U.S. News & World Report named The Lodge at Sea Island in Georgia, the best hotel in the country in its 2016 rankings. Results were based on reviews from guests and industry experts for 2,500 hotels across North America and the Caribbean. Part of the lavish Sea Island resort, this luxury hotel sits near 5 miles of private beach and is 5 miles from Fort Frederica. The 40-room hotel that resembles an English country manor is the premier destination for those who appreciate privacy and classic standards.
Guests are immersed in the decorum and camaraderie of golf’s gilded past. While staying here, travelers will have access to three 18-hole championship courses designed by the world’s best-respected architects: Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Davis Love III. After a day spent golfing or on the beach, guests can kick back in rooms that are outfitted with oriental rugs, spacious bathrooms with deep-soaking tubs and 24-hour butler service.
The resort also offers horseback riding, tennis, boating and biking, as well as a fitness center and an indoor pool, plus a high-end spa. Dining options include an elevated Southern restaurant and an Italian trattoria. Rates starting from $395 (£280) a nigh.