I’ve always thought that North Florida has the most beautiful beaches in all of the state. Perhaps in all of the U.S. I’m talking wide, powdery, white sand beaches. And Atlantic Beach, just north of Jacksonville, has one of the best Florida hotels offering a truly luxurious beach vacation experience. Despite living just a few miles inland, my husband and I would often just sneak away for a night or two to enjoy a luxury oceanfront getaway (fortunately, we could take advantage of Florida resident discounts).
One Ocean Resort & Spa is a luxury oceanfront hotel situated on one of Florida’s best beaches. Whether you’re traveling as empty nesters in search of some true R&R, or looking for a family vacation with activities that will please everyone, you’ll want to check out this property. All guestrooms are spacious and have expansive views of Atlantic Beach. The decor of the entire property is modern and inspired by the ocean with sea glass and seashells, against a backdrop of the azure water.
Each guestroom is assigned a personal docent, or concierge, who tends to guests every need. If you travel with your pet (yes, it’s a pet-friendly resort), your docent will feed (a chef-prepared pet food) and walk your dog while you’re out enjoying a round of golf or long day on the beach. Do you prefer walnuts over almonds as a snack? Or maybe you’re watching your waistline so you like to nosh on fresh fruit. It’s your docent’s job to know that and stock your amenity cabinet accordingly. And unlike most resorts, the products (excluding alcoholic beverages) are free of charge. Docents can also assist with local activities, business needs and may even get you that last minute tee time.
There are plenty of options for taking in what is arguably one of Florida’s best beaches. With an oceanfront pool, covered beach cabanas, and the spa’s morning fitness beach walk, you’ll find ample time to feel the sand between your toes. There’s plenty of family-friendly activities from surfing to paddleboarding to nearby world-class golf. The town of Atlantic Beach is a short walk away with quaint cafes, boutiques and shops.
The Spa at One Ocean Resort was rated one of the Top 100 Resort Spas by Conde Nast Traveler with its sweeping panoramic views of the Atlantic. Treatments are all inspired by the ocean like the Seashell Massage, a treatment that uses smooth, heated seashells to relive sore muscles, or the Ocean Polish & Marine Detox Wrap, a purifying organic bio-scrub of gigartina seaweed, lavender and salts of the earth followed by a seaweed wrap that hydrates the skin. Couples massages take place in one of the suites overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
One Ocean Resort’s restaurant, Azurea, has received its share of accolades and is the only restaurant in North Florida to host the prestigious Friends of James Beard culinary organization. The restaurant is one of three AAA four-diamond restaurants in Northeast Florida and has received a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. The seasonal menu features seasonal, coastal-inspired cuisine, like Florida rock shrimp, Maine lobster, Hawaiian sea bass and Diver scallops.