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):
- Experience Rated among the top 500 resorts in the world by Travel & Leisure, the Jekyll Island Club offers superb resort accommodations, outstanding service, and an unforgettable landmark experience. The Jekyll Island Club Resort is the perfect destination for a Georgia beach vacation, a romantic getaway or family vacation. The resort offers truly exceptional dining choices ranging from the elegant Grand Dining Room to casual fare at The Wharf, Pool House and the bakery-delicatessen Club Café. Nine miles of beach, bicycling, 63 holes of golf, tennis, historic tours, horseback riding, and much more ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy. History This historic hotel was originally built in 1886 as a hunting retreat for America’s wealthy elite including J.P. Morgan, William Rockefeller, Joseph Pulitzer, as well as the Vanderbilts, Goulds and Astors. Restored to its original splendor in 1986, it is now a National Historic Landmark and a member of Historic Hotels of America. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jekyll Island Hotel
- Jekyll Island Club Hotel Jekyll Island