Four ‘Florida For Families’ Accommodations

Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island


The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island , and its Ritz Kids camp give children a chance to partici­pate in storytelling and explora­tion of the nearby forest and the sand dunes, as the hotel sits on a mile-and-a-half of dune-lined beachfront.

Good to note: The ocean water is swimmable and there is also a family-friendly pool on property. There are two other pools on property, one of which is for the spa. Hint: The spa pool is open to families, though it is meant to have a spa-friendly atmosphere.

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island’s outdoor pool (opposite) has a kids’ play area along with multi-level seating

Travelers, 12 and above, can book some treatments. For families celebrating a special occasion like a birthday, the spa offers a buyout of the Serenity Suite or the co-ed lounge for private lunches and brunches. When it comes to booking, guests should make reservation one-week in advance and ask for the highly requested massage therapists, Stacy Myers and Justin Murphy. We also hear Karen Miner is sought after for facials.

At bedtime, parents can request the “Tuck-In with a Pirate” program, which includes a buccaneer who comes with milk and cookies.

Tip: The Ritz-Carlton Suite provides access to the Club Lounge, which has a dedicated concierge, and culinary presenta­tions throughout the day.

The hotel can also arrange several family-oriented custom soft adventure experiences, such as cooking classes, eco- waterway tours, a luxury charter boat excursion, bike tours and horseback riding on the beach.

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