Escape this Fall to Sea Island

Posted October 16, 2020 in Travel by Morgan Crowe

Travelers looking for the ultimate fall getaway bursting with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors will find the perfect destination at Sea Island. This private, gated island, with its expansive campus on Georgia’s coast, is surrounded by ocean, river, and marsh – the perfect backdrop for enjoying an exceptional array of experiences steeped in nature. All in a Forbes Five-Star setting.

Guests may opt for falconry and Hawk Walks, fishing with seasoned captains in rivers, creeks or Gulf Stream, videoing dolphins on a boat tour, shooting 5-stand sporting clays, skeet and trap at the Shooting School, playing tennis on 16 Har-Tru® courts, biking on miles of trails, lounging at the spacious Beach Club, kayaking, sailing, paddleboarding, and more. If some downtime is in the plan, then five miles of private beach encourage long walks in the ocean air.

Indoor activities can include visits to the Forbes Five-Star spa, with 23 treatment rooms offering a full range of services and a full-service salon, as well as a fitness center.

All of that is in addition to golf. Renowned since 1928 for its championship golf courses, Sea Island is home to the RSM Classic, a PGA TOUR FedEx Cup event held each year on the Seaside and Plantation golf courses and hosted by Sea Island resident Davis Love III (who, with his brother, Mark, recently redesigned Plantation). Today, more than a dozen touring professionals live, play, and/or train there, including Ryder Cup vice-captains Davis Love III and Zach Johnson. This is due in part to the quality of the courses as well as to the new 17,000-square-foot Golf Performance Center, with industry-leading technology, indoor hitting and club fitting bays, putting studio, and some of the top teachers in the world. It’s all designed to enhance the game of every skill level, from juniors to touring pros.

Sea Island Plantation Building Aerial shot

Accommodation options include 265 rooms and suites — many newly refreshed — at The Cloister, a Mediterranean masterpiece on Sea Island, and 43 rooms and suites and seven cottages at The Lodge, a boutique property nestled between the Seaside and Plantation golf courses on St. Simons Island. Additionally, over 150 cottages are available on Sea Island, ranging from one to eight bedrooms, many with pools, offering the flexibility of a private home while being close to amenities and the beach.

In terms of dining, Sea Island’s array of restaurants ranges from casual oceanfront and rustic Italian to Forbes Five-Star dining, and from a riverfront eatery to a bowling alley with creative pub fare. In addition to captivating experiences, setting and superb facilities, Sea Island has been known for generations for providing gracious hospitality to its guests. The result is it being the only resort in the world to receive four Forbes Five-Star awards for 12 consecutive years.

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