14 Top-Rated Resorts in Georgia
Georgia - aka the "Peach State" - is in so many ways the epitome of all that's great about the South. It's here you'll find that distinct and unforgettable southern hospitality, nowhere more evident than in the many wonderful places to stay as you explore Georgia.
Popular destinations with top-ranking hotels include the state capital, Atlanta. Here, you'll find such reputable names as Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons, just two of the many leading brands to have set up shop in the downtown core. Another great city to explore is Savannah, where you'll find the large Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, a great location to serve as a base as you enjoy the delightful historic district. Speaking of history, there are also many wonderful coastal locations to visit and stay, including the prestigious Cloister at Sea Island and Jekyll Island Club Resort. Find the best accommodation options for your next visit with our list of the top-rated resorts in Georgia.
1 The Cloister at Sea Island
It's for good reason The Cloister at Sea Island is ranked as the top resort in Georgia. This large yet elegant five-star resort defines southern luxury and hospitality, something it has been doing for decades. In addition to its attractive setting adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean, The Cloister is popular for its superb facilities. Notable are the nearby yacht club, the large spa and fitness center, and a world- class tennis facility offering lessons and coaching. Other highlights include a magnificent five-mile stretch of unspoiled beach; access to three heated, outdoor, swimming pools; plus plenty of water activities, such as kayaking, boating, and fishing. A spa and hair salon are also available, as is on-site and in-room dining.
A variety of elegant guest room options are offered, one of the most popular being the spacious one-bedroom units. Boasting Mediterranean-inspired décor, these bright and well-appointed rooms come in a choice of king or two queen beds in a master bedroom with a large ensuite with separate bathtub and shower, and a large living area with a pullout couch, a second bathroom, plus a private balcony.
Accommodation: The Cloister at Sea Island
2 Jekyll Island Club Resort
Another of Georgia's stunning coastal resorts, the Jekyll Island Club Resort can trace its history back as far as 1888, when the main clubhouse building was constructed (it's where you'll find the original dining room today). Accommodations are bright and modern and include standard features such as king or two queen beds, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, and spacious bathrooms.
All guests have access to the resort's large pool and patio area with its ample lounge chairs, as well as to the facilities at the neighboring Jekyll Ocean Club. Other notable amenities include a free, local shuttle service to area attractions and activities including golf and horseback adventures, as well as to other parts of the nine miles of beach that surround the island. Bike rentals are available on-site, as are tennis courts, a croquet lawn, and mini-golf. In addition to on-site dining (including afternoon tea), a concierge is available to take care of reservations to other area restaurants. Valet parking is also available, as is a gift shop selling souvenirs and snacks.
Accommodation: Jekyll Island Club Resort
3 The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, Greensboro
Another Georgia luxury resort destination worth considering - this time located inland, near the community of Greensboro - the elegant Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, sits on a beautiful 30-acre site you'll never want to leave. Notable amenities at this luxury lakeside resort include access to five championship golf courses, kayaking and fishing on the resort's private lakes (be sure to also try your hand at the unique water bikes), plus a large spa area complete with gym and indoor pool. There's also a choice of seven dining options and plenty of event and meeting space.
When it comes time to book your accommodations, be sure to consider one of the quaint stand-alone cottages. Highlights of these spacious units with their separate master bedrooms (plus up to three additional bedrooms) include private outdoor swimming pools, a large porch overlooking the lake, two guest bathrooms, a dining room capable of seating 12 guests, and a cozy living room with a fireplace. These cottages also come with large, fully-equipped kitchens, as well as a games room with a pool table. Guests also benefit from their own personal check-in experience, too.
Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
4 The Lodge at Sea Island, Saint Simons Island
The luxurious Lodge at Sea Island provides another great reason to spend time in this beautiful coastal region of Georgia. And there's certainly much to commend it, not least of which is its intimate size. Comprising just 43 rooms (a number of stand-alone cottages will soon be available), this classy English-inspired destination offers an intimate experience that is heightened by the quality of the accommodation's furnishings and décor, not to mention the ocean views. Highlights include marble bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers (plus bathrobes and slippers), a choice of king or two queen beds, and private balconies.
One of the big draws for many guests is the resort's close access to a large and luxurious spa facility (it's more than 65,000 square feet in size), as well as great sporting activities such as golf and tennis. There's a large fitness center, too, with classes and training on offer. Foodies are well catered to with a number of superb dining options (including in-room), as well as an ice cream-cum-candy parlor for those with a sweet tooth.
