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The Cloister at Sea Island

6 Top Luxury Resorts in Georgia for Outdoor Adventure

Pamper yourself and your loved ones with a getaway to these top Georgia resorts near some of the state's best natural attractions.

There is nothing better after a day of exploring than to come back to a luxurious hotel or resort with comfortable rooms and impeccable service. These six magnificent Georgia resorts are known for their pampering and are located near some of the state's best natural attractions. They make perfect getaways and great gifts, too!

Boats docked at a luxury waterfront resort.

The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia

1. The Cloister at Sea Island

Next to the word luxury in the dictionary very well could be The Cloister at Sea Island. This fabled beach resort has been welcoming generations of Southern families since 1928. One visit and it's easy to see why people keep coming back.

The spa is one of the best in the state, and even if you don't partake in one of their excellent treatments, you can enjoy some peace and quiet sitting by an indoor river in the lounge. While you are relaxing at the spa, the junior staffers — who are probably better trained to engage children than most parents — will watch the kids.

The Sea Island Company also runs The Inn at Sea Island, a perfect home base for a golf getaway where you can play the same courses as pros like Davis Love III.

Outdoor adventures on Sea Island

The deluxe outdoor pool and a luxury reporto by @jessicadauler

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia. Photo by @jessicadauler

2. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Greensboro

If Sea Island is luxury at the beach, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is luxury on the lake. The resort is best known for its five championship golf courses and world-class spa, but it also caters to families in a big way with the Ritz Kids program. And the kid in all of us can enjoy the nightly s'mores.

There are enough activities on Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee property to keep you busy for a week. But if you to venture out, the nearby Lake Country towns of Madison, Greensboro and Eatonton are nearby.

Outdoor Adventures on Lake Oconee

A lush, colorful garden outside a resort

Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, Georgia

3. Barnsley Resort in Adairsville

Barnsley Resort is the perfect luxury resort. Cottages are located along a linear park that is an ideal gathering spot. In the evenings, stroll through the gardens and historic manor house ruins.

One of our favorite amenities is horseback riding through Barnsley's 3,000 acres. Not a horseman? They have lessons, too, as well as children's corral rides for the little ones. Afterward, sample more than 30 craft beers at the outdoor Beer Garden.

Outdoor Adventures at Barnsley Resort

Interior lobby inside a resort with antique furniture.

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris, Georgia

4. Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa in Young Harris

Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa is a spectacular mountain retreat experience complete with a spa, scenic golf course, and casual or upscale dining. The resort's lodge guest rooms and suites, and eight mountain cottages tucked into the woods offer all the comforts of home in a stunning mountain setting. Book the Equani Spa's 825-square-foot suite to relax into the ultimate self-care experience with views of the mountains, golf course and grazing horses.

Outdoor Adventures at Brasstown Valley Resort

Indoor pool at a deluxe resort.

Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead hotel

5. Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead

Located in one of Atlanta's most prestigious neighborhoods with high-end shopping and dining, the Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead's elegant accommodations and upscale spa will spoil you. Guest rooms are spacious, with expansive windows to take in the skyline views. Suites offer a residential feel with separate living areas and private terraces. The 15,000-square-foot spa has 13 treatment rooms, a vitality pool and relaxation lounges to help melt away all your cares.

Outdoor Adventures in Atlanta

Aerial view of a large resort along the waterfront

Jekyll Island Club Resort on Jekyll Island, Georgia

6. Jekyll Island Club Resort on Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island Club Resort originated as the social club to the elite in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It catered to businessmen, politicians, socialites and their families, gaining a reputation as "the richest, most inaccessible club in the world." Select from accommodations in five distinctively different settings from the central clubhouse to historic cottages. Enjoy breakfast in the Grand Dining Room and dinner waterside at The Wharf or Eighty Ocean Kitchen and Bar. Play croquet on the resort grounds, ride horses on the beach, and much more.

Outdoor Adventures on Jekyll Island

Looking for more accommodations in Georgia? Browse our listings of Places to Stay to find your next retreat.

Published: May 2024
Written by: Sue Rodman
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