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Florida has been trademarked as a state of expansion and development from its early foundation. While the coasts, keys and islands fill up with predictable resorts, hotels and timeshares, a new and imaginative property has arisen in the central landscapes, enter Streamsong Resort, a first class golf, sportsman, epicurean and rejuvenation settlement, with all the perks of luxurious atmosphere and secluded splendor.
Streamsong’s first attractions are certainly its two award winning golf courses named Blue and Red. The ample space of the property mixed with hilly landscapes are the remnants of phosphate strip mining which are expertly crafted into the memorable courses. The courses are made to be walked to be best appreciated and that’s what’s recommended although one may use a golf cart as well. Overall the Red course seems more challenging than the Blue, both being exceptionally unique from the various hazards, to the elevation layouts and the brush type landscape that is different from the palm or oak lined areas of the coastal golf courses.
The newly opened Lodge (as of late January 2014) has a grandiose and artistic feel to it. The 216 guestrooms make for tempting stay and play packages, or simply indulgent accommodations in their own right. There is plentiful use of decorative woodwork, lots of glass, modern art, sharp colors and furnishings as well as light and airy interiors. Space is an abundant commodity, so it is nice to have that spread out feeling, it captures the abundance of luxury the property offers. The hotel website offers blueprint layouts of the premium guestroom, deluxe guestroom, junior suite, and Streamsong suite. Each is an artistic expression of the surrounding naturescape by internationally renowned Alberto Alfonso. Plush beds, furniture, robes, sheets and in room amenities make sure repose is always at the ready.
Sitting areas including lounge space, bars, dining spaces and rooftop panoramas are found in abundance and perfectly complemented by the undisturbed natural scenery. There’s no light pollution to drown out the clear night sky, or city noise or towering hotels back to back. Here one can simply feel half a world away from the crowded coasts, while being only an hour from Tampa and Orlando in either direction. Its an ideal place to catch some uninhibited sunrises and sunsets too. Golf and scenery aren’t the only things to enjoy and perfect on holiday. Guests can go Bass fishing, enhancement courses in culinary skills, wine tasting and selection, writing, hiking, sporting clays and of course top notch facilities for exclusive social events like weddings, meetings and much more.
The spa is a central part of the resort experience. A grotto sanctuary with 6 experiential pools, nine treatment rooms and a serene atmosphere invite one into a world of unparalleled calm. The soft interior amenities provide a welcome escape and a marked contrast from the rugged exterior terrain. All of this existential pampering wouldn’t be complete without superior cuisine. Fifty-Nine is a steak and seafood destination in the clubhouse, which offers all three major meal menus each day. Sotto Terra is a full course, fine dining Italian restaurant on site with impressive wine offerings and acclaimed gastronomy inspired by some of the world’s best flavors. P205 is a café style restaurant with a particular Floridian menu that offers all day dining. Finally, Fragmentary Blue takes advantage of the rooftop panorama with beloved pub fare in a bar and lounge style setting.
Overall, Streamsong is an impressive resort, a destination in itself which relies on its own excellence and innovation, coupled with the undisturbed natural beauty of the central Florida landscape to create an extraordinary getaway.
*Golf Course Photos taken by Larry Lambrecht