Amelia Island Plantation Blog


Cooking Fresh from Amelia Farmers Market

Have you been down to the Amelia Farmers Market that recently moved to The Shops of Omni Amelia Island Plantation? Every Saturday from 9am to 1pm, the Amelia Farmers Market is open to the public to bring friends and family to experience the best that the local community has to offer. There is something to offer everyone from getting breakfast at Chef Bobby's Biscuit Bar with a $2.50 bloody mary or mimosa to picking up fresh flowers for the house at Orchids by Del-Rei or Ever Blooming Landscape Gardens.  As chef at the Falcon's Nest, what I find the most fun about going to the local farmer's market every Saturday is seeing what vendors are available, as it is always changing and bringing a fresh new variety of products to choose from. As a culinary artist, I personally love being able to try new ingredients to use in our menu items at the Falcon's Nest. Since the market is now right around the corner, we have been able to utilize a wide variety of products in our Amelia Island restaurant. For example, I pick up spice blends at Dips2go and Batch 501 to use for our tailgate football menu that runs Saturday and Sundays from 11am-6pm. Maria's Bakery makes some of the best bread that I have had the chance to enjoy. We have used their jalapeno mozzarella focaccia bread as the base for a flavorful play on a Philly cheese steak with shaved roast beef, sautéed onions and provolone cheese and look forward to exploring other options to expand our culinary offerings. Chef Melissa Mcknight of the Verandah can be seen shopping every Saturday morning finding the freshest lettuces to use in her salads at the Verandah or vegetables for her featured side dishes.  One of my favorite dishes to prepare is a simple and easy vegetable pasta using homemade pasta from Amo la Pasta and the freshest vegetables available from all of the vendors at the market. I pick up cherry tomatoes, squash, eggplant, Brussels sprouts and green onion from Kings Country Produce to combine with an herbed fettuccini. Start with dicing up your fresh vegetables and then simply sauté with some garlic and butter allowing the natural flavors of the vegetables to take shape.  Next, toss in your fresh pasta, that only takes a 3-4 minutes to cook in boiling water, and you will have a quick and delicious meal that will take even a true Italian back to his roots of simple, fresh cuisine that everyone can enjoy. Watch Chef Frank cook his vegetable pasta from the Amelia Farmers Market! For more information and updates on upcoming events going on at the market, please visit www.ameliafarmersmarket.com. There you can find when Minorcan Datil Pepper will be at the market with their incredible uses for datil peppers and when they will be returning.  I'm looking forward to the very exciting news that a new certified organic farmer will be bringing her organic veges this month! I am excited to see the market grow as the move to The Shops at Amelia Island plantation has given the market the ability to expand how many vendors they can accommodate.  I look forward to seeing what the local farmers and vendors have to offer and hope to see you shopping soon! Happy cooking!

