That title best describes it! Or perhaps: Coastal Natural Reserve with a 4 star treatment.
My lady surprised me with this gift via Travel Zoo for my 50th BD present. We spent 2013 Memorial Day Monday through Wednesday on the Island. Neither of us knew what to expect, and were both unexpectedly and very happily surprised with the entire experience!
You take a boat ride over from the very commercial St. Simons Island, trekking downstream via the Hampton River, transporting you dockside to a disconnect from the rest of the world. A main lodge and several cabins house the cycles of travelers coming and going, no more than about 30 guests at a time. No TV's here. There is a wi-fi signal that threads you back to the world; but I really couldn't care less that there was no cable after day one. You have free run of the place be it, bicycles, boats, the bar, hikes, critters...whatever; there's a daily activity list of multiple to-dos for the day and super friendly folks to guide you along the way. "Summer Camp for Adults"...really a good description, but not-so-whiny-adventurous kids may like it too. At the beginning, middle, and end of the day, the dinner bell rings presenting you with an outstanding bed&breakfast style 4 star meal with your fellow islanders. It's a coastal island, so...expect mosquitoes and flies, but there is plenty of 'bug juice' (as the guides call it) and spray to combat them. Nevertheless, I have to agree with most of the other reviewers...the trip is totally worth the experience, and I will return to this seaside secret on the Georgia coast one day soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Prized for its pristine natural beauty, gracious hospitality and secluded worlds-away appeal, Little St. Simons Island is a private barrier island just off the Georgia coast. One of the crown jewels of Georgia's famed Golden Isles, Little St. Simons Island offers 7 miles of deserted beaches and 10,000 acres of undeveloped wilderness for exploration and relaxation. Privately owned, Little St. Simons Island has retained the charm and unhurried pace of coastal living. Moss draped live oaks and glistening marshes surround cozy accommodations in six charming cottages for no more than 32 overnight guests. The island is a paradise for nature lovers and offers a host of recreational, naturalist-led experiences including birding, boating, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, bicycling, interpretive tours, beachcombing, fishing and swimming. Accessible only by boat, this extraordinary natural sanctuary-among the last of its kind anywhere- welcomes your discovery. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Lodge On Little St. Simons Island Hotel Saint Simons Island