Oceanside Luxury: Getting Away From It All, Outside of Savannah

Hotels — By Lauren Quinn on May 3, 2010 at 5:27 am

Convenience has its place. But when you truly want to get away from it all, not even the hidden courtyards of Savannah’s well-appointed Historic District bed and breakfasts will do. When you really need to unwind, curl up in the lap of luxury and feel a refreshing ocean breeze, it’s time to go coast-ward.

Luckily, Savannah’s Atlantic Coast comes equipped with several luxury hotels. First-rate amenities, sweeping views and a chance to squish your toes in the sand are among the perks. Because even in a city as sweet as Savannah, we all need a break sometimes.

The most accessible luxury hotels are clustered along Tybee Island. The Beachside Colony is the largest and loftiest of choices. Consisting of The VUE and Beach House at the Dunes, this sprawling dual property offers condominiums and suites, many complete with kitchens and private balconies. Amenities include an award-winning restaurant, a children’s activity center, YMCA access and not one, not two, but three swimming pools.

If you want to be closer to all the Tybee Pier activity, and still feel like you’re getting away, head over to Tybrisa at the Beach. Composed of eco-friendly 48 villas that can each sleep up to six adults, the luxury resort is perfect for families—space, privacy and only a Georgia-peach-stone’s throw from the beach. Let the kids build sand castles, watch the shoreline activities, or just soak in the Atlantic view from your balcony.

But if you really want to treat yourself, Greyfield Inn is the place to go. Tucked on the untamed wilds of Cumberland Island, this stately mansion has been transformed from the Carnegie family’s vacation home to a bed and breakfast par excellence. Antique furniture oozes old-world romance while the island’s wild horses gallop past the windows. The attentive staff provide unrivaled Southern hospitality in a setting fit for American royalty—and travelers looking to indulge and unwind near the South’s most beautiful city.