Stop what you are doing right now and plan your next vacation around the Hammock Beach Resort – a Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, located in Palm Coast, Florida.
A beautiful and peaceful canopy road brought us into the Palm Coast leading up to the Hammock Beach Resort. Quickly checked in to the security station, and helpfully ushered to the front of the resort where we were to check in.
We first met Eddie upon check-in who helped us decide if we want to self park or valet. We chose to self park as it was closer to where we were staying in the Ocean Tower. He was quite pleasant and offered his services for anything we might need, including picking us up in his golf cart and taking us to and from dinner and resort restaurants. He went above and beyond to make sure we felt welcome.
When we got settled into our room, we were overwhelmed with how luxurious and beautiful it was.
A beautiful balcony wrapped around more than half of our room and gave us a charming ocean front view. Unfortunately, the sun wasn’t out for long as we watched tropical storm Colin roll in from our 6th floor view.
The afternoon was getting increasingly more stormy so we wandered the property a bit. We explored as much as we could considering the weather and found a great indoor pool, ping pong tables and a full gym.
The gym was completely stocked with everything you need to get in a serious workout. My husband was pleased as it was much more than “a place to do cardio and aerobics”, a major complaint he has with most resort gyms. Though it did offer enough for a casual gym goer, or someone looking to run off dinner, he said there was more than enough equipment to run through a real program to continue on if you are in a strength routine. If you are a gym rat like he is, you would know this means it gets the stamp of approval.
On the way out we ran into Kristy at the spa. She was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area, local attractions and the resort itself. Very friendly and personable we asked her all our questions about the surrounding areas, attractions, grocery stores, and the resort property.
The next day, the sun was out and it was time to enjoy the property. With only a few minute walk, we were standing on a beautiful beach. As the remnants of tropical storm calling shot out into the Atlantic, we were treated to a private beach with only a few other families to enjoy the view of the waves. My oldest daughter delighted in collecting sea shells as my youngest cackled and howled back at the ocean breeze.
Tuesday brought us to St. Augustine, one of our favorite cities and not terribly far from the resort. We visited the infamous Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. Not without a stop at crucial coffee, a quaint little spot that serves some seriously strong brew.
I also found a Dole Whip on St. George Street. Heaven.
The rest of our time in St. Augustine was spent wondering St. George Street. We had to stop at Earthbound Trading co, one of the coolest shops in the strip for clothing. Kernel Poppers is always a hit as well with their large selection of uniquely flavored popcorns.
When we returned back to the hotel, we explored the property a bit more. Looking a bit lost perhaps, Mike, the security guard was quite helpful, pleasant and kind.
A few steps away from our room was Delfinos, which serves classic Italian fare. It exactly what we needed to fuel us back up from a long day. Janice, our Waitress, was stellar. She was very helpful and made every accommodation possible for us. It’s always helpful when waitresses understand that babies can get fussy, so she brought bread and appetizers quickly. Beautifully presented items like eggplant parmigiana, a three meat lasagna, and various pasta dishes for the kids. We also were delighted to find out that kids 3 and under eat free at both Delfinos and Atlantic Grille on the property.
The property offers a luxurious ocean front restaurant, the Atlantic Grille. We were eager to try their dinner selections as we were quite pleased with their breakfast they offer. Curtis, our waiter, was very knowledgeable about the menu and suggested many items that would pair well together. He was friendly and courteous, and very accommodating to our family and our dietary needs.
Pork belly was amongst the best I’ve ever had. Tender and moist with a crisp outer, with an apricot marmalade.
Pita chips and lentils were a hit amongst our party.
It’s with heavy hearts that we left Hammock Beach Resort. The resort was the perfect place with many things to do for our family. The lazy river, waterslide and many spas and pools on the property left all of us entertained and happy for the entire trip. The room itself felt like a home away from home and most everyone we encountered felt like family. With its close proximity to St. Augustine and Jacksonville, this is a wonderful hub for family vacations and a luxurious getaway. We’ve just left and we already can’t wait to return.
The oceanfront resort, the recipient of numerous accolades, will receive several upgrades: the elegant lobby will be completely refurbished, 75 spacious one-bedroom suites will receive an interior makeover, and the property’s expansive meeting and function spaces will be entirely refreshed. The Hammock House, the popular halfway stop on the resort’s famed Ocean Golf Course, is being also expanded. Renovation will be completed in stages and finished in its entirety after Labor Day 2016.
We are giving away a two night stay in a one bedroom suite at the Hammock Beach Resort. This is valid August 15-December 15, 2016. Not valid over labor day weekend. Must be 18+ and live in the USA.
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