Top 12 Resort Destinations in Georgia

12 of the Best Golf, Beach, Mountain, Family and Romantic Resorts

Georgia resorts offer visitors many exceptional choices, from several of the world's top award-winning golf resorts to elegant oceanfront resort complexes and scenic mountain retreats. If you are planning a visit to this peach of a state, here are twelve of Georgia's top resorts offering great choices for your golf getaway, family vacation, romantic escape, corporate meeting or convention.

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The Cloister at Sea Island

Sea Island Suite
The Sea Island suite at The Cloister. Courtesy of Sea Island

Sea Island Resorts, a private island resort located along the Georgia coast, is one of the top-rated resorts in the world. Surrounded by five miles of private beach and salt marshes, this multiple award-winning resort features two championship golf courses, state-of-the-art tennis facilities, top-rated spa and fitness services, riding stables, a beach club, fine dining and more. Accommodations include luxurious guest rooms and spacious suites, as well as private cottages.

The Cloister at Sea Island features 175 guest rooms and suites in the main building and the Cloister Beach Club.

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The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee. Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton

Located about 75 miles east of Atlanta in Greensboro, this top award-winning resort hotel is situated at the edge of picturesque Lake Oconee in the secluded, upscale golf and lake community of Reynolds Plantation. In addition to 99 holes of golf designed by such golf legends as Rees Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio and Bob Cupp, the resort features an array of other recreational options including fishing, boating, tennis, special seasonal events, programs for children and more.

A 27,600-square-foot spa resort offers relaxing and rejuvenating therapies, many inspired by Southern and water-based themes. Accommodations include 251 casually elegant guest rooms and suites, plus several cottages and a three-story Presidential House.

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The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Courtesy of Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Arrive at this award-winning urban resort property in Savannah by car, boat or water ferry. Located on exclusive Hutchinson Island, adjacent to the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa is only a two-minute complimentary ferry ride to Savannah's historic River Street and many other Savannah points of interest that make it one of the top destinations in the South.

Resort features include an 18-hole Troon-managed championship golf course designed by Robert Cupp and Sam Snead; a riverside pool oasis with a large heated pool, an interactive children's area, a hot tub and cabanas; tennis courts; and a Heavenly Spa by Westin. Guest rooms include state-of-the-art amenities and offer lovely views of historic Savannah or the golf course. The private deepwater dock accommodates boats of most sizes and marina guests receive full resort amenities including room service to the dock.

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Château Élan Winery & Resort

Château Élan Winery & Resort
Château Élan Winery & Resort. Courtesy of Château Élan

Blending a touch of French wine country with Georgia's welcoming Southern hospitality, Château Élan Winery & Resort is located on 3,500 picturesque acres, about 45 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta in Braselton. The award-winning Château Élan Inn, built in the style of a 16th-Century French château, features 275 guest rooms and suites. Villas, which are located along one of four resort golf courses, offer alternate accommodations.

The Château Élan Winery, the largest wine producer in Georgia, offers many special tasting events, winery tours and special festivals throughout the year. Other resort activities and facilities include seven restaurants, a Culinary Studio and Cooking School, Tennis Center, Equestrian Show Center, 33,000 square-foot Spa Mansion and more. Bon voyage!

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The Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Jekyll Island Club
Croquet on the lawn at the Jekyll Island Club Resort. majunznk/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0

A National Historic Landmark and former private seaside club for some of America's most influential families (Rockefeller, Morgan and Vanderbilt to mention just a few), the Jekyll Island Club Hotel features 157 rooms and suites, three restaurants for casual and fine dining, access to four golf courses, hands-on cooking schools and an array of island recreational opportunities. Complimentary shuttle service runs to and from the hotel's private beach pavilion.

Many special packages and events, such as Murder Mystery weekends, concerts and culinary adventures, are offered throughout the year.

