1 . Mansion on Forsyth Park

Savannah, Georgia

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The beautifully-restored mansion in our No. 1 spot plays host to an equally exquisite collection of guestrooms and suites. With luxury steeped in every detail and a host of sumptuous pleasures waiting just beyond its doors, Mansion on Forsyth Park is the epitome of Southern hospitality.

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen style quite like this. The Mansion on Forsyth Park’s gilded lobby is a stunning lesson in juxtaposition, with classic onyx marble floors paired with an ultra-modern Lucite table. Inside the equally intriguing Mansion suites, intricately-carved Victorian headboards have been painted a minimalist white, with beds dressed in equally stark yet impossibly soft linens and duvets. Vanities are skirted with crushed velvet in eye-popping shades of tangerine and bottle green, mosaic-like mirrors are framed by crystal-studded sconces and opulent baths feature oversized soaking tubs at their center. Despite the exuberant use of white, the combined effect is easily more eye-catching than plain! The sea reigns king inside the Poseidon Spa, where indulgent spa treatments bear names like Ocean Silk Body Wrap and Sea Foam Cocoon. And inside the orange-accented dining room of the Mansion’s signature 700 Drayton Restaurant, the vibrant cuisine is overshadowed only by the glittering chandelier and modern art that hangs above your table.

Address

700 Drayton St., Savannah, GA 31401

Related Onsite Offerings

Business center, fitness center, lounge with live entertainment and an outdoor relaxation pool with chaise lounges and marble accents.

Fun facts

More than 400 pieces of original artwork adorn the Mansion on Forsyth Park’s walls and halls.

2 . Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Young Harris, Georgia

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Revel in rustic luxury at Brasstown Valley Resort. With warm guestrooms and spa suites and cottages secluded in the woods, Brasstown Valley Resort is your tranquil mountain escape. The 18-hole golf course provides challenge and a gorgeous panoramic view as does the dining room where you can enjoy savory mountain cuisine. Head out into the wilderness on a guided horseback trail ride or soothe your mind and body at Equani Spa. Everywhere you turn you’ll find pleasure and bliss at Brasstown.

Address

6321 Highway 76, Young Harris, Georgia 30582

3 . The Chateau Elan Inn

Braselton, Georgia

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We’re all about eye candy, but everyone knows that good design should serve a purpose. When we stumbled upon a Georgia hotel with suites as soothing as they are aesthetically pleasing, we knew we’d discovered that rare occasion where beauty truly goes beyond skin deep.

Epicurian. Euphoria. Energize. At the Chateau Élan Inn, your Georgia getaway includes samplings from one – or all – of the above. Like the Chateau’s Versailles Restaurant, where Parisian-inspired cuisine is washed down with a delightful glass of Chateau Élan’s very own wine label. This Georgia hotel’s love of all things vino has overflowed into its spa, where vine-inspired treatments like the Chateau Winery Ritual pay tribute to the inn’s sun-ripened roots. Inside this indulgent Georgia spa, an enticing trio of Grape Seed Oil Baths, Crush Body Scrubs and De-Vine Mudwraps leave you glowing from head to toe. Each Chateau Élan Inn suite is practically a spa experience in itself, from calming color palettes of gold and blue-gray to lavish baths with oversized soaking tubs. A generous pile of embroidered silk pillows and sleigh beds with shimmering pearl finishes top off the Southern charm of these Georgian suites.

Address

100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton, GA 30517

Related Onsite Offerings

The Chateau Élan Winery produces a number of varietals each year, including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling and Muscadine wines.

Highlights

Chateau Élan Inn is home to an astonishing seven restaurants, including Paddy’s Irish Pub, L’Auberge and the Tuscan-inspired Le Clos.

4 . AVIA Savannah

Savannah, Georgia

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Luxury. Location. Loaded with good stuff. That’s just one way this savvy newcomer to the Savannah hospitality scene characterizes itself. Despite its relative lack of experience, we think our No. 4 spot is a natural. Suffice to say, a new boutique tradition was born with the AVIA Savannah’s much-anticipated arrival.

Inside AVIA Savannah, generously-sized spaces are home to some seriously luxurious digs. King-sized beds feature splashes of lime to accent the gray-tinged walls and dark wood furnishings. Stylish plantation shutters hide expansive windows with views of the Savannah skyline. And pedestal tubs come topped with the much-appreciated addition of Lather bath amenities. For romantic trysts in the heart of this Georgia city, only the Ellis Square Grand Studio Suite will do. With rich mochas, regal purples and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to Ellis Square, this over-the-top suite is on par with the finest Savannah mansions. With luxury suites, impeccable cuisine and the requisite Southern hospitality, AVIA Savannah makes it hard to choose just one favorite feature. But if forced to such drastic action, we’d choose this Georgia hotel’s ability to let you shed the tourist label and dive in as a bonafide insider. Locals say a stay wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the city’s historic district, where tiny boutiques let you discover Savannah’s next designer darlings before they become household names.

