Freebies include parking, Wi-Fi, bikes, and shuttle to companion hotels
Room decor may be a little old-fashioned for some
Some features (the pool, beach, spa, larger fitness center, and additional restaurants) are only accessible via car/shuttle
Spectacular lunch and bar in men's locker room not available to women
The 40-room, luxury Lodge at Sea Island is on
the site of a former cotton plantation, accessed via an avenue of historic antebellum
oaks dripping with Spanish moss. Outside, the lodge resembles an English manor;
inside, it feels like a 1920s-style golf clubhouse or hunting lodge, with
personal butlers who deliver milk and cookies to guest rooms at bedtime. Golfers will be in heaven, but there are plenty of non-golf-centric activities, too. Rooms are huge and packed with amenities -- some have balconies with beautiful views of the St. Simons Sound. Listen for the nightly bagpiper who performs at sunset. Guests should note that some features -- such as the beach, spa, and swimming pool -- are located at the sister property, The Cloister, which is too far to walk to; however, there's a free regular shuttle there and back. Families will probably prefer a room at The Cloister so they can access the beach, pool, and family-friendly restaurants without the shuttle ride.
Very country club vibe that can feel a bit old-fashioned
The Lodge at Sea Island
feels less like Georgia and more like Scotland, where golf, shooting, and fine Scotch
whiskey are king. The grounds include a spectacular golf course, beautiful
wooden pathways through the marshes, and the kinda creepy ruins of a
former cotton plantation. At sunset, a bagpiper plays outdoors for an hour as
guests enjoy before-dinner drinks on the patio. After dark, fire pits come to
life, and guests are invited to make s’mores while stargazing.
The lobby is majestic, done
all in wood with antique tables, Oriental rugs, lots of tasteful overstuffed
furniture, and huge arched windows with beautiful views. Colt & Alison, the
Lodge’s Southern steakhouse, serves breakfast and dinner with a view overlooking the golf course’s
18th hole. Decor includes a wood-burning fireplace, heavy carved
chandeliers, and historic golf objects and photographs on the walls. The Oak
Room, specializing in shrimp and grits and other Southern favorites, has a
handsome dining room with immense oil paintings on the walls, parquet floors,
and an encyclopedic array of Scotch. The men’s locker room is the ultimate
man cave: Lunch and drinks are served amid the lockers, and there's a cigar room with
ocean views and flat-screen TVs for watching sports. Sorry, ladies -- there's nothing comparable in the women's locker room. Most of the guests here are older golfers; families and younger couples (who don't care about golf) should book rooms at The Cloister.
The Lodge is on the grounds of a former cotton plantation, now a golf course, with spectacular St. Simons Sound views
The Lodge at Sea
Island is located at the end of St. Simons Island’s historic Avenue of Oaks,
which was once a cotton plantation. The area is
secluded, and the Lodge is part of the Sea Island Golf Club, which guarantees
spectacular panoramic views of the golf course as well as St. Simons Island.
The St. Simons Airport is a mile and a half from the hotel; Jacksonville and
Savannah airports are 80 miles away. The hotel’s companion property, The Cloister, includes a beach club with several outdoor pools; it's a 10-minute trip via free
shuttle. Parking is free.
Personal butlers, Molton Brown toiletries, Nespresso machines, and
Rooms at The Lodge at Sea Island are
palatial, with little luxe touches -- including Molton Brown toiletries, swimsuit-drying racks on balconies, Nespresso machines, and window seats -- that make a big difference. The decor recalls what you'd find in a rich English manor, with antiques, overstuffed
furniture, Oriental carpets, and exposed ceiling beams. Marble bathrooms are
equally luxurious, with rainfall showerheads, glass shower stalls, and deep soaking
tubs with bath trays for books, bubble bath, or beverages. Most rooms have
water or fairway views. Even Standard Rooms are enormous, with high-quality
extras such as crystal glassware, elegant ice buckets, and personal butlers. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi. Guests choose from a selection of freshly baked cookies and milk (warm or chilled) for turndown service each evening.
Shooting School, Golf Learning Center, pilates studio, zumba, and much more
The Lodge at Sea
Island features a spectacular golf course and Golf Learning Center with three
of Golf Digest's top 50 teachers
on staff. Indoors, there's a pro shop and men's and women's locker rooms. This property has a small fitness center, but guests can take the shuttle to The Cloister property for use of the luxury spa, indoor lap pool, squash courts, a Pilates studio, and group exercise classes, including zumba, barre, and spinning. The Cloister is also where guests will find the sandy beach with sun loungers and umbrellas, several restaurants, and a kid-friendly outdoor pool complex. Back at The Lodge, there are a Shooting School stocked with rifles for trap and skeet
shooting, loaner bikes, and a Downton Abbey-worthy clubhouse. Guided kayak, sailing, and stand-up
paddleboard trips are offered through the Water Sports Center for a fee. On-site dining includes the Oak Room for Southern favorites and Colt & Alison, a steakhouse. There's an elegant indoor bar with patio seating overlooking the Sound. Room service is available 24 hours a day and Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.
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