Georgia – also known as the “Peach State” – is the epitome of the great of the South in so many ways. It’s here you’ll find that distinct and unforgettable Southern hospitality, nowhere more apparent than in the many wonderful places to stay as you explore Georgia.
Popular destinations with top hotels are the capital, Atlanta. Here you will find renowned names such as Mandarin Oriental and Four Seasons, just two of the many leading brands that have established themselves in the inner city. Another great city to explore is Savannah, home to the large Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, a great location to serve as a base while enjoying the beautiful historic district. Speaking of history, there are also many beautiful coastal locations to visit and stay, including the prestigious Monastery on 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 not for nothing that The Cloister at Sea Island is ranked as the best resort in Georgia. This grand yet elegant five-star resort defines Southern luxury and hospitality, something it has done for decades. In addition to its attractive location next to the Atlantic Ocean, The Cloister is popular for its excellent facilities. Of note are the nearby yacht club, large spa and fitness center and a world-class tennis facility with lessons and coaching. Other highlights include a beautiful five-mile stretch of pristine beach; access to three heated outdoor pools; plus plenty of water activities, including kayaking, boating, and fishing. A spa and hair salon are also available, along with on-site and in-room dining.
A variety of elegant room options are offered, one of the most popular being the spacious one-bedroom apartments. These bright and well-appointed rooms have a Mediterranean-inspired decor and feature a choice of king or two queen-size beds in a master bedroom with a master bathroom with a bath and separate shower, and a large living room with a fold-out sofa, a second bathroom, plus a private balcony.
Accommodation: The Cloister at Sea Island
2 Jekyll Island Club Resort
Another beautiful Georgia coastal town, the Jekyll Island Club Resort can trace its history back to 1888, when the main club house was built (it’s where you’ll find the original dining room today). Bright and modern accommodations come standard with king or two queen beds, mini-fridges, coffeemakers and spacious bathrooms.
All guests have access to the resort’s main pool and patio with its ample lounge chairs, as well as the facilities of the neighboring Jekyll Ocean Club. Other notable amenities include a free, local shuttle service to area attractions and activities, including golf and horseback riding, as well as to other parts of the 9 miles of beach around the island. Bicycle rentals are available on site, as are tennis courts, a croquet lawn and miniature golf. In addition to on-site dining (including afternoon tea), a concierge service is available to arrange reservations for other restaurants in the area. Valet parking is also available, as is a gift shop with souvenirs and snacks.
Accommodation: Jekyll Island Club Resort
3 The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, Greensboro
Another luxury Georgia 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 that you’ll never forget. 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 try the one-of-a-kind paddle boat, too), plus a large spa with a gym and indoor pool. There is also a choice of seven dining options and plenty of event and meeting space.
When it’s time to book your accommodation, you should consider one of the separate detached cottages. Highlights of these spacious properties with their separate master bedrooms (plus up to three additional bedrooms) include private pools, a large veranda overlooking the lake, two guest bathrooms, a dining room for 12 guests, and a cozy living room with a wood-burning fireplace. These cottages also feature large, fully equipped kitchens, as well as a games room with a pool table. Guests also benefit from their own personalized check-in experience.
Accommodation: The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
4 The Lodge at Sea Island, Saint Simons Island
The luxurious Lodge at Sea Island offers another great reason to spend time in this beautiful coastal region of Georgia. And there’s certainly a lot to recommend, not the least of which is its intimate size. Consisting of just 43 rooms (a number of stand-alone cottages will be available soon), this stylish English-inspired destination offers an intimate experience enhanced by the quality of the hotel’s furnishings and furnishings, not to mention the views on the ocean. Highlights include marble bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers (plus bathrobes and slippers), a choice of king or two queen beds, and a private balcony.
One of the big draws for many guests is the resort’s close access to a large and luxurious spa facility (it’s over 65,000 square feet in size), as well as great sporting activities such as golf and tennis. There is also a large fitness center with lessons and training. Foodies are well catered for with a number of excellent dining options (including in-room dining), as well as an ice-cream-and-candy parlor for those with a sweet tooth.
Accommodatie: The Lodge at Sea Island
5 Mandarin Oriental Atlanta
Fotobron: Mandarin Oriental Atlanta
Rated one of the best places to stay in the unofficial “Capital of the South,” Atlanta’s elegant Mandarin Oriental offers no end of indulgence. A highlight of a visit is spending time at the hotel’s world-class spa (better yet, book a relaxing in-room massage), as well as some professional workout at the fully equipped fitness center or a yoga class at the dedicated yoga studio, or simply relax around the heated outdoor pool. The hotel also offers a variety of dining options, including fine and casual dining options, as well as in-room dining. For something more intimate, try an alfresco meal on the hotel’s private garden terrace.
You will also not be disappointed by the accommodations on offer here. Popular options are the bright, elegantly furnished superior rooms. Note features include comfortable king-size beds and spacious marble bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers. If money is no object, why not book one of the huge, condo-style 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, grand dining rooms with seating for up to eight guests, and two balconies with sweeping views of the city.
Accommodation: Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
6 Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
Fotobron: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
As you would expect from one of the world’s leading luxury hotel brands, the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta is an excellent choice for those looking for a special stay to explore this beautiful city. There’s plenty 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 who want a little more room to spread out are the spacious 1-bedroom suites, which feature a separate living room with a sofa, along with a large marble bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower (plus bathrobes )..
On-site amenities include two pools: a heated indoor pool, along with a lap pool (a hot tub is also available). Other attractive amenities 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 is ample conference and meeting space. Handy perks that make staying here even more enjoyable include a shoe shine service and a limo for exploring the city.
Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
7 The St. Regis Atlanta
Fotobron: The St. Regis Atlanta
Another great choice for a luxury stay in Atlanta is the chic St. Regis Atlanta. In addition to personal butlers (depending on your room choice), the hotel offers many other services and amenities that let you know you’re staying somewhere. Don’t forget to partake in one of the on-site dining options (fine and casual fare is available), including a great afternoon tea. Other notable features include a world-class spa; a large, heated outdoor pool with its own waterfall; and a modern fitness center.
The ultimate luxury option when it comes time to choose a room is 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 feature floor-to-ceiling windows. chic decor, including chandeliers, custom 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 staying here is having easy access to the beach, which stretches all over the island (the resort offers beach chair and umbrella rentals). Golfers are also well catered for, as are boaters, thanks to the excellent boating and fishing available. On-site amenities include a business center and meeting room; a large, heated outdoor swimming pool with a large sun terrace; and a fully equipped fitness center (there are also nearby jogging and biking trails). On-site dining is also available at The Reserve, the beautiful restaurant overlooking the ocean.
When it’s time for bed, guests have a number of options to choose from. One of the most popular are the ocean view rooms. These offer a choice of one king or two queen beds, mini-fridges and coffee makers, spacious bathrooms, work desks and HDTVs. A larger version of this room has a private furnished balcony.
Accommodation: The Westin Jekyll Island
9 Het Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
Fotobron: The Westin Savannah Harbour Golf Resort & Spa
Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa provides a great base from which to explore beautiful Savannah. Overlooking the Savannah River and just a short distance from the historic downtown area, this large resort offers a variety of first-class accommodations. A favorite for couples – the city is very much an adult-friendly destination – are the deluxe rooms, which feature plush king, queen or twin single beds. Worth considering include furnished balconies with city or river views and a well-stocked mini-fridge.
On-site amenities include a large, heated, outdoor 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, all the way to the resort’s lovely private beach club on Daufuskie Island.
Lodging: The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
10 The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, Saint Simons Island
Also a good choice for families and couples, the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on Saint Simons Island is a fine coastal property worth traveling to Georgia for. Distinguished by its distinctive Mediterranean style, the hotel offers guests a wide choice of accommodations 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 features a private parlor area, wet bar, and spacious bathroom with a jetted tub and separate shower. and the Governor’s Suite, located in the hotel’s signature tower, spanning two levels and boasting the best ocean views on the property. (Pet-friendly units are also available.)
The resort offers many good reasons to just sit back and relax. Of these, perhaps the hotel’s big draw is its direct access to the beach, as popular for swimming as it is for fishing and water sports, such as paddleboarding and kayaking. Other popular activities include golfing on the hotel’s own golf course, playing a game of tennis on one of the hotel’s two tennis courts (lessons available), or relaxing around the heated outdoor swimming pool (the children’s pool is also popular). Other fun things to do include indulging in a spa treatment and sampling some outdoor oceanfront dining.
Accommodation: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
11 Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa, Young Harris
Fotobron: Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa
Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is located in the North Georgia Mountains, just a two-hour drive from Atlanta. It is a great destination for adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. There are plenty of fun activities available from golf to horseback riding (the resort has its own stables and a network of 5-mile hiking trails) and more diversified indulgences such as pampering at the spa, fine dining or relaxing by the heated outdoor pool. The resort is also popular for conferences and events and offers plenty of meeting space, as well as 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 people looking for a little more space and privacy thanks to their built-up location. Each of these quaint log cabins features a separate bedroom and lounge, a real fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen and dining area. There is also a large porch 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 Georgia’s Lanier Islands a variety of great lodging options, all within a short drive of Atlanta. Popular room options include 221 standard rooms with king or queen beds and private balconies or patios (some even have fireplaces). Those who want extra space can choose from one of the large 6-bedroom lakefront villas – complete with full kitchens and plenty of living space – or a two-bedroom stand-alone cabin.
The resort offers plenty of amenities to keep guests entertained. The focal point for many is the saltwater pool, which is open 24 hours a day, along with fine dining at the on-site restaurants (poolside meals are available). A convenient coffee shop is also on site when the urge to snack strikes. The resort also has a great lakeside golf course, as well as activities such as boating, ziplining, and volleyball.
Accommodation: Legacy Lodge
13 Barnsley Resort, Adairsville
Nestled on 3,000 acres of pristine nature in North Georgia, Barnsley Resort is the perfect getaway for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Activities on offer include everything from horseback riding to hiking and mountain biking, as well as more relaxed 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 also known for its food and offers rooms and private dining for you to enjoy. The resort also has a nine-hole golf course, a bike rental shop, and fishing is available on the 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 vanity and plush robes and slippers, mini-fridge, coffee maker, and 55-inch HDTV (a version of this room with two queen beds is also available). A great upgrade if you can manage it is the 800 square foot one bedroom suites with their separate living room.
Accommodation: Barnsley Resort
14 The Lodge op Little St. Simons Island
For something completely different, be sure to check out the unique vacation opportunity offered by the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island. This private island in Georgia’s Golden Isles is popular for its 7 miles of pristine coastline and more than 11,000 acres of pristine natural beauty. Half the fun comes here as the island is only accessible by boat, giving each of the 32 guests a unique and tranquil experience. Another highlight of staying here is the food. As much food as possible is grown on the island itself, enhanced by the inclusion of freshly caught fish. Fun activities include walking and cycling, water sports such as canoeing and kayaking, and of course swimming and sunbathing on the beach.
When it comes to choosing how much of the island you want for yourself…well, the sky’s the limit. In fact, you can book a room, cabin or the entire island depending on your needs. Popular choices include a fully restored one-bedroom cottage with a separate living room and spacious bathroom with robes (guests love the outdoor shower), plus a fully screened porch.
Accommodation: The Lodge on Little Simons Island