Address

14 Barnard St., Savannah, GA 31401

Highlights

The AVIA Savannah pool terrace is your destination for outdoor living steeped in serious luxury.

Fun facts

AVIA Savannah was named one of the Top New Hotels on Conde Nast Traveler’s May 2009 Hot List.

5 . W Atlanta - Midtown

Atlanta, Georgia

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The Midtown Mile to the left, Piedmont Park on your right and smack-dab in the middle of these must-see Georgia attractions is our No. 5 pick, W Atlanta – Midtown. We think such a stellar location makes the W an idyllic destination for bidding farewell to your inhibitions and letting your hair down.

As its name implies, the W Midtown is the epitome of urban chic. Sleek leather couches, plasma TVs and playful splashes of color usher you into our No. 5 spot. And who could forget the modern art that graces the W’s vibrant walls – a collection so fantastic that for a moment we wondered if we’d taken a wrong turn and stumbled into Atlanta’s High Museum of Art instead. Normally we’d think rooms with names like “Wonderful,” “Fantastic” and “Spectacular” were going a bit too far with the whole tooting your horn concept, but we must admit: the W suites live up to – and in the Extreme Wow Suite’s case, exceed – their names! There’s a reason this sultry Georgia city has earned the nickname Hotlanta, and there’s a good chance the W had something to do with it. A-list celebs are frequently spotted among Whiskey Park’s on-the-rocks sipping clientele!

Address

188 14th St., Atlanta, GA 30361

Highlights

The Bliss Spa offers a wide range of cleverly-named, results-oriented treatments, including the ever-popular Hangover Herbie and its signature Blissage.

Related Onsite Offerings

Cruise Hotlanta in style with the W’s 300-horsepower Acura MDX, just one offering from its exclusive Whatever/Whenever Experiences.

6 . Sea Island

St. Simons Island, Georgia

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Our next Georgia hotel pick takes us out of the Savannah scene and to a place where life is set to the rhythms of the Atlantic Ocean surf. A place where guestrooms and suites open to cool breezes blowing in off the ocean. And a place where a first-class luxury resort easily doubles as a family haven.

From windswept dunes to bent-grass greens, The Cloister at Sea Island is your introduction to the coast’s inimitable charms! Five miles of private beach sand, smooth as a Southern drawl, stretch out before the Cloister’s impressive façade. But there’s more than scenery to be enjoyed at this coastal Georgia retreat, including plenty of ways to play just beyond your Sea Island guestroom or suite. Equestrian adventures find you trotting past salt marshes and into dunes territory, championship golf courses take you along the scenic Colonial Coast and the Cloister Spa offers ample opportunity to sit back and do nothing at all! The Cloister at Sea Island truly caters to families. While “crabbing” sounds rather ominous to those traveling with little ones in tow, it doubles as a beloved Sea Island tradition. Traps are tossed off the dock and into the Atlantic’s foamy depths, only to be pulled up a short time later filled with scuttling crustaceans!

Address

100 Salt Marsh Ln., St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Related activities

The Sea Island Beach Club offers swimming lessons, snorkeling classes, ocean kayaking clinics, sailing school and beach services.

Related Onsite Offerings

Sea Island cottages are a more spacious and secluded alternative for Georgia family vacations or extended stays.

7 . The Mansion on Peachtree

Atlanta, Georgia

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Even words like “luxurious” and “lavish” can’t do justice to the next selection on our Top 10 Georgia Hotel Getaways list. With a delightful location in the affluent Buckhead neighborhood and the hospitality the Deep South is famous for, the Mansion on Peachtree promises uncompromised living – even on vacation!

Easily the showpiece of the Mansion on Peachtree, the 29 Spa is the genius work of Atlanta native Lydia Mondavi. Inspired by the verdant hills and wine-rich culture of Napa Valley, this Georgia spa features playfully-named treatments like From the Terroir and Savor the Wine. Despite its themed approach, 29 Spa doesn’t take its mission of blending coveted results with the art of relaxation lightly – a fact you’ll be most appreciative of during your Georgia spa getaway. And the Girls’ Getaway Package follows such pampered bliss with a signature Lady Sapphire Martini, on the house – err, mansion – of course. Inside your Mansion on Peachtree luxury suite, mohair-draped chairs and polished dark woods blend for a sophisticated feel with a dramatic flair. Framed art slides back to uncover a gleaming plasma TV, while the door to your en-suite bath swings open to reveal a sumptuous soaking tub encased in polished marble. If the thought of your impending departure leaves you torn, the Mansion on Peachtree’s equally-stylish residences transform any Georgia vacation into your permanent address!

Address

3376 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, GA 30326

Related Onsite Offerings

Fitness center, spa, gardens, courtyards, climate-controlled lap pool, banquet facilities, valet parking and a business center.

