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Here's how to vacation on your own private island

The ultimate luxury getaway!

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Created by Golden Isles - December 13th 2016

When thinking about the lifestyles of the rich and famous, a private island is usually a part of the package... but you don't actually have to go to the Bahamas (or have millions in the bank) to enjoy the luxury and privacy of an island getaway! You can find not one, but two private island resorts in the Golden Isles. One is Sea Island, on the southeast shore, and the other is Little St. Simons Island, to the north. Both are totally top-notch options for a dreamy vacation, and they both have their own distinct amenities and atmospheres. Here's a guide to finding the private island escape that will make you feel like a million bucks!

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St. Simons Island, GA

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The Lodge at Sea Island expertly combines intimate charm, upscale, resort-style accommodations, and lots of privacy since it only has 43 rooms. That makes it the perfect place for a romantic getaway or a break from the kids. The serene ambiance of it all will whisk you away and have you convinced that you're in another world altogether. When you're not playing on one of the three championship golf courses, you can also enjoy a glass of wine on the veranda at sunset while the bagpiper plays on the lawn.

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Sea Island, GA

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The Cloister is the place to be on the island for some serious family fun! Two hundred rooms are offered, along with access to five miles of lush, private beach. From five-star dining experiences that patrons rave about to PGA golf courses, there's something at the Cloister for everyone in your party, including plenty of events for kids and teens! Oh, and be sure to check out the rooms that face the Blackbank River for some killer views. The Cloister on Sea Island is also just a short drive from St. Simons Island, which offers even more activities and attractions. With that breezy island feel, you're sure to be spoiled here, with spas and one-of-a-kind rooms done in a Spanish Mediterranean-meets-American Southern style. While The Lodge is the perfect option for couples and golfers, The Cloister is the go-to choice for those traveling with a herd looking for island adventure!

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St. Simons Island, GA

Seven miles of beaches; 11,000 acres of wilderness. And it's all only accessible by boat! Little St. Simons has been privately owned since 1760, offering all-inclusive, unique stays for just 32 guests at a time, making it truly a once in a lifetime experience. This little slice of paradise additionally prides itself on sustainable, "seed to table" dining services, where everything you eat will be local, fresh, and prepared just for you. Water activities, hiking, bicycling, and so much more provide fun for anyone and everyone. They also offer day trips, many with onsite naturalists who can guide you as you experience the beauty of the island. The Lodge is for nature lovers of all kinds, so expect to be outside for the majority of your trip, as this isn't a "resort" but a relaxed, natural experience that will provide memories, good times, stunning photos, and delicious food alike!

The Golden Isles has long been a hit for those wanting to escape busy lives and relax at a top-notch resort--without traveling across the globe. Discover the countless fun activities offered, marine animals and other wildlife, and so much more, all while experiencing the warm climate that you expect from gorgeous Georgia beaches and the surrounding areas. You're sure to be spoiled here!

Golden Isles

Nestled on the Georgia coast lies the mainland city of Brunswick and its four beautiful barrier islands: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. Pristine stretches of marshland, punctuated by small islands, define the Golden Isles' breathtaking landscape.