Are you looking for a dreamy escape with your family? Something luxurious, for both the adults and the kids? This compilation of resorts in Georgia will introduce you to mountain, beach and city stays that will have you making memories together to last a lifetime.
Here are 25 of our favorite resorts – where do you love to stay, and what’s on your bucket list?
Under-the-Radar Resorts (that you should know about)
1,100 acres in the Georgia countryside make the perfect escape for your family. New accommodations on property range from one-bedroom traditional rooms with private porches and gorgeous views, to larger 2- & 3-bedroom lake villas with full kitchens and grand balconies. Feel like splurging? Rent one of the 4-bedroom cottages with a fireplace in the great room, ideal for two families, or try one of the eight-bedroom luxury homes for large parties.
16 lakes for paddleboarding, canoeing, and kayaking will keep you busy, and don’t miss hiking! There’s also tennis, golf, swimming pools, and a sports lawn. I know our family would love the guided ATV tours!
The outdoor sportsman will adore Foxhall, home of one of the first Beretta Trident Clays Courses in the country. There’s also foxhalling, sporting clays, fishing trips, archery…and that’s just the beginning.
Foxhall Resort’s Signature Restaurant is The Paddock Restaurant. Enjoy farm-to-table dining with succulent selections like wild boar, duck or bison, while overlooking the polo fields.
Rolling hills and glorious views welcome you to this 36-acre farm south of the city. Experience a play from Serenbe Playhouse, take in the farm from horseback, walk the labyrinth or relax at the pool. Rent bikes, take a hayride, enjoy a bonfire…the outdoor activities are endless. Be sure to reserve dinner at the Farmhouse and/or afternoon tea, Southern style.
27 rooms on the property range from townhomes and lofts in the “luxury boho” community district to cottages of all sizes dotted across the farm. Be sure to check the website for seasonal packages.
Valhalla reigns as Helen’s newest accommodation, with a bit of modern luxury juxtaposing the Alpine charm of this North Georgia town. Ask about rooms with a balcony, fireplace or that welcome pets. This resort is best when you have a sitter, as it doesn’t cater to children. But with the kids at Grandma’s house you’re sure to enjoy a romantic getaway with the full-service spa, outdoor swimming pool, and Innsbruck Golf Club.
Multiple size suites are available, or select the on-property bungalows or villas for larger parties or more privacy. Dine onsite at Celedonia, and be sure to enjoy a cocktail at the Roof Top SkyBar.
I barely have words to describe how incredible a visit to this all-inclusive private island resort will be for your family! It’s a Top 10 Georgia experience in my book; the natural beauty of the island puts me in a trance – it’s like a story book. Biking and beach time, shore fishing, boating on a skiff or kayak, and oh the adventures with the naturalists! With a maximum of 32 guests at a time, you get plenty of one-on-one time learning about everything the island offers.
Meals are included…and how wonderful they are. The food prepared each mealtime is not your ordinary “hotel” food – it is DELICIOUS, creative and fresh! Many of the fruits and veggies come from the on-site USDA certified organic garden, which I recommend touring!
Five accommodation options dot the island, each with different benefits from the affordable Hunting Lodge room to the captivating Helen House.
The Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island was a present from Lucy Carnegie, wife of the lesser known steel magnate Thomas Carnegie, to her daughter Margaret Ricketson. The Carnegie decedents are the original and only owners of the The Greyfield Inn. They turned it into a hotel in the early 60’s and still manage it today.
This all-inclusive inn does allow children 7 and older to stay, but you’ll probably be more comfortable visiting as a couple. If you want to bring the family, there is a single suite at the inn, and adjoining rooms also…or you can ask for a roll-away bed.
Rates include your rooms and suites, ferry ride, meals, bikes, equipment and tours. Remember, there are no stores on Cumberland but there’s no need with the resort’s garden and delicious meals.
Lake Blackshear Resort sits in Middle Georgia, with beautiful views of the lake created from the Flint River. Cypress trees and Spanish moss dot the edges of the lake, creating a spectacular view from the resort. With the proximity within Ga Veterans State Park and the SAM Shortline, this is a relaxing and memorable place to bring the family for vacation.
