Man oh man do I love staying at Omni resorts!
I was really looking forward to staying at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation for the Zooma race last week. Mom & I headed up to Amelia Island on Friday for our early 1 pm check in. The resort is pretty much a tree covered compound with just about anything you could possibly want. As we headed towards check-in we noticed some temporary signs directing us in a different direction. Unfortunately this was NOT the beautiful view we saw when we pulled up…
They were doing some construction near the front entrance to the hotel and we ended up checking in at a makeshift check-in desk set up in the convention space. This wouldn’t have been too big of a deal, but we ended up having to walk a LOOOOONG ways to our room. Thankfully they had plenty of staff available to help you with your things and made the change in check-in location as easy as they could. After parking the car we handed over our stuff to a bellhop and he met us in our room a few minutes later. (By the time this post goes live the construction near the front of the resort will have been completed & no longer impacting guests at check in).
(our room looked just like this except our room had two beds)
When we walked into our oceanfront room we immediately forgot about the long walk and just couldn’t get over the beautiful room and view. Our room had 2 huge comfy beds, a bright beach themed bathroom, a little bar area with a small fridge, a flat screen tv, a desk area, and a huge balcony overlooking the pool area and the beach. If we hadn’t had plans for the afternoon I’m sure my mom and I would have just parked our butts on the balcony and spent a few hours there. How can you go wrong with a view like this?
We had some race activities to attend at a different location that evening but we spent some time exploring the resort grounds first. Our first stop was the Oceanside restaurant for a late lunch. The restaurant has a beautiful patio that overlooks the pool area and the ocean. We decided to sit outside to enjoy the view and the cool weather. We happened to be in town during Restaurant Week so they had a special lunch menu available. For $12 you could get an appetizer and entree so I decided to give it a shot. I had the fried plantains and the fish tacos. It was SO much food and so tasty! It was such a great deal for $12, especially considering it was an on-property restaurant.
After lunch we decided to walk over to the Shopping Village on property. There is a tram available that can take you anywhere on property that is available every 15 minutes, but we decided to just walk over. It only took us about 5 minutes to walk from the lobby to the village. The village has 11 stores and 3 places to eat. Its a great place to spend the afternoon and maybe get a bite to eat.
At the resort they also have 2 pools, a golf course, healthy & fitness center, a spa, tennis courts, play ground, basketball courts, and even a mini-golf course. They really do have something for everyone!
One of my favorite things about the resort is the Resort Guide that they give you when they check in. A new one is printed each week and it includes a listing of all the restaurants, shopping, and activities available at the resort. It also includes a calendar of the weeks events that includes things like exercise classes, Segway tours, trivia nights, golf clinics, kayaking, live entertainment, and even a farmers market on Saturday mornings.
When we returned to our room after our exploring the resort we found a special treat – runner snacks! I was happy to find bottled water, fruit, dried fruit snacks, and even some granola bars. I wouldn’t have a chance to eat in the morning before the race so this gave me something to eat on the drive to the start line. I appreciate the resort leaving this surprise for me!
We loved our stay and can’t wait to go back when we can spend a whole weekend there. My mom and I talked about how amazing it must be in the spring and summer time. Maybe we’ll have to head back for a girls weekend over Mother’s Day. That would be cool huh?
**Disclosure: I was given a complimentary night at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in exchange for this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.