September 27, 2012 - Leave a comment

Community, The Spa & Shops

Georgia / Florida Weekend
on Amelia Island Plantation

Celebrate the biggest weekend in college football when the University of Georgia Bulldogs take on the University of Florida Gators!  The annual Georgia Florida weekend on Amelia Island is here again! The Omni Amelia Island Plantation offers a special GA vs. FL package at the oceanfront resort including game day transportation as well as a plethora of parties, activities, specials and football celebrations!  From the Nature Center excursions to the annual GA/FLBoardwalk Bash or Falcon's Nest Jagermeister After Party to spa services tailored just for the devoted fan or a special sale in The Shops, Amelia Island Plantation is convenient to the game day action but secluded enough to be your football getaway at the beach.  Don yourself in your school colors, practice your best rivalry chants, pack your bags and we'll see you for the October 27th game weekend! See our full schedule of activities below! GA/FL Tailgate Package Calling all Georgia Bulldog and Florida Gator football fans! Omni Amelia Island Plantation will be celebrating the annual football weekend when the University of Georgia take on their long-time rivals the University of Florida at Everbank Field in nearby Jacksonville, Florida on October 27th. Guests will receive luxurious accommodations in the Omni Amelia Island Plantation resort and free round-trip transportation with tailgate beverages from $299 per night. Book Georgia Bulldogs package or Book Florida Gators package. Thursday, October 25 Okefenokee Swamp at Night 4pm, Nature Center Take an adventure to the Land of the Trembling Earth. Enjoy the spectacular view of the sunset over the swamp by boat while searching for emerging alligators and roosting wading birds. Includes a southern style dinner and transportation. $105/adult; $72/children; Under age 3 free Friday, October 26 Camp Amelia 9am-4pm, Nature Center Kid's enjoy their own special adventure day camp while parent's explore their own beach vacation. Available as a full day for $70; Half day from 9am-1pm for $55; or 1-4pm for $45.  Just For Kids 6:30-9:30pm, Nature Center Just For Kids nighttime themed kid's dinner party is the perfect evening of fun for the youngsters while the parents attend the Boardwalk Bash, enjoy an adult-only dinner, or stroll along on the beach with no interruptions.  $55 per child, includes dinner GA-FL Boardwalk Bash 5-9pm, Marché Burette at The Shops Football boardwalk bash for University of Georgia and University of Florida fans featuring bounce house, crafts and tennis for kids; football toss and corn hole games; and live music with DRB from 6-9 pm featuring swinging arrangements from the '40s to the sizzling top hits of today with a wide variety of music including big band, blues, funk, pop, rock and country. Full bar and sampling of food including grilled gator, pizzas, pork sliders, burgers and more will be available! Movie Under the Stars 9pm, The Shops Grab the family and bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy a complimentary family friendly flick under the stars. GA/FL Jagermeister After Party 9pm-1am, Falcon's Nest The GA/FL Jagermeister After Party at the Falcon's Nest will continue the pre-game celebration with the Ron Perry Connection playing live outside on the deck from 9pm-1am with a blend of classic rock, dance favorites, acoustic music and current hits.  Specialty cocktails, giveaways and prizes, full bar, and sampling of food including pork sliders, wings, burgers, and more will be available.  Saturday, October 27 - GAME DAY Camp Amelia GA/FL Special 11am-7pm; Nature Center Kid's are busy with a day of recreation extreme fun while the parents attend the GA/FL football game!   $95 includes 2 meals & snacks.  24-hour pre-registration required. Camp will begin 30 minutes prior to game bus departure and end 30 post return.  Falcon's Nest Game Day Specials 9am-2am, Falcon's Nest Join us for an early pre-game breakfast from 9am-12pm featuring a Southwestern Breakfast Burrito, Scramble Egg Platter, Breakfast Sandwiches, Florida Sunnyside Combo, Georgia Pancake Platter and more! From 12-6pm catch football specials on our tailgate menu including Fried Gator Bites and Bull Dawg Bites. Regular menu and drink specials available after 6pm. Game Day Transportation 12pm, Racquet Park Starting October 13, guests that are not booked on the special GA/FL Tailgate Package can purchase any remaining game day transportation tickets on the bus for $75 per guest including 3 tailgate beverages per guest.  Buses will park in the tailgate lot at the stadium and return from the stadium 30 minutes after the end of the game.  Call 904-261-6161 to book your seat after October 13th. Beach Fire 7-9pm, resort beach Wrap up the game day celebrations with a relaxing beach fire under the stars. Sunday, October 28 Naturalist Brunch Kayak  9:30am, Nature Center Take a two hour paddle with the naturalists through the tidal marsh creek at walkers landing.  After the relaxing paddle, enjoy lunch at the picnic tables along the waterfront while viewing the spectacular scenery.  Choose from a variety of options on the menu.  $75 adults/ $65 children Spa Specials Unwind at The Spa with a relaxing 50-minute Gator scrub or Bulldog rub service for just $99*/service. Gator Scrub - Enjoy our three tea, ginger and sugar scrub. This treatment rids the body of old skin cells, while enhancing its elasticity and replenishing lost moisture.  Bulldog Rub - Relax with a gentle rhythmic massage designed to relax the body, reduce muscle tension and increase circulation. *Available October 21-31, 2012. Specials can not be combined with any other discount. The Shops Sale Receive 15% off anything with red, black, orange or blue in it at Harrison's Mercantile and Amelia’s Signature Shop.  Sale valid October 26-28, 2012. So are you going to gator chomp to the beat of the music or let out your best bulldog bark?!?! For more information on any events or booking the package call 904-261-6161.

