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Amelia Island: A True Floridian Beach Escape

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Photos Credit: Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

It’s hard to argue the beauty of the Florida coastline. It’s even more difficult to discern which location has the region’s best beaches. While Miami is well known for its happening scene, northeastern Florida has an untouched gem known as Amelia Island. On the island, you will find miles of pristine beaches complete with boardwalks and an array of outdoor activities—think fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking and jet skiing. 

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For a luxe stay, book a room at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. There are a variety of dining options to choose from while on property. Coast offers a modern take on American fare (try a pineapple-jalapeno margarita paired with blue crab deviled eggs, grilled oysters and red snapper) while Salt offers a fine dining experience with a beautiful oceanfront view where you can enjoy a taste of local cuisine like Key West prawns or Florida snapper ceviche prepared by Executive Chef Andrew Yeo. For more casual fare, Eight Burger Bar and Sports Lounge is ideal for a quick lunch while The Lobby Lounge offers nightly entertainment, snacks and cocktails.

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Whether you choose to play a round of golf, take a swim in one of the pools, book an appointment at the beauty salon, work out in the fitness center, or unwind with a couple’s signature organic massage, there is something for everyone here. If you can’t make a decision, the property will help you out by offering a daily listing of activities. Choose among fitness classes, a kayak tour, or a cocktail class offered by their experienced mixologists. If the kids are with you, there is a pirate toast and treasure hunt that they will surely love.

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The hotel is located on 1.5 miles of dune-lined beachfront on the 13-mile Amelia Island coastline and features 446 guest rooms, including 36 Club rooms, 47 suites and three specialty suites (Atlantic, Amelia and The Ritz-Carlton Suite). Each room has either direct ocean or coastal views complete with a private balcony, 400-thread count Egyptian Frette  linens and goose down and non-allergenic foam pillows. All of the modern amenities are accounted for here, including flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations and Guest-Tek wireless service.

The luxury hotel has been recognized by the state of Florida’s “Green Lodging Program’ for its efforts to conserve resources and protect the environment. They have done this through a variety of initiatives, including recycling, implementing motion sensors in non-guest areas to conserve electricity, installing low-flow shower heads to conserve water and offering a hotel-wide Energy Management System to monitor usage and maximize energy consumption for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. They also use environmentally-friendly cleaning solutions and encourage guests to participate in the linen reuse program.

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Kellie Speed

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