Doral Spa & Resort Getaway (in Miami)

This journal is of my trip to the Doral Spa and Resort in Miami, FL. I, along with three co-workers, went there for a spa retreat. After 3 days of the "Doral Your Way Package," we were pampered and somewhat exhausted.

Doral Golf Resort & Spa

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Whiterabbit79 on June 8, 2006

Along with 3 friends, I decided to take a short retreat from work and went to the Doral Spa and Resort in Miami. They have a package deal called the "Doral Your Way" package. This deal is pretty good. The cost is $149 per night but includes the room, buffet breakfast, and one spa treatment. So, if you plan on going for a spa retreat as we did, I would suggest this package.

As for the accommodations, they were quite lovely. Our adjoining rooms were in Lodge 4, which is just down the hill from the main lobby. The bellman was nice enough to bring our bags to the room and tell us where everything was located that the resort. The room itself is in nice cream tones. Our room had 2 queen beds that had more pillows than I could use, and a nice lounge chair in a light green. The room also had a nice balcony with two chairs and a table to relax in. The bathroom was the average size. There's a separate area for getting ready and a door to close off the shower and toilet area. The room also came with the standard mini-bar, TV, etc.

The resort itself is beautifully kept. There were workers continually mowing the lawn and tending to the plants. The golf courses are immaculate. There are two different pools. The main one is in front of the lobby and is great for kids. There are waterfalls, a slide, and water volleyball and basketball.

There's so much that I could talk about regarding this resort. You should just check it out for yourself.

Trump Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, Florida, 33178
(305) 592-2000

Champions at the Doral

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Whiterabbit79 on June 8, 2006

Champions is one of the four restaurants that are located at the Doral Spa and Resort. We had a chance to dine at Champions on two occasions. The first time was for drinks and a snack after our arrival. They have the standard drinks and a few specialty drinks. I had the "Pink Cuban" (if I recall correctly). It was basically a martini/mojito. It was very smooth. We also had their humus/pita chips starter. Both were very good.

Our second chance of dining was for lunch a day later. I had a chicken panini with roasted red peppers and french fries. That was delicious. If you are staying at the resort, this is a great place to grab a snack or a light lunch. They also do dinner but we did not get a chance to check their dinner selections out.

Please note: Since you are at a resort, the menu prices will be high. So if you are not ready to pay the high prices, you may want to go outside the resort.

Terrazza Restaurant and Café

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Whiterabbit79 on June 9, 2006

The Terrazza is a restaurant that is located just across from the Champions restaurant. If you are taking part in a spa package, this is where you will go for your breakfast buffet. This is one of the rare buffets, in my opinion, that has a little bit of everything. They have everything from fresh fruits, oatmeal, eggs, sausage, and bagels. They also have a chef there that will make an omelet to order.

If you aren't looking for a large breakfast, this cafe is also a good place. Right in front of the main restaurant, there is a Starbucks cafe. Along with great coffee, they have fruit cups, muffins, cookies, and sandwiches at lunch time. In the Starbucks area, there's a small sitting area where you can read the paper or you can get online for free to do some web-searching.

Terrazza Restaurant and Café
4400 Nw 87th Ave.
(305) 477-2111

The Atrium Restaurant at the Spa

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by Whiterabbit79 on June 9, 2006

The Atrium is an interesting restaurant to me. It is located inside the spa at Doral, so it's right in the mix of all the spa services. It's located right behind the lovely staircases that lead you to the main spa area. The restaurant has a beautiful piano centrally located in the restaurant. And overall, the place is very light and open aired, even though it's inside.

Everything on the menu is noted as to how healthy it is. The prices are high, as are all the prices at all the resort restaurants, so be aware. However, I had the chicken cesear salad here and it was great. Our server, Robert, was engaging and very nice. The only odd thing to me was seeing people in their spa robes eating in the restaurant. But that is the norm.

Atrium Restaurant at the Spa
4400 Nw 87th Ave.
(305) 592-2000

Tia Lola Restaurant

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Whiterabbit79 on June 9, 2006

Our group discovered Tia Lola while driving to one of the local malls. Tia Lola is located inside a strip mall that is just off of the main road. It caught our eye as we were looking for a possible Cuban restaurant to try. We were glad we stopped here. The cafe itself is an averaged size place but it was busy while we were there.