September 25, 2012 - Leave a comment

Community, Events

Chef feature – Brennan Pickren,
Garde Manager & Pastry Chef

Brennan Pickren, a true Georgia southern gentlemen, serves as the Garde Manager & Pastry Chef at Omni Amelia Island Plantation.  With over ten years of culinary experience, Brennan is the chef behind the banquet and catering menus for meetings and special events and the pastry specialties at the oceanfront resort.  Ever wonder who makes the phenomenal melon or ice carvings or prepares the delectable room amenities at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation?  Chef Brennan Pickren is behind the operations. He has also served as the Sous Chef for the Ocean Grill restaurant as well a cook at the five-star Georgian Room and Beach Club restaurant at the Sea Island Cloister.  In the early 2000s, Chef spent time doing an apprenticeship at Amelia Island Plantation working at the Ocean Club, Verandah, Amelia Inn restaurant and banquets.   As a person who loves to eat and lacks the ability to cook, I have had the privilege of dining with Chef Pickren on many occasions and am always in awe.  Not only at his ability to change a basic food into a melt-in-your-mouth masterpiece but at the drive, determination and heart that goes into his cooking.  The only things I have seen him do with more purpose than prepare food is to cheer for his Georgia Bulldogs or play with his son Benson with his wife Courtney, who you may also know from the Verandah restaurant.  Join me as we get to know more about the Garde Manager and Pastry Chef at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation…Chef Brennan Pickren. How did you get interested in cooking? At first I was more interested in the simple act of working the line.  The fast pace, intensity and pressure of it was a rush for me.  Then the chef I was working for got me involved in an apprenticeship program where I learned about different cooking techniques and styles of cuisine.  I spent a ton of money I didn't have on cook books, knives and other kitchen tools.  I started to understand that this was a path where no matter how much you learned, no one could ever come close to knowing everything there is to know about food. It was a challenge. I surrounded myself with it and from there it was all over. I knew what my career would be. What is your favorite ingredient to cook with? Least favorite? My favorite, even though I know it's pretty vague, would have to be salt and smoke because they're two of the oldest and most natural ways of preservation.  Not only do they add great flavor but they can also change the physical qualities of the food without using heat.  My least favorite would have to be quail eggs.  I used to work at a restaurant where I had to make devilled quail eggs every day for an amuse.  The sad thing is, even though I got sick of making devilled quail eggs, I still put them on our hors d' oeuvres menu. What is your favorite meal?  It's a toss up between my wife Courtney's lasagna and my mom's chicken with brown gravy and biscuits. What do you find most challenging about your position? Trying to balance administrative duties and being present in the kitchen.  If I'm out of the kitchen too much things can go wrong and my cooks may resent me for it but I have to do my due diligence as a manager also. What restaurant would you most like to dine in?  I would have loved to eat elBulli before it closed, but since there's no chance of that now, I would have to say what ever new concept that Ferran Adria comes up with.  Maybe he'll decide to start a restaurant in the U.S. one day. If you could have a meal with anyone, alive or passed, who would it be?  His name was Greg.  He was great friend of mine and had a deep appreciation for good food and spending time with friends.  You couldn't ask for better company. What is your most marked characteristic? I think I'm probably marked as a nice guy.  I would like to think that people think of me as a really hard worker. What do you most value in your friends?  Brutal honesty.  Like it or not, it makes us better people. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Saturday morning cartoons with my son Benson, aka Mr. monkey. Who are your heroes in real life?  My dad and brother who are both relentless in their pursuit of success to provide for the people they love. What talent would you most like to have?  I would love to be able to play an instrument but I don't think it's in the cards for me.  I'm not very musically inclined. What is your motto?  Whatever you choose to do in life, do it with all of your might. What is your greatest regret? Buying a house in 2007, haha If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I've always been a little socially awkward.  I would make myself a more outgoing person.  I think my brother got all of the charm and networking ability in the family.