Fun facts

The Mansion on Peachtree was included on two recent Conde Nast Traveler features: the 2009 Hot List and 2009 50 Hot Spas.

8 . W Atlanta - Perimeter

Atlanta, Georgia

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As the second W Hotel to hit the Atlanta hospitality scene – not to mention the sister property to our No. 5 pick – our No. 8 spot had some sizable shoes to fill. With a style that’s not only visually pleasing, it practically speaks to your soul, the W Atlanta – Perimeter more than delivers.

In place of a traditional lobby, the W Living Room presents a modern and sophisticated space that defies its more humble name. Inside your W guestroom, Zen influences like potted wheat grass and river rocks etched with inspirational messages add a minimalist feel to the otherwise modern décor. Even lemon and sage-infused bath amenities – part of the legendary Bliss Sinkside Six collection – transform your en-suite bath into a spa-like sanctuary. And while we would have settled for a peaceful night’s slumber atop the W’s signature featherbed, this leader in hotel luxury wasn’t content to quit there. Call it Southern hospitality or a seriously competitive nature, but the W dresses its beds with luxurious linens and finishes them off with seriously cozy duvets. Atlanta’s commerce, arts and business districts – key influences that made this Southern city what it is today – all converge just beyond the W’s doors. With Nordstrom and Bloomingdales among this Georgia hotel’s more fashionable neighbors, putting together the latest look is as simple as stepping into the building next door!

Address

111 Perimeter Center West, Atlanta, GA 30346

Highlights

Save time for fireside dining and Asian flavors at Savu, the W’s signature dining experience.

Related Onsite Offerings

SWEAT fitness center, WET outdoor pool, Acura Experience, P.A.W. Program and the W’s signature Whatever/Whenever Service.

9 . St. Regis Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia

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Where other Atlanta luxury hotels focus solely on the city’s captivating skyline and enticing social scene, our No. 9 spot chooses to differ on this point. Though it stakes its claim in the very center of this sophisticated Georgia city, the St. Regis Atlanta maintains its sought-after, worlds-away appeal.

Rest assured we’ll leave space to pay the St. Regis Atlanta guestrooms and suites their dues, but the hotel’s opulent lobby is also deserving of a mention. Just through the doors, a winding staircase steps up to a second-floor gallery, where a sparkling chandelier the size of most Atlanta hotel suites holds court. Exquisite light fixtures are also a feature of the stunning Empire Suites, where coved ceilings, mirrored headboards and plush chaise lounges add stylish luxury to every stay. Who needs a lobby – although the St. Regis has a pretty impressive one – when you’ve got an Italian-inspired piazza with an outdoor fireplace, poolside bar and waterfall cascades for your gathering pleasure. Should your meeting or rehearsal dinner require something a bit more formal, the Paces 88 Restaurant’s private dining room is dressed for the occasion. And if your 9-to-5 is a little lacking, the St. Regis Bar doubles as an après-work watering hole.

Address

88 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, GA 30305

Related Onsite Offerings

St. Regis guestroom and suite baths include Italian marble, flat panel TVs, bathrobes and slippers, standing showers, dual vanities, deep soaking tubs and Remède bath amenities.

Highlights

If you enjoyed the St. Regis scenery, chances are you’ll appreciate the masterpieces at the High Museum of Art or the lush grounds of the Atlanta Botanical Garden – both nearby.

10 . The Ellis on Peachtree

Atlanta, Georgia

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To say our No. 10 spot benefited from its recent multimillion-dollar restoration would be a drastic understatement. Indeed, the Ellis on Peachtree emerged from its makeover reenergized, revitalized and ready to blow its Atlanta hotel competition away!

Chances are you’ll want to linger and The Ellis on Peachtree’s bed and breakfast package is a tasty invitation to do just that. And fortunately for you, this Atlanta hotel boasts a generous dose of common sense mixed in with its curb appeal – including a choice location within walking distance of celebrated sights and attractions like the all-new Georgia Aquarium. If your vacation plans include the luxury of flexibility, plan your stay around Atlanta’s social calendar, including esteemed events like the Sweet Auburn Heritage Festival and Peach Bowl! Southern Comfort is more than the name of a New Orleans-inspired whiskey; it’s also the impetus for The Ellis on Peachtree’s lavish guestrooms and suites. Rich chocolates and bold reds blend seamlessly with seriously modern baths, while generously-sized windows offer an enticing glimpse into the comings and goings of Georgia’s capital city. The Ellis on Peachtree truly represents the beautiful union of Atlanta’s past and present – and if we had any say in it, this Georgia hotel would certainly be the city’s future!

Address

176 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30303

Highlights

The Ellis on Peachtree is only 10 miles from Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.

Related Onsite Offerings

For intimate Atlanta corporate or social occasions, few hotel venues can match the versatile facilities of The Ellis Hotel.

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