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Amelia Ritz Earns Elite Five Diamonds in 2017

Low Tide Reflection, The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
Low Tide Reflection, The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island

Just 10 Florida Hotels Rated Five Diamonds

Located along the sand dunes oceanfront, providing consistent excellence for guests over the years, The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island has once again achieved the highest hotel rating, the AAA Five Diamond award. Just ten hotels in the entire state of Florida were awarded the elite Five Diamonds in 2017!

2017 Five Diamond Award List

According to a news release from AAA, known for its North American continent hotel and restaurant ratings, the organization “unveiled 63 restaurants and 120 hotels that have earned the AAA Five Diamond Rating in the past 12 months, qualifying them for the 2017 Five Diamond Award list. This exclusive group represents just 0.3 percent of the nearly 59,000 AAA Approved and Diamond Rated restaurants and hotels” across the USA, Canada, Mexico and Caribbean.

One of Three Florida Five Diamond Restaurants

Furthermore, The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island’s restaurant, “Salt,” offers one of the stellar dining experiences available in the state of Florida, also earning the top AAA Five Diamond rating. Only three Florida restaurants were awarded Five Diamonds in 2017. Congratulations to the ladies and gentlemen at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island on this wonderful achievement!

Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island on Atlantic Ocean
Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island on Atlantic Ocean

Ritz Spa

The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is a favorite oasis of guests, with its serene private spa pool, eucalyptus-infused steam room, signature “Heaven in a Hammock” massages and so much more available from extensive spa menu of services. The Ritz’s wonderful spa facility features 27,500 square feet of indoor space and 5,000 square feet outdoors.

New Lobby Lounge, Bourbon Bar

Adding to the Amelia Island Ritz guest experience is the new Lobby Lounge Bar featuring a daily bourbon presentation (more about this below). Also available at the Lobby Bar, Ritz sushi chefs present the freshest seafood with house specialties including the “Amelia Roll.”

“First Call” Bourbon

“Inspired by Bourbon Legends,” a new daily Ritz ritual is “First Call,” presenting the day’s small batch, house-infused spirit, after it steeps for a dozen hours in a special slow drip infuser. Besides the featured bourbon experience, some may prefer a selection from the wine list or enjoy a specialty handcrafted cocktail such Ritz signature drinks, “Amelia’s Blossom” or “Sunset on Amelia.” Dessert cocktails include “Salted Caramel Martini” and “Expresso Martini.” Or satisfy a sweet tooth by nibbling lobby bar desserts, including Salted Caramel Mousse, Pear Honey Verrine, The Ritz-Carlton Cake, or Key Lime Pie.

Eight Sports Bar

Build your own burgers at the Eight Sports Bar at the Ritz, or choose from the slider menu — crab, salmon, BBQ pork, Philly steak, veggie or Buffalo chicken. The casual sports bar with pool tables and big TVs also offers nachos, pizza and wings.

“Coast” Restaurant

Besides the Five Diamond “Salt,” restuarant, another dining option at the Ritz is “Coast,” offering a seasonal menu with focus on coastal cuisine. Enjoy seafood by the seaside, plus other menu options including steak, pasta and salads.

The Ritz also offers a large oceanfront pool facing the Atlantic Ocean, an oceanfront restaurant/bar for poolside cocktails and food, a cozy firepit on the rear courtyard terrace, special bonfires on the beach and plenty of “Ritz Kids” program activities (children aged 5-12). There’s also a dedicated play pool for kids. Unique evening tuck-ins are also available for children with a visiting pirate or princess and bedtime stories.

All 446 Ritz rooms offer private balconies (view options include both oceanfront vistas and views of the golf course).`Also offered on site are tennis facilities and 24-hour fitness center with indoor pool. Play golf during your visit with the Golf Club of Amelia clubhouse conveniently located right at front entrance of Ritz-Carlton.

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