Accommodation: The Lodge at Sea Island
5 Mandarin Oriental Atlanta
Rated one of the top places to stay in the unofficial "capital of the South," the elegant Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, offers no end of pampering. A highlight of a visit is spending time in the hotel's world-class spa (better still, book a relaxing in-room couple's massage), as well as seeking some professional training in the fully-equipped fitness center, or a yoga class in the dedicated yoga studio, or simply relaxing around the heated outdoor swimming pool. The hotel also boasts a variety of places to eat, including fine and casual dining options, as well as in-room dining should that be your preference. For those wanting something intimate, try an alfresco meal on the hotel's private garden terrace.
You won't be disappointed by the accommodations on offer here, either. Popular options include the bright, elegantly decorated superior rooms. Features of note include comfy king beds and spacious marble bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers. If money's not an issue, why not book one of the huge, condo-like suites? One of the most luxurious is the exquisite Mandarin Suite (butler included). Features of these 2,336-square-foot units include private master bedrooms with their own fireplaces, large dining rooms with seating for up to eight guests, and two balconies with great views over the city.
Accommodation: Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
6 Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
As you'd expect from one of the world's leading luxury hotel brands, the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta is a superb choice for those looking for somewhere special to stay as they explore this lovely city. There's a great deal of choice when it comes to booking accommodations here, with the hotel's 244 rooms ranging in size from standard hotel rooms to the 2,200-square-foot presidential suite. A good option for families or couples seeking a little more space to spread out are the spacious one-bedroom suites, which come with a separate living area with a sofa, along with a large marble bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower (plus bathrobes).
On-site amenities include two swimming pools: a heated indoor pool, along with a lap pool (there's also a hot tub available). Other appealing features include a well-equipped fitness center, as well as a sauna and steam rooms. In addition to a business center with computer stations and printers, there's plenty of meeting and function space. Handy perks that make a stay here even more enjoyable include a shoe-shining service and a limo for exploring the city.
Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
7 The St. Regis Atlanta
Another great choice for a luxury stay in Atlanta is the chic St. Regis Atlanta. In addition to providing personal butlers (subject to your room choice), the hotel features many other services and amenities that let you know you're staying somewhere special. Be sure to indulge in one of the on-site dining experiences (fine- and casual eating are available), including a great afternoon tea. Other notable features include a world-class spa; a large, heated, outdoor swimming pool with its own waterfall; and a modern fitness center.
The ultimate luxury option when it comes time to choose a room are the 31 St. Regis Butler Service suites, with your own personal butler to take care of everything, from restaurant reservations to arranging laundry services. A more affordable option are the elegant superior rooms. These bright and spacious units come with floor-to-ceiling windows; chic décor, including chandeliers, custom-made furniture, and artwork; and large marble bathrooms with separate showers and bathtubs.
Accommodation: The St. Regis Atlanta
8 The Westin Jekyll Island
Another top resort to consider, the Westin Jekyll Island is a great choice for a memorable family vacation. A highlight of a stay here is having easy access to the beach, which stretches around the whole island (the resort offers beach chair and umbrella rentals). Golfers are also well catered to, as are water sports enthusiasts, due to the excellent boating and fishing available. On-site amenities include a business center and meeting space; a large, outdoor, heated, zero-entry swimming pool plus a large sunbathing terrace; and a fully-equipped fitness center (there are also nearby jogging and biking trails). On-site dining is also available in The Reserve, the delightful ocean-view restaurant.
When it comes time for bed, guests have a number of options to choose from. One of the most popular are the ocean-view rooms. These come with a choice of a king or two queen beds, mini-fridges and coffee makers, spacious bathrooms, work desks, and HDTVs. A larger version of this room comes with a private furnished balcony.
Accommodation: The Westin Jekyll Island
9 The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa makes for a great base from which to explore beautiful Savannah. Located overlooking the Savannah River and just a short distance away from the city's historic downtown, this large resort offers a variety of first-rate accommodations. A favorite for couples - the city's very much an adult-friendly destination - are the deluxe rooms, which come with plush king, queen, or double twin beds. Upgrades worth considering include furnished balconies with city or river views and a well-stocked mini-fridge.
On-site amenities include a large, heated, outdoor swimming pool; a fitness center; dining; and a spa. Guests also have access to the resort's championship golf course. A must-do is to take the ferry service, which visits Savannah's historic riverfront area, all the way to the resort's lovely private beach club on Daufuskie Island.