Enjoy a standard hotel room at the Lodge, a villa or 2-bedroom cabin with kitchen. Dining and activities in the park and resort mean you never have to leave.
Rooms at this mountain/lake resort were just renovated in March of 2018 and they are gorgeous! Choose from standards, suites or villas. Villas range from 2-4 bedrooms with full kitchens and patios. The draw here is not the rooms, though, but the views. Sit in the courtyard with a bonfire, seeing the fog rise over Lake Chatuge.
Bring your boat to the full service marina, or rent a kayak, canoe or pontoon boat while you’re there. Water activities include pier fishing (poles included;) ski boat, flyboard, or jet-ski lessons with Mountain Wake Cable Park; or soak up the rays at the saltwater pool. Off-site, Hiawassee is filled with plenty of fun, as well.
Don’t miss dining at The Oaks Lakeside Kitchen, with delicious food and stunning mountain views.
You’ll find plenty of dining options onsite, character meets, story time and more.
Kingwood sits in the mountains of Clayton, featuring the golf courses but offering much more. Rooms range from the Inn to 2- & 3-bedroom condos to rental homes. The condos boast a fireplace and large porch, Jacuzzi and covered parking.
You’ll be right at home if golf is your game or you can enjoy the other amenities, including a fitness center, tennis or pickle ball, an indoor or outdoor swimming pool, or river rafting. See the Kingwood waterfall, and then hit the spa with hot tub, facial and massage services, and more.
Don’t miss the Fireside Lounge or the rustic yet charming Main Dining Room overlooking the 9th hole.
Tybee’s only ocean front resort is calling your name. 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom condos include ocean views, full kitchens, pet-friendly options, and more for your family vacation. There are also three pools (one heated in cooler months!)
You’ll enjoy ocean-side dining, direct beach access, and unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean. You’re only one mile from the pier and light station. Marlin Monroe’s, the on-site restaurant and bar, is a super spot for oyster roasts and live entertainment.
St Simon’s Island is home to this trifecta that includes Sea Gate Inn, Ocean Lodge, and Sea Palms Resort (which is also the name of the property that manages all three locations.) Rooms range from deluxe standards with Florida rooms to 4-bedroom suites with full kitchens and large decks.
Amenities for all three resorts includes 27 holes of championship golf, tennis on clay tennis courts, two fitness centers, an oversized club swimming pool with private cabanas and tiki bar plus entry to the highly rated Public House restaurant and lounge. You can also enjoy biking, horseshoes and volleyball, footgolf, beach access and more.
You probably know The Dillard House for their famous restaurant, featuring delicious Southern cooking. Did you know that you could overnight here as well? Try a room at the Dillard House Inn, quaint cottages designed specifically for families, secluded cabins or the Rock House rooms in the original Dillard House. They offer romantic and family-friendly chalets just off-site also, nestled romantically in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
At The Dillard House you and the family can enjoy horseback riding, lounging at the pool or in the jacuzzi, playing tennis, walking the trails, rocking on the front porch, fishing in the trout ponds, and so much more. They are also happy to set you up at Kingwood Spa, only 8 miles away, in Clayton.
Although the Jekyll Ocean Club is owned by the same folks that own the Historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel, this is no throwback to yesteryear. This newest edition sits right on the beach! And…it’s an ALL SUITE hotel. The King Suite includes a King bed with fold-out sofa, family living space and a private ocean view balcony. The Queen Double Suite is the same, with two beds in the private living area.
Georgia’s Tried-and-True Havens (you still shouldn’t miss)
Plan to spend a weekend exploring Stone Mountain Park, with the Marriott as your perfect home-base oasis. Ask for a lakefront room, so you wake to a glorious view from which to enjoy your coffee.
My boys love the pool and oversized chess set. Mom and Dad will love the spa and golf course! The Commons outdoor patio is a splendid place for a drink and view of the Mountain, or head into Stonewall’s Lounge for some pool and burgers.
Jekyll Island, once home to America’s privileged politicians, businessmen, socialites and such, was the perfect place to create an exclusive social club for wealthy Americans. Construction of the private club began in 1886, and the private and elite playground lasted well into WWII before dissolving.
