Updated: May 4
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the fabulous Ritz Carlton Reynolds at Lake Oconee in Georgia and this is a property you need to put on your list. I started looking for a quick birthday trip a few months ago and landed on this property for the simple fact that it was secluded from a large city (covid), had plenty of dining options and of course, a spa. The hotel is 75 miles from Atlanta airport so we opted to rent a car- highly recommend because that is way too long for an uber.
From the moment we entered the Lake Oconee area we knew we had picked the right property. In true Ritz Carlton fashion I was upgraded to a lake view room on the club level floor. Our view was mesmerizing to wake up to and fall asleep to. The resort has activities and amenities for all ages; a championship golf course, indoor and outdoor infinity pools, hot tubs, hiking and biking trails, boat rentals, tennis, lake swimming and nightly s'mores around the fire. The resort features 5 dining options, each with their own signature flare, ambience and cuisine. For my birthday I spent the day like anyone should... in the spa. The Ritz Carlton Spa at Lake Oconee is spacious and luxurious - you can easily spend a whole day getting pampered. The spa lounges have great amenities including plush robes, showers with a full spa line of products, hot tub, sauna, steam room, and cold plunge, all included in your daily resort fee. I was able to take a break between my pedicure and facial to use them all. After a day of pampering it was time to visit Linger Longer Steakhouse a quick 5-minute stroll from the resort where we enjoyed my birthday dinner. Let me just say- this was one of the best meals I have had at a resort ever!!! The ambience, food and staff went above and beyond to make this meal a REAL standout. We started with the tableside wired bacon which was a presentation all its own. Dinner included dry aged steaks, amazing sides (you must try the cream corn) and a whimsical cotton candy treat for dessert. Our delightful bartender and server took care of our every need. We soon went from guests to friends, and of course, quickly decided to join her again the following night. The resort is a great place to get lost in. From sitting on the lakeside beach or laying in a breezy hammock for an afternoon nap, this resort made my birthday memorable in every way. I long to return to lake life.