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10 Top-Rated Resorts in St. Augustine, FL

Written by Lura Seavey
Sep 14, 2020

The oldest European-founded city in the U.S., dating back to 1565, St. Augustine is a vibrant, historic destination that is also known for its golf, beaches, and top rated resorts.

St. Augustine is home to the World Golf Village, a hot spot for all things golf-related and the central attraction of two resorts. It includes two championship greens, golf instruction, the Golf Hall of Fame, and even an IMAX theater.

If you prefer to spend your time in the water rather than on the greens, there are a number of beachfront resorts in St. Augustine to do so - even if you aren't directly on the water, this is Florida, and most hotels also come with a pool.

With its colonial heritage dating back more than 450 years, there are also many attractions in downtown St. Augustine. These include historic sites, museums, shopping, and ocean-view restaurants.

Find the best place to stay for your next Florida vacation with our list of the best resorts in St. Augustine.

1. Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection

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Casa Monica's sprawling Spanish Revival building looks more like a palace, setting the stage for a luxurious stay. All-suite accommodations are available in one- to three-bedroom units with separate tubs and showers and several bi-level loft options that provide extra privacy.

The resort's Poseidon Spa offers a range of expertly performed relaxing and rejuvenating treatments, including couple's massage, body wraps, facials, and more.

While there are plenty of dining options nearby, the resort serves excellent Mediterranean food during lunch and dinner at Costa Brava, and Café Cordova offers fresh pastries and Starbucks coffee all day. There is also a well-stocked convenience store at the resort for snacks, toiletries, and various needs.

On-site recreational facilities include a fitness center, pool, and hot tub, and all guests are provided with vouchers to use the exclusive Beach Club at Vilano beach and St. Augustine's Serenata Beach Club. In addition to a lifeguard-staffed sandy shore, there are both adult and child pools as well.

Accommodation: Casa Monica Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection

2. World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort

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A Marriott Renaissance property, this four-star hotel is located at the golfer's paradise, World Golf Village. Here, you will find two championship golf courses, including the driver's favorite King & Bear, designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, and Slammer & Squire, which was designed by Bobby Weed and named for its co-designers Gene "The Squire" Sarazen and Sam "The Slammer" Snead. There is a world-class golf shop, and rentals and lessons are also available, as well as an 18-hole kids' putting green.

The World Golf Hall of Fame museum is also here, as well as an IMAX theater to keep you entertained on rainy days. Course-side dining includes The Legends Grille; the Clubhouse Restaurant; Fairways Café near the museum; and the Murray Brothers Caddyshack, which is full of movie memorabilia from the iconic comedy.

You will find many lunch and dinner options at the hotel's Villagio Italian Grille, from surf and turf to fresh-baked bread, and it also serves an American breakfast each morning.

Guest rooms feature lovely views across the green and the resort, many including balconies. If you don't have a chance to visit the Spa at World Golf Village, they are happy to come to you for an in-room massage.

When you're not playing golf, you can enjoy the hotel's heated pool and hot tub, play a game of table tennis or mini-golf, or enjoy the numerous trails by bicycle or on foot. Hotel amenities also include a resort shop, fitness center, and a complimentary shuttle to and from downtown St. Augustine.

Accommodation: World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort

3. Grande Villas at World Golf Village

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A condo-style option for those who want to enjoy the facilities at World Golf Village, the Grande Villas by Choice Hotels offer a variety of activities that will keep the non-golfers happily occupied.

Guests can enjoy the large pool and deck or relax in the hot tub, or get active with basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts that are open late into the evening. There is also ping pong, and kids will love the game room and playground. Nature lovers can rent a bike and explore the lovely grounds and even go fishing on the nearby lake.

Guestrooms include large bathrooms; balconies; a small, well-equipped kitchen; and laundry facilities.

Accommodation: Grande Villas at World Golf Village

4. Bayfront Marin House Historic Inn

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For a truly romantic experience, the bed-and-breakfast-style Bayfront Marin House is the perfect place for couples to stay while enjoying the top attractions of St. Augustine. Located in the heart of the historic district and only steps from the beach, it is within a few minutes' walk to galleries; boutiques; museums; and the city's iconic fort, Castillo de San Marco.

In addition to spacious rooms equipped with luxury amenities like double Jacuzzis and a fireplace, the inn provides plenty of space to enjoy your vacation. The double wraparound porches with loveseat swings are the perfect place to watch the sunrise over the Atlantic and enjoy gorgeous ocean views, the peaceful pool is great for cooling off in the midday sun, and the gazebo is perfect for relaxing in the evening.

