Review of the “Omni Plantation Resort” in Amelia Island, Florida

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https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g34218-d115358-Reviews-Omni_Amelia_Island_Plantation_Resort-Fernandina_Beach_Amelia_Island_Florida.html

For those of you who want the combination of pool and beach with first class tennis and golf, this resort is right up your alley!

It is a short drive (about 40 minutes) from the Jacksonville airport.  Jacksonville airport is relatively easy to fly into due to Southwest flying direct to Jacksonville from multiple cities.

Amelia Island has some nice restaurants in the historic district and convenience stores such as Harris Teeter, CVS and Walmart near to the resort if you needed to get some supplies that you forgot from home. There is a small convenience store on property of the Omni which is nice if you didn’t rent a car.

The property is quite large.  There is a hotel with a combination of standard sized hotel rooms and suites.  However, there are also homes and condos that are not part of the high-rise hotel.  These homes are still part of the resort, and occupants can have access to all of the amenities.

The amenities include a family pool, kiddie splash pool, two spacious hot tubs and an adult-only infinity pool.  All of the pools are directly behind the hotel entrance, so the access is incredibly convenient.  Beach access is also poolside.  Warning: there are no lifeguards present, so parents of younger children do need to be on-alert.  There are poolside activities that keep the atmosphere fun, and there are waiters galore to bring you poolside drinks and even food items.

The restaurants are okay, and it is a bit inconvenient for the main deli/coffee shop to be on the opposite end of the hotel. You would either have to take a shuttle or have a long walk to get your morning latte.  There are coffee drinks and fast food breakfast items in the lobby, but the variety is few.

The main negative of the resort is the pricing of the food and drinks.  It is outrageous!  The coffees are Starbucks prices without Starbucks quality, and the lack of variety and pricing of all entrees/appetizers is really expensive.  The only affordable item is pizza from the pizza place in the “shops” area, again a shuttle drive away from the main lobby. You can rent a car and drive out to nearby Fernandina Beach and even Jacksonville to get more variety in meals, but this does require an effort when you just want to laze poolside.

The positive of the resort is the variety of activities offered including kayak tours, segway nature tours (highly recommend even if a segway beginner like me!), and nature center tours.  Renting a bike is definitely recommended, since the trails under the gigantic Spanish moss trees are gorgeous!

The beach is definitely not crowded and very clean.  There is minimal seaweed (when we went in mid-August 2018) and the pool side areas are also kept very tidy.

All in all, if you don’t mind being nickel-and-dimed for food and drinks, I highly recommend the resort.

 

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