The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island: About

Located in Little St. Simons Island, United States

Just off the southeastern coast of the United States lie Georgia’s fabled Golden Isles, where pristine beaches, shimmering marshlands, and ancient forests harken back to the era when North America’s earliest settlers came ashore. Little St. Simons is the most secluded of them all; owing to continued private ownership and a fortuitous ecology, the island remained largely undeveloped during the plantation era that transformed much of the landscape throughout the region. Today, just a handful of rustic cottages can be found here, nestled amid the gnarled oak groves and wildlife-rich tidal creeks. Spend your days exploring this wild Southern isle by foot, bike, or boat, or relax seaside on the tranquil beach; then gather with your fellow travelers and swap stories over dinner—a nightly ritual that evokes the joyful, carefree spirit of summer camp down south.

Highlights

  • Take a seat on your screened-in porch to watch moss-draped forests burst to life at dawn, and in the evenings witness crimson Georgian sunsets over glistening marshes.
  • Spot bald eagles, roseate spoonbills, kingfishers, and hundreds of other avian species on birding excursions with the lodge’s seasoned naturalists.
  • Venture out on bikes to a serene, seven-mile long beach and spend the day swimming, shelling, and looking for loggerhead sea turtle nests.
  • Explore tidal creeks by kayak or canoe, keeping an eye out for river otters and dolphins.
  • Try your hand at fishing in the island’s tidal creeks; or surf fishing from the beach, then ask the chef to prepare your catch for dinner.

Why We Love This Lodge

When conservationists Wendy and Hank Paulson first visited Little St. Simons Island in 1982, they were struck by its extraordinarily wild state—and they’ve been committed to keeping it that way since becoming owners of the island in 2003. The lodge’s dedicated ecological management team works with local agencies to protect native flora and fauna, and in 2015, the entire 11,000-acre property was placed in a conservation easement that was donated to The Nature Conservancy. Guests are also encouraged to take part in island-wide ecological initiatives, with opportunities to help experts monitor sea turtles during nesting season, lend a hand at marine debris cleanups, and report wildlife sightings in communal journals.

Lodge Features

  • All-inclusive lodge featuring 14 private rooms in five cottages and two private rooms in the main lodge
  • Seven miles of secluded beaches and 11,000 acres of undeveloped coastal wilderness
  • Fleets of canoes, kayaks, motorized skiffs, and bikes
  • Specialized equipment for creek, surf, fly, and seine-haul fishing
  • Junior Olympic swimming pool
  • Family-style meals featuring fresh produce from on-site organic gardens and local farms
  • A dedicated ecological management team
  • Gift shop selling local crafts and books
  • Wi-Fi throughout the property

National Geographic Exclusive

Each of our lodges has created a special complimentary experience offered exclusively to guests who visit through a National Geographic expedition. At the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, National Geographic guests are treated to a private tour of the property’s organic gardens with a resident horticulturist. Learn about the many varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers grown in the gardens and hydroponic center, and sample fresh, quality produce during a private lunch in the charming outdoor dining area.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award, Top Resorts in the South, 2018
  • Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award, Top Resorts in the South, 2015–2017
  • Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Award, Best Resorts in the U.S., 2017
  • Condé Nast Traveler, Gold List, 2013

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