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Barnsley Gardens Resort

Barnsley Gardens Cottage
Barnsley Gardens Resort. Courtesy of Barnsley Resort

Serenely nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains about one hour from Atlanta, Barnsley Gardens Resort features heirloom gardens, a championship golf course designed by Jim Fazio, casual and fine dining, a luxurious spa and more. In addition to golf, recreational options include hiking and bicycling, sport shooting, horseback riding, swimming, tennis, fishing, and paintball.

Accommodations include guest rooms and suites housed in individually decorated cottages, many with fireplaces or private porches overlooking the gardens. There are also several independent private cottages. Enhancing the storybook setting, Barnsley Gardens has its own Fairy Godmother to help resort guests create magical special celebrations.

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The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island

The Lodge at Little St. Simon Island
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One of the four islands known as the Golden Isles of Georgia, Little St. Simons Island is a private haven of natural beauty set amid 10,000 acres of undeveloped maritime forests with towering moss-draped live oaks, coastal salt marshes, and tidal creeks, plus seven miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches. Recreational activities include hiking, kayaking, canoeing, boating, fishing, swimming, birding, guided environmental tours, excursions and more.

Accommodations for up to 32 guests are available in a variety of individually decorated cottages and settings, each with access to a fireplace. Rates include meals, activities and the use of recreational gear.

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Callaway Gardens

Curved Roadway in Callaway Gardens
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Callaway Gardens, located on 13,000 secluded acres about 80 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta, is a year-round woodland and display garden, residential community and vacation resort. Highlights include nature trails and a horticultural center, a butterfly conservatory, two award-winning golf courses, a large lakeside beach, educational programs, special events and more.

Spring at Callaway Gardens is especially lovely when the stunning azaleas are in bloom. For holiday family fun, Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights draws visitors from near and far. On-site accommodations include cottages, villas, the Mountain Creek Inn and The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens, a Marriott Autograph Collection property.

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The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort

Guestroom at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort.
A guestroom at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort. Courtesy of the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort

A member of Historic Hotels of America and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this oceanfront features accommodations in several different buildings, each offering unique styles and decors, including oceanfront and resort view guest rooms, seaside cabanas, beach villas and private guest houses.

Resort amenities and facilities include five pools, oceanfront dining, the Royal Treatment Cottage for massage therapies and treatments, and the King and Prince Golf Course (owned and operated by the resort, and located about 12 miles from the property). In addition to golf, activities include tennis, biking, fishing, horseback riding, local history and nature tours and, of course, plenty of beachfront fun.

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Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort at Stone Mountain Park

Stone mountain covered bridge
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In addition to being Georgia's most popular attraction, Stone Mountain Park is home to Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort, an award-winning property situated at the edge of Stone Mountain Lake with scenic views of the surrounding natural beauty.

Popular for family vacations, groups and corporate events, and romantic getaways or weddings, this resort hotel features guest rooms and suites with private verandas or balconies, a spa and fitness center, access to two golf courses, heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools and more.

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Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Sunshine emerging on an autumn
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A four-season resort located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia about two hours from Atlanta, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa offers golf, tennis, stream and pond fishing, horseback riding, outdoor and indoor heated swimming pools, a fitness center and over 9 miles of hiking trails.

Equani Spa, inspired by the area's native Cherokee people, features treatments designed to stimulate and refresh the mind, body and soul. Brasstown Valley Resort accommodations include 102 lodge guest rooms, 32 cottage guest rooms and a deluxe spa suite. 

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Legacy Lodge Hotel & Conference Center - Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Scenic View Of Lake Lanier
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This 1,500-acre lakeside resort, located about 45 miles northeast of Atlanta, is situated along the shores of Lake Sidney Lanier. A popular Georgia resort destination for families as well as groups and couples, the Legacy Lodge Hotel & Conference Center offers an array of accommodations in guest rooms, suites, villas and lake houses, many with scenic views of the lake and balconies or terraces.

Resort features include LanierWorld, a sandy lakeside beach and water park, an 18-hole golf course, spa and fitness center, equestrian center, boat rentals, water sports, fishing and several restaurants and cafés. Many special events offer seasonal and holiday fun, including Magical Nights of Lights, one of Georgia's most eagerly awaited annual Christmas displays.