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The Spa at Omni Amelia Island Plantation - Review

Clean and Green!

by Irvina Lew

Spa Treehouse at Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida

Omni Amelia Island Plantation

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.

The Spa at Amelia Island was developed as a holistic, environmentally friendly place to relax and replenish. Here, "GREEN" is an acronym for Green, Rejuvenate, Energy, Environment and Nurture. The spa is housed in a private structure with its own covered front porch, which is conveniently located across from shops and restaurants near the wedding chapel and fitness center and easily reached via car, bike and walking paths. (Along AIP roadways, even STOP signs are green!)

Meditation Garden at Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida Massage at The Spa at Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida
Meditation Garden

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.)

The "Clean and Green" spa is committed to featuring the highest quality natural skin and earth friendly ingredients (i.e. paraffin, chemical and benzene free) in its services. There's even an Organic Manicure! Products — many of which are family owned and local and/or organic — are sold in the 350-square foot boutique; these include recycled jewelry and hand-crafted gifts. There are robes, candles, body brushes, pink and mineral salts, facial kits, body lotions and creams including sugar scrubs, Yoga mats, self help books, T-shirts, shampoos and conditioners.

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.

With 600 accommodations — from ocean-front rooms to three bedroom villas — the luxurious resort (since 1980) offers guests a full-service, state-of-the-art fitness center, beaches (3½ miles), golf (54 holes), tennis (23 courts), pools (twenty), kayaks and  boating (Amelia River) and Amelia's Wheels (bike and Segway rentals) and camp-like programs for kids (a great opportunity for parental spa time). Among the nine restaurants, Marché Burette Market & Deli may be casual, but it's the one closest to the spa and it serves a variety of freshly prepared healthy options (One caveat. There's a temptation: ice-cream from Coope's.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation
6800 First Coast Hwy.
Amelia Island, FL

(Updated: 03/12/12 CT)

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