The 40 year old hotel has just undergone a $85 million renovation and is in tip-top shape. But aside from that, what makes this place so unique are the cool people that work there. It's a place that values humans, and their ideas, including some of the more silly ones...
For example, there's Yappy hour (one of my favorites!), where you're invited to bring Fido to the golf course for sun–downers. Drinks for the two-legged patrons, and a specially designed menu of snacks for the furry, four-legged ones, courtesy of Executive Chef Daven Wardynski!.
Human food all over the resort was out-of-this-world amazing, too. I say that somewhat regrettably, as I put on 5 lbs in 48 hours. Here's a chef, sort of a renaissance man, that makes some seriously good food, creates the Sprouting Project (http://www.afar.com/places/the-sprouting-project-fernandina-beach), and, if that's not enough, engineers smokers for all sorts of things that never imagined they'd end up in one. Iceberg lettuce? Yeap. Oh, and the really cool presentation pieces for deviled eggs? Chef made them, because he couldn't find the right plate.
Omni Amelia Isalnd is a great place to relax, eat, play tennis, play golf, eat, go paddle boarding, kajaking, eat, get a spa treatment, oh yes, and you guessed it: eat!
A warm thank you:
My Amelia Island experience was courtesy of Omni Resorts Amelia Island Plantation (http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/amelia-island-plantation). #MeetMeAtAmelia