The Amelia Island Plantation has always been noted for its environmentally conscious development, which is evident in the 1,350-acre resort and residential community. Opened in 1972 as Florida's first green resort, its winding roads and paths meander through a canopy of live oaks and woodlands that shelter natural brush and lush landscaping.
The property, nestled between the dune-swept beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and natural salt marshlands of the Intracoastal Waterway, is now under the Omni brand after undergoing an $85-million re-imagination featuring a new arrival sequence upon setting foot in the lobby. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking fire and water features; and, of course, the Atlantic Ocean provide an unparalleled start to guests beach vacation experience.
The resort's accommodations include deluxe hotel rooms to three-bedroom villas and penthouses that offer guests to the area a wide variety of lodging choices. An on-property transportation system conveniently links guests to the many resort amenities -- the spa, restaurants, shops, health and fitness center, pools, tennis, and golf.
Of course, one amenity stands out above the rest -- miles of beautiful white sand beaches are accessible to residents and visitors alike.
The Plantation is also a residential community that contains over 600 single-family homes, over 950 villas and 400 undeveloped home sites. Its final phase of development will be an oceanfront neighborhood that will include three new oceanfront villa buildings, as well as, 33 oceanfront and fairway home sites.
Although Amelia Island Plantation is an all-inclusive resort, you are just a short drive away from wonderful sightseeing opportunities on Amelia Island, including downtown Fernandina Beach's 50-block historic district with additional shopping, the Amelia Island Museum of History and Fort Clinch State Park.
Amelia Inn & Beach Club
Amelia Inn & Beach Club gives "rooms with a view" new meaning. Its fabulous oceanfront location offers guests real ocean view rooms -- all with balconies or patios overlooking the ocean. The 249-room Amelia Inn also includes suites -- the "Presidential Suite" features two bedrooms and baths plus a large parlor for entertaining, with two additional suites also available. The boardwalk crosses majestic sea oat covered sand dunes linking the Inn with miles of white sand beaches.
The Amelia Island Plantation has 24 on-site pools throughout the property, which are accessible to both seasonal and permanent residents. Two tiers of pools at the Amelia Inn provide plenty of space to cool off and amazing views of the ocean.
Choose from either one king- or two queen-bed ocean view guest rooms at the Amelia Inn & Beach Club. Amenities include dual phone lines, television, coffee maker and mini refrigerator. All guest rooms have balconies or patios overlooking the ocean.
The Spa at Amelia Island Plantation
The Spa at Amelia Island Plantation makes it easy to indulge yourself in a little pampering. This 13,200-square-foot world-class spa features 25 treatment rooms, a meditation garden and soothing views of moss-draped oaks and lagoons.
An ultimate in relaxation is a Watsu® treatment that is a unique signature concept for rejuvenation and wellness designed exclusively for The Spa at Amelia Island Plantation. The European hydrotherapy tub that uses 150 water jets to massage every muscle in your body is also a great favorite.
Other unique treatments available include aromatherapy salt glow, detoxifying seaweed body mask, desert heat body wrap, anti-stress aroma bath, seaweed bath, moor mud bath, and facials.
Pampering doesn't end with spa treatments that rejuvenate your inner self. A full-service beauty salon that also offers manicures and pedicures will do wonders for your outer self.
The Shops at Amelia Island Plantation
Adjacent to The Spa are The Shops at Amelia Island Plantation. They share the same old-Florida-style architecture and are too set amid stately moss-draped oaks and reflective lagoons.
The shops are open to the public as well as resort guests and offer a wide variety of fine shopping experiences that include trendy boutiques, a children's clothier, unique home decorations, a holiday shop and more.
Before heading home from your vacation, you'll especially want to stop by Amelia's Signature Shop. It will be easy to remember your good times with a souvenir of shirts, hats, towels, key chains, frames, plates, post cards and more -- all with the Amelia Island Plantation logo.
Treats that tickle the tummy are available at Cooper's Ice Cream & Sundries and Marché Burette Gourmet Market & Deli.
Just outside the gates of Amelia Island Plantation is a small collection of boutique shops that are open to the public, as well as resort guests, including an upscale ladies boutique, a children's clothier, a photography studio, a crafty handcraft shop and more.
Marché Burette Gourmet Food Market & Deli
You'll want to spend some time browsing Marché Burette, the gourmet food market, in The Shops at Amelia Island Plantation. Better yet, stay for lunch and have a wood oven-fired pizza (superb!), a chicken or turkey wrap or a traditional sandwich. Eat indoors or on the patio overlooking the lagoon and fountain. Before you leave, you'll want to grab a basket and pick up fresh fruits and vegetables and prime cut meats to take back to your villa for dinner.
The Verandah Restaurant
The Verandah, located in Racquet Park and overlooking the tennis courts, this popular restaurant is a favorite with families. The atmosphere is friendly and the dress is resort casual.
The menu features delicious fresh seafood and pasta specialties. Children enjoy choosing from their own menu offering kid-pleasing selections. The resort is open nightly for dinner to the resort's guests and the general public.
Award winning golf is just steps away when you stay at Amelia Island Plantation. The resort is the winner of numerous prestigious awards, including the "Gold Medal" from Golf Magazine, the "Top 75 Resort Courses in the U.S." from Golf Digest and Links Magazine's "Best of the South" award.
Keeping with the owner's environmental sensitivity, Amelia's courses were designed with the environment in mind. Coquina shell cart paths are mostly used throughout and most of the water used to irrigate greens and fairways is recycled water. Must of the area provides a habitat for birds and other wildlife. The beauty of an environment of oaks, palmettos, massive sand dunes, crashing surf and large lagoons combine with playability for 54 holes of championship golf. Ocean Links and Long Point combined offer seven seaside holes for more holes on the ocean than any other Florida resort.
Pete Dye's and Bobby Weed's creation, Amelia Links, include the 36 holes of Oak Marsh and Ocean Links. Each course is notable for its varying characteristics and individuality that allow player so differing skill levels to create their own golf experience.
Long Point, designed by Tom Fazio, is situated amidst the marshland and natural dune ridges of the Intracoastal Waterway known as Nassau Sound. The 18 holes emphasize sweeping views of the island and rolling fairways.
Horseback Riding & Segway Tours
Your stay at Amelia Island Plantation will not be complete without taking advantage of at least one special activity. Whether you ride horses on the beach, rent a bicycle or take a Segway tour, there is something to interest everyone.
The Kelly Seahorse Ranch provides horseback riding on the beach. You don't need experience for the one-hour rides, but you do need reservations. Amelia's Wheels offers several adventurous ways for you to see Amelia Island Plantation. Rent a bicycle or golf cart or take a tour on a Segway. The Segway Safari's are a great family activity!