Luxury never goes out of style on Florida’s Historic Coast

From upscale resorts to boutique accommodations, Florida’s Historic Coast offers a satisfying selection of haute hoteliers.

St. Augustine, Fla. -- St. Augustine’s history of luxury accommodations dates back to Henry Flagler’s Hotel Ponce de León, built in 1888 to accommodate the country’s most elite families. In the late 1880’s, the arrival of millionaire Henry Flagler changed St. Augustine forever. A man of vision with the wealth to convert his dreams into reality, Flagler transformed sleepy St. Augustine into the ultimate winter escape for Americans with unlimited money and impeccable social credentials. To accommodate his guests, Flagler built a series of hotels that was unrivaled anywhere in terms of opulence and amenities.

You’ll find many charming, historic and popular Bed & Breakfast Inn at the Inns of Elegance website.

At intimate B&Bs such as St. Augustine’s Bayfront Marin House, guests watch sunrises and sailboats from well-appointed rooms. Located on St. George Street is the historic St. Francis Inn.

Others wake to cathedral bells in the fashionable Casa Monica Hotel & Spa overlooking the plaza which has been splendidly restored by hotelier Richard Kessler. Its artful interiors balance antiques with amenities. At The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens, guests experience the intimacy and luxury of a B&B with the privacy of a suite. Sequestered on a landscaped acre, seven restored homes represent 400 years of history and the city’s only boutique hotel. Most importantly, these properties and others are walking distance to shops, dining and historic sites.

Further north in picturesque Ponte Vedra Beach, the butler-serviced wing of the sprawling Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa raises the bar on luxury. Butlers anticipate every need, from preferential tee times on adjacent TPC Sawgrass to poolside cabana reservations. The spacious accommodations feature designer finishes, stocked refrigerators and wine bars, and fresh flowers. With an onsite spa, signature restaurants and a complimentary shuttle whisking guests to a private beach, Sawgrass promises a superlative vacation.
Likewise, the venerable Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is an AAA Five-Diamond rated favorite among discerning travelers, many of whom return yearly to enjoy impeccable service, stellar golf and beautiful oceanfront rooms. Add three pools, outstanding cuisine and northeast Florida’s largest spa, and you have a recipe for rejuvenation. The resort’s popular sister property, the Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra, has an adults only lap pool and reciprocal access to the Inn & Club.

From Flagler’s time to modern times, luxury stays on Florida’s Historic Coast are not the same old story.
Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida's Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra and 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. For more information on events, activities, holiday getaways, accommodations and to plan your vacation in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at, become a fan on Facebook or call 1.800.653.2489.

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