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6 Best Hotels & Resorts on Amelia Island

Amelia Island sits 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.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
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Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

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 a day spa are among the other offerings.

Key Amenities:

  • Coastal-themed rooms with balconies

  • Indoor/outdoor pool deck

  • Championship golf course

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
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The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island

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 a 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.

Key Amenities:

  • Outdoor/indoor pool

  • Private 18-hole golf course

  • Beach access

Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island
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Residence Inn by Marriott Amelia Island

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 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.

Key Amenities:

  • Outdoor pool with hot tub

  • Free breakfast included

  • Complimentary shuttles

Seaside Amelia Inn Seaside Amelia Inn
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Seaside Amelia Inn

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 a private boardwalk is nice, as it’s much easier to traverse the path rather than sand. Start the day with made-to-order breakfast options with a Southern flair, such as fluffy biscuits and gravy with eggs.

Key Amenities:

  • Private boardwalk to beach

  • Free hot breakfast daily

  • Rooms with beach views

Hampton Inn and Suites Amelia Island-Historic Harbor Front Hampton Inn and Suites Amelia Island-Historic Harbor Front
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Hampton Inn and Suites Amelia Island-Historic Harbor Front

Hampton Inn and Suites Amelia Island-Historic Harbor Front is within walking distance of 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.

Key Amenities:

  • Elevated pool on second floor

  • Free hot breakfast daily

  • Pet-friendly rooms

Elizabeth Pointe Lodge Elizabeth Pointe Lodge
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Elizabeth Pointe Lodge

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 room 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.

Key Amenities:

  • Southern-style breakfast and nightly cocktails included

  • Themed packages with activities and dining

  • Complimentary use of beach gear

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