Let me start by saying I have stayed at the Omnia hotel there several times and absolutely loved each visit. Currently the hotel is under renovations and not slated to open for a few more weeks so my wife and thought we would give the villas try.
Pros: all of the amenities afforded you while staying in the hotel also apply to the villas, so the shuttle service can take to you to any one of the many restaurants, shops, recreation facilities, spa etc.
We stayed in in the Sea Dunes villas which has beautiful ocean views as advertised, the villas are nice size 2 bedroom one king in the master and two twins in the other which works out fine for our two boys ages 11 and 7. Kitchen are fully stocked so you can cook if you choose the fridge is standard size that had an ice maker in the freezer.
Cons: no WIFI in the building so if you are not bringing a device with an Ethernet port forget internet access, you will find WIFI is available for free in other areas of the plantation.
The Pool behind the building was closed because it is the “off season” No one informed us of this so when we walked to the pool with our kids we noticed two pools one for ‘owners only” which we could not use and the guest pool which had closed sign posted on it. To appease our kids we had to take the shuttle to the fitness facility and use the indoor pool. I’m not pick so that was fine just don’t like to find about stuff like that after I have arrived.
I was also surprised and disappointed. to learn that I could not receive the Omni select guest points for my stay in the villa as they apparently do not have a link between the villas and the hotel system to accommodate this. Again not a show stopper but when I booked and gave my select guest number I was told it added to my reservation only to learn later it was not because they cant.
Issues: I stayed in 1639 in the sea Dunes the hone in the room was out of my entire stay, while I reported this and they sent someone out, no one ever followed up with me. What made this a major inconvenience is the “lobby” phone was also out of order which I also reported and so whenever we need to call shuttle we had to either go to a friend’s room since we traveled with another family and use their phone or attempt to use our cell phones which was hit or miss because sprint service my connection was not available unless I walked into the parking lot at certain spots.
Overall: Because I have a timeshare membership to a Omni competitor and stay at villas quite I have been used to a little bit higher quality and amenities so am trying to fair, so for me I will definitely t come back to Omnia I just think I will go back to saying at the Hotel and not the villas until/unless they make some upgrades.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villas of Amelia Island Plantation sprawl across 1,350 beautiful and isolated acres, along Florida's north eastern coastline, and adjacent to the historic city of Fernandina Beach. Though private, secluded and protected by a gated entry, the location is a convenient 45 minute drive away from downtown Jacksonville and 29 miles from Jacksonville International Airport. Each villa is independently owned, therefore unique and different. Units come in varying sizes and locations, including ocean view, resort view and tennis view single guest rooms, as well as one-, two- and three-bedroom units, ideal for larger parties, and feature fully equipped kitchens, dining areas, spacious living rooms, multiple baths and private bedrooms. Most complexes have at least one pool. Only guests booking units through The Villas of Amelia Island receive exclusive access to resort amenities of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort including several dining options, golf, spa and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villas Of Amelia Island Plantation Hotel Amelia Island