Staff members work hard to provide excellent service and always add personal touches to make each guest feel welcome, and they are happy to share the recipe for their mouth-watering French toast that is served each morning along with other freshly cooked options.

Accommodation: Bayfront Marin House Historic Inn

5. Beachcomber Cottages on Vilano

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Located directly on Vilano Beach, these exclusive cottages provide a home away from home with full kitchens, huge luxury bathrooms, and panoramic views. Guests have use of the pool, and are also welcome to borrow beach chairs and bicycles to get the most from this prime location.

Amenities, including complimentary breakfast and free downtown parking, are provided by the Bayfront Marin House Historic Inn.

Accommodation: Beachcomber Cottages on Vilano

6. The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens

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This lovely historic landmark inn was built in 1790 and was once home to St. Augustine's Dow Museum of Historic Houses. Still a prime center of the city's historic past, the building's architecture is a mixture of coastal Floridian and Spanish, with shell-studded coquina walls, sculpted stone, and wrought-iron fixtures.

Common areas and rooms still contain museum-quality artifacts and antiques, including artwork from the personal collection of Kenneth Dow.

Historic tours of the property are provided for all guests of the inn several times a week, and it is also within walking distance of top historic tourist attractions, like the Castillo de San Marcos, Plaza de la Constitucion, and the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse Museum.

Additional complimentary services include valet parking; turndown service; freshly prepared afternoon snacks; and 24-hour refreshments, including lemonade, water, tea, and coffee.

During their stay, guests can enjoy the heated pool, play lawn games, borrow bicycles to tour the city, and relax at night by the fire pit.

Accommodation: The Collector - Luxury Inn & Gardens

7. St. Augustine Ocean & Racquet Resort

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The condominium-style rentals at the large St. Augustine Ocean & Racquet Resort feature two-bedroom, two-bath homes with a private balcony that are located in one of the resort's three buildings.

Although there is no daily cleaning service, each unit is fully outfitted with linens, a full kitchen, and washer/dryer. Wi-Fi is available in some units and is free in the resort lounge.

The resort offers a plethora of amenities for the whole family, including two pools, five Jacuzzis, racquetball, tennis, and other outdoor games like horseshoes and shuffleboard. In traditional resort style, they also host fun activities, including card games, a book club, afternoon tea, art classes, and holiday dances, as well as fitness classes like yoga and water aerobics.

Resort guests also have direct access to the beach and can rest easy with 24-hour security on property.

Accommodation: St. Augustine Ocean & Racquet Resort

8. The Saint Augustine Beach House

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Located right on Vilano Beach, every guestroom at the dog-friendly Saint Augustine Beach House has a private balcony facing the water for prime sea views. The bright and spacious lodgings include well-equipped kitchenettes with granite countertops and tile floors, free Wi-Fi, the use of on-site laundry facilities, and an excellent concierge service.

To add to the value of this seaside hotel, a generous complimentary breakfast is provided, and guests are welcome to use the hotel's equipment for their day on the beach, including oversized towels, beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, and toys for the kids.

Accommodation: The Saint Augustine Beach House

9. The Ocean Gallery

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The Ocean Gallery resort offers gated condominium rentals that all include bedrooms and living spaces; a full kitchen; and either balconies or patios that overlook the ocean, pool, or tropical lagoon below.

This large, secure complex includes pools convenient to each "village," and a unique main pool that is both indoor and outdoor, as well as several hot tubs and saunas.

Recreational facilities include four lighted tennis courts, basketball, racquetball, and shuffleboard courts that can also be used for pickleball. For beachgoers, there are beach chairs and umbrellas available, as well as beach cruiser bicycles.

Accommodation: The Ocean Gallery

10. Southern Oaks Inn

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If you're traveling with a pup, check out the Southern Oaks Inn. Not only is the hotel pet-friendly, it has doggy resort amenities, like its own dog park with lots of grass, a covered seating area, and even an agility course.

Other perks of staying here include an outdoor pool, complimentary breakfast, and kids stay free in the same room as adults. The hotel is also eco-friendly.

Southern Oaks has a number of different sizes and styles of rooms and suites. All are clean and comfortable with stylish accent walls, laminate floors, fridges and microwaves, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also runs a free shuttle service to downtown St Augustine.

Accommodation: Southern Oaks Inn

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