Omni Amelia Island Plantation, 6800 First Coast Highway, Amelia Island, Florida 32034. Phone: 904-261-6161.
With 80% of the maritime forest intact, guests are greeted by the lovely southern landscape of ancient oaks draped in Spanish moss when arriving at Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Covering 1,350 acres across the southern tip of Amelia Island, it is the largest resort property on this barrier island in northeast Florida. This luxury resort has been undergoing a huge $85 million “Reimagination” project, with the grand re-opening of the resort scheduled for March 2013. The property also features 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom “Villas of Amelia.” This Omni resort boasts over three miles of beaches, three championship golf courses, oceanfront swimming pools, 23 tennis courts, and fine dining restaurants. Amenities also include world-class spa facilities, a quaint shopping village, and extensive focus on nature with its own Nature Center and tours both on and off property. With extensive function space, Omni hosts meetings, conferences, weddings and other events. Omni is an exquisite destination wedding venue offering elegant receptions by the beach or along the riverfront.
Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton, 4750 Amelia Island Parkway, Amelia Island, FL 32034. Phone: (904) 277-1100.
Located within the sand dunes right on the beach, the Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton has achieved the highest hotel rating possible in 2013 — AAA Five Diamond resort. Furthermore, The Ritz-Carlton’s restaurant, “Salt,” offers one of the finest dining experiences available in the state of Florida and on the North American continent, having also earned the AAA Five Diamond rating in 2013. Remarkably, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is the only property in North America to earn the combination AAA Five Diamonds for hotel and restaurant in 2013 (see related article).
The Amelia Island Ritz overlooks the Golf Club of Amelia at Summer Beach, a private golf club that allows guests of the Ritz-Carlton to play the course. The Ritz’s spa facility is a state-of-the-art sanctuary featuring 27,500 square feet of indoor space and 5,000 square feet outdoors. 444-room hotel, including 43 club rooms, 42 suites, 2 presidential suites, 4 restaurants and lounges. More than 35,000 square feet of function space. The Amelia Island Ritz-Carlton offers a distinguished calendar of special events. The Concours d’Elegance, one of the world’s most prestigious international collector automobile shows, is held annually in March at Amelia’s Ritz. Spectacular beach wedding destination and corporate meeting venue.
Travelers to Amelia Island can enjoy the accommodations of several outstanding bed and breakfast inns, offering the option to stay right on the east coast beach or across the island in the heart of Fernandina –the quaint historic district downtown by the riverbank and Fernandina Harbor (with 450-plus blocks on the National Register of Historic Places). You may have difficulty choosing between these charming island inns! Located on the beach is Elizabeth Pointe Lodge overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Historic inns downtown include the Florida House Inn (circa 1857), Fairbanks House (circa 1885), Amelia Island Williams House (circa 1856), Hoyt House (circa 1905) and Addison on Amelia (circa 1876). Read more, see photos of Fernandina’s bed & breakfast inns…
The all-suite Residence Inn is Amelia Island’s newest hotel (opened in 2009), featuring studio, 1-BR and 2-BR suites. Located on Sadler Road, walk a few blocks to the Atlantic oceanfront at Seaside Park, also the location of a Fernandina Beach landmark, Slider’s Seaside Bar & Grill (with outdoor Tiki bar beachfront). Those who love nature, hiking, and biking can also easily access Egans Creek Greenway, a natural preserve, with its foot bridge entry near the rear parking lot of Amelia Island’s Residence Inn. (Pet-friendly and non-smoking policy.)
Located just across the street from the beach on South Fletcher, the hotel offers close beach access at Fernandina’s Seaside Park. Hotel features 86 rooms with standard, oceanside, balcony and terrace suites, corporate meeting space and wedding receptions (up to 60 people). A family-owned, non-smoking hotel with outdoor swimming pool and fitness room. Located across the street is Slider’s Seaside Bar & Grill.
Seaside Amelia Inn, 2900 Atlantic Avenue, Amelia Island, FL 32034 (904) 206-5300. Located oceanfront at Main Beach Park, Fernandina. The inn offers 47 guest rooms (studios and suites) with a few view options including oceanfront. The Seaside Amelia Inn amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and an ocean front roof top terrace. Main Beach Park at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and South Fletcher Avenue, is one of Amelia Island’s most popular public beach access points with its large parking lot, beachfront playground, volleyball net, putt putt golf, picnic tables and gazebos. It’s also home to Sandy Bottoms oceanfront restaurant/bar (located right next door to the Seaside Amelia Inn).
Conveniently located across from the city of Fernandina Harbor Marina and within the downtown historic district. Walking distance to fine dining restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, antique shops and just 2 miles from Amelia’s beaches (located on opposite side of the island). Features 122 guest rooms, fitness room, corporate meeting facilities (up to 130 people), a non-smoking hotel with a second floor swimming pool offering view of the Amelia River/marina. Located on the west side of Amelia Island, offering views of gorgeous sunsets over the marina waterfront.
Amelia Island Camping
Are you the outdoorsy type? If so, you’re in for a real treat! Camp in coastal nature under the stars at Fort Clinch State Park. Amelia Island offers one of the best places to go camping in Florida! Pictured is the view from a campsite on the riverfront. This beautiful Florida State Park encompasses much of the northern tip of Amelia Island with over 1,100 acres, historic 19th century fortress (tours), hiking and biking trails, Atlantic Coast beachfront and riverbank frontage, and a half mile long fishing pier. Read more about Fort Clinch, see photos and video.
Other lodging options on Amelia Island, Florida include the Comfort Inn & Suites, another Hampton Inn on Sadler Road, Days Inn, and vacation rental properties including Summer Beach Resort rentals and privately-owned beach cottages and oceanfront condos.
Visit Amelia Island, Florida soon, and put some footprints along this barrier island’s 13 miles of beachfront. (Flip flops optional, towel and sunscreen suggested.)