by Courtney Elko
Located on Florida’s East Coast, Ponte Vedra is aobut 40 minutes south of Jacksonsville and 40 minutes north of St. Augustine. The Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, which is part of the Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts that includes the Lodge & Club, offers the full spectrum of a luxury resort, but with a casual feel.
Of the two resorts, the Inn & Club is considered to be more geared towards families. The oceanfront property, which includes miles of white sandy beach, does not forget about the green either, with its two, 18-hole golf courses. Kids will love the pools and waterslide, playground in the sand and numerous kids’ activities.
There are several accommodation options; whether your family is looking for ocean or golf views, a kitchenette or lots of space, the Inn & Club has what you are seeking. The onsite restaurants offer casual, beachside dining, as well as formal dinners, with all options in between. A family or multi-generational family vacation to Ponte Vedra Inn & Club will make everyone happy from the kids to the adults — no one is forgotten at this beach and golf resort.
Our Editor Loves
- Steps from the sand
- Family and kid activities
- Waterslide, playground and putting green
- Children Programs
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Pool
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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The 217 guestrooms and 33 suites fill the expansive Inn & Club property within 10 buildings. Ocean or golf views are hard to miss when staying in any of the accomodations on this resort. Many of the guestrooms feature iPod docking and USB charging stations, along with DVD players; a DVD library can be found at the front desk. Cribs and rollaway beds are available upon request.
These oceanfront guestrooms feature a king or two queen beds, a marble-floored sitting area with a sofa and table. A large playground area sits in the sand next to the Atlantic House building, too. These guestrooms are ideally located for families.
These guestrooms feature breathtaking ocean views, custom furniture and a wet bar with a microwave and mini-frdige. One king or two queen beds are available.
The Deluxe guestrooms are oceanfront or feature an ocean view with one king or two queen beds, flat-screen television and a bathtub in the bathroom. A wet bar includes a mini-fridge, microwave and sink. A private patio or balcony, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, is steps from the sand; it's also available in some of the Deluxe rooms.
Historic Inn Room
These 18 historic guestrooms have been restored to luxury and feature one king or two queen beds. These guestrooms are closer in promoxity to the hotel's restaurants, rather than the beach.
Island View Room
These guestrooms feature a lagoon or golf view with one king or two queen beds.
The oceanfront one-bedroom suites feature a separate living room area with a flat-screen television and fully equipped kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave, sink, glass and dishware and a counter with seating. A sleeper sofa can also be found in the living room.
This is a very nice resort, but the facilities just aren’t 5 star worthy. They need some upgrading. The bed was comfortable. The beach front room had a modern bathroom, but was otherwise dated. The staff here are all very friendly and attentive. Room service was fast. Did not use the pools due to weather. The hot tub was nice as was the pool side bar. See separate review of Seahorse restaurant. I would give an overall rating of 4.5.
It was a spontaneous trip, and it could not have worked out more perfectly. The staff arranged the ideal room for me. The accommodations were beautiful and restful, even with construction taking place. Special thanks to Alex Shami, Concierge Supervisor who was incredibly helpful and who made me feel right at home. My server at dinner, at the restaurant by the adult pool was also fantastic. I'm sorry I cannot remember his name. Thank you for a much needed rest.
Families can enjoy miles of white sandy beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, which is only steps away from many of the guestrooms at the Inn & Club. Beach chair and umbrella rentals are available, as well as paddleboard and kayak rentals. There is no beachside food or drink service, but guests are only steps away from beachside restaurants where they can order and then eat on the beach.
There are four, heated swimming pools, including one Family Pool, at the resort. The Family Pool is zero-entry and ideal for kids with its waterslide. A smaller baby pool is nearby as well. Numerous lounge chairs surround each pool deck so parents can enjoy just as much as the kids. Pool towels are provided and lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. Poolside food and drink service is available in season.
Kids Camp and Activities
In the summer months, a summer camp for ages 4 to 12 is available for nine weeks. Camp involves themed weeks and lots of outdoor and indoor time. Three sessions (full day, morning or afternoon) are available. Kids can learn about sea turtles and watch them nest, create a craft, build a sandcaste or decorate a cake during camp.
Throughout the year, several children's activities take place at the resort. Fun pajama or pizza parties, storytime, scanvenger hunts, arts and crafts, movie nights and games galore are always happening around the resort, and parents just need to check the rotating schedule. Many of the activities take place in the Recreation Room, located only steps away from the beach and pools. Reservations for camp and the activities are recommended, as only 20 to 30 kids can participate in each daily activity.
