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Steeped in a unique mix of Spanish moss-draped, old Southern charm, and playful, Caribbean-style quirkiness—Amelia Island could only exist in Florida. And, as the resort brand does so well, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, infuses its own, classic brand of graceful luxury into the uniquely charming personality of its location.

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Roll up to the grand entryway and feel immediately embraced by the warm welcome of the attentive and sincerely friendly staff. Everything has been thought of to ensure your ultimate relaxation, and as you are guided to your room, your only concern will be how best to enjoy your day ahead.  Open up the French doors of your balcony and the fresh gust of sea air will give you at least one idea.

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The iconic, long boardwalks over the dunes to the beach, string out from the Ritz-Carlton property amidst the swaying beach grass, with postcard perfection. Each one leads to the superfine golden sand that stretches endlessly along the ocean’s edge, while splendidly swimmable (and boogie-boardable) waves call for an afternoon dip. This lavish, golden swath that the resort claims as its own reminds us of everything we love about East Coast beaches.

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Let the distinctly island vibe seduce you (as though there were any other option) and order a pina colada while soaking in the Southern sun, letting all remnants of the New York winter drain effortlessly away. If you prefer to avoid sand in your suit (or cocktail), the expansive pool lives up to the indulgently opulent reputation and aesthetic of the Ritz-Carlton brand.

When the sun has gone down and you are able to tear yourself away from the sand or the pool, there are a myriad of options at your fingertips, without need to set foot off the spacious property. Though the nearby town, Fernandina Beach, is a must both for daytime exploring and nighttime dining options, The Ritz-Carlton has such a wonderful array of options that embrace the local culture and cuisine, that you could easily never leave the premises.

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The sumptuous Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island dining options certainly live up to their island locale with incredibly fresh and succulent seafood and Southern flare. For an haute cuisine take on local flavor, SALT, provides a transcendent atmosphere and experience. There is even a glass walled chef’s tasting room right inside the kitchen, where privileged diners can have a view of Chef de Cuisine, Richard Laughlin’s artistry in action. Even if you’re not staying at the hotel, SALT is worthy of a visit all its own.

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For a more casual, but absolutely delightful take on classic Southern recipes, inspired by regional farms and its coastal location, opt for Café 4750. We loved the al fresco tables, where we could listen to the surf crashing in the distance and breath in the fragrant island air. Menu highlights include perfectly seared scallops over a bed of candy sweet Southern corn, and, of course, the decadent but vibrant shrimp and grits.

A day in the sun and sand, an evening of indulgent cuisine, and you can head back to your luxuriously appointed room satisfied down to your very core. Falling into the blissful comfort of your bed, there will be no trace of irony when you dream all night long of The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

– Ava Fedorov

Photographs by Jeffery Owens for Socially Superlative

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
4750 Amelia Island Parkway
Amelia Island, Florida 32034
(904) 277-1100