More often Amelia Island gets overlooked by its other well-known Florida beaches—Miami, Panama City, Tampa. But it shouldn’t. Boasting 13 miles of gorgeous, white sandy beaches and accommodations that range from oceanfront five-star resorts to manses on some of the country’s top golf courses, Amelia Island is quieter than some of its neighboring Floridian beaches. The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, the island’s luxury resort, is one such spot on Amelia that you’ll find a combination of relaxation and adventure. Relax poolside, tee off on the Ritz’s private 18-hole course, or cozy up on a lounge chair at the property’s private beach, which even during the high season feels exclusive.
Ultimate relaxation comes in the form of a treatment at the onsite spa. Here, you’ll want to indulge in the Ritz’s signature two-hour Amelia Island Honey Wrap. This luxurious body treatment features an aromatic scrub to exfoliate the skin coupled with paraffin hand and foot massages, a warm oil scalp massage, finished off with a smoothing shea butter body massage.
At night, there’s no need to leave the property for dinner as one of the Southeast’s best restaurants is located in the Ritz. The AAA Five Diamond Salt is headed up by Chef de Cuisine Rick Loughlin, who redesigns the menu often to ensure the offerings reflect seasonal changes and flavors. For the ultimate dining experience, book the six-person chef’s table set within the kitchen in an air-conditioned private room where just a glass partition separates you from the action in the kitchen. Many of the dishes are seasoned with one of the restaurant’s sixty salts. Want to experiment with the salt yourself? Choose from a half dozen or more options—such as the 250-year old pink Himalayan salt—which are explained in detail before you begin your meal.
Cap off your visit by pulling up a bar stool in the lobby and enjoy the live piano music where guests tend to get on their feet and dance the rest of the lazy day away.