Plantation on Crystal River At-A-Glance
LocationA hidden gem tucked along Florida’s Nature Coast, the Plantation on Crystal River is surrounded by the natural springs of Kings Bay and more than 25,000 surface acres of pristine lakes, rivers, wildlife refuges and state parks. Just 80 miles north of Tampa and 95 miles from Orlando, this irresistibly charming resort has remained a popular escape for more than 50 years.
AccommodationsThe 196 rooms offer comfort with a sophisticated Old Florida feel. In addition to spacious accommodations overlooking the garden or King’s Bay, eight junior suites are available and include a large seating area as well as a sleeper sofa for additional space. With a color palette of crisp whites, deep blues and bright greens, the rooms embrace the resort’s surrounding natural habitat. Flat screen TVs, new beds and furniture and are a few of the added luxuries.
The resort’s 12 villas offer additional space, including an upstairs loft bedroom with either two double or one king bed, two bathrooms, kitchen area with full-sized refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker next to a living/dining room area table and chair, and a sleeper sofa.
SpaThe Spa Bleu an Aveda© Spa brings an unprecedented level of comfort and relaxation to guests of the Plantation on Crystal River. In addition to offering a menu of customary treatmentsand services such as facials, massage therapy, manicures, pedicures and a full hair salon, this one-of-a-kind Florida spa features a Vichy shower for extra relaxation following body treatments.
GolfThe resort’s traditional Florida-style course features 27holes of golf lined with native oaks, palms, and pines, as well as water views. The 18-hole Championship Course, a favorite among PGA and LPGA professionals, includes a collection of challenging fairways such as the tree-lined 552-yard par-5 on #11, the course’s signature hole. The versatile par-31 Hack Golf course features nine holesdesigned for junior-level golfers, including shorter fairways, 15” holes and fewer water hazards.
Manatee ToursCrystal River is the only place in the world where snorkelers can interact with the West Indian Manatee in the wild. The Plantation Adventure Center offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim alongside the endangered species, as the gentle creatures eat, play and socialize. The manatees gather in the constant 72-degree waters of the Crystal River and Kings Bay, especially during the cooler winter months. For those opting to stay dry, guided tours offer views of the manatees by boat or kayak.
BoatingPlantation on Crystal River can accommodate up to 80 boats along its 1,600-foot sea wall at no charge to guests. Alternatively, guests can explore the more than 25,000 acres of waterways by renting canoes, kayaks, jonboats and pontoon boats at the Plantation Adventure Center & Dive Shop. Guided kayak tours are also available and can bearranged through the dive shop. There is a $10 launch fee at the marine center.
DivingWith an average temperature of 72 degrees, the Crystal River is home to a variety of fish and wildlife species, including many fresh and salt water fish such as largemouth bass, tarpon, redfish, grouper, dolphins and manatees. Divers can fill air tanks at the on-site marina, as well as rent snorkels, masks and the resort’s new wet suits. The marinaat the Plantation on Crystal River is also the only one in the community with hot showers for guests.
RecreationIn addition to boating and diving, many guests enjoy fishing for largemouth bass, snook, grouper, redfish and scallops. Fishing charters can be arranged through the Adventure Center & Dive Shop. A lagoon-style swimming pool overlooking the scenic river, two tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, horseshoes and a regulation croquet court are just a few of the other on-property amenities to keep guests entertained.
WeddingsOverlooking the pristine waters of Kings Bay and Crystal River, the Plantation on Crystal River is the ideal destination for a Florida wedding. With its beautiful views, the indoor ballroom provides a perfect backdrop for traditional brides to exchange vows,while those in search of a more intimate affair can say “I do” in the gazebo located directly on Kings Bay.
MeetingsFrom ballrooms to boardrooms, the resort currently offers meeting planners 12,000 square feet of flexible event space to accommodate any number of guests. The resort’s event planning experts work closely with meetings planners to guarantee successful events. The Plantation on Crystal River’s on-site A/V team is also available to take care of any technical needs.
DiningWest 82 ⁰ Bar & Grill “The West 82⁰ Grill”
Serving fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, entrees are prepared using the finest natural ingredients. Dining room specialties include she crab soup, slow cooked baby back ribs, shrimp and grits and pan seared grouper.
The spacious southern dining room easily accommodates large parties and offers an airy feel with soft colors and comfortable furniture. Over-sized windows overlooking the Bay and pool area showcase the resort’s natural scenery.
“The West 82⁰ Bar”
Located just off the lobby at the entrance ofWest 82⁰ Grill, the West 82⁰ Bar is the perfect place to relax and enjoy libations and light fare. The contemporary lounge features a “grab and go” coffee bar, a fullcocktail bar, and is home to the resort’s weekly football game watch events.Complemented by black and white artwork showcasing the scenic river, the lounge features the same inviting color palette as the adjacent West 82⁰ Grill.
The 19th Hole
Conveniently located at the golf shop, the 19th Hole offers breakfast and lunch dailyand is a great place to enjoy a refreshing beer or cocktail before or after hitting the links.
Plantation Tiki Bar
Located poolside, the Plantation Tiki Bar serves up sandwiches, wings, and burgers,as well as tropical cocktail favorites. The Tiki Bar is open seasonally on the weekends.
ShoppingLocated in the heart of the historic downtown, The Shoppes of Heritage Village are just five minutes from the Plantation on Crystal River. Historic homes and cottages house unique boutiques and stores offering everything from locally made children’s clothes to hand-dipped ice cream. A collection of cafés and wine and tea bars line the avenue.
Eco-FriendlyA proud member of the Green Hotels Association and the Rues Selection of Eco Friendly Hotels Worldwide, Plantation on Crystal River is dedicated to energy, water and solid waste conservation, as well as the preservation of the natural beauty of the coast.
Access by Car80 miles north of Tampa
90 miles northwest of Orlando
125 miles southwest of Jacksonville
65 miles southwest of Gainesville
Access by AirNearby international airports include Tampa International Airport only 75 miles from Plantation on Crystal River and Orlando International airport 100 miles away.
ReservationsPlantation on Crystal River
9301 W. Fort Island Trail
Crystal River, FL 34429