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This Aloft wants to reimagine your weekend getaway. Keep your electric car charging outside and take advantage of free shuttle services to anywhere within 5mi (8km) of the hotel. Grab some late-night munchies at the gourmet pantry Re:fuel and froth your own cappuccino for a morning pick me up. Dogs are welcome to stay in your room, if you have a buddy. And if you happen to have allergies, you’ll be safe here: Aloft’s allergy-free rooms are a breath of fresh air.
It’s not far from Omni Amelia Island, but Omni Jacksonville is no facsimile. This riverwalk retreat in downtown is ground zero for business and pleasure. The rooftop heated pool serves up River City views, while the lower levels have a full menu of fine-dining options: fancy grilled Atlantic salmon at Juliette’s Bistro? How about warm bourbon-laced pecan pie from J Bar? We doubt you’ll spend much time in your room: TIAA Bank Field, Memorial Arena and Times Union Center are close by.
It’s easy to settle into a nice routine at Hotel Indigo. You’ll feel at home with your spa-like bathroom, workspace and kitchenette. The wonderful Deerwood Park neighborhood, once known as Hollywood East, oozes family-friendly atmosphere. You can shop, dine and catch a few flicks with popcorn. The nearby beaches will remind you that you’re nowhere near home – and close to paradise.
Personalized service is all you’ll know at Riverdale Inn, a quaint 11-room historic bed and breakfast on St John’s River. A turn-of-the century mansion, it’s now beloved by travelers seeking a relaxed time in the Five Points district of Jacksonville. Accept an invitation to afternoon tea with the owners so they can regale you with the history of the area – and point you to local attractions.
No vacation to Jacksonville is complete without a trip to Amelia Island, and no trip to Amelia Island delivers an oceanside experience quite like the Ritz-Carlton. You can savor flavors from around the world at upmarket restaurant Salt or get stuck into fresh local treats at Coast. Many guests are content to spend days on the beach soaking up the sun, but we think trading a few hours of sand for signature full-body treatments at the spa will enhance your trip nicely.
One Ocean believes that a spa day should last a whole weekend. The Ocean Mist facial, Windsurfer massage, and Beachcomber manicure will leave you feeling reborn. Treat your taste buds to a little indulgence too, with lobster rolls, avocado toast and dragon-berry mojitos at Azurea restaurant. When you’re not lounging by the pool or the sea, there’s bottled water and fresh coffee in your suite to drink on your balcony while admiring the ocean.
What would you do with 1,350 acres of island bliss and almost 4mi of beach? Would you spend your days swimming in the resort pools or getting hot-stone massages at a spa? Would you play all 18 holes on a championship golf course or eat your way through nine restaurants full of the freshest seafood in the state? Perhaps you’d play tennis on a Har-Tru clay court before kayaking through serene Floridian waters? No need to limit yourself when you stay here – you’re free to indulge in it all.
Cozy and intimate, Seaside Amelia Inn on Fernandina Beach is close to Jacksonville yet feels detached from the rest of the world. Instead of calling this boutique hotel a hidden gem, the term “old friend” is perhaps more applicable. Who else would offer you freshly baked cookies with lemonade, renovated rooms to ensure you feel completely at home, and steer you to the best local restaurants and secret spots, far from the tourist track?
If you’re looking for lashings of grandeur and grace on your Florida vacation you need Ponte Vedra Inn and Club. It’s been delivering the goods for generations. There are luxury perks here for all the family to enjoy, among them four heated swimming pools, 36 holes of golf, a playground and nursery for children, and miles of beachside. Expect nothing but the best, and you’ll get it at Ponte Vedra.
You’re going to get a lot of practice on the fairways here. Be sure to explore the rest of the resort, too: the spa includes a steam room, lap pool, fitness classes and a restaurant. Six different dining spots have diverse menus and experiences, including viewing native wildlife at American Gator Club or mingling with fellow guests over cocktails at the Great Room Lobby Lounge. And the beach? Made for sunsets, all crimson and lovely.