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The Lodge at Sea Island 4.5

Saint Simons Island, Georgia, United States

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Pros

  • Gorgeous location along the marshes and shores of St. Simons Sound 
  • Three famous Sea Island golf courses surround the lodge 
  • Each guest is provided with a personal butler
  • Spacious and elegant rooms with marble bathrooms and espresso machines (milk and cookies are delivered at bedtime)
  • Oak Room fine-dining and a country club-style bar -- plus access to restaurants at the sister property
  • Water Sports Center with kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and sailboats available to guests
  • Access to The Cloister's 65,000-square-foot spa, fitness center with personal trainers, indoor lap pool, spinning classes, and yoga
  • Sea Island Shooting School and a small fitness center on-site
  • 24-hour room service
  • Freebies include parking, Wi-Fi, bikes, and shuttle to companion hotels

Cons

  • 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

Bottom Line

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.

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Scene

Very country club vibe that can feel a bit old-fashioned

This property has a country club vibe, as evidenced by the stately lobby, 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.

Location

The Lodge is on the grounds of a former cotton plantation, now a golf course, with spectacular St. Simons Sound views

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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.

Rooms

Personal butlers, Molton Brown toiletries, Nespresso machines, and antique furniture

The spacious Seaside Suite features classic decor, such as an Oriental carpet, antique furnishings, and exposed ceiling beams

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. 

Features

Shooting School, Golf Learning Center, pilates studio, zumba, and much more

The property has a fantastic golf course with water views, and a Golf Learning Center with famous instructors

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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Address

100 Retreat Ave, Golden Isles of Georgia 31561, United States

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