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Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Tom Landers
By Tom Landers
Published on 12/7/2016

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
The 1,350-acre Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, named a “Top 25 Resorts In Florida” by Condé Nast Traveler’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards, is nestled at the tip of a barrier island off the Northeast Florida coast surrounded with sparkling Atlantic waters and lush salt marshlands. Still basking in the glow of an $85 million Re-Imagination, the resort enchants guests from the minute of arrival offering an enhanced welcome experience overlooking an infinity-edged pool with stunning ocean views.     
With 404 oceanfront rooms in the Oceanside wing and the rejuvenated Sunrise wing, the resort offers a total of 600 beds and 27 suites, including the End Suites that feature wrap-around porches and offer endless views of the Atlantic coastline. Additional suites include the Presidential Suites, Executive Suites and Corner Suites. Each room blends beach blues and greens with natural elements to create a “beachy not kitschy” feel. The guest rooms feature unparalleled views of sunrise and sunset, from the ocean to the marsh. Looking over the resort from Oceanside and Sunrise, the island’s lush green tree canopy blankets the island, hiding the villas, neighborhoods and activities below.

Ten superb restaurants and lounges satisfy every appetite for great food and relaxation. With inventive southern-style fare, farm-to-table dining, fresh seafood and a variety of dining venues, Omni Amelia Island Plantation has earned a reputation for excellence in Florida resort dining. Ranging from “Floribbean” fare to pizza-by-the-slice to homemade ice cream, there is a restaurant to please every palate.

Directly off the hotel lobby, the outdoor area offers the largest pool deck in Northeast Florida with tiered lounge seating for sun-seekers, additional food and beverage services and expanded changing facilities. The poolscape features an adult, infinity-edge Serenity Pool overlooking the pristine waters of the coastline; a large family-friendly Splash Pool and the kid-friendly Splash Park where guests young and old can take in the Florida sunshine. 

Featuring 54 Holes of Championship Golf
The greens and fairways are carefully placed between Spanish moss-covered oaks, bordering the ocean, marshes and wooded interior of the island. Boasting seven seaside holes, the most in Florida, all courses are a part of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System. Omni Amelia Island Plantation invested $3.8 million into the Re-Imagination of the resort’s golf facility. Additional funds were dedicated to enhancing the Oak Marsh pro-shop experience, including the remodel of the golf shop restaurant, which is now named Marsh View Bar & Grill. The renovated pro-shop carries brands such as Nike, Cutter & Buck, Peter Millar and Taylor Made.

Oak Marsh                                          
The Pete Dye-designed 6,500-yard course presents a challenge around the marsh with 14 holes accompanied by water hazards. Blending into its natural setting, Oak Marsh winds beneath bulkhead greens, past native plant life and presents coquina shell cart paths. Preceding numerous improvements to the course, the greens are now re-surfaced with Tifdwarf Bermuda grass on all 18 holes of the Florida golf resort course. More than 150 trees were pruned to increase the sunlight and airflow around the greens, creating a sustainable growing environment for the new putting surfaces. Along with key greens initiatives, the resort spent $1.2 million on irrigation improvements to the back nine of the course that provides 100 percent coverage of all turfgrass while using 20 percent less water. Numerous resort tournaments have been played here and Travel & Leisure ranks it as one of “Florida’s 50 Finest Courses.

Ocean Links                             
Winding along lagoons and sand dunes and featuring views of the Atlantic, the 6,300-yard, Bobby Weed designed, Ocean Links course boasts five seaside golf holes. Narrow fairways and prevailing seawinds provide exhilarating views while increasing difficulty. At par 70, the 18-hole oceanfront course challenges golfers at all levels. Ocean Links was ranked in June 2011 as Golf Digest’s No. 1 Florida course for women golfers in the publications annual “Top 50 Courses for Women” rankings.

Long Point
Rolling past lush marshland, along waves of the Atlantic waters and winding around rich live oaks, the Tom Fazio course stretches across 6,775 yards presenting distinctive views in a spectacular setting.
Recognized as the “Best Places to Play” by Golfweek, the 72-par Long Point challenges golfers with award-winning design with natural hazards, tight fairways and elevated greens. The Amelia Island Club member course offers exclusive access to Omni Amelia Island Plantation guests.

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