Anyone who regularly reads this site knows that I have a love for the beach. I especially enjoy staying at beach resorts where the beach is just a few short steps from my hotel room. So when I found out that the annual TMS Family Travel conference was being held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Florida, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to check out the resort. It’s definitely a wonderful place for a family vacation – there is so much to see and do, right on property. While I didn’t have too much time to explore the entire resort, I did get a good feel for what a vacation there might be like, and I’m hoping to return soon with my family.
Review of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Disclosure: This post is part of a hosted stay. All opinions are my own.
The location of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
When I first heard about the resort, I wasn’t sure where Amelia Island was. It’s located off the coast of Northeast Florida, about 35 minutes from the Jacksonville airport. The island itself is about 13 miles (all beach coastline) long and 4 miles wide. The resort offers 3.5 miles of beach on 1,350 acres. I flew in from Boston on a direct Jetblue flight, so getting there was very easy.
The rooms at the Amelia Island Plantation Resort
The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort offers 400 ocean-front guest rooms and suites. My room, which was externally accessible, overlooked the beautiful beach. The balcony was perfect for checking out the sunrise each morning, and was also a peaceful place to sit and read a book.
Rooms offer standard amenities, including a refrigerator, hairdryer, workspace, and coffee maker (using K-cups). Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the resort and the conference center.
Guests who are members of the Omni Select Guest program can receive a complimentary beverage each morning, along with other amenities. I love receiving a fresh pot of coffee each morning, and I enjoyed it while watching the sunrise on the beach from my balcony.
The pools at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort offers the largest poolscape in northern Florida, which includes an adult-only infinity swimming pool, a 10,000 square-foot family pool (including sprinkler jets spraying into the pool – as shown in the photo above), a small splash area, and two hot tubs. I didn’t have the opportunity to check out the pools during my stay, but they were so inviting. I wish I had planned to arrive a day sooner, so that I could spend some time in the adult pool and hot tub. Towels are provided, and there’s a pool bar open right by the pool.
Amenities at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
In addition to the pools, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort offers beach front access, right from the resort. There are also numerous family and kid activities offered, including Camp Amelia, Gamers teen lounge, Heron Cove Adventure Mini Golf, and a nature center. I did have the chance to check out the mini golf and nature center. I know that my kids would love them. There is a separate charge for mini golf, and packages are also available.
For the adults, there are 54 holes of golf, tennis courts, a full-service spa and salon, and a shopping village with 14 different shops. You can also enjoy fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and bike riding. To get around this expansive resort, golf cart rentals are available. There’s also a resort shuttle that makes stops throughout the resort.
There are nine different dining outlets on property, including a pub, a pizza restaurant, a steak and chop shop, and a seafood restaurant. There’s also the The Sprouting Project, which includes an aquaponic greenhouse, an organic garden, a large collection of beehives, and a barrel room. Tours of the Sprouting Project are offered weekly, and a featured dinner is offered monthly. While I didn’t eat at the restaurants, I did get to dine at the Sprouting Project, and it’s definitely a fantastic experience. The food that we did have was absolutely delicious.
The service at the Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Everyone that I encountered at the resort was extremely helpful. My room wasn’t available when I arrived before noon, but I was able to have my bags held. A front-desk clerk called my cell phone when my room was ready. Bell services delivered my suitcase directly to the room.
Check out this quick video that I made of the resort.
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