Today, you can experience a taste of that family –friendly luxury . Whether you are after architectural highlights, history or fun, you will love a visit to this Georgia treasure. We even have a few discounts for your next stay.
Callaway Resort truly allows you to escape, with something new and exciting every season of the year. Stay at the newly renovated Callaway Resort Lodge & Spa, the Inn or in one of several cottages.
In addition to the garden, you’ll enjoy the spa, golfing, hiking and biking, and so much more. There are events galore, TreeTop Adventure, a spectacular beach for summer, and one of the world’s best holiday experiences.
Nestled in the North Georgia Mountains, Brasstown Valley offers relaxation and comfort from the business of life. Enjoy rooms with a fireplace, perfect for snuggling in winter, or with a balcony for enjoying a breezy summer day.
Activities include horseback riding, swimming in the pool, golf and the spa. Want to bring the kids? They will love the arts and crafts, ping-pong table and video games at the Emporium.
There is also tennis, over eight miles of forested hiking trails, fishing, and more opportunities in the vacinity.
For many Atlanta area families, The Cloister at Sea Island has been a muti-generational destination for decades. For those of us that didn’t grow up in Georgia, it’s a beach resort along the Georgia coast our native neighbors seem to revere.
Accommodations at this Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Resort range from guest rooms, to suites and private cottages. The rooms are larger than normal by 100-200 square feet.
The best part of a stay at the Cloister is the Beach Club. You enter through a hallway with gift shop, candy store and 1950’s era soda fountain, past Southern Tide restaurant, to a grand area with three pools including an adult only lap pool, two family pools – one with zero entry, splash fountain, baby pool and hot tub.
The King and Prince Resort on St. Simons Island Ga., is the only hotel that is right on the St. Simons Island beach. With several pools, indoor and outdoor dining at Echo, tennis, golf, and a variety of accommodation types, the King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort is one of Sue’s favorite St. Simons Island Hotels.
The Inn at Sea Island is part of the Sea Island Resort family that includes The Cloister at Sea Island and The Lodge, both Forbes Five Star properties. Although The Inn at Sea Island is not a Forbes Five Star recipient, a stay at The Inn is quite comfortable and affords guests access to many of the amenities available at Sea Island’s luxury properties located just minutes away.
Just up 75 is an escape unlike any other in Georgia. It’s Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, Ga, and it is unmistakably one of the best romantic spots in the state. We participated in a number of activities on the resort. You don’t have to do them all – just what looks fun and what your pocketbook can handle. In fact, many of these things can be done even without an overnight stay! However, I have to say that if your budget and schedule allows…do ALL THE THINGS.
There are no typical rooms here, only lovely cottages. Ours came complete with a rolling fire in the fireplace and spectacular back porch. One of the best parts? The claw tooth tub with bubble bath!
New in 2018 is the The Inn at Barnsley Resort which was designed to complement those amazing cottage’s that make up the resort’s English-inspired village. Guests can relax in their rooms or the expansive Living Room gathering area that features a grand staircase and fireplace as focal points.
Imagine rolling vineyards and stately rooms in an Inn fit for a queen (or king!) That is the winery resort of Chateau Elan, in Braselton. We love the packages here, from Culinary Tours to Bed & Breakfast Escapes.
Want to enjoy something truly special? Book a room in a Spa or Golf Villa, with dinner and breakfast included.
Oceanfront guest rooms with new, modern amenities make the Westin a delight to stay at. Pets are welcome in select rooms, and there is always something for kids. Enjoy the zero-entry pool, and kids-eat-free packages.
The rustic and elegant Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee, is best known for its five championship golf courses and world-class luxurious spa. But here’s what you may not know – it’s the best resort for families in all of Georgia.
From the spacious suites to the outdoor activities and from the ample amenities to the dining options, Reynolds Plantation lives up to the Ritz-Carlton name with their attention to detail and superb customer satisfaction — even for the youngest of customers.
Much like the Westin Jekyll Island, you receive all the comforts of the Westin brand like the Spa, Fitness Studio and RUNWestin perks. You’re also in the ideal location to explore what Savannah has to offer.
Perhaps the most unique feature is the on-site 2.1 mile Road Course – it’s for group events, not individual use…but seeing the Road Course in use is a special treat.
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After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.
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