An oasis in the middle of nowhere
Somewhere between Orlando and Tampa, a hideaway resort has put remote Polk County on the map for haute cuisine, sporting activities and spa luxury. It’s called Streamsong Resort.
Here, it’s not uncommon to find professional athletes, celebrities and gastronomes quietly basking in spa afterglows, paddling along bass fishing lakes, shooting sporting clays and playing golf between courses of fine wines and gourmet food.
Driving to Streamsong is a head-scratching, GPS-checking affair. Just when you think there’s no way a luxury resort could be nearby, the main lodge looms in the distance.
The sleek design of the main lodge and all it contains is what has architecture buffs salivating. The façade of the main lodge is a curvaceous masterpiece, resplendent of an extraterrestrial billionaire’s secretive retreat than resort hotel.
In what must be one of the defining projects of his career, Alberto Alfonso of the 40-time AIA award-winning firm of Alfonso Architects, designed Streamsong Resort on 16,000 acres of land. The reason The Mosaic Co., which owns Streamsong, chose this location is an environmentally friendly one: The company has reclaimed many of its former mining areas for public recreational or environmental uses. Each step into the building is a step away from the cares of the outside world.
There are two lodging choices on property: 216 guest rooms in the main lodge, which has a large lobby, restaurants, spa and pool area and 12 clubhouse rooms adjacent to the golf course. Lodge guest-rooms have views of the resort’s bass fishing lakes, nature trails and infinity pool, range from 530 to 1,167 square feet and have floor-to-ceiling glass with custom louvers. Each room has a separate seating area with dual- HD televisions and in homage to all things fine and elegant, classic library novels.
The AcquaPietra Spa is a design/ build marvel in itself. The 7,000-square- foot European-style grotto sanctuary includes a series of experiential pools set within sparsely lit walls. This is a nod to the prehistoric seas that once covered the region. There are nine secluded treatment rooms, private baths, therapeutic water treatments and an arctic cascade.
The architectural elements that define Streamsong continue in the four dining options on the property. The clubhouse houses the steak- and seafood-themed Restaurant Fifty-Nine, with views of both Streamsong Red and Streamsong Blue golf courses. Sotto Terra offers fine Italian dining in a five-course prix fixe menu; it’s open for dinner only. P205, the resort’s café-style eatery, highlights Floridian cuisine like Apalachicola oysters, conch chowder and Key lime pie throughout the day. The rooftop Fragmentary Blue offers small plates, cocktails and gorgeous sunset views. Streamsong’s Executive Chef Michael Ford is the creative mind behind items like double-cut lamb chops, blue crab grits, whole roasted fresh catch with hazelnut pesto and aromatic eggplant caponata. Menus change seasonally.