St Simons Island is one of Georgia’s lovely barrier islands and is proximal to other prime slices of land in the south. What used to be an agricultural hub is now home to beautiful resorts, restaurants and world-class golfing. History overflows, and there are many significant sites to visit. A favorite is the towering lighthouse, which you can climb to the top of for a bird’s eye view of it all. Enticed to pay a visit to this unique marsh region? We’ve rounded up the best places to stay.
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Home2 Suites Hilton St. Simons Island (Prices & Photos)
Coming in hot with a solid five rating on TripAdvisor, Home2 Suites are like mini luxury apartments, with extra amenities, of course. A stunning pool area features a barely immersed portion perfect for splashing with your little one, and an etched patio and tropical foliage round out the relaxation space. Breakfast sandwiches and a list of other choices are available in the morning, and s’mores are provided for family nights by the welcoming fire pit. You’re in luck if you love watching planes, or if you happen to ride in style via private jet, because a super quiet, small airport backs right up to the hotel. Guests love watching planes come and go while floating in the pool.
Ocean Lodge (Prices & Photos)
Holy moly, this place looks like an Italian castle fit for royalty. Intricate exterior details immediate draw one’s focus, and upon entering, you are greeting with the same lavish touches. Rooms are accented with ornate furniture, extravagant tile floors and massive arched windows for soaking in plenty of that coastal sun. But there’s no better view than from the rooftop deck which also houses a small pool. Lounge in a comfortable chair under twinkling lights and drink in one of the best ocean views on the island.
The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort (Prices & Photos)
This beachfront paradise offers rustic yet home-like charm, along with luxurious grounds and amenities that will knock your socks off. Villa meets palace in the grand main areas, and as for the pools, don’t even get us started. Too late, the main pool is surrounded with cabanas and a beautiful curved design, while there is endless space to paddle around. The beach is right there, so it kind of feels like you are floating in the ocean. Historic to the district, King and Prince has been a golfers getaway, or a romantic retreat, for some time.
The Inn at Sea Island (Prices & Photos)
With a Mediterranean boutique style pool, the location immediately pulls you in. The pool area is lovely with somewhat of an Italian village feel, and you might find yourself spending all of your time there—so much charm in such a small amount of space. Luxury and convenience of the inn pair nicely with the neighboring Cloister on Sea Island. Rooms are spacious with appreciated touches of rich patterned fabric and wood furniture, while the restroom offers a sleek look with plenty of space for relaxing or just completing an everyday routine.
St. Simons Inn by the Lighthouse (Prices & Photos)
The St. Simons Lighthouse is a significant attraction for those visiting, and if that describes you, this is the place. Smaller than your average hotel, yet bigger than an inn with 35 well-equipped rooms, it’ll feel more like you are staying at a friends house with all of the personal touches throughout. Soft, melt in your mouth donuts and warm coffee are offered daily, and the continental breakfast offers staples such as muffins and other pastries. TripAdvisor guests note room 100 has an optimal view of the lighthouse.
The Cloister at Sea Island (Prices & Photos)
Separated by a thin channel of water, The Cloister is a majestic resort situated beside St Simons Island, on Sea Island. Featuring a restaurant with prestigiously rare awards, numerous outdoor activities, and an absolutely stunning look, this retreat deserves its own slice of land. Ride a horse on the beach at sunset, enjoy impeccable beverages while taking in the views, or just keep it simple with a beach day—it will be a picture-perfect experience no matter what.
Jekyll Island Club Resort (Prices & Photos)
Like an island-ish Biltmore Estate, many prominent figures have visited the grand hotel for over 130 years. Of course, it’s undergone lavish restorations, and now features a range of dining experiences and amenities. At sunset, the pool is an amazing place to be, as is anywhere else on this beautiful property.
The Beachview Club (Prices & Photos)
Technically on Jekyll Island, this hotel has an updated look, with upscale industrial accents. Tropical and southern foliage meld together to make a surprising and lovely mesh of nature. The Beachview Club is the epitome of what the areas around St Simons have to offer—luxury, practicality and pure charm.