What: The Lodge at Little St. Simons Island
Where: An Island off St. Simons Island, Ga.
Cost: All inclusive – Rates begin at $495
I realize the price may not be in everyone’s travel budget, but I encourage you to tally ALL your normal vacation expenses, you may find Little St. Simons Island is affordable luxury.
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A vacation at The Lodge at Little St. Simons Island begins with a short 10-minute boat ride from St. Simons Island to the retreat. You step off to a rustic setting on an unspoiled Island. There are only 15 guest rooms within 6 cottages and a maximum of 30 guests plus The Lodge staff on this 10,000 acre barrier island that includes 7 miles of beach, marshlands and more than 20 miles of wilderness trails. Several naturalists can guide you through your island adventure, or just step out on your own, all the supplies are within easy grasp. There are organized activities for adults and children and the small number of guests means flexibility to find something everyone can enjoy. In addition, the resort has recently acquired a Benchmarked Certification from Green Globe 21, a worldwide benchmarking and certification program for sustainable travel and tourism.
It’s so hard to come up with the best part of this vacation. My husband liked that all-inclusive meant three meals, drinks (including his drink of choice Bud Light), activities and tips. My oldest loved finding tons of sand dollars on the beach, and the food, chef selections that when possible use ingredients from the Island’s organic garden. (If your youngster only eats PB&J and Mac n Cheese, let the staff know ahead of time and they’ll have some prepared.) The middle son liked the freedom to grab a fishing rod, crab trap or bike whenever he wanted. The youngest was taken with the wildlife, armadillo, alligators, ghost crabs, deer, and more. I loved the total escape, no tv, no video games and a perfect place to reconnect with family and nature.
Although we were provided a complimentary room for the purpose of reviewing it (as is common in the travel industry), we only recommend places we would stay and products we would use.