The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, located between Jacksonville Beach and St. Augustine, has earned a reputation as the grande dame of North Florida resorts.
Since 1928, the 250-room luxury resort has hosted and entertained four generations of visitors, transcending time with its opulent style and sophistication. A history room chronicles the journey of this AAA Five Diamond resort, which was founded by the Peyton family and is now overseen by Gate Hospitality (a division of Gate Petroleum), based in Jacksonville.
Families can enjoy leisure pursuits on the water, such as kayaking and fishing, as well as land activities like golf and tennis. Two 18-hole courses each offer challenging layouts, and the Racquet Club has several instructional programs for all ages on 15 Har-Tru clay courts.
The upgraded oceanfront Surf Club, the epicenter of activity at the resort, includes three pools: a four-lane lap pool with an adults-only area perfect for conversation and a cool libation from the High Tides Bar; a children's pool with a waterslide; and a family zone. Guests who prefer to use the resort's private beach can call ahead to arrange for a setup of beach chairs and umbrellas before they leave their rooms. Kayaks, bicycles, surfboards and beach games are also available.
The gym has over 8,000 square feet of exercise space on two floors, enabling guests to choose from a wide variety of cardiovascular and strength-training exercises and classes.
The Balinese-inspired Ponte Vedra Spa offers 100 specialty services and treatments and features soaring ceilings, waterfalls, sculptures and bamboo gardens within its 30,000-plus square feet. The Essential Facial is the perfect solution to restoring tired and lackluster skin to its brilliant glow. Luxurious men's and women's locker rooms feature a steam room, sauna and whirlpools adjacent to a private, grotto-style pool. Five water-therapy areas, a whirlpool tub, swimmer's treadmill and waterfall can be used to relax sun-kissed skin.
The resort offers nearly a dozen dining options, including beachside nibbles, upscale lounges and jewel-box formal dining with jackets required. The signature Seahorse Grille tempts palates with fresh seafood concoctions, artful presentation and brilliant views of the ocean.
The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club and its nearby sister property, the Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach, enable guests to enjoy access to the amenities of both establishments. Nightly rates at the Inn & Club start at $299. For more information or reservations, call (888) 839-9145 or visit pontevedra.com