Yes, JP made a good decision when he and his buddies got together and bought Jekyll Island during The Gilded Age. The fact that the subsequent owners of the Jekyll Island Club had the good taste to preserve its refined elegance is also fabulous.
What can I say? I think the Jekyll Island Club is wonderful from any perspective. I should however say, in the interest of full disclosure, that the Southeast is one of my favorite areas and the fin-de-siecle is one of my favorite historical periods. I also love preserved, beautiful buildings, so consider the source here. That being said, the location of the Jekyll Island Club is great: an easy hour's drive from Jacksonville and only a short bike ride--the island's only 1.5 miles wide--from the uncrowed ocean-side beaches. The local restaurants are also nice for a change of pace: sit outside by the salt marsh with a beer at sunset or have some shrimp and grits at a good local place.
The hotel itself is extraodinary. So much of it's original structure and turn of the century elegance has been preserved (Our room still had its original double hung windows!), but it's still extremely comfortable, e.g., there's an elevator if you need it. The staff "meets or exceeds" the high overall standard of excellence: unfailingly helpful, pleasant and courteous. The pool and the pool bar are great as well. I hope it's apparent that the sooner I get back to the Jekyll Island Club (hopefully with my grandkids), the happier I'll be.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gracious Jekyll Island Georgia accommodations set the stage for your landmark experience. The resort presents 157 rooms and suites in five historic settings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jekyll Island Hotel
- Jekyll Island Club Hotel Jekyll Island