The Spa at Omni Amelia Island Plantation - Review
Clean and Green!
by Irvina Lew
Amelia Island Plantation — a 1,350 acre resort property less than thirty miles from Jacksonville International Airport — was designed green long before the word "green" was a part of our everyday lexicon. In 1973, the Foridian resort was designed to conserve water and energy, to be in harmony with nature and to have a minimal environmental impact. They recycled, reclaimed and preserved the low-country location along the Intra Coastal Waterway between the Amelia River and the Atlantic Ocean. Roads, pathways and most buildings — though not the multistory oceanfront hotel structures — are hidden by the resort's White Oak canopy, and its sunken maritime forest gives it a special appeal.
In the spa, guests relax facing one another next to glass walls affording water and tropical landscape views. From here, they can see the Tree House, across the boardwalk over the lagoon, where the upper space is used for Hatha Yoga classes and a place for couples and small groups to gather. (We fondly remember when the warmed interior Jacuzzi on the lower level was reserved for private, in-water, Watsu treatments.)
Prices are also environmentally "friendly." There is no (all-too-typical) 18 per cent service fee tacked on to treatment prices. And, the Aveda twelve-station salon charges $19 for a shampoo and style; $29 for a cut and style.
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