September 24, 2012 - Leave a comment

Dining

Re-imagination update – September

As fall quickly approaches bringing football, cooler weather and the holiday season, it also brings the home stretch of the last six months for the Omni Amelia Island Plantation re-imagination renovation, scheduled to be complete in spring 2013!  Due to the incredible changes, the resort hotel will be closed from November 15 to March 1st, but 325 rooms will be available at the Villas of Amelia Island Plantation during that time. Other resort activities and recreational offerings will be available for guests to enjoy, including on-property dining at the Marsh View Bar & Grill, Falcon's Nest or Marché Burette; the nature-inspired spa; shopping at The Shops at Amelia Island Plantation; 3.5 miles of wide, uncrowded beach; bike or Segway tours with Amelia's Wheels; kayaking excursions or wildlife tours with the Nature Center; championship golf and tennis; and more. Refurbishment of existing Omni Amelia Island Plantation The temporary hotel closing is due to the refurbishment of the existing facility, including the following updates: • Complete renovation to the Sunrise Café • Reconfiguration of main entrance • Updated beds and bedding in rooms • Preventative maintenance, including painting and room touch ups • Removing corridor tile to create a sun deck-type surface, which is smoother for rolling suitcases • New exterior wall sconces, directional signs, room numbers and electronic locks • Refreshed artwork and furniture on elevator landings Outlets that will be effected during the resort hotel closing include the Sunrise Café, Ocean Grill and Lobby Lounge. The Sunrise Café will receive a face-lift, the lounge will be replaced with the new ocean view Seaglass Lounge in the re-imagined lobby and the Ocean Grill will be expanded into the Sunrise Café and the dinner option will be replaced with Bob's Steak and Chop House in The Shops this spring.  The Verandah restaurant will also receive a makeover this fall after Thanksgiving.  Recent Re-imagination Milestones Other recent milestones in the oceanfront resort construction include: • Fourth floor of buildings C and D are being poured scheduling our Topping Off Celebration of all four buildings in mid October • The steal beams and concrete flooring of the conference center expansion with the Magnolia Ballroom are nearly complete with the hard metal roof installation underway • Interior renovations of the existing conference center have begun with air walls, painting, etc and the more detailed work including carpet and lighting is scheduled for mid November. • The Reception Center building is demolished with cleanup expected to be complete by the middle of October. The phone and IT room remains and the work on Heron's Cove Adventure Golf and the new Canopy Park, a multi-use park space, will begin around mid November. • The parking garage landscape screening installation is about to begin with completion still scheduled for mid October • Oak Marsh Golf Course will reopen on October 20th; work on the Ocean Links Golf Course will take place while the course is still operating with work ending late November • The Verandah restaurant interior design renovations will also take place this fall but the restaurant will not close until after Thanksgiving  Upcoming events at Amelia Island Plantation During the hotel's temporary closing, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation will still host many of our annual events.  Upcoming events include: • Weekly Shrimp Boil on Thursdays and Boardwalk Bash on Fridays at Marché Burette will continue through December from 5-8p.m. • Amelia Farmers Market hosted every Saturday in The Shops from 9a.m.-1p.m. • Amelia Island Women's Tennis Championship from September 23-30 at Racquet Park • GA/FL Celebration on Friday, October 26 from 5-9p.m. at the Boardwalk Bash in The Shops with a GA-FL Jagermeister after party from 9p.m-1a.m. at the Falcon's Nest.  (See our upcoming blog for details!) • Thanksgiving dinner at Verandah - Thursday, November 22 offering a special 3-course menu for $40 from 12-7p.m. • Holiday Celebration - Friday, November 23 at The Shops from 5-8p.m. - Benefiting Take Stock in Children, the annual Holiday Celebration will feature the lighting of the 34' Christmas tree, holiday stilt walker, Santa visit, train rides, crafts, holiday treats and more! • Christmas dinner menu at Marsh View Bar & Grill from 11a.m.-8p.m. • New Year's Eve celebrations include a midnight champagne toast and DJ at Falcon's Nest while families can enjoy a New Years Eve celebration at the Health & Fitness Center complete with a 6p.m. swim-up  movie, 8p.m. apple juice toast, 8p.m. swim-up movie and fire pits with s'mores in Racquet Park from 6-9p.m. Watch our latest construction video for a visual update on the re-imagination with Paul Eckert, General Manager of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.  

September 20, 2012 - Leave a comment

Community, Events

Amelia Island Jazz Festival

This weekend brings our island community the Amelia Island Blues Festival but come October, the sounds in the air of Amelia Island will ring with jazz at the annual Amelia Island Jazz Festival on October 7-14 2012.  The week-long festival will feature a jammed packed schedule of sounds, excitement and vitality of great jazz featuring the headlining acts of multiple Grammy Award nominated jazz-fusion artists Spyro Gyra and contemporary pianist David Benoit. The music festival presents world-class jazz in many styles, including swing, bebop, Dixieland, big band, Latin, and contemporary. Performances are staged in several venues around Amelia Island including our oceanfront resort, Omni Amelia Island Plantation.  Music lovers can enjoy the sounds and energy of the local jazz festival events at Amelia Island Plantation at the Dixieland Jazz Brunch, Jazz at the Movies or both of the headlining concerts on Friday and Saturday, October 12 and 13th.  You can purchase a great All Jazz Pass granting access to all general admission events with a festival t-shirt and commemorative coffee mug for just $215 or get an eight-top table at one of the headlining events for $100/person including ticket, two drinks, t-shirt and coffee mug plus the name or corporation receives recognition from stage and event signage. Omni Jazz Festival Package Make a special event of the local Jazz Festival with a stay at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation resort.  The special package, available October 7-18th, includes luxurious room accommodations, one ticket per registered adult per night on the package for Friday and Saturday night shows, and special discounts are available on tickets for other evenings.  Book your Amelia Island Jazz Festival package  starting at $171 per night. For a complete schedule of events or to purchase tickets online visit the Amelia Island Jazz Festival website or call the jazz hotline at 904-504-4772.

