Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the marshlands that Sidney Lanier praised in his famous poem “The Marshes of Glynn,” Sea Island is a world apart. And by that, we don’t mean just scenic beauty.

In 2013, Travel + Leisure ranked The Lodge at Sea Island and The Cloister at Sea Island as No. 1 and No. 2 resorts in the Continental U.S. in their annual “world’s best” poll. Both properties have been rated AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star for their extraordinary service and well-appointed accommodations.

Enthusiasts of many stripes — golfers, sailors, spa lovers and foodies — may be drawn to this majestic and secluded island for different reasons, but they share one thing in common: a desire for a second-to-none vacation. Here are the top things to do on Sea Island:

Dine at the Georgian Room

With a roster of Executive Chefs who continue to take gourmet cuisine to new heights — not to mention a glittering dining room permeated with Southern elegance — the resort’s famed Georgian Room serves up once-in-a-lifetime dinners nightly.

Golf at the Sea Island Golf Club

For golfers, few things are more thrilling than playing a course that has challenged PGA legends. The Sea Island Golf Club — home to the RSM Classic — thrills golfers with three immaculately maintained championship courses along the coastal and marshland landscapes. The Retreat Course was designed by Davis Love III.

Tour the Marshes

Revered for centuries, the famous marshes surrounding Sea Island’s western edge are a treasure trove for nature lovers. From Sea Island, visitors can experience their splendor from a kayak, sailboat or with a guided marsh tour.

Decompress at the Spa

Sea Island’s revered Spa and Fitness Center boasts an incredible 65,000 square feet of space devoted to one thing: your well-being. The spa menu ranges from progressive treatments (try the Spiced Fusion, a ginger bath with Balinese massage) to the downright decadent (like the Suite Hearts in-suite couples massage package).

Horseback Ride on the Beach

With its sugary sand and gentle surf, the beaches of Sea Island were tailor-made for long horseback rides. Guests of the resort have a variety of rides to choose from.

Enjoy the World-Class Kids Programs

For more than 50 years, The Cloister has offered kids camp experiences that take full advantage of the unique Sea Island experience. Through games, crafts and outdoor adventure, children ages 3 to 14 can forge indelible memories at Camp Cloister, while archery, golf and tennis clinics build confidence while fostering a spirit of play.

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The downloadable Visitors Guide is also a great resource on the region, as you research your vacation to the Golden Isles. Plan your Golden Isles getaway.