Southern charm, lively cities, coastal beaches, farmlands, and mountains, plus a lot of art & culture… there are so many reasons to visit Georgia. Georgia’s tourism has been increasing steadily over the last years and it should be high on your bucket list of states to explore!
Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family bonding experience Georgia has you covered. We gathered up all the information we could and condensed it into information-packed paragraphs that will tell you what you need to know at a glance. Look over our list, and you are bound to find the right resort for your needs.
I’m a Georgia local and have stayed at many resorts and hotels in the state during my travels. Here’s my list of the best resorts in Georgia:
1. The Lodge at Sea Island
If you want to enjoy your trip in the lap of luxury, then you should consider a vacation at The Lodge at Sea Island. It offers an island getaway in Georgia, less than 90 minutes south of Savannah. The resort has luxurious rooms, high-class restaurants, and golf courses that would satisfy a pro. The Lodge’s rooms are spacious; the standard rooms start at 700 square feet.
Still, the lodging buildings aren’t big. This creates a quiet and intimate atmosphere that is great for couples. There are only 40 rooms, so if you want to stay here, you need to plan in advance. A trip to this destination isn’t cheap, but if you can afford it, you’ll definitely have a trip to remember.
2. Chateau Elan Winery and Resort
Would you like wine with your vacation? Then what better place to travel than a resort that is literally attached to a winery! And we’re not talking about just any winery; the Chateau is home to the largest winery on the east coast. The Chateau Elan Winery and Resort offers the ultimate choice for couples that want to get away and enjoy a good pampering. So wonder I highly recommend to enroll in one of their wine tastings.
Of course, even though the winery might be for adults only there are still choices for the kids. The large pool and varied buffet are perfect for visitors of all ages. Other amenities include a spa, tennis courts, and a golf course. You can spend a long time here without running out of things to do. It also helps that the staff is among the best in the industry, they will definitely teach you the meaning of the words “Southern hospitality.”
3. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Greensboro GA, where luxury meets natural beauty. Nestled on the picturesque shores of Lake Oconee, this enchanting resort offers a serene escape from the bustling world. Immerse yourself in Southern hospitality and indulge in world-class amenities, including championship golf courses, a lavish spa, and exquisite dining options.
With breathtaking views, elegant accommodations, and unparalleled service, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Georgia invites you to experience a truly unforgettable retreat in the heart of nature’s paradise.
4. The Cloister at Sea Island
If the name sounds familiar, that’s because the Cloister is the sister resort of The Lodge. It also offers a top-flight experience with easy access to top-flight amenities. Still, the two resorts are different. The Cloister tends to be more appealing to families. The resort offers a wide variety of activities for children and teenagers so mom and dad can enjoy a date night in peace and quiet. The fact that the resort has 200 rooms worth of lodging means that it’s easier to get into The Cloister, although it still makes for a pricey trip.
Still, every dollar is well spent. When you see the gorgeous grounds, beautiful backdrop, and fully stocked rooms you understand the price tag. The rooms all come equipped with Nespresso coffee machines, rain head showers, and windows that look out onto the water. You can sit out on the balcony or patio attached to your room and stare out at the sea on one side and the Blackbank River on the next. It’s truly a slice of classic Georgia charm topped with a heaping helping of luxury.
5. The Lodge & Spa at Callaway Gardens
This resort is spacious enough but it is just one part of a larger nature community. When you’re staying here 6,000 acres of greenery stretches in every direction.
This means that the views from just about every room are fantastic. Some of that space is taken up by not one, but two different 18-hole golf courses. Those two courses go with two eateries that serve a selection of top-shelf food.
6. Atlanta Evergreen Resort
This resort is a quick drive from Atlanta, but it is definitely close to nature. The name is accurate, when you stay here you are surrounded by trees. After all, it’s in Stone Mountain Park. The resort has something for just about everyone. Food ranges from casual to fine dining so you can find the right meal for the occasion. If you want to hang out there’s a spacious deck area and pool so that you can relax in the water or nearby.
You can even fish from the resort grounds, that’s the benefit of being on Stone Mountain Lake. It should be noted that this resort caters to families, couples can enjoy their stay, but families will get the most out of the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort. There are plenty of games stocked up for the kids, and they can even play golf for free on the attached course.
7. Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
For a trip that balances nature with luxury, the Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is an excellent choice. There’s always something to do at this beautiful resort, which sits nestled in a beautiful green valley. For gaming, there is a golf course and lighted tennis courts so you can get in a game at all hours of the day. After you’re done working up a sweat, you can head to the spa areas to get a massage or relax in the sauna.
