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The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island completed a major renovation in March 2012, but the design style of the hotel is still as classically elegant as ever, with accents of Southern coastal charm. When you enter the hotel, you’ll notice the stately foyer and reception area, fashioned with wood paneling and white crown molding. Dark circular wooden tables hold elegant displays of purple flowers, including water irises, lilies of the Nile thistle and sea holly in tall glass vases. Gray and tan marble floors complement the elegant lobby, though floral carpets line the hallways leading to guest rooms. Along the hallways, you’ll also encounter wooden furniture including cabinets displaying vintage china sets along with potted white orchids and red benches should you need to rest for a moment. A coastal theme also plays throughout the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel, with many gold-framed oil paintings depicting ships and nautical life. Similarly, a salt theme abounds; in addition to the unique flavors of salt served at the hotel’s signature restaurant Salt, in The Salt Boutique and in the salt-based body treatments at the spa, throughout the hotel you’ll see pink Himalayan salt lamps, which naturally purify the air.
Guest rooms, meanwhile, are bright and simply decorated. A cream, pale green, pale yellow and purple color scheme predominates, accented by cherry wood furniture. Crown molding on the walls lends an elegant touch to the rooms, as do the black-and-white marble bathrooms, while oversized color photographs of the Florida coast and marshlands create a true sense of place.
And you’ll definitely get a resort feeling as you stroll along the perfectly manicured lawns dotted with palm trees and colorful flowerbeds. Take a seat in one of the many wooden chairs and rocking chairs located throughout and soak in all that Florida sunshine while you indulge in some well-deserved rest and relaxation.