If you follow me on Instagram (@baileyschwartz) or Snapchat (@baileytschwartz) then you know last weekend seven bloggers and I took a trip to 5-star Sea Island Resort in Georgia. This trip has always been on my bucket list, and I’m so thankful I got to experience it with such amazing girls.
Let me start by saying the hotel is even more beautiful in person, and these photos can’t do it justice. You absolutely HAVE to visit here. I’d recommend this resort to any kind of traveler. Couples, families, children, adventurer seeker, need for relaxation… there are so many things to do here that cater to anyone.
In addition, I have never experienced such Southern hospitality as when I traveled to Sea Island Resort. Everyone was so warm and inviting. The hotel prides itself on its service to guests, and it is obvious they are willing to go above and beyond to make their guests happy. More on that later.
Unless you live near Georgia, you probably haven’t heard about Sea Island Resort. In fact, many of the bloggers I visited with had never heard of the hotel. It is a hidden gem. The hotel prefers it that way, so that the resort keeps its charm and doesn’t get overcrowded with guests. If you aren’t already sold on taking a trip to Sea Island Resort, keep reading… 🙂
I can’t say enough positive things about the beauty of Sea Island Resort. It is absolutely stunning. The three-mile drive in to the hotel is lined with beautiful hanging oaks and patches of marsh. It completely sets the Southern vibe before you even arrive at the Resort.
We stayed at the Cloister, which is the main area of the resort a part from Villas you can also rent. When you arrive at the Cloister, it is a draw dropping view as the front of the hotel is vast and breathtaking. You’re greeted by bellmen gentlemen who happily carry your bags to your room (or in my case 5 bags, lol!).
You walk into the hotel and it feels like a Southern castle mixed with medieval decor. I sounds unusual, but it is truly a sight to see. The Cloister sits off of a river, so you exit the back of the hotel to beautiful water views. In fact, our rooms actually had a view of the river from the patio, and it was the perfect sight to wake up to and drink your coffee each morning.
We were told by many of the staff that we needed to come back in the Spring (March-April). I’m not sure how it could be any more beautiful, but they said the Azaleas bloom during that time and it is a gorgeous sight to see.
I’ve already touch upon this a little bit, but to demonstrate the level of service Sea Island Resort provides, I’ll tell you a little story. All of the girls arrived at different times to the hotel, and our rooms were a decent walk from main lobby area of the resort. The same bellman carried each of our (many) bags a long distance, and then returned each time bringing each blogger a bottle of water. He offered each of us arrival cocktails and continued to wait on us hand and foot with various items we needed: scissors, wine opener, the list goes on and on.
When he returned he realized we were having trouble going in to each others rooms as some of them were connected but others required key cards to get in to each others rooms. As a result, he returned (without asking) with keys for each of our rooms to share so that we wouldn’t have to bother each other by knocking on the door. He also left a door stop with us in the possible case that one of us lost our keys. He truly thought out of the box and wanted to make sure we had the most relaxing (and convenient) stay at Sea Island Resort. That is only one story, and I could tell you many with that level of service. It was amazing.
We were surprised by how spacious and luxurious the rooms were. They were also beautifully decorated as seen in the photo above. Our room even had a double closet, 3 sinks (1 double, and 1 single) as well as a large tub and shower. An four-person family could happily stay in our room, and have plenty of room to spare! Not to mention, the views from our balcony were to die for. One of my favorite things to do was to go grab a coffee (complimentary from the hotel) and sit out on my balcony to take in the miles of river views and open marsh each morning.
There are so many activities to do at Sea Island Resort, it is unbelievable. I guarantee you there is something to do for every person, whether it is couples, families, children or even grandparents. Sea Island Resort has a beach club complete with squash and tennis, horse back riding, shooting lessons, golf, biking, boating, fishing, shopping or plain old relaxing in the spa or working out in the fitness center. The list goes on and on.
During our trip to Sea Island, we indulged in a sunset cruise on the Sea Island Resort small vintage yacht, The Cloister Belle (photo of the boat below). It was so amazing to take in the views of the river during the sunset. We even got to see dolphins leading the boat while taking in a wildlife lessons from one of the boat hands. It was an unforgettable experience!
While visiting Sea Island Resort, we had an opportunity to try three restaurants as well as indulge in the Library’s coffee and pastries as well as the buffet breakfast. Every meal was out of this world. We had lunch at the River Bar, just outside the front of the hotel, and it was outstanding. We indulged in some amazing cocktails, including my personal favorite, homemade bloody marys, and took in the beautiful view.
Secondly, we spent one dinner at Southern Tide, a casual seafood restaurant at the beach club. It was just what we needed for a laid back dinner the first night. I absolutely recommend the lobster tacos, they were SO good!
Last but not least, we had the most amazing dinner our last night at the resort at the Georgian Room. It is the only 5-star restaurant in the entire state of Georgia and it did not disappoint. We had a four-course tasting menu with the most beautiful displayed courses that ended with a decadent chocolate dome over a raspberry jelly. I’m not even a big chocolate dessert person, but it was fabulous.
Every morning, the girls and I took a trip to the Library, a room in the lobby of the Cloister that serves hot coffee and yummy pastries. I woke up every morning dreaming of grabbing an already made cup of coffee. Talk about paradise.
I think it is fair to say that we had the trip of a lifetime at Sea Island Resort last weekend. I have no doubt that we will be returning for a reunion in the near future. If you have any questions about the hotel that I didn’t answer in the review above, as always please reach out to me by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org! There is still a lot more content to come from Sea Island Resort, so I hope you’ll continue to tune into next week’s post. Until then, I hope you have a fabulous weekend! XoXo
Thank you to Sea Island Resort for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
photos by Amanda of Vagabond Photography