Families will find 15 clay tennis courts ready and waiting to be played at the Inn & Club. A pro shop sits in front of the tennis courts offering plenty of equipment, clothing and court times. Tennis camps are available to children in the summer months and junior lessons are always available by appointment.
Beach volleyball is available to guests and there is a small putting green area around the resort's main entranceway fountain. Bicycles are available for rent, as well. A large, sandy playground area with swings and slides can also be found by the pools and beach, and is located next to the Atlantic House guestrooms building.
The expansive fitness center overlooking the ocean offers numerous cardio and weight machines, free weights, personal trainers and a plethora of fitness classes, with more than 50 offered each week. Spinning, yoga, aerobics and pilates are just a few of the available classes at the Inn & Club, which are all included in the resort fee at no additional cost.
Families will find several dining options, which include casual, resort casual and formal experiences, for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Inn & Club. The Lodge & Club also features two restaurants that guests can enjoy.
This resort casual restaurant overlooks the ocean and features an excellent dinner, dessert or Sunday brunch. Seafood, pasta and steak are a few of the items listed on the menu. The large aquarium in the center of the restaurant will definitely keep kids' attention as well. Dinner is available daily from 6 to 10 p.m. and Sunday brunch is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Surf Deck Grille
The Surf Deck Grille is inches from the beach and steps from the pool, so it's a great place for the family to enjoy lunch together. Salads, sandwiches, pizza and fish are on the menu. The kids' menu features mac and cheese, chicken fingers, Nutella toast and fruit and pizza. The Grille is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Surf Club Patio
Not far from the Surf Deck Grille, the Patio is a few more steps away from the beach and closer to the pool areas. The outdoor casual setting offers sandwiches, salads and more for lunch daily from March through October.
Located across from the Seahorse Grille, this formal oceanfront restaurant requires a jacket for the gentlemen. Fish, filet and duck are a few of the items listed on the menu. Dinner is only served on Saturday evenings and while it is a formal dining experience, well-behaved children are welcome.
The Gourmet Shop
Located on the golf course in the club house, the Gourmet Shop features delicious pastries, Starbucks brand coffee and homemade ice cream. The Gourment Shop is open daily from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A delicious breakfast is served in the Inn Room from 7 to 10:30 a.m. daily.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The one-time resort fee includes Wi-Fi, parking, fitness center classes and the kids club. Guests from either the Inn & Club or the sister property, the Lodge & Club, can use the all of the facilities at either property.
Wi-Fi access, included in the resort fee, can be found throughout the resort.
The Nursey, which is a staff-supervised room filled with games, dolls, crafts and toys, is available as a babysitting facility for three hours each day, for an hourly fee. Parents can drop the kids off for an afternoon of play while they attend a fitness class or spend some time at the adults-only pool. Break up the hours throughout the day and enjoy an adults-only dinner, too. Parents must stay on the resort property and scheduling a reservation is recommended. Children from ages 6 months to 12 years are welcome at the Nursey.
Large lots surround the resort and parking is included in the resort fee.
The Art of Smart Timing
The Inn & Club is at its busiest during the summer season between March and August. But for anyone from a chillier part of the world, Ponte Vedra offers warmer month a majority of the year.
Jacksonville International Airport is about 40 minutes away from the resort. Ponte Vedra is locate on the East Coast of Florida along the Atlantic coastline and is about 40 minutes north of St. Augustine.
The resort is large, but walkable. However, depending where your room is located and how much you plan to carry to the beach, pool or other resort spots, guests can easily call a bellman to take you wherever you would like to go. A bellman will be happy to transport guests by golf cart anywhere on the resort as well as to the sister resort the Lodge & Club, which is about five minutes down the road.
For Mom and Dad
Housed in its own 30,000-square-foot building, the magnicfiently relaxing spa offers more than 100 treatment services, including massages, facials, manicure and pedicure and other treatments. There is a therapy grotto that allows for instant relaxation, a pool, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi, as well. Couples and Friendship Suites are also available. Reservations are recommended.
Adults will be in awe of green at Inn & Club. There are two, 18-hole golf courses (par 4 and 5) for adults to enjoy as well as a driving range. Clubs can be rented, purchased or shipped ahead of time to the resort.
Located near the beach, this quiet pool area is just for the adults so steal away some time and relax.