Having read the last few reviews I was a bit apprehensive regarding the construction work that was mentioned. However I needn't have worried. All the work mentioned has been done & there was no sign of it or any disruption because of it. This hotel is an amazing place, in an amazing location. The style is very classical. All Italian marble & stunning chandeliers. The staff are exeptional! Nothing is too much trouble for them - & so polite!! Whenever I ordered room service, the person delivering it would introduce themselves at the door and ask permission to enter the room. All staff knew my name & I was even more impressed when the door to the cab delivering me to the hotel was opened by a young porter who also knew my name!! I went to the concierge's office one morning to enquire about something & he asked whether I had explored the hotel yet. As it was my first morning I said I hasn't, so he immediately took me on a guided tour, introducing me to all of the restaurant staff as we called by. He gave me his card & was exceptionally helpful throughout my stay.
Amelia island is a 'barrier' island with protected sand dunes which are a haven for wildlife. You are not allowed to walk on the dunes, so there are boardwalks from the hotel across the dunes to the beach, which make a really unusual feature that just adds to the overall charm of the place. The hotel also have love seats & wood burning braziers nestled around in secluded little areas among the dunes, where they will provide you with a duvet, and marshmallows to snuggle up next to a brazier and watch the sunset - how romantic & amazing is that?? There are free activities arranged by the hotel almost everyday, from salt tasting ( ! ) to collecting sharks teeth along the beach.
The whole place is spotlessly clean - the grounds are immaculate. The spa pool (separate to the main inddor & outdoor pools), is amazing. It's a heated, salt water pool, far better than the others in my opinion. If you're not using the spa, you can pay $25 per day & have exclusive use of all the spa facilities. This is definitely worth doing. Fot that you get access to the spa pools, changing rooms, sauna, steam rooms, relaxation rooms (ladies & co-ed) which have complimentary hot & cold drinks & snacks & endless towels. Hair dryers/hair spray / deodorant etc etc. You can come & go as you please all day - very well worth while. The food in all the restaurants is exceptional (though can be a bit pricey in 'Salt', but it has won awards for it's food & service). I can't fault it & would love to return someday.