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Ponte Vedra Inn & Club 4.5

Jacksonville Beach, Jacksonville, Florida

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Pros

  • Beautiful resort located directly on a long, white-sand beach
  • Elegant, plush rooms with solid amenities and large bathrooms
  • Many rooms have ocean views, and some open directly onto the beach
  • Two 18-hole golf courses, including one with ocean views
  • Excellent restaurants consist of fine dining and casual options
  • 15 tennis courts, and large fitness center with free classes
  • 30,000-square-foot spa with outdoor area and salon services
  • Four pools, including an adult-only one and a kiddy pool with waterslides
  • Seasonal kids’ club with indoor and outdoor activities, and a playground
  • Beach bikes and non-motorized water sports available for a fee
  • Free self-parking and property-wide Wi-Fi 
  • Extensive meeting space, including indoor and outdoor areas

Cons

  • Fee for use of beach loungers and umbrellas
  • Some may find room decor a tad dated
  • Sprawling property means long walks to some rooms

Bottom Line

Opened in 1928, the 250-room Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is a luxe beachfront retreat catering to couples, families, and business travelers alike. Rooms look and feel upmarket -- though some touches, such as the carpets and floral prints may seem dated to some -- and feature flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, and spacious bathrooms, many with separate soaking tubs and glass showers. But what makes the resort truly stand out are its ample amenities: two 18-hole golf courses, a huge spa, 15 tennis courts, four pools, a large fitness center with free classes, and top-notch restaurants ranging from fine dining to casual snacks by the beach. For something more intimate, sister property The Lodge and Club at Ponte Vedra Beach is a good 66-room option located just a two-minute drive away.

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Scene

Historic beachfront resort with a relaxing vibe and stunning array of on-site features 

The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2018, but constant updates and renovations have kept the property looking as elegant and luxe as when it first opened in 1928. Known for its wide array of on-site amenities, handsome interiors, and manicured grounds, the property sprawls over a vast oceanfront area abutting a beautiful white-sand beach. The resort’s 249 rooms are spread over about a dozen low-rise buildings, some of them directly overlooking the beach, while several smaller structures house the restaurants, spa, lobby, and other common areas. Long walks between some rooms and public areas may not be convenient to some, but the sheer size of the resort does not detract from the quality of the maintenance. 

Jacksonville Beach is known for its long stretches of powdery sand, and though there aren’t many hotels in the area that can compare to the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, there are plenty of other oceanfront properties for travelers shopping around for something different. The One Ocean Resort Hotel & Spa is another luxe property with family-friendly amenities, cute rooms, and a great spa. At a lower price point, the Best Western Oceanfront is a decent alternative, featuring free breakfast and Wi-Fi, a small outdoor pool, and well-equipped contemporary rooms.  

Location

In Ponte Vedra Beach, a calm community just south of Jacksonville Beach

The Ponte Vedra Inn is located directly on a calm stretch of beach less than 10 minutes south by car of Jacksonville Beach. It's an affluent area known for its relaxed surroundings, plentiful golf options, quiet beaches, and upscale resorts. Though there isn’t much within walking distance of the resort, several area attractions can be reached by car in under 10 minutes, including Adventure Landing amusement park and the Jacksonville Beach Golf Club. Downtown Jacksonville, home to a number of museums and plenty of restaurants, is about a 25-minute drive away, as are the EverBank Field and the Tree Hill Nature Center. It takes about 40 minutes to drive to Jacksonville International Airport. 

Rooms

Classic, elegant rooms with good amenities and outdoor spaces; many have full ocean views

The resort’s 249 rooms and suites are housed in a number of low-rise buildings, some offering direct access to the beach and others overlooking the grounds and golf course. Rooms and suites are done up in the same classic, elegant style, with heavy wooden furniture, wall-to-wall carpeting, and a soft palette that combines green, salmon, and beige hues to create soothing spaces. Big windows make rooms light and airy, and all rooms have at least a balcony with wrought-iron patio furniture. Each room is outfitted with a well-reviewed bed, several pillows, a flat-screen TV, coffeemaker, and USB charging points. Wi-Fi is free throughout the property. Deluxe Oceanfront Rooms feature wet bars with mini-fridges and microwaves, while suites have at least basic kitchenettes. 

Bathrooms vary in size, and have either shower/tub combos or separate glass showers and soaking tubs. 

Features

Stunning array of on-site amenities, from golf courses to a spa and outdoor pools

Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is known for its outstanding array of on-site features that include family-friendly and adult-only options. In addition to four outdoor pools, a lovely beach with loungers and umbrellas (for a fee), 15 tennis courts, and a seasonal kids’ club, the resort offers a range of wellness features, including a wonderful spa with over 100 body treatments and salon services, and a large fitness center with free classes, tons of machines, and a heated lap pool. Fat-tire beach bikes and non-motorized water sports are available for a fee as well.  

One of the resort’s definite highlights is its dining options, ranging from casual snack bars by the beach to elegant eateries serving up gourmet cuisine. Prices aren’t cheap, but the vast majority of guests find them right for quality and taste. Guests also get access to restaurants at sister property The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach, located just a two-minute drive away. Room service is provided 24/7.

The hotel also features 25,000 square feet of meeting space -- both indoors and outdoors -- and free self-parking. Valet parking is available for a fee. 

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Address

200 Ponte Vedra Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082-1810, United States

Phone

(800) 234-7842

Room Types

  • Golf Course View Room
  • Oceanfront Room
  • Partial Ocean View Room

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