Valley from South Caro-lina and began planting orchards on their new land in Alabama. Ross, a Scotsman, brought along a taste for the finer things, a spirit of entrepreneurship and the love of his native land’s golf. Needing a method to transport the materials produced by Birmingham’s industrial age, a bridge was built on the Ross estate during the Civil War connecting the city with the region. Seeded in a colorful history of family and perseverance, the Ross estate has bloomed into a picturesque resort featuring world-class golf, luxury accommodations and a menu of luxury amenities exceeding James’ dreams.
The Southern architecture and strength of the original Ross Bridge still remain today and are complemented by the rebirth of Birmingham’s only destination resort. So for the perfect near-by getaway that is sure to please, consider a visit to the Ross Bridge Spa and Golf Resort where total relaxation awaits.