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Food and Fitness at Lago Mar

Hi! The kids and I have been super busy with all of the "end of the year” events pertaining to school, some of which I have actually hosted at Lago Mar. All were successful but I have missed writing my blog. Thankfully, summer vacation is days away and we are so looking forward to traveling to a few fun places and spending most of our time here at the resort with friends. In the past week, I have been dining at ...


Mother’s Day Weekend at Lago Mar

Hi! I just wanted to report that Mother’s Day was a huge success here at the resort! The weather was perfect and the Air Show helped to make it even a more fabulous day. The Sun Sentinel reported that this was the best Air Show yet and I would have to agree. What a great place our beach was to watch all the planes do their maneuvers without having to deal with the crowds down AIA. Chris and I and the ...

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Las Olas Wine & Food Festival and the Spa

Hi! What a fabulous weekend! Friday evening Chris and I attended the 21st Annual Las Olas Wine & Food Festival and we had a lot of adult fun. The weather was absolutely perfect and the event sold out about two hours before it even started. After we picked up our credentials, which were wine glasses that hung on specially made necklaces (pretty cool and convenient), we headed down the famous boulevard to embark on our culinary journey. While we were tasting ...

posted in Spa & Beauty

Red Wine Treatments in the Spa

Hi! I have wonderful news to report for all of us grape connoisseurs - red wine is not only good for the heart but also benefits the skin when applied topically! It seems as though Resveratrol, which is a powerful antioxidant found in grapes, is easily absorbed by the skin and reduces inflammation and also slows the oxidation process - the key to anti- aging! Polyphenols are another antioxidant that are abundant in grapes and they can really fortify the ...

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Happy Birthday Sidney

Hi! I just wanted to share with you that today, April 18th, would have been my grandfather’s 118th birthday if he was still alive. I still miss Sidney, as we called him, and think of him often. We only knew him as Sidney because he did not want to be called grandpa and have anyone think he was old. He was a great man and spoiled me so much. It is because of his hard work and that of my grandmother, ...

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Tortuga Festival and Demi’s Big Day

Hi! Fort Lauderdale was alive with music during the Tortuga Music Festival! Each day I was so lucky to be able to drive along A1A to take the kids to school and, last week, was even more fun because we got to watch the set up for the festival, including three very large stages! Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and Tucker Boatyard were among a few of the dozens of talented performers. Our resort got to see plenty of country music lovers ...

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Quinoa Roasted Chicken Salad

Try It At Home Late last year, Chef Phil rolled out a variety of healthy, gluten-free menu options. These new menu items pack a nutritious punch and don’t compromise on taste. Don’t believe us? Try Chef’s Quinoa Roasted Chicken Salad for yourself! Ingredients for chicken and salad mix 2 8-10 ounce skin-on airline chicken breasts (we recommend Bell & Evans organic chicken) 2 ounces cooked quinoa 2 tbs. chopped tarragon 2 tbs. chopped thyme 6 ounces baby kale 2 ounces spinach 2 ounces almonds 2 ounces blueberries 2 ounces cranberries 2 ounces ...

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The Lago Mar Fit Life

Hi! I am writing to you because I am passionate about sharing the story of my past year and the lifestyle changes I have made. Don’t get me wrong, my life was great before, but now I feel ten times better about myself. What I did was simple: I woke up one day after a tennis tournament, which I lost earlier than I should have due to lack of endurance and not being in the best physical shape, so I set a goal to ...


Memories at Lago Mar

Volume 1: Debbie Banks I remember when I was a little girl and my grandfather (Sidney Banks, first generation), whom I loved dearly, used to take me, all dressed up, to the Sunday Night Buffet Dinner in the dining room. Men were always in suit jackets and there was always a band playing. I even remember the singer, Lee Carroll, who I thought was absolutely gorgeous, singing our favorite songs if we asked. Lots of our guests and members would dance ...

Our Spring Newsletter

Hi, I hope everyone had a great 2015! Ours was fantastic here at Lago Mar with one of the busiest winters in the history of the resort. Summer was good too, with lots of sunshine and gorgeous ocean conditions. I can’t leave out that the second generation, my parents, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last June. Wow! As far as the seven members of the fourth generation are concerned, they have been busy upgrading the playground by adding a foosball table and corn toss. They ...