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Coastal Georgia is rich in ecological wonders, from the waterways that are home to dolphins and other sea life to the islands that make some of the state’s best vacation spots. Little St. Simon’s is one such barrier island, located between St. Simon’s Island and Sea Island. Originally private hunting land owned by a pencil magnate, it was passed down through the family before becoming a resort.
Accommodation options include rooms within cabins, some that are shared with other guests and others that are private. There are also rooms within the main lodge, where the kitchen and communal spaces are. Here you’ll also find the gift shop and naturalist office. In-room amenities include a mini-fridge and a library of books and games. Guests also get a water bottle to use throughout their stay, minimizing the environmental impact.
All of the guests’ food and drink are included in their stay, apart from liquor. The culinary team crafts seasonal dishes to guests’ dietary requirements. All meals are enjoyed at the communal tables. During the warmer months, you can swim in the pool. But the rest of the year, activities include kayaking, bike rides, and naturalist-led hikes. You never know what creatures you might see! Ask the staff about the daily schedules.
The island, with over 11,000 acres, only has room for 32 guests, so the experience is intimate. Where else can you find a private beach? While the island does have WiFi, use your stay as a time to disconnect from the outside world and embrace the natural one.
If You Go
The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island is only accessible by boat, which leaves from the marina on St. Simon’s Island. Rates start at $425 per night all inclusive and go up based on room type and season. Book your stay by visiting their website or calling (912) 638-7472.