The Best Hotels on Amelia Island, Florida, for Every Traveler
The Omni Amelia Island Resort provides breathtaking views of the Atlantic | Courtesy of Omni Amelia Island Resort / Expedia
Beach vacations come easy on this sandy strip of land, studded with upscale lodges and coastal inns. We’ve rounded up the best ones, which you can now book with Culture Trip.
If you thought South Beach and Naples were the best cities for a luxury Florida vacation, allow us to introduce you to Amelia Island. Just northeast of Jacksonville, this scenic speck of the Sea Islands chain brushes up against the Georgia border with dune-backed beaches, lush natural spaces and lavish hotels that make you feel like you’re in another world.
Villas of Amelia Island Plantation
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Give the family a trip they’ll treasure at the Villas of Amelia Island Plantation – an impressive resort right before broad sands. Parents can celebrate with steak and scotch after lowering their handicap on the golf course. Children of all ages will have a blast at the kids’ playground, Camp Amelia, and the gamers’ lounge. No kids in tow? Make your way to the adults-only pool, and prepare to switch off for the day.
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At this wonderfully characterful oceanfront bed and breakfast, you’ll get the feeling you’re vacationing on the New England coast. Every guest room is a few paces from the beach, inviting you to start every morning with a quiet stroll on the shore followed by a complimentary breakfast. Tread lightly, though: sea turtles are known to nest near your suite. After a day spent lounging on the sand, savor complimentary beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres before you retreat to your comfortable suite to wind down.
Amelia Hotel at the Beach
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Don’t let the name fool you: Amelia Hotel at the Beach is not on the beach. That said, it’s only moments from downtown Fernandina Beach, and its guests have no issue whatsoever with crossing the street to spend leisurely days on the sandy shores, lapped by the Atlantic. Budget travelers, you’ve come to the right place: this striking terracotta-colored hotel rolls out first-class amenities – not least the oceanside balconies in select suites, a heavenly pool and a complimentary breakfast to give you the maximum bang for your buck.
Blue Heron Inn
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Step back in time at the Blue Heron Inn. In the 19th century, it was a family home; now, as a B&B, its charm and hospitality have stood the test of time. Antiques and original heart-pine flooring adorn all six guest rooms. There are relaxing bathrooms and a gourmet breakfast served on fine china. History buffs will relish staying in the National Historic District of Fernandina, and beach lovers won’t mind the brief stroll to the shore.
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
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It’s the stylish nautical blue-and-white interiors that draw us back to this fine hideaway again and again – particularly the Deluxe Ocean View Rooms with their balconies or patios. The slightly bigger Premier Oceanfronts have breathtaking views of the rolling Atlantic. This is a place for indolence, with a good half a dozen places to eat before you reach the beach. We love the treehousey Falcon’s Nest for old-school burgers and a blackberry-basil Moscow Mule.
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The Beachside Motel is about as far removed from a “roadside motel” as you could imagine. It’s the only oceanfront motel on Amelia Island, so you and the kids can race from the room to the beach in moments – unless you want to wallow in the pool. When you aren’t collecting seashells or sleeping on the pool patio, you can cross the street for fresh seafood at the Surf Bar and Restaurant or hop in the car to explore the boutique shops in historic Fernandina Beach.
Amelia Schoolhouse Inn
Too cool for school? Not at adults-only Amelia Schoolhouse Inn. Remember your physics and maths lessons while you putt on the green in the courtyard. Get your state-mandated physical education at the heated pool or riding around town on one of the free bikes for hire. Feel like skipping class? You might just get sent straight to The Principal’s Office – an upscale bar that will give you a lesson in mixology 101.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
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When you stay at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, you’ll find its 13mi (21km) stretch of beachfront works its way into every decision you make. Stand on your suite balcony, and inhale the ocean breeze, or make your way to the Intracoastal for a kayaking excursion in search of wildlife-viewing. The resort’s own beehives provide the honey for your signature wellness experience, and the restaurant Coast serves the freshest seafood.
These recommendations were updated on August 4, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.