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Amelia Island sets among the barrier islands along the top of Florida, on the Atlantic side. Rich with history and culture, Amelia has Spanish, French, British, and, of course, American roots. Vacationers flock to this slice of heaven to golf, bike, explore parks, taste delicious tapas and retreat to luxurious lodges or historic bed and breakfasts. Resorts are a bit outnumbered by quaint little inns, but the ones that do exist beyond meet expectations. All with their own distinctive offerings, these are the top resorts of Amelia Island.
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Hampton Inn and Suites Amelia Island-Historic Harbor Front is within walking distance to a handful of iconic landmarks of the area, including the lovely lighthouse. Rooms are elegant with seemingly local touches, and the pool is elevated, located on the second floor with beautiful water views. The harbor view location couldn’t be better, as it’s set right within the charming historic district of vibrant Fernandina Beach—so yes, there is much to do, from eating to taking a scenic stroll.
Seaside Amelia Inn offers cozy rooms with beachy decor. But don’t be fooled, some feature spectacular views of the ocean via multiple outward-facing windows. Ideally located near Fort Clinch State Park, an adventure always awaits. Access to the beach via private boardwalk is nice, as it’s much easier to traverse the path rather than sand. Start the day with the made to order breakfast options with a southern flair, such as fluffy biscuits and gravy with eggs.
The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island meets every expectation of the line—a dreamy outdoor water oasis, an indoor pool with skylights, intricately lavish decor and four delicious dining options dazzle guests. A beautiful 18 hole golf course is at your disposal, as are tennis courts, a gym and day spa. Being right on the beach, guests are often able to see nesting sea turtles from a distance as these precious creatures are carefully protected by experts.
At Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island the outdoor pool space is complete with comfy lounging by a fire pit and a relaxing hot tub. While the aesthetic is typical to other Marriott locations, here you’ll find an all-suites facility with plenty of room for families to stretch out. Centrally located, Residence Inn is proximal to parks and Fernandina Beach, which houses a cute area with places to eat and shop. A complimentary shuttle that will take you to nearby destinations. Breakfast includes a variety of cheeses, eggs, pastries, bacon, sausage and so on—a perfect start to a beach day.
Amelia Surf and Racquet Club features ocean view condos within a luxurious gated resort. In addition to having a gorgeous beach at your doorstep, High Surf has a pretty sweet pool and tennis courts as well. Every bedroom has a balcony when staying in the penthouse. Families and couples find it easy to feel at home, and many return year after year.
Summer Beach Resort sits on a stretch of coastline that can be accessed by a picturesque boardwalk, extending over the sloping dunes. Condominiums here have an abundance of charm, far beyond the typical hotel room. Coastal decor, polished furnishings and spacious balconies create the best environment for enjoying the Atlantic Ocean haven. A curvaceous outdoor pool faces outward to the salty waters—a smaller pool is at guest’s disposal as well. Summer Beach Resort adds that extra bit of privacy and space for those hoping for something different from the expected.
Imagine lounging on the wrap-around front porch in a rocking chair, like you’re a guest in a southern home, while simultaneously having access to private rooms, oceanfront views and impeccable rooms service. Elizabeth Pointe Lodge is the perfect hybrid of southern hospitality and beachfront living, and you’ll be swept away from the moment you arrive. Breakfast consists of made to order eggs and pancakes, and afternoons bring wine, beer, cheese and other light snacks. For those not wanting to leave their temporary paradise, lunch and dinner are also offered in the dining room.
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is located in Fernandina Beach Near Franklintown on the island, and is only three miles from Amelia Island State Park. Modern coastal themed rooms are a breath of fresh air and often feature oceanfront balconies. Families can stay onsite to dine since there are diverse options, from a seafood joint to fine dining. Outside guests are met with an expansive pool area, which carries on inside. Golfing, a fitness center and day spa are amongst the other offerings.