September 14, 2012 - Leave a comment

Community

Stretch Out for Amelia Island Yoga
to Celebrate National Yoga Month

I wish I didn't have a dress on today. Did you know September is National Yoga Month?  As I started doing research on yoga, I found myself wanting to attempt the yoga poses I was finding, hence why a dress is inconvenient.  For some, the closest we get to yoga are buying yoga pants and pretending we're going to use them for more than watching a movie on the couch or doing house work. But for many, a number that has grown exponentially over the last decade, yoga is a practice of physical health, strength, stretching, breathing or spirituality.  National Yoga Month, an observance designated by the Department of Health & Human Services, is designed to educate people about the health benefits of yoga and to inspire a healthy lifestyle.  Amelia Island yoga is offered at the oceanfront resort community of Amelia Island Plantation at both The Spa and Salon or the Health & Fitness Center. According to the Yoga Alliance, these are the top 10 reasons to practice yoga. 10 Reasons to practice yoga 1. Stress relief 2. Pain relief 3. Better breathing 4. Flexibility 5. Increased strength 6. Weight management 7. Improved circulation 8. Cardiovascular conditioning 9. Focus on the present 10. Inner peace The Spa Treehouse The perfect location for a yoga class where one can get in touch with nature is our unique Spa Treehouse at Amelia Island Plantation.  Guests of The Spa at Omni Amelia Island Plantation cross a wooden bridge, over glass waters of the lagoon to the Spa Treehouse, built with inspiration from its natural setting. Set perched amongst the live oak trees for an idyllic yoga retreat, guests breathe in light breezes while practicing deep yoga poses and tree top meditation. Yogis preferring to embrace the island, can enjoy oceanfront beach yoga by appointment. Treehouse Yoga Classes Treehouse yoga classes on Amelia Island are open to the public at $18 for guests or $12 for Amelia Island Equity Club members and residents at Amelia Island Plantation.  Classes are available for ages 12 and up with mats provided. Gentle Yoga - Thursdays • 10:30a.m. This class emphasizes stretching, coordination of breath with movement and attention to alignment.  The class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increase flexibility. Open Flow Yoga - Saturdays • 10:00a.m. This is a multi-level strength based practice which features a series of poses including balances and inversions, designed to work the body to the core, help loosen the joints and get the blood flowing. Yoga at Health & Fitness Center Members of the Amelia Island Equity Club and guests of the Omni Amelia Island Plantation can also enjoy yoga classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Health & Fitness Center from 9-10a.m.  The class focuses on exercise using slow movements and stretching to increase flexibility and balance as well as relieving stress. For more information or to schedule a yoga class with The Spa call  (904) 432-2220 or the Health & Fitness Center at (904) 277-5193. Happy Yoga Month! Namaste.

