By: Jacquelyne Froeber, Coastal Living Magazine
Published: February 2013 - Travel Issue

On the southeastern shores of Georgia, this five-star resort is as sweet as the tea you're likely to sip here. "It's old school, but it's not stuffy," says Peter Greenberg, who named the hotel as one of his all-time favorites. "It's like stepping into a difference world—you can get pretty much anything you want here; all you have to do is ask."

Greenberg says the resort, know as a premier golfing spot, caters to the sport—but if you're not into perfecting your swing, no worries. Surrounded by five miles of private, wide shore, the beach feels like yours—it's never too crowded.

Sea Island has three properties to choose from: The stunning Mediterranean-style Cloister hotel seems as though it's been plucked from the shores of Italy. Inside, exposed beam ceilings and handmade Turkish rugs create a refined style; 175 rooms and suites overlook the water. Just steps from the fairways, the Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club's 40 rooms channel an English countryside with marble baths and a bagpipe performance at sundown. The luxurious three- to eight-bedroom Sea Island Cottages—most on the beach or marsh—are ideal for families and retreats. (All have access to the resort's on-site spa, three 18-hole championship golf courses, seven restaurants, tennis courts, and beach horseback riding.

"I slept best by the water, and the sea breezes are incredible," Greenberg says. Rates start at $395; 855/714-9201 or seaisland.com.