By Angela Lutz
Even when you live, work and play in the Golden Crescent, one of the most beautiful regions in the country, to be sure, sometimes a little change of scenery is still in order. And we’re not talking about a break from the beach, naturally! It’s nice being able to boast that the sand and surf are in your backyard (or at least a quick drive away), but even this stellar feature of coastal living can benefit from an occasional upgrade.
Not everyone can pop for an inground pool or beachfront property, yet the enjoyment of the great outdoors is a mainstay of luxury realty and living here in Northeast Florida. When space, funds or the sheer hassle factor preclude that backyard retreat, there’s a better option just a short jaunt from Nocatee, Ponte Vedra Beach, and the Jacksonville Beaches.
The oceanside Serenata Beach Club beckons guests with a relaxing, stress-free experience. Photo by Mark Krancer.
Located along A1A in South Ponte Vedra Beach, Serenata Beach Club offers the perfect home-away-from-home refuge. At this private, members-only club, guests can enjoy stress-free downtime with friends and family on the high dunes overlooking soft sand and rolling waves. A “serenata” is a baroque cantata performed outdoors in the evening, and the graceful vibe of this tradition captures the essence of this sophisticated venue, which has been serving its members since 2001. So take a deep breath, grab a cocktail, and rest assured that you won’t have to do a darned thing for the rest of the day if you don’t want to.
Serenata’s signature drinks are as pretty as they are delicious. Photo by Craig O’Neal.
The walkway to the beach instantly melts away stress. Photo by Mark Krancer.
Serenata offers plenty of opportunities to get sweaty or sun-kissed, depending on the occasion. The fitness center provides several options to squeeze in cardio, from treadmills and ellipticals to cycles and climbers. For those who seek a little extra motivation, more than 35 group classes await. Get centered at yoga or Tai Chi, make a splash at aqua Zumba or aerobics, or ride off into the proverbial sunset at spin cycle and strength. Personal training sessions with one of their certified trainers can also help you develop and maintain a consistent fitness program, while massage services are available for a little post-workout pampering.
And what would a private beach club be without exclusive access to the beach? Kick-off your sandals and go for a stroll along the shore, taking in a horizon that stretches farther than your imagination. You won’t need to bring more than a swimsuit and sunscreen. Amenities include towels, chairs, and umbrellas, as well as kayaks, surfboards, boogie boards, and stand-up paddleboards for rent. Serenata is also just four miles from the Guana Research Reserve, which encompasses more than 73,000 acres dedicated to conservation and offers miles of hiking trails to explore.
A family soaks up the sun at one of Serenata’s two spacious pools. Photo by Craig O’Neal.
The fun and flamingo floats are in abundance at Serenata’s family-friendly play pool. Photo by Craig O’Neal.
For a sand-free swim, check out the expansive upper pool deck which offers beachy views from the comfort of a lounge chair. This adults-only pool area, complete with lap lanes overlooking the ocean and an outdoor hot tub, provides all-seasons luxury and relaxation, as well as tropical dining options and signature drinks that are almost too pretty to sip. Kids are welcome to the interactive wading and play pool down below which has an array of water features, including a 12-foot waterfall that makes a relaxing sound and dramatic statement.
Sandy, a Nocatee resident and Serenata member comments, “I live about a half-hour from Serenata, yet in spite of the many amenities my own community offers, I chose to join the club. I love the fact that I can reserve an umbrella and beach chairs for the season, and no longer need to drag so many items from the car to enjoy time at the beach. There is so much to do for singles, families, and even our canine friends! The customer service is superb, and I feel spoiled with each visit!”
Lounge about at the adults-only pool on the upper pool deck, overlooking the beach. Photo by Mark Krancer.
Enjoy fine Florida cuisine in the club’s coastal casual-style dining room. Photo by Mark Krancer.
Sit poolside while sipping on a refreshing top-shelf beverage. Photo by Mark Krancer.