Innisbrook, FL (PRWEB) April 28, 2009 — After a far-reaching renovation plan which has touched all areas of the resort, Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club has signaled the project’s completion with the opening of its new Indaba Spa. The 20,000-square-foot spa and fitness center represents the crowning centerpiece in an impressive list of renovations totaling over $26 million.

Innisbrook’s Management Company Salamander Hospitality, founded by noted entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson, began an aggressive renovation of the resort immediately upon Johnson’s purchase of the property in July 2007.
“Our goal was to restore this beautiful, unique property back to its rightful place amongst the finest resorts in America,” said Innisbrook’s Managing Director Chuck Pomerantz. “The opening of the Indaba Spa creates a total package for travelers of all tastes and interests at a great value.”

The name “Indaba” is Zulu for “gathering place” and the concept behind the new facility is to provide a place where mind and body can meet. Innisbrook hired Spa Consultants WTS International from Rockville, MD, to help develop this concept and create complementary programming.

Inspiration, relaxation and indulgence were the main considerations when designing Indaba’s 12 treatment rooms, which feature soothing tones and private outdoor terraces. The spa also includes a couple’s treatment room with fireplace and private shower, outdoor courtyard and meditation labyrinth, separate men’s and ladies steam rooms and lounges, full-service hair and nail salon, and a line of spa services that include personalized massage treatments, scrubs and wraps. Spa packages have also been designed especially for the golfer, couples, mothers-to-be and “just for the girls” escapes. Already, some of the most popular treatments include “Ice Cream Social” manicures and pedicures, which include an exfoliating scrub and wrap in a variety of flavors like chocolate, caramel and marshmallow.

Indaba also includes a new fitness facility with separate Pilates and spinning studios. The unique meditation labyrinth that leads from the fitness center to the spa offers a meditative walking path. It is designed to offer a way to slow down, reflect as you walk and quiet the mind. While a typical maze is designed to make you lose your way, a meditative labyrinth is designed to help to you find your way.    Indaba offers a unique half-day “7 Paths to Wellness” package that pampers both body and soul, and incorporates this meditation labyrinth, along with a wellness consultation, private yoga class, spa services, lunch and special gift. For more information about the Indaba spa, visit

Every area of Innisbrook was touched during the recent renovation project, including all 65,000 square feet of conference space that is used for special events, weddings and family gatherings and corporate meetings. Each of the three golf clubhouses was remodeled including fabulous new restaurants such as Packard’s Steak House and Market Salamander Grille & Bar. At the new Osprey Clubhouse, there is also a new centralized guest registration area and a new indoor/outdoor bar that overlooks the North and South courses. The resort’s Tennis Center, which features 11 clay courts, also received a new look, as did as each of Innisbrook’s six swimming pools.

Known already for an outstanding golf experience, Innisbrook’s four championship golf courses each received upgrades, including $2 million in improvements to the Island Course, which some believe offers an even more challenging test than the resort’s famed Copperhead Course, home to the PGA TOUR’s Transitions Championship.

These renovations, as well as a continued commitment to service excellence, have resulted in the resort’s acceptance into both the prestigious Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Preferred Golf programs.

About Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club
Situated on 900 wooded acres of rolling hills and 70 acres of lakes in the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club is located just 25 minutes from Tampa International Airport. Recently and completely renovated, Innisbrook features 72 holes of championship golf, 608 spacious guest suites and rooms, four restaurants and three bars, the Innisbrook Golf Institute, 11 tennis courts, the new full-service Indaba Spa with 12 treatment rooms and state-of-the-art Fitness Center, six heated swimming pool complexes, a nature preserve, and three conference halls with 65,000 square feet of meeting space. For additional information call (727) 942-2000 or visit

About Salamander Hospitality
Salamander Hospitality is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company manages and develops hotels, resorts and inns that reflect the authenticity and character of their surrounding environment. The portfolio includes the recently renovated Innisbrook Golf Resort and Club near Tampa, Fla., host to a PGA TOUR stop every March; Woodlands Inn near Charleston, SC, which is one of only four properties in North America to hold Mobil Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both accommodations and dining; and the under-construction Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg. Salamander Hospitality also operates a division of gourmet prepared food markets called Market Salamander with locations in Middleburg and Innisbrook, FL, and Salamander Touch, a fine goods and linen store in Middleburg for the luxury resort lifestyle. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit