The Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida has announced the completion of its $85 million re-imagination. The 16-month project marks the newest chapter in the resort's 40-year heritage. Opened in 1972 as Florida's first green resort, the property boasts 1,350 acres that include championship golf course, tennis courts, seven miles of hiking and biking trails, nine culinary options and miles of Atlantic coastline.
The re-imagined resort presents an entirely new arrival sequence, allowing guests to interact with the water immediately upon setting foot in the lobby. It now has an elevated porte cochere and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking fire and water features, and the Atlantic Ocean. The lobby is located in the new Oceanside wing, which features 155 new rooms, while the rejuvenated Sunrise wing features 249 rooms, totaling 404 oceanfront escapes. Of the 27 suites, most notable are the Infiniti Suites, which occupy the farthest edge of Oceanside and boast wrap-around porches, allowing for views of the Atlantic coastline.
Directly off the hotel lobby, the new outdoor area offers the largest pool deck in Northeast Florida with lounge seating for sun-seekers, three fire features, additional food and beverage services, and expanded changing facilities. The tiered poolscape includes the Serenity Pool, an adult, infinity-edge pool; the family-friendly Splash Pool; Splash Park, a water playground for toddlers and small children; and two hot tubs. All these features afford Atlantic Ocean views. In addition, the greens next to the kid-friendly splash area offer pop-up movies, spa breaks, golf and tennis clinics and culinary samplings. The resort also offers cutting edge UV bands that detect when SPF levels are low.
For dining, the resort has nine restaurants and lounges, including: the new Oceanside that offers 144 oceanfront seats; the new Natural Slice that uses salt water from the Atlantic to make its salty pizza crust; Seaglass, located in the lobby area, and is a gathering space for pre-dinner cocktails and tapas; Marsh View Bar & Grill; Marche Burette; Falcon's Nest; and Sunrise Cafe.
Omni Amelia Island Plantation now features more than 80,000 square feet of function space in the onsite conference center and across the 1,350-acre property to accommodate meetings, banquets, weddings, social events and conferences of up to 1,800 attendees. The new space includes the 16,800-square-foot Magnolia Ballroom, as well as the 11,165-square-foot Amelia Ballroom and the 5,465-square-foot Cumberland Ballroom. Pre-function and exhibit space and 37 breakout rooms complete the new conference center, while the Magnolia Garden, located just outside, features 11,000 square feet of lawn edged by majestic magnolia trees and herbs used daily by the resort's chefs.
Omni Amelia Island Plantation is a gated luxury resort, complete with on-site youth and family activities, including Camp Amelia, Gamers teen lounge and Heron Cove's Adventure Golf. Its Nature Center offers guided hiking, biking or kayak tours at various on-site lakes, ponds, marshes and beaches.
It also has a luxury spa, housing 16 treatment rooms that include two new couples’ treatment rooms, as well as 14 single rooms and a relaxation area. The facility features couple massages, facials, steam showers, as well as haircuts, styling, make up application and yoga classes.
Among all the amenities, the roads and walkways have also been redesigned for improved traffic flow and enhanced pedestrian connectivity. Parking is also improved with an all-new, three-story structure providing 540 additional spaces and 70 new valet spots.