Amelia Island, Florida received three top rankings in the recent Condé Nast Travelers 2008 Readers Choice Awards. The destination was named among the Top 10 North American islands for the second consecutive year, finishing in the #6 spot ahead of Hilton Head, S.C. and Sanibel, Fla. The Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, a 25-room, oceanfront boutique hotel, held the #2 position in the rankings for Top Hotels in the U.S. The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, a 444-room beachfront resort, was also named #15 among Top U.S. Mainland Resorts, up from its #21 ranking in 2007.
We are thrilled to see Amelia Island so well represented again in the Readers’ Choice Awards,” said Gil Langley, President of the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This kind of recognition from such discriminating travelers speaks volumes about Amelia Island’s enduring appeal and the commitment of the island’s tourism partners.”
Readers in the survey evaluated their favorite island destinations on activities, atmosphere/ambience, beaches, friendliness, lodging, restaurants, and scenery. Out of a possible 100 points, Amelia Island scored a 71.6, making it the highest ranked island in Florida. The top hotels category rated properties based on food/dining, location, overall design, rooms and service, while the resorts category also focused on activities and facilities.
The awards are based on the results of the Readers’ Choice Survey, in which more than 32,000 travelers voted this year. Winners were announced on October 15 in New York and will be published in the November issue, available on newsstands starting October 21.
Northeast Florida’s coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty. Its long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters have made the island a favorite destination for outdoor adventure. Upscale resorts with world-class spas, championship golf and exclusive dining blend effortlessly with a captivating collection of bed and breakfast inns and historic districts. The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions, and eateries. Forget the everyday getaway; Come make memories on Amelia Island.