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The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island offers adventure, relaxation and everything in between
 for the ultimate family vacation

AMELIA ISLAND, FLA. (July 19, 2017) – Perched on the edge of the beautiful barrier island along 13 miles of pristine beach, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is the perfect getaway for entire family to enjoy a classic summer beach vacation. Just a quick thirty minute drive from Jacksonville International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is a short two-hour flight from most destinations. With its oceanfront setting, the resort offers guests of all ages the opportunity to discover what unspoiled beauty of nature.

Families may choose to extend their summer vacation and save more with each additional night they stay with our Stay Longer With Us package or take advantage of a $100 daily resort credit offer with the Amelia Island Breakaway package. No matter how long families stay, there are endless opportunities to create special memories.                                                          

  1. Natural Adventures.  For lovers of the outdoors, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is paradise found. Enjoy long and leisurely walks along the dune-lined beach while collecting shells and fossilized shark teeth. Parents can relive time-honored family beach vacation traditions of sculpting sand castles on the beach with complimentary sand castle kits. Escape from everyday life amidst moss covered ancient oaks in Northeast Florida’s maritime forest. The surrounding salt marshes and nature preserves create the perfect environment for bicycling, bird watching and hiking. There is even horseback riding on the beach and a boat tour to Cumberland Island where wild horses roam.

  2. Kayak the Creek. Experience the thrill of a guided tour kayaking down Simpson Creek, spotting Roseate Spoonbills and White Egrets seconds before they take flight. The creek meanders through the majestic beauty of Talbot Island State Park where the Timucua Indians once camped, living off nature’s bounty and pirates sought backwater refuge from their pursuers.

  3. Surrender to The Spa.  Follow the ebb and flow of the ocean’s tides with the Heaven in a Hammock treatment. By combining the therapeutic benefits of zero gravity with light massage, rocking and stretching, this treatment soothes tension and induces deep relaxation. Book any treatment and stay for the day soaking in the sun at The Spa’s adult-only, saltwater pool and rejuvenating in the eucalyptus-infused steam room and wet lounge.

  4. A Pirate’s Life.  Join our Pirate Captain daily in a rousing pirate toast to celebrate the end of a beautiful beach day. Every Friday, children accompany Princess Amelia on a treasure hunt spanning the far corners of the resort. Say an extra special good night to the children with a Pirate Tuck-in, including a Pirate and Princess who will read a bedtime story to your little ones and serve a snack of chocolate chip cookies and milk. Bring outdoor camping in to a suite with our In-Room Camping experience. Children will feel like they are Pirates spotting ships off the coast of Amelia Island from inside their pirate themed tent. Each tent comes equipped with bedding, book, lantern and more!

  5. Ritz Kids Experience.  The Ritz Kids Center has two 200 gallon fish tanks where kids learn about ocean life, play games and search for gopher tortoises as they explore dune life and discover what marine life exists beneath the sea. Ritz Kids program is based on proprietary programs from Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Future Oceans Society. Full and half day programs are available. Every Friday and Saturday evening Kids Night Out is also offered. Children will enjoy an evening of activity while parents slip away for a romantic dinner.

  6. Experience a Sea Turtle Nest Excavation Share the wonder of a turtle release as volunteers dig out a turtle nest, count hatchlings, rescue baby loggerheads and set them on course for a journey out to sea.

  7. Private Poolside Cabana.  Make your pool experience luxurious by reserving a private cabana for the day. Amenities include welcome beverages, 32” TV, personal cabana butler, chilled towels, light snacks, water and sunscreen.

  8. Take Your Taste Buds on an Adventure. Elegantly situated at the ocean’s edge, Salt is an AAA Five Diamond dining experience featuring Florida specialties with exotics, fine steaks and an endless array of global salts presented tableside. Each night, Chef de Cuisine, Rick Laughlin creates an Adventure Menu combining his select ingredients of the day. For your pleasure, the wine sommelier will match a glass of wine with each course. The finale to the Adventure Menu is a signature soufflé touted as the “finest soufflé south of Manhattan.” For the ultimate foodie experience, reserve The Chef’s Table in The Kitchen, named one of the Best Chefs Tables in America by Forbes magazine. Guests customize menu with matched wines and are invited to watch the kitchen activity in an intimate setting.

  9. Ode to the Bourbon Trail.  Experience fine spirts and craft cocktails in the new Lobby Bar. Perched to overlook the gentle surf of the Atlantic, The Lobby Bar is the prime place to sip on a drink before dinner or indulge in premium sushi from the sushi bar. Join our head mixologist each day at 5:45 p.m. for First Call where they present the infused bourbon of the day. Each morning the mixologist crafts a new concoction of fresh herbs, fruits and other ingredients for the bourbon of the day to slowly distill, creating the day’s limited specialty spirit.  The distillation is available as a craft cocktail until it is depleted.

  10. Courtyard S’mores with a Tour of the Night Sky.  End the day with family roasting marshmallows over the glow of an open fire with the sound of breaking surf in the background. Allow the resort’s Astronomer to guide your eyes through the night sky as you discover constellations, Saturn’s rings and the deep craters of the moon through a high power telescope.  It’s a summer memory that will last forever.