The resort grounds are filled with lush greenery and trees which you can enjoy looking out your window or exploring up close. It’s even home to stables if you want to go out on a guided ride along the local trails. Even young guests can get to ride around a family riding area. A full array of dining options rounds out the package, with fine dining, buffets, bars, and casual eating options that will satisfy any craving you might have.
8. Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club
Lake Blackshear Resort has something for everyone. Located conveniently in the middle of Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park this resort is your final destination. Activities include golfing, dancing, hiking, fishing, and swimming. I recommend trying one of the water activities they offer.
There are two different restaurants in the resort, a bar, and plenty of options available to be delivered directly to your door. The resort’s rustic charm will allow you to find real peace and quiet as you gaze at the beautiful sunsets while relaxing on the veranda of your private screened porch. The memories you make here will last a lifetime.
9. The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort
If you come to The King and Prince Resort make sure you bring a good sense of direction, because this place is huge. The resort has to be large because of all the amenities that are packed in. There are two pools, a seafood restaurant, a bar, and a spa. If you do get lost don’t worry, the resort has an extremely helpful and friendly staff that’s always willing to lend a hand.
This resort has a lot of special details to offer someone who likes things to be “old-school.” The resort is historic, with some areas dating back to 1935. Still, while details and design remain everything that you would want to be up to date is completely modern. All of this comes with easy access to the beach. There’s nothing like sitting in the sand or in your room and gazing off at the waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
10. Legacy Lodge & Conference Center
This resort is another great destination for families. The words “Conference Center” may suggest a business-like atmosphere but that’s just one part of the resort, young children and teenagers alike will find plenty of ways to keep busy. The food is fantastic all around, but the breakfasts are to die for.
The resort is home to three restaurants, Bullfrogs, Sidney’s, and Sunset Cove. Together they offer a range of foods that will make everyone happy. If you go for a villa room, you get a spacious room with wooden floors, a fireplace, and even a wet bar. The scenery is also incredible because it’s on a peninsula you’re never far from a great view of the water.
11. The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
As the name suggests, this resort is the perfect trip destination for couples who want to enjoy days on the golf course and relaxation in the spa. They can be enjoyed separately or together, at The Westin you can relax your way. Rooms at this resort come fully equipped.
The beds are like heaven, the bathrooms are fully equipped, and you can kick back and watch TV on the 42—inch flat screens that come standard. Not all rooms come with a river view, but if you are able to get one, you might find yourself staring out at it around the clock. Even if you don’t get a direct river view, the rustic surroundings mean you’re sure to get a good view no matter where you stay.
12. Sea Palms Resort & Conference Center
On Saint Simmons Island you’ll find a comfortable and laid-back resort that is great for couples looking for a more laid-back experience. The attached golf course is fantastic, with a pro shop that has everything you need.
The rooms are spacious, and the beds are comfortable. If you do decide to bring children, the resort holds activities to keep them busy while the parents enjoy a nice dinner at the Public House Restaurant.
13. Barnsley Resort
The Barnsley Resort is a hidden gem that is perfect for all sorts of getaways. Originally built by Godfrey Barnsley as an estate for his wife Julia, today the resort offers a warm and exotic welcome to people from all walks of life. Options include a relaxing spa, nature exploration, swimming, boating, and a lot more to keep you entertained throughout your stay at this fine Southern estate.
There is a fantastic course for golf lovers, and a stables for people who prefer horses. Located in North Georgia this beautiful resort is the perfect location for leisure getaways, romantic vacations, or inspiring meetings. Here, time stands still while you explore the magic of its wonderful location and mesmerizing beauty.
14. Loreley Resort
A stay here is guaranteed to be quiet and restful. The resort has 93 rooms and sits on ten and a half acres. It’s not right on the Chattahoochee River, but it’s just a relatively short walk away. The resort is great for families. It has a playground, a game room, and both indoor and outdoor rooms.
The resort is a good mix of rentals and owners which creates a community atmosphere. There are plenty of events going on every week. Enjoy massages, bike riding, golf, or just walking along the river.
15. The Westin Jekyll Island
This resort on beautiful Jekyll Island is another great choice for people who want an island getaway in Georgia. The resort is known for fine dining, great views, and plenty of things to do for active individuals. For food, there are different cuisines offered at the resort, and plenty of options available to be delivered directly to your door. If you feel like exercising you can get workout clothes delivered to you.
It’s also dog-friendly, so if you can’t bear the thought of leaving your dog behind then, you should consider a trip to Jekyll Island. Outside of the resort itself, the surrounding area has plenty to explore, and the concierge desk will be happy to set you up on the perfect tour. If you come to this resort, you don’t have to worry about running out of things to do, or you can just relax in its comfortable rooms.
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