Luxury Accommodations, Shopping and Dining on Florida’s Historic Coast

For the luxury seeker there is no shortage of accommodations, dining and relaxation on Florida’s Historic Coast.  

Resort Experiences

Located in the heart of St. Augustine’s Historic District, the restored 1888 landmark Casa Monica Resort & Spa Autograph Collection has a historic Spanish architecture that transports guests to a world of luxury. Selected by Conde Nast readers as one of the Top 20 Hotels in Florida, the Casa Monica features a rooftop pool with elegant cabanas, an upscale restaurant with a Mediterranean theme, the fantastic Bohemian Art Gallery and the Poseidon Spa. When guests arrive at the Casa Monica’s ornate lobby with frescos, fountains and chandeliers they feel as if they’ve arrived at the finest hotel in Morocco, and the hotel’s location puts visitors within walking distance of attractions, museums and the scenic bay front.

The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa is a full-service resort featuring contemporary hotel and villa accommodations, an creative selection of dining options, world-class spa, beach club, outstanding conference facilities and 99 holes of privileged access to championship golf, courtesy of the adjacent TPC Sawgrass, one of the PGA TOUR's most venerable courses. This Northeast Florida retreat in Ponte Vedra Beach has a reputation for first class service, a private beach club, premium suites and a spa that offers an extensive list of treatments.

The Inn and Club at Ponte Vedra is the crown jewel of Ponte Vedra Beach. This AAA Five-Diamond rated oceanfront resort has a tradition for seaside luxury and first-class amenities. With the Atlantic Ocean as a dramatic backdrop, the resort features 250 rooms and suites, a serene beach, pools, two golf courses, 15 tennis courts, a fitness center, world class spa, a beachside bistro, fine dining and shopping.

The Lodge and Club is the sister property of the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. The oceanfront Lodge’s 66 luxurious rooms and suites are complemented by fine dining, afternoon high teas and all the guest privileges of the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club.

Bed & Breakfast Inns & Boutique Hotels

Bed and Breakfast Inns are plentiful in St. Augustine. Each of the more than 24 inns has its own personality and all offer generous hospitality and exceptional service.  From well-appointed suites overlooking the city’s Matanzas Bay to a quiet retreat on a brick lined street, a romantic luxe escape awaits. The St. Augustine Historic Inns Association can help visitors find the perfect accommodations in the oldest city in the U.S.

The Marker 8 Hotel and Marina sets on the shore of Matanzas Bay and is known for its spectacular views of St. Augustine’s skyline. Through a series of intimate garden spaces, a cantilevered boardwalk, and a new pool scape, the design seeks to make the most of the waterfront edge and create a relaxing, yet high-end experience for guests.  Each of the 26 elegant themed rooms features a unique view of the bayfront, rain showers, and modern furnishings.

Once the home of the Dow Museum of Historic Houses, a beloved St. Augustine landmark dating back to 1790, The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens is one of St. Augustine’s most charming luxury properties.  This beautifully appointed inn blends contemporary luxuries and amenities, a deep reverence for authenticity and the quaint touches and personal service of a bed and breakfast. With its wrought-iron finishes, fountains and period details, St. Augustine’s most unique hotel casts a magical spell on historians, storytellers and modern-day explorers.

St. Augustine’s most historic bed and breakfast is the St. Francis Inn, which dates from 1791, the city’s second Spanish Colonial period. With plenty of old world charm, the Inn’s individually decorated rooms and suites feature whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and antiques. The peaceful walled courtyard garden is a favorite place to unwind. Gourmet full breakfasts, private balconies and porches, swimming pool, bicycles and evening socials add to the ambiance.

Spa-tacular Moments
Relaxation, rejuvenation and healthful beauty are easy to find on Florida’s Historic Coast courtesy of an array of great spas. Enjoy the opulence of resort spas including The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, the Zen-inspired Spa at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, and the Poseidon Spa at the Casa Monica Resort & Spa where therapies from the earth and sea inspire the senses. Choose from several boutique day spas including the quaint spa with modern 21st century techniques Small Indulgences, or the soothing array of therapies at Debbie’s Day Spa. Try something new at the Salt Spa St. Augustine. This wellness spa pampers you in a therapeutic environment that uses the healing benefits of salt therapy for sufferers of skin and respiratory aliments. Choose from Salt Cave therapy, Float Tank therapy or Infrared Sauna therapy.
 
Delightful Dining
When you think of fine dining, you may picture a cozy table in a richly appointed restraint. But here on Florida’s Historic Coast, you’ll enjoy fine dining outdoors along brick lined streets, tucked away in eclectic bistros, and seaside restaurants serving inventive seafood dishes with a great view of the ocean. Also be sure to try wine bars, San Sebastian Winery, The St. Augustine Distillery and take a local food and wine tour for a moveable feast. The Raintree Restaurant is one of St. Augustine’s longest serving restaurants and is known for blending international influences using traditional technics to serve a menu of seafood, lamb, duck, chicken and pasta inside the historic  Victoria home or the bricked outdoor patio.  Old City House is located inside a bed & breakfast inn on Cordova. This small homey restaurant offers quiet elegance with first class services and award-winning cuisine. Vernon’s First Coast Kitchen & Bar is located inside the Sawgrass Marriott Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach. Combining locally sourced produce with a wide selection of hand cut meats served impeccably alongside an impressive wine list.
 
Epic Shopping
If you are looking for something extra special for a friend, family member or just for yourself, there are nearly 50 art galleries and 25 antique stores in St. Augustine as well as trendy resort boutiques in Ponte Vedra Beach.

For the serious shopper there are two of the most popular outlet malls in the Southeast - St. Augustine Outlets and St. Augustine Premium Outlets. Luxury fashion brands include Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Cole Hahn, Gucci, Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth, Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more.