OMNI AMELIA ISLAND PLANTATION NAMED AMONG THE TOP FLORIDA TENNIS RESORTS

Northeast Oceanfront Island Resort Scores Tennis Magazine Accolades

AMELIA ISLAND, FL (March 7, 2012)The Omni Amelia Island Plantation scored big in the March issue of Tennis Magazine, ranking in as the No. 2 Tennis Resort on Florida’s East Coast and as one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the U.S. Criteria considered in the rankings include number of courts, quality of instruction, clinics and game-matching, lodging, dining and other resort amenities. The accolades came on the heels of another recent announcement for the resort: a new partnership with Cliff Drysdale Tennis.

Located underneath a canopy of ancient oaks, Racquet Park is tucked within the Omni Amelia Island Plantation’s sprawling 1,350-acres. With 23 Har-Tru® fast-dry clay courts, three of which are lighted for night play, the resort has hosted legends like Andre Agassi, the Williams sisters, Chris Evert and Maria Sharapova. Professional instruction will now be led by experts from Cliff Drysdale Tennis, providing tennis clinics and personal lessons for resort guests and locals -- just another enhancement to the resort in 2012, which is currently undergoing an extensive $85 million Re-Imagination project. The redevelopment includes: an expanded 70,000 square-foot conference center; 155 additional guest rooms and suites; a new arrival experience featuring a beautiful lobby with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the ocean; a new, expansive Beach Club poolscape; improved connectivity with rerouted roads and sidewalks; and more food and beverage offerings.

“The Omni Amelia Island Plantation is thrilled to be recognized as a top Florida tennis destination,” said Paul Eckert, general manager of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. “Our tennis and recreation department has mastered the art of exceeding expectations, with the ability to offer guests an array of on-property activities at a high level of service and expertise.”

Uniquely located on the tip of Northeast Florida’s barrier island, the property rests between the Atlantic Ocean and natural salt marshlands. With 249 oceanfront guest rooms, the resort also offers spacious, multi-bedroom villas with ocean, marsh and interior island views. Rich in recreational offerings, guests can embark on guided tours with an on-property naturalist; golf the most seaside holes in Florida; dine at one of nine on-property culinary options; indulge in a treatment at the nature-inspired spa; shop in the on-site shopping village; or roll across wooden bridges through maritime forests by bike, Segway or island hopper. 

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For more information on the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, call 1-800-The-Omni or visit www.omniameliaislandplantation.com . 

About the Omni Amelia Island Plantation 

Beginning a new chapter in its nearly 40-year heritage, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation is undergoing an extensive re-imagination project. As Florida’s award-winning island destination, the 1,350-acre retreat is recognized for offering a luxury resort experience in perfect harmony with nature, rich in recreational activities. The certified Green Lodging Destination is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean, lush marshlands and the Intracoastal Waterway, located just north of Jacksonville, Fla. The property sits on three-and-a-half miles of wide, uncrowded beaches and includes 49,000 square feet of flexible meeting space; 54 holes of championship golf; 23 Har-Tru® tennis courts; award-winning recreation programs; a shopping village with restaurants, boutiques and gift shops as well as the nature-inspired signature spa; a state-of-the-art fitness center; nine culinary options ranging from casual to fine dining; kids camps; and numerous activities for adventurers including water sports, horseback riding, walking, hiking and Segway tours. With 249 guest rooms in the oceanfront resort, the Villas of Amelia Island Plantation Resort offer 300 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with ocean, golf or resort views. 

For more information, please call 1-800-The-Omni or visit omniameliaislandplantation.com . 

About Cliff Drysdale Tennis 

Cliff Drysdale Tennis (CDT), founded in 2001 by tennis legend Cliff Drysdale and partners Don Henderson and Tom Brownhill, specializes in daily tennis operations and management for resorts, hotels and private tennis clubs; sports design and construction consultation for companies interested in building world-class tennis facilities; tennis educational programs, summer camps, clinics and retreats; and resort, hotel corporate outing planning and leisure operations. For more information, visit www.cliffdrysdale.com.

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