"Steel magnolias" bloom at the omni amelia island plantation

Luxury Northeast Florida Coastal Island Resort Welcomes Southern Belles

AMELIA ISLAND, FL (September 12, 2011) – Surrounded by sparkling Atlantic waters and natural salt marshlands, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation  invites Southern belles to experience “Steel Magnolias,” complete with antique shopping, a professionally instructed tennis clinic, Madeleines and Mint Juleps. The 1,350-acre Southern retreat tucked underneath canopied live oaks on the Northeastern most tip of Florida’s barrier island offers relaxation for modern-day “Truvy Joneses,” working to balance their busy lifestyles.

The “Steel Magnolias”  package includes:

  • Sweet tea and Madeleines upon arrival
  • 50-minute Swedish massage
  • Mint Julep and chocolate tasting at Marché Burette
  • One-hour group tennis clinic
  • Antique shopping in downtown Fernandina, with personal driver pick-up/drop-off
  • Copy of GRITS (Girls Raised in the South): Guide to Life
  • Luxurious oceanfront accommodations for two guests

Upon arrival, ladies are served sweet tea and Madeleines to ease unpacking. Guests then head to the resort’s Racquet Court for a one-hour tennis clinic, professionally instructed by the Gunterman Tennis School. To ease aching muscles, spa-goers are treated to a 50-minute Swedish massage while overlooking private gardens. A chauffeured drive to the Victorian-style seaport of historic Fernandina indulge shop-aholics with an array of antique shops, boutiques and art galleries and upon return to the resort, a Mint Julep and chocolate tasting awaits at the gourmet market, Marché Burette. Ladies depart refreshed and revitalized, with a complimentary copy of GRITS: Guide to Life, encouraging everyday Southern elegance.

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation also offers countless recreational opportunities, including horseback riding along the Atlantic shoreline, kayaking tours around Amelia’s barrier island or assisting in sea turtle recovery with an on-property naturalist. A large, two-tiered poolscape and beach club and 3.5 miles of beach offer sun-seekers respite. A shopping village with restaurants, boutiques and gift shops, nine culinary options from fine to casual dining and a state-of-the-art fitness center create the ultimate getaway.

 Rates start at $349/night based on double-occupancy for a two-night minimum stay, are subject to availability and cannot be combined with other special offers and discounts. To book the “Steel Magnolias” package, guests can call 1-800-The-Omni or visit omniameliaislandplantation.com .

About the Omni Amelia Island Plantation 

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation is Florida’s award-winning island destination recognized for offering a upscale resort experience in perfect harmony with nature. A certified Green Lodging Destination, the resort is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean, marshlands and the Intracoastal Waterway. Just north of Jacksonville, Fla., the 1,350-acre resort features three-and-a-half miles of wide, uncrowded beaches; 49,000 square feet of flexible meeting space; 54 holes of championship golf; 23 tennis courts; a large, two-tiered poolscape and beach club; 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. The Omni Amelia Island Plantation features 249 oceanview guest rooms. The Villas of Amelia Island Plantation Resort offers one-, two- and three-bedroom villas featuring ocean, golf or resort views. 

 For more information about the Omni Amelia Island Plantation please call 1-800-The-Omni or visit the website at omniameliaislandplantation.com .

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