On Jekyll Island, waves lick the 10 miles of beaches as kayaks cut through the salty water, cyclists roll over 20 miles of paved trails, and riders on horseback clop through hushed maritime forests. All visitors to the barrier island can partake in myriad active, relaxing, or educational activities while immersed in its lush natural landscapes, where dunes give way to beaches filled with hermit crabs and shell collecting and where birders clutch binoculars to examine avian habitats and decode gulls' sign language. The island's public golf club, open since 1898, hosts two 18-hole courses and one 9-hole course on manicured greens and rolling terrain. In the summer, the Summer Waves Water Park provides a cool escape from the heat with six slides, a wave pool, and a lazy river. For indoor adventurers, exhibits at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center illuminate the lives of the shelled reptiles, and a museum preserves relics of the wealthy families who used the island as their gilded getaway and a place to bury their expired money. The Jekyll Island Authority oversees all conservation and development on the idyllic island, existing to continually improve the park and its amenities.
The Lodge at Sea Island is reminiscent of an English manor at the end of the St. Simons Island historic Avenue of Oaks. The Lodge at Sea Island benefits from its proximity to the impeccably manicured fairways of The Sea Island Golf Club and its beautiful views across the Saint Simons Sound. Elegantly appointed with antiques/ oriental rugs and overstuffed chairs. Amenities that include deep soaking tubs and butler service. The Lodge offers an intimate and understated elegance.
Panache ranks its stylists according to four levels of expertise (artist, designer, master, and top stylist), but all know how to keep appearances fresh and flattering with an array of mane-based services using Aveda products. Clients can relax or gargle the national anthem with a cup of Aveda tea as their scissor samurai cuts ($25+ for men, $37+ for women) and styles ($10+) hair into exciting new follicular sculptures. Panache also keeps anime hair looking its purplest with a variety of color treatments, including a color cleanse ($35+), touch-up ($60+), full color ($70+) with highlights ($25+ for partial, $45+ for full), or paint-can swirly.
Tony’s dishes out foldable slices of New York–style pizza made from hand-tossed dough. The extensive menu satiates ravenous appetites with massive circles such as the extra-large Super Supreme, a crispy 18-inch disk bedecked with pepperoni, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, ground beef, black olives, meatballs, and salami ($18.99), and personal-size hunger with 11-inch pies such as the white, with Tony's homemade ricotta white sauce ($8.99). The sauce-filled strombolis, ensconce tasty treasure such as pepperoni, sausage, steak, and fresh garlic within a deliciously doughy embrace ($9.99–$15.99). For authentic Italic flavor, homemade pasta specialties, such as lasagna, ship taste buds back to the Old World with noodle sails, savory, beef cargo, and italian-sausage deckhands ($8.99).
Established more than a century ago as a lavish getaway for society's upper crust, Jekyll Island Club Hotel has been restored to its Victorian splendor to give modern guests a taste of classical American luxury. Each bright, inviting room features two plush double-beds or one ample queen or king bed, along with a cozy sitting nook with overstuffed chairs eager to support guests as they enjoy their complimentary breakfast, share an evening cocktail, or play a game of full-contact Battleship. Channel your inner railroad tycoon while relaxing amid the kempt fields and lush magnolia trees that line the resort's expansive grounds. Or discuss the merits of Teddy Roosevelt's monocle while feasting in the Grand Dining Room or one of the club's many other featured eateries.
Some clients go to spas to boost wellness with ancient rituals. Others go for the technology that helps them look their best. New Spa Me Inc. serves both categories of clientele with services from both the holistic healing and med-spa worlds. Treatments such as Thai herbal therapy and shiatsu draw from Eastern healing traditions thought to align energy and restore inner balance without surgically removing inner seesaws. On the other side of the spectrum, radiofrequency facials employ radio waves to deeply penetrate and tone skin. Both kinds of services are conducted within private treatment rooms whose lights may be dimmed for a relaxing, candlelit atmosphere or brightened to ensure medically exact treatments.