Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

MAR-APR 2018

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With treatments inspired by the oceans of the world, the 11,000-square-foot Spa Oceana features 16 treatment rooms and a rooftop relaxing terrace that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. During my signature Hamsa Healing Ritual, I felt like an ear of corn as warm melted shea butter was poured over me prior to a balancing massage, which was preceded by a sound healing ceremony with Tibetan singing bowls. Relaxing continues poolside, where scheduled treats—from chilled towels to smoothie shots—are delivered throughout the day. Complimentary half-day kids camp is ideal for parents looking to squeeze in a little "me" time. A wide, white sand beach that stretches for miles in either direction is just steps away (complimentary non- motorized watersports are available from 8-10am each day). The pinnacle of on-property dining is the award-winning Maritana Grille. Request a seat by the saltwater aquarium and you may find yourself dining eye to eye with a five-foot eel. e menu is comprised of locally sourced coastal cuisine and complemented by an extensive wine list. e Big Reveal, Maritana's signature dessert, is a spectacle not to be missed. Casual, alfresco dining is offered at Sea Porch and The Beachcomber Bar & Grill. Beginning with Cuban Bread French toast at breakfast through Low Country Shrimp & Grits at dinner, the Sea Porch serves up comfort food catering to all appetites. The Kronut Burger at The Beachcomber is a worthwhile indulgence. Both The Rowe Bar and Lobby Bar offer signature seasonal craft cocktails and local beers. The latter offers live music nightly in addition to Prime Time Bar Bites and Early Bird and Late-Night Craving menus. A favorite among young and old is Uncle Andy's Ice Cream Parlor, which serves locally made small-batch Working Cow ice cream. Should you wish to venture outside the comfortable confines of the resort, there are a number of touristy towns nearby that seem to have changed little since I first visited the area some 30 years ago (an observation that elicited satisfied smiles from locals). While exploring a quiet residential neighborhood near e Don CeSar, we discovered Grace Restaurant in Pass-a-Grille Beach, a charming place that has a list of signature cocktails all named after local dogs, and an ambitious, upscale menu. A host of greater Tampa Bay area attractions are within a 30-minute drive, including e Dali Museum, premier shopping and dining at Sundial in downtown St. Pete, Tampa Bay Rays baseball at Tropicana Field and access to championship golf courses. Room rates at e Don CeSar start at $279/night. For more information visit doncesar.com. sl slmag.net 51 e Rowe Bar

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