Point Clear, Alabama
Set on 350 acres with massive oak trees dripping with spanish moss, the 405-room Grand Hotel Marriott Resort on Mobile Bay is a postcard of Southern hospitality, according to Bill Lang, director of public relations.
“For over 150 years, it has been known as the Queen of Southern Resorts. Not only is it stunning, it reeks with Southern history. During the Civil War, it was once a Confederate hospital, and during World War II, the Army Air Corps used the hotel as a training base,” he said.
The 20,000-square-foot European-style spa is ranked one of the top Marriott spas for guest satisfaction in the United States. Nine treatment rooms and a salon offer signature treatments, including an aromatic stone massage and an Ashiatsu barefoot massage. An indoor pool and fitness center are also part of the pampering.
Part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, two 18-hole courses are ranked as some of Marriott’s best, and eight Rubico tennis courts and five swimming pools offer more exercise opportunities.
Five restaurants, including the AAA Four-Diamond Grand Dining Room with sunset views of the bay, are the places to meet after an invigorating afternoon. “Don’t miss the Grand Hotel Sunday Brunch, a sumptuous, culinary experience,” said Lang.
Inspired by the resort’s rich military history, a cannon is fired every afternoon at 4:00 to honor our troops. Lang added, “Groups love this tradition that includes a poignant parade.”