Back in 1924, almost a century before Donald Trump became president, heiress and socialite broke ground on Mar-a-Lago. Construction wrapped in 1927 and Post went on to live at the estate until 1973, when she donated it to the U.S. government to, interestingly enough, be used as the "Winter White House."
Even though Trump bought the mansion back in 1985 to use as a private residence and turned it into a members-only club in 1995, it's safe to say Post finally (after several decades) got her wish. Today, it serves as Trump's getaway from Washington D.C., as well as a members-only resort.
Those who wish to join have to pay a $200,000 initiation fee, an annual fee of $14,000 and an additional $2,000 fee for food. For this reason, the club is nothing short of extravagant — here's everything you might not know about Mar-a-Lago.
Talk about prime real estate in Palm Beach. The estate was designed by architect Marion Sims Wyeth and the interior decor was the work of Joseph Urban. Both used Old World features inspired by Spanish, Venetian and Portuguese cultures, which makes the entire estate feel like a European palace.
It should come as no surprise that the opulence doesn't stop in the dining room, which was inspired by Rome's Chigi Palace. After all, this is where Trump has reportedly has some very important meetings regarding .
The grand 20,000-square-foot ballroom was added by Trump back in 2005 and continues the Spanish- and Mediterranean-theme, $7 million worth of gold leaf decor (which reminds us of his penthouse). Not only did Trump marry his wife Melania at the resort back in 2005, but his two oldest sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, married their wives here as well. Like father, like son.
When it comes to the dining experience, the resort is famous for its meatloaf (the chef makes Trump's mom's recipe) and chocolate cake. But consider yourself warned: The kitchen received during its latest inspection. Three of them were "high priority," which means they could lead to the presence of illness-causing bacteria. But in January, inspectors ultimately decided the resort met the minimum standards.
This is the entrance to the suite, where Trump and his family spend holidays and vacations. According to reports, Trump has spent in office at Mar-a-Lago, presumably in this room. There are 58 additional bedrooms on the premises for guests.
The resort has the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Florida's Intracoastal Waterway on the other. That means every guest enjoys an waterfront experience, which is really all you want when you travel to the beach.
The beach club facing the Atlantic Ocean side of the property has a 100-foot-by-50-foot pool and is surrounded by happy yellow umbrellas and a full service experience (what else did you expect?).
If that doesn't strike your fancy, guests can enjoy the spa and salon, six tennis courts, a croquet court and seaside cabanas. Not much is off of the table for people willing to invest in such a luxurious club membership.