I've partnered with Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa to share why you should visit Florida's Treasure Coast and experience all the beauty that it has to offer.
I moved to Florida when I was 14 years old. My parents decided to settle on the Treasure Coast and I soon found my way to the beach most days. Jensen Beach was "my" beach. I spent countless hours swimming in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean and enjoying the sand and sun. Once I went away to college, I guess I forgot how much I loved Jensen Beach because I couldn't even recall the last time I'd been there. That was until I was invited to experience all that the area has to offer courtesy of Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa, an oceanfront resort in Jensen Beach, Florida.
I checked in on a lovely Wednesday afternoon and the first thing I noticed when I arrived was the amazing living wall in the lobby. The wall shows off all of the beautiful, natural greenery from the area and really brings the outside coastal environment inside to guests.
The other thing that caught my eye was the incredible swordfish sculpture hanging from the lobby ceiling. It's truly something to admire and I suggest getting a closer look at it from the second floor. The Treasure Coast is known for its fishing culture, so the sailfish seem like the perfect fit.
Once I got to my room, I was drawn to the balcony. The bright blue sky peeked through the gauzy curtains and I needed to get a closer look. As you can imagine, the view did not disappoint. If you can get an oceanfront room, I'd recommend it.
The coastal theme carries into the guest rooms and I loved everything about the design. It was clean and crisp and the bed was super comfortable.
And, here's a view from my balcony. It was so gorgeous and I'm thankful there was a small table and two chairs for taking in the view.
The sunrise was especially beautiful. Although, there were a lot of "no-see-ums" that were present on the balconies and at the beach at dawn and dusk. This only happens during certain times of the year, but we did experience them on our visit.
Here's a short video of my room at Hutchinson Shores if you'd like a tour:
Of course, when you're visiting an oceanside resort, you probably aren't planning to spend all of your time in the room. Surely, you want to soak up some sun and breathe in that fresh sea air. Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa has you covered there with two different pools and a long strip of beach that's reserved for guests.
Included in your resort fee (along with the valet parking and several other amenities) is access to two beach chairs per room. You can grab beach towels at the pool and then head down to the beach whenever you'd like. The beach attendant will get you all set up and you can even rent umbrellas, additional chairs, or a large beach lounger with cushions if you'd like.
I love that Jensen Beach is low-key and so peaceful. Unlike some of the other beaches along the Atlantic, Jensen Beach is serene and the direct beach access at Hutchinson Shores is fabulous.
If you want a little change of scenery, you can relax at one of the resort's two outdoor heated pools, or you can unwind in the Jacuzzi. There were plenty of lounge chairs at both pools for the entire time I was there and the staff was very attentive.
Since I arrived right around lunch time, I made my way over to the Dune Beach Bar. This location has sweeping views of the ocean and one of the two pools. Along with some pretty beautiful cocktails, you can also order food and other light bites (they share a menu with the Reflections Pool Deck + Bar from the Drift Kitchen + Bar). I had an excellent chicken sandwich and enjoyed the atmosphere.
For dinner, we headed to the Drift Kitchen + Bar to make our own cocktails and pizzas. This oceanfront restaurant is a favorite for locals and I can certainly see why. The wine list is extensive, the liquor and cocktail selection is top-notch, and the food is superb. Not to mention, the modern aesthetic and the view.
We were greeted by the chef and he let us create our own pizzas which we were able to share, family-style, in the private dining room at Drift Kitchen + Bar. The room is perfectly secluded without being out of the way and the wine displayed really add the look and feel of the restaurant. The pizzas were cooked perfectly and we had a bird's eye view of the pizza oven. It was really fun to help create the flavors and then watch them go from oven to table.
We ate at Drift Kitchen + Bar the next night as well but ordered off the main menu. Since all of the pasta is made in-house I knew that's what I was going to order. The Rigatoni Bolognese was calling my name and it did not disappoint! Several of the ladies I was with selected the Filet and remarked that it was one of the best steaks they'd ever had. I absolutely plan on dining at Drift again next time I'm in town visiting my family.
If you're looking for even more ways to relax at Hutchinson Shores, you should book an appointment at Opal Spa. The spa is conveniently located right by the lobby and is much larger than it appears at first glance. There are several treatment rooms and I have a one-hour massage, complete with aromatherapy, that helped me unwind even more.
Exercise is my favorite way to de-stress so I was excited to see this jogger station when I entered the resort. It was fully stocked with water, towels, sunscreen, headphones, and a running map that laid out different mileage routes. You can't really run on Jensen Beach itself since there isn't that much hard-packed sand and the slope is a little too uneven, but there are plenty of sidewalks with routes mapped out for you. I took a 4 mile run one morning and it was wonderful. I ran between 8:30 to 9 AM and the route in front of the hotel (down towards the Elliot Museum) was mostly shaded due to vegetation. It was glorious!
I was also impressed with the fitness center at Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa. For cardio, there were several treadmills to use and a Peloton bike! As you can imagine, the Peloton bike was quite popular with guests.
For weight training, there were free weights and some machines and benches, but there was also a really cool station with various pieces of equipment for creating your own workout.
With this station, I was able to do a complete HIIT workout, just like I do at my gym at home. It was really great to get a good workout in while I was on vacation.
If you're up for exploring more of the area (and I hope you are!), you should check out the tours offered by Zeke's Surf, Skate & Paddle Boarding Sports. We did one of their Sailfish Flats Paddle Board Tours and had such a good time.
The tour guides from Zeke's were super knowledgeable about the area and were able to lead all of us (with various levels of experience) on a fun excursion. They matched us to boards and poles that they had waiting for us and we were on our way. Paddleboarding is a great workout! I'm even thinking about purchasing a board now that I've seen how much fun it is to explore the waterways likes this.
I've already had several people message me asking about the resort since I've stayed and posted on social media so I'm hoping this recap helps you decide to book a trip to the Treasure Coast and Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa. Our girls getaway was a blast and I'm hoping to return again soon.
Thank you to Hutchinson Shores Resort & Spa and Discover Martin for hosting us on this wonderful trip. Follow along on social media using #HutchinsonShores and #DiscoverMartin. Photos of me taken by Jenny B. Photography. Photos of the resort taken by me.