Trump is returning to Mar-a-Lago for the first time since Thanksgiving. Take a look inside the exclusive club that the public doesn't get to see.

  • Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Florida, is often called “the Winter White House.”
  • After skipping his planned Christmas trip because of the government shutdown, Trump is returning to the seaside resort for Super Bowl weekend.
  • The heiress to Post Cereal built the 20-acre estate in 1927, and Trump bought it for $8 million in 1985.
  • Its 128 rooms are decked out with lavish interiors and golden decor, Trump’s signature.

President Donald Trump is returning to his exclusive Mar-a-Lago club for the first time since Thanksgiving.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Trump is heading to the seaside resort often referred to as “the winter White House” for Super Bowl weekend.

Trump spent 12 days there for the holidays last year, according to The Palm Beach Post, throwing a lavish party to ring in the new year. He skipped his trip south this year to stay at the White House during the partial government shutdown.

The Florida resort, which was built in the early 20th century, serves as the first family’s weekend getaway, and the president has used it on multiple occasions to host important dignitaries.

But first and foremost, Mar-a-Lago is a place of lavish luxury. With its ornately decorated rooms and halls, it was built to impress.

Here’s a look inside the sprawling complex, and what it takes to become a member there.


The Mar-a-Lago Club is a 20-acre estate with 128 rooms. The heiress to Post Cereal built it in 1927.

Source: Town and Country Magazine


It spans the entire width of the island Palm Beach is located on, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intercoastal Waterway.


Trump bought the estate and all of its antique furniture in 1985 for a combined total of $8 million.

Source: Town and Country Magazine


Today, it serves as the Trump family’s playground, but is also open to people who purchase a membership at the club.

Source: Palm Beach Daily News


Back in the 1990s, memberships cost $50,000, but they soared to $200,000 for the final spots after Trump’s election.

Source: Palm Beach Daily News


Members also have to pay a $14,000 annual fee, with a $2,000 dining minimum.


Members can access the club’s pools, beaches, dining halls, and private rooms. They can also rent out the resort for events like weddings, bar mitzvahs, and charity galas.


Trump has also used it to host numerous campaign events and publicity events, like this one held in Mar-a-Lago’s giant ballroom.


For most people though, access to the club stops at its gated entrance.


Those who do make it inside are treated to incredibly detailed portico into the main building that features neo-Gothic and Andalusian accents.


Once inside, ornate decor reminiscent of European palaces accompanies pricey antique furniture. The club’s main living room features high ceilings and gold-plated designs over every wall.


Here, the president and first lady Melania Trump used the majestic library to make calls to children on Christmas Eve 2017.


Not all of the rooms are so lavish. This interior room is where Trump gathered with his advisers to order the missile strikes in Syria in response to what the US said were President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical attacks on his own people.

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Trump has also hosted world leaders at the resort, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.


In February 2017, Trump got into a bit of hot water when he discussed national security details with Abe in full view of the public at the resort.

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Trump utilized Mar-a-Lago’s luxurious interior to its full effect when Xi visited the complex. As usual at Mar-a-Lago, bouquets were everywhere.

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Trump welcomed the Chinese president’s delegation in a royal neo-Baroque hall at Mar-a-Lago.


Not a detail was amiss for the visit, including the elaborate plate setting.


The food at events like these is prepared by a team of expert chefs.

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Source: Palm Beach Daily News


But not all of it is up to fine dining standards — in January 2018, a customer was disappointed when she was served caviar with plastic spoons, with allegedly “low-budget” crackers to accompany it.

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Throughout his palatial second home, Trump’s mark is certainly evident.

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Because of its flat terrain and open air access, Trump can fly in on his own helicopter if he’s not on Air Force One.


If the club’s multiple beaches just aren’t doing it for guests, they can relax by the various pools on the property, just like Trump and his security team apparently do.


Since his campaign began, Mar-a-Lago has become synonymous with Trump’s lavish lifestyle.


The parties he holds, like the ones on New Year’s Eve and Superbowl Sunday 2017, last late into the night.

Read more: See inside the swanky party at Mar-a-Lago where Trump watched the Super Bowl

Read more: See inside the lavish party where the Trumps celebrated New Year’s Eve 2018


No wonder Trump and his family travel here as often as they do, far away from the infighting and drama of Washington.

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