The Atlantic Coast of Georgia stretches more than 100 miles from the Savannah River in the north to the St. Mary’s River in the south. Visitors who explore the scenic natural beauty of Georgia’s coastline find accommodations on Tybee Island, near Savannah in the north, the Sea Islands (Sea, St. Simons and Jekyll Islands) just off the coast at Brunswick and Cumberland Island, just north of the Florida border.
Beach House at the Dunes
On Tybee Island, only 15 minutes from downtown Savannah, this all-suites hotel lies within the confines of the Beachside Colony condo development. Accommodations include one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, all of which feature private balconies and kitchen facilities. To ensure that younger guests are happily occupied, the hotel maintains a kids’ activity area that includes putt-putt golf and a miniature climbing wall. Recreational facilities include three swimming pools and free guest access to the nearby YMCA Fitness Club. An on-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The grande dame of Georgia’s coastal hotels, the Cloister has presided over life on Sea Island for more than eight decades. Easily accessible from Brunswick on the mainland, this swanky property hosted the G-8 Summit in 2004 and has been visited by Presidents Coolidge, Eisenhower, Ford, Carter and George W. Bush, according to Fodor’s. The Cloister’s 175 guest rooms and suites are elegantly appointed and range in size from 700 square feet to 2,200 square feet. The hotel’s amenities include a private beach, multiple swimming pools, a full-service spa and a program of supervised activities for kids. On-site dining options include fine dining in the Georgian Room, which serves dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and Big George’s for more casual dining with an ocean view.
Cumberland Inn & Suites
All of Cumberland Island is preserved as a national seashore, presided over by the National Park Service. Overlooking Kings Bay in the mainland town of St. Mary’s, this 79-unit hotel is a perfect base from which to explore the island, which is accessible only by ferry. All rooms and suites feature microwave ovens, compact refrigerators and high-speed Internet access, both wired and wireless. Recreational facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center. The hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast. Dining options include the Island Bar and Grill, open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily, and the 24-hour Cedar Restaurant.
Holiday Inn Express
Budget-conscious travelers can enjoy all that Georgia’s Sea Islands have to offer without having to spend a lot for the privilege. This 60-unit hotel on St. Simons Island is midway between Brunswick and Sea Island. Recreational facilities include a free-form outdoor swimming pool and discounted access to a nearby fitness center. The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast buffet daily but has no on-site restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Mullet Bay and Loco’s for lunch and dinner and Chelsea’s for dinner only.