September 12, 2012 - Leave a comment

The Spa & Shops

Amelia Island Women’s Tennis Championship

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation will welcome tennis enthusiasts once again to our world-renowned tennis complex, Racquet Park, for the Amelia Island Women’s Tennis Championship, presented by Emanon Records, on September 23 – 30, 2012. Rising women’s competitors will contend head to head on the tennis resort's 23 Har-Tru courts in the annual U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) Pro-Circuit event.  Open to the public, the tennis tournament will feature a full calendar of events including a free Wilson Kid's Day, Pro-Am tournament, local pro tournament, and exciting tennis play in qualifying, main draw, semi-finals and final matches.  Qualifying and main draw events are complimentary while the semi-finals and finals events are a $10 donation benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Tennis Matches • Qualifying rounds Sunday, Sept. 23 – Monday, Sept. 24 at 10am – Complimentary • Main draw matches Tuesday, Sept. 25 – Friday, Sept. 28 at 10am – Complimentary • Semi-finals and Finals Saturday, Sept. 29 – Sunday, Sept. 30 – $10 donation per ticket to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Special Events • Wilson Kids’ Day Sunday, Sept. 23 – 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Complimentary Wilson Kids Day supported by the USTA and your local tennis pros. Bring your child for a free clinic with the pro players from 3-4pm, afterwards they’ll enjoy a boxed dinner and watch the matches on stadium court. First 100 to register in advance will receive free t-shirt and gift. • Pro-Am Tournament & Dinner Monday, Sept. 24 – 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. – $75 per person Play with the pros, followed by a private meet & greet and dinner presented by Ciao Italian Bistro. Advanced registration required and spaces are very limited. • Live Music Friday, Sept. 28 – 4:00-6:00 p.m. – Complimentary Kick off your weekend with world-class tennis and music from local musicians Sean McCarthy, Hugh Williams and friends. Bring the whole family and relax under the live oaks. Refreshments available. • Local Pro Tournament Saturday, Sept. 29 – 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – $10 donation Support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and cheer on your local pros as they compete against each other for glory and bragging rights! Main draw semi-finals will be played at the conclusion of the pro tournament. For more information and tickets, please email Scott Colebourne or call (904) 277-5145.

September 7, 2012 - Leave a comment

Tennis

Fly into Falcon’s Nest for Football on Amelia Island

The football jerseys are out.  The game schedules are hanging on the fridge. The fan banter has begun.  It's official, football season has officially kicked off!!! Fly into the Falcon's Nest for football on Amelia Island this season! The Falcon's Nest, Omni Amelia Island Plantation's aviation themed restaurant and pub, is featuring the NFL and college football packages on nine high definition flat screen televisions plus drink specials and tailgate cuisine including wings, ribs, burgers and sausages each Saturday and Sunday.  To round it out, we throw in prizes for best dressed fans and free WIFI for Fantasy Football players to track your teams! Game day specials are available every Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the regular menu is available after 6 p.m. including jalapeno spinach dip, chicken wings, the build-a-burger menu and more.  Bring your fantasy team to real life with nine flat screen televisions or catch all the action on the Red Zone channel.  Put on your team colors, order a refreshing beverage, grab a snack and cheer on some American football at the Falcon's Nest.

September 6, 2012 - Leave a comment

Dining

Men’s Facial at The Spa at
Omni Amelia Island Plantation

As soon as I stepped into the lobby of The Spa at Omni Amelia Island Plantation I was struck by how quiet and relaxing it was, especially given the heat of August outside! I was greeted warmly at the front desk and ushered through to the men’s locker room, once there the friendly attendant made me feel at ease, assisting me with the procedures of the spa and instructing me on how to best make use of the facility. Within minutes of walking in the door, I was in a comfortable chair in the relaxation area, sipping infused water and gazing across the water at a tree house where the spas yoga classes are held, needless to say I was relaxed already. I was greeted there by my technician for my gentlemen’s vitality facial, Alla, who showed me to the room and after a quick discussion regarding my skin type and moisturizing habits, she went about explaining the procedure. When she said it would take about 50 minutes I was stunned as my daily routine doesn’t last 15 seconds and I was left wondering what could possibly take 50 minutes involving my face!  However, approximately 50 minutes later I drifted out of my heavenly daze and was stunned at how relaxing and enjoyable the process had been. During this time Alla had gently scrubbed, exfoliated, cleaned, massaged and moisturized my face and neck.  Each step of the process Alla gave me a complete description of what she was doing and how it was beneficial for my skin. Each step was done tenderly and with care using the Organic Male line of men’s facial products that smelt great (in a manly way) and left my skin feeling tingly and alive. At the end she explained the benefits of what we’d done and she recommended that I the Organic Male (OM4) skincare line of products to continue caring for my skin. Upon leaving the treatment room I didn’t want to return to the outside world and lingered longer in the locker room than I probably should have, taking full advantage of the steam shower and the luxurious facilities.  When I left feeling fresh and relaxed, apparently the outside world noticed as well with no less than five people commenting on my skin tone and the smile on my face. A successful afternoon at The Spa I believe! Guys, really, you should try the men's facial at The Spa at Omni Amelia Island Plantation.

September 3, 2012 - Leave a comment

The Spa & Shops

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