We started off with some homemade Sangria which was great. At the bottom of every one's glasses, there was fresh fruit and the waitress poured the red wine on top of the fruit. They then brought out a fresh batch of bread which was delicious. Everyone ordered something different. I had an appetizer platter. It consisted of ham, cheese, tamale, turkey, and two fried rolls that had ham and other spices inside. The prices were pretty reasonable.

If you are looking for a pretty good restaurant, I'd check it out.

Tia Lola Restaurant
10455 Nw 41 St.
(305) 718-9968


Member Rating 2 out of 5 by Whiterabbit79 on June 9, 2006

Quinn's is quintessential South Beach. It is located in a very beautiful Art Deco building that looks like it came out of one of the movies of the past. It's dimly lit to give it a romantic/mysterious feel. Each table has one or more candles to help with the mood. In our area, we were surrounded by mirrors which also helped reflect the light.

Quinn's, in my opinion, classifies as "fine dinning" at its best. The prices are high and the service is iffy at best. The service definitely could have been better but I tend to blame it on a rainy evening and what looked to be a conference that was going on.

The only difference that I noticed from other "fine dinning" experiences, the meals came in normal portions. If you are concerned with the type of food served, it's mainly seafood. However, there are pasta dishes and some meats. Thankfully, there was Fillet Mignon which was great.

Even though it's more than I would like to normally pay, it was a great chance to see South Beach at its finest.

640 Ocean Dr.
Miami Beach
(305) 673-6400

Jim McLean Golf School at the Doral Resort

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Whiterabbit79 on June 9, 2006

I actually did not play a full course of golf while at the Doral Resort. I am a true beginner when it comes to golf. And because of this, I decided to take the golf clinic at the Jim McLean Golf School. It is a great opportunity to learn from a great instructor. Our instructor was Patricia Gonzalez who was very kind and patient to us beginners.

The clinic is much less expensive than a one-on-one lesson. It's $20 per person per hour. Which is a GREAT price!!! There are two clinics during the week. The first one is on Tuesday at 10am and the second is on Wednesday at 9am. On Tuesday, there were only 3 people in the clinic and Wednesday there were only 2 people. So, it really felt like a one-on-one lesson minus the cost.

If you would like to learn how to play golf, this is a great place to start.

FYI—if you don't have your own clubs, just go up to the main clubhouse and they will let you borrow some.

Jim McLean Golf School at Trump Doral
4400 Northwest 87th Avenue
Miami, Florida, 33178
(305) 592-2000

Spa at Doral

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Whiterabbit79 on June 9, 2006

While staying at the Doral Spa & Resort, I took part of the Doral Your Way Package. If you would like to check out what services are included, just check out the Doral's main website. As for the services I took part of, all of them were awesome.

Here is some brief information on the services I took part in:

#1) Rose Milk Bath: This is basically your personal Jacuzzi bath. The water is like bath water and the attendant adds oils to the water to soothe the skin. It was 25 minutes of relaxation.

#2) Total Body Fango: This is a different experience, for me that is. It starts off with the attendant putting a cleansing mud all over your body. After that is complete, you are wrapped into a cocoon of blankets. Afterwards, you take a shower to get the mud off and a lovely lotion is put all over you. It's different but very relaxing.

#3) Spa Reflexology: I loved this. Being a person who is on their feet daily, it was a deep and stress relieving foot massage.

#4) European Facial: This facial is pretty much the standard facial. The attendant starts off with cleansing the face. However, depending on the issues going on with your skin, the treatment will be different. Either way it was very nice.

#5) Manicure/Pedicure: These services are done at the Salon portion of the Spa. Again, these services are the standard. The pedicure starts off with the water bath. The attendant then gives a full exfoliation of the feet and puts a very nice lotion on them. After all that, she puts the selected polish on. The manicure is almost exactly like the pedicure, minus the water bath.

#6) Scalp Treatment: This service is done in the Salon portion of the Spa. If you have oily or dry hair/scalp this is for you. They start off by putting a special oil on your scalp and massaging it in. This is very relaxing. After that is done, your hair is washed and (in my case) an oatmeal substance is placed in my hair. After about 15 minutes my hair was washed again and I was off. My hair is still very soft even 3 days later.

I also took part in the use of their weight room and their morning work outs. The stretching classes were awesome.

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