Amazing Amelia: The Island named after a Princess - Brownell Travel

Amazing Amelia: The Island named after a Princess

Brownell Advisor Martha Rhodes has just returned from a trip to the seaside paradise that is Amelia Island. Read below to get a feel of why this destination is versatile for year-round travel. Also, keep an eye out for a special pirate ship!


Located on the beautifully preserved 13-mile beach of Amelia Island, the Ritz Carlton is a 8-story,
U-shaped building facing the shore. All rooms have a view of the ocean, either from the lead-in coastal view rooms on the sides, the ocean view rooms in the center of the U, or the oceanfront rooms and suites closest to the beach at the end of each wing.

Every room has a private balcony with room for 2 chairs and a dining table.

The rooms are recently renovated and very attractive.

The north wing of the hotel is the most convenient to the restaurants, spa, shops, pools and fitness center. The south wing is most convenient to the very large and elegant meeting facilities and ballrooms. The club lounge and rooms are located on the 8th floor of the north wing. The club area had delicious food all day
with very inviting seating areas including outdoor balconies.

A delicious and colorful dessert!

I visited in the winter season, so I was not able to evaluate beachside activities. However, there were some nice facilities present along the beach which look like they provide full beach services.

The pool is beautiful with a lagoon-type layout and tiered seating areas with lovely landscaping that provides nice privacy and shade.

Keeping with the pirate history of the area, The Ritz kids club features the macaw, Amelia. Also, for a small fee, kids can get a Pirate Tuck-in with her at bedtime!

Amelia has quite the personality!

Over the holidays, the world’s largest gingerbread pirate ship, made by the hotel’s pastry chefs, adorns the lobby.

“A pirate’s life for me!”
The gourmet restaurant, Salt, was excellent. The local historic town of Fernandina Beach, about 7 miles away, has cute shops and restaurants plus cruises for exploring the neighboring barrier islands including Cumberland Island where you can see the Greyfield Inn and the chapel where John Kennedy and Carolyn Bessette were married.
Reached via Jacksonville, Florida and only 30 minutes from the airport, Amelia Island can be a great getaway with that someone special, or a family vacation to remember. Whatever floats your boat!