We stayed at the PVI in mid-July. We went as a "gift" from my husband's work because honestly, we can't afford to spend that much per night on a hotel.
I'd heard great things about the Inn because I used to have a lot of clients in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra. We knew it was a 5-star/diamond resort, so we thought that since we were given a trip as a gift, we'd try it out.
We went on Fri.-Sun. It was very quiet on Fri., but was very busy on Sat. & Sun.
First of all, do not go there unless you can afford it. The rooms and service are worth what they charge, but everything is very pricey, so beware! You are at a 5-star resort! You do not want to stay here for a week if you are average Joe going on vacation. For example, they tack on the 18% gratuity to food, your nightly room cost, etc. It's a nice service, but know this ahead of time.
We went with myself, my husband and our 2-year old. We got an Oceanside room so we could at least see some of the ocean from the room. This was the least expensive room choice with an ocean view. The Inn has rooms that "face" the ocean, but I doubt you can see much of it. I really wanted a room with a balcony, even if it faced the golf course, so that we could put our son to bed at night and hang out on the balcony, but I lost on that one.
Some of the more pricey rooms have refrigerators with the wet bar. If you can, get one of these rooms! If not, bring a large cooler with you. They have ice, which is actually free to guests. I say this because there are only a few restaurant and food choices on site and you'll wear yourself out on them. Not to mention they're very pricey. I had a cheese quesadilla at lunch one day at the beachside diner and it was $16! I knew to expect this from a 5-star resort, but still.
I suggest the cooler or fridge because you can always eat lunch on-site a couple of days and go get sandwich goodies from the Publix down the street for lunch on other days.
Breakfast options include a buffet at around $20/per person (before the $5 OJ), a little gourmet shop that has some pastries and muffins (and a Starbuck's) and the same place with the buffet has an a-la-carte menu, with breakfast options starting around $15.
The only other place we ate on-site was the Seahorse Grille. It was absolutely delicious and there is a great fish tank in there that kids love to look at. Again -- pricey. Expect to pay $28-35/per person, plus drinks.
The beach is wonderful there, but they actually charge $15/day to rent beach chairs, which I think is ridiculous. You would think they'd be complimentary to guests.
Again, bring your own chair. Plenty of people do.
There is a great pool with a slide for kids. The baby pool is great too.
There is an adult-only pool behind the beachside bar, which I could see being great.
Also know that you must show your guest card every time you buy food, drinks, etc. So know that whatever credit card you booked with, all of your other resort charges (other than the gift shops), will go on that card. Food, drinks, etc. There is no other choice. This is how they verify you are indeed a guest or "member" there because this is not a gated resort.
My other advice, besides stocking up on your own snacks and drinks, is to note that there is no elevator in the beach side of the resort. If you get a 2nd floor room, you have to tote all your stuff up the stairs. Wish I had thought of that when I booked. When you have a child, it gets tedious trecking up and down stairs.
Overall we had a great time. We live near the beach at home, but it's nice to be able to see something different and go into your room for a mid-afternoon nap.
HIGHLY recommend for couples wanting a romantic getaway or a short vacation for people with kids.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A grand hotel with a storied pedigree, the AAA Five-Diamond rated Ponte Vedra Inn & Club brings to mind images of quiet opulence - of grace, stateliness, and history. Located on a sprawling, 300-acre beachfront site in northeast Florida, the historic Inn offers a world of upscale accommodation paired with fine service and a wide array of leisure pursuits. At this year-round sporting paradise, active travelers can choose from seaside golf, tennis, fitness, swimming, surfing, cycling and more while a luxurious spa, picturesque beaches, and delightful dining options lure those in search of relaxation and indulgence. Engaging children's activities, programs, and services make the Inn an exceptional destination for family vacations. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and its nearby sister property, The Lodge & Club, comprise the oceanfront luxury vacation experience known as Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts. Hotel guests enjoy reciprocal access to the amenities of both establishments. ... more less
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