Accommodation: The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
10 The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, Saint Simons Island
Another fine coastal vacation property worth considering when traveling to Georgia, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on Saint Simons Island is a popular choice for families and couples alike. Notable for its distinctive Mediterranean style, the hotel offers guests a wide choice of accommodation options ranging in size from standard hotel rooms to spacious villas. If available, opt for one of the larger suites. Popular choices include the one-bedroom St. Simons Suite, which comes with its own parlor area, wet bar, and spacious bathroom with a jet tub and separate shower; and the Governor's Suite, located in the hotel's distinctive tower, covering two levels and offering the best ocean views on the property. (Pet-friendly units are also available.)
The resort offers many good reasons to simply stay put and relax. Of these, perhaps the big draw is the hotel's direct access to the beach, as popular for its swimming as it is for fishing and water sports, like paddleboarding and kayaking. Other popular activities include golfing on the hotel's own course, playing a round of tennis on one of the hotel's two courts (lessons available), or relaxing around the heated outdoor swimming pool (the kids' pool is also popular). Other fun things to do include enjoying a spa treatment and sampling some alfresco oceanfront dining.
Accommodation: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
11 Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, Young Harris
Located in the North Georgia Mountains just two hours' drive from Atlanta, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is a great getaway destination for adventure seekers and lovers of the great outdoors. There's plenty of fun activities available, from golf to horseback riding (the resort has its own stables and a five-mile network of trails), and more sedate indulgences, such as spa pampering, great dining, or relaxing by the heated outdoor pool. The resort is also popular for conferences and functions, and offers plenty of meeting space along with a business center.
A mix of accommodation is available, including 102 rooms (some one-bedroom units are available) in the main lodge and 32 cottage rooms. The latter are especially popular for those seeking a little more space and privacy thanks to their treed location. Each of these quaint log cottages feature a separate bedroom and parlor, a real wood burning fireplace, full-kitchen, and dining area. There's also a large verandah and barbecue included. For something truly memorable, consider reserving the resort's private spa suite.
Accommodation: Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
12 Legacy Lodge, Buford
Legacy Lodge offers visitors to the Lanier Islands region of Georgia a variety of great accommodation options, and all within an easy drive from Atlanta. Popular room options include one of 221 standard rooms with either king or queen beds as well as private balconies or patios (some even come with fireplaces). Those wanting additional space can choose from one of the large six-bedroom lakeside villas - complete with full-kitchens and plenty of living space - or a stand-alone, two-bedroom cabin.
The resort offers numerous amenities to keep guests busy. The focal point for many is the saltwater lounging pool, open 24 hours a day, along with fine dining in the on-site restaurants (poolside meals are available). A handy coffee shop is also on-site when the urge to snack strikes. The resort also has a great lakeside golf course, along with activities like boating, ziplining, and volleyball.
Accommodation: Legacy Lodge
13 Barnsley Resort, Adairsville
Set amid 3,000 acres of unspoiled countryside in North Georgia, Barnsley Resort is the perfect destination for those who enjoy the great outdoors. Activities on offer include everything from horseback riding to hiking and mountain biking, as well as more laid-back fun, such as sunbathing, enjoying a spa session or massage in one of the 10 treatment rooms, or relaxing in a sauna or steam room. The resort is known for its food, too, and offers in-room and private dining options for guests to enjoy. The resort also has a nine-hole golf course, a bike rental shop, and fishing is available on its private 10-acre lake and fishing ponds.
A variety of room configurations are available, one of the most popular being the king room. Features include a spacious bathroom with double sinks and plush robes and slippers, a mini-fridge, coffee maker, and a 55-inch HDTV (a version of this room with two queen beds is also available). A great upgrade if you can manage it are the 800-square-foot, one-bedroom suites with their separate living rooms.
Accommodation: Barnsley Resort
14 The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island
For something completely different, be sure to check out the unique vacation opportunity presented by the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island. This private island in Georgia's Golden Isles is popular for its seven miles of pristine shoreline and more than 11,000 acres of unspoiled natural beauty. Half the fun is getting here as the island is only accessible by boat, ensuring each of the 32 guests have a unique and tranquil experience. Another highlight of a stay here is the dining. As much of the food as possible is grown on the island itself, enhanced by the inclusion of fresh-caught seafood. Fun activities include hiking and biking, water sports such as canoeing and kayaking, and of course swimming and sunbathing on the beach.
When it comes to choosing just how much of the island you want for yourself… well, the sky is the limit. You can, in fact, book a room, cabin, or the whole island depending on your needs. Popular choices include a fully-restored, one-bedroom cottage with a separate living room and spacious bathroom with bathrobes (guests love the outdoor shower), plus a fully screened-in porch.
Accommodation: The Lodge on Little Simons Island