Staying at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island during the holiday season was an absolute dream come true. I am a huge sucker for anything and everything related to the holiday spirit: from the food to the decorations – and The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island had it all. Throughout the property there was an uncanny juxtaposition of warm island accents and chilly decorations from the north pole.
The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is a very family friendly destination. The admirable attention to detail can be found through props all over the property. Every day there is something planned for the kids and activities are tailored to a very local experience: focusing on water, land, and environmental responsibility and culture. Feeding fish, storytelling, visiting sand dunes and ancient forests, kids night out, and a huge game room with a movie theatre are just a few activities available on the property.
I can’t help but to boast this incredible hand made all ginger ship docked in the lobby of the hotel !
The entire Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island property is beautiful and spacious; it’s actually quite easy to get lost in the 48,000 square feet of indoor space, the huge golf course and the 1.5 mile beach span. Despite being a very kid friendly resort, there are so many areas for relaxation and total privacy.
One of the admirable things the property takes pride in is its commitment to resource conservation. The resort partakes in two dozen initiatives aimed at preserving the local environment and conserving resources. The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is also honorably dedicated to preserving the dunes; with their Footprints team working on American Beach, cleaning the dunes and planting new sea oats to preserve a treasured historical landmark in the town.
Some popular visitors from the dunes are the Gopher Tortoise & Sea Turtle’s !
I can’t forget Amelia, the property’s rescue parrot who greets guests by the pool area. When I say greet, I mean literally greet. She can talk and give you a high five in the air!
On the property there is an indoor pool, an outdoor pool, and a private outdoor pool for adults only as well as a beautiful beach. In late December, we were lucky to experience pool weather but it was certainly too chilly for the beach. Even so there are many complimentary activities that you can enjoy on the beach like looking for shark teeth and then making necklaces out of them!
For an ultra luxurious, private, and romantic experience you should pay a visit to The Ritz-Carlton Spa. The resort’s “salt” theme is evident everywhere and especially at the spa where you can enjoy a custom salt scrub or a luxurious couples massage with oil scents of your choice.
Every night at downtime, guests receive an itinerary for the following day. The vast variety of events on property grounds every day was so impressive, making The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island property a very special one. You can play tennis or take a historic bike ride. You can play golf or go searching for shark teeth. There are fitness classes and honey tasting available on site, too. Or if you’d like, you can go star gazing with a meteorologist and a professional telescope. The activities are endless.
One of my favorite activities was the seaside Fire in the Dunes! A very secluded and romantic pastime during which I was given binoculars, hot chocolate, and all the ingredients for s’mores by a designated employee who was available for all my needs throughout the entire time. Blankets were also provided. It was unforgettable!