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Top Summer Island Retreats
Having trouble deciding what to do for your summer retreat? Imagine leaving all of your worries and stresses behind by retreating to a secluded island with soft white sandy shores and constant sunshine. Well, now you can by booking a summer island retreat to one of these six places! From the Florida Keys to Georgia's Golden Isles to Michigan's famed Mackinac Island, this year's 'Top Summer Island Retreats' consist of destinations that offer unique well-appointed accommodations, plenty of outdoor recreational activities, and are surrounded by vibrant communities with excellent cultural, dining, nightlife, and entertainment opportunities. Make your next summer retreat one of a lifetime with a escape to one of these island gems!
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Resort Vacation Properties of St. George Island's website asks an astute question- "Why deal with the crowded masses, high-rise condos, and cramped hotel rooms of popular destinations when the unexpected, unforgettable splendor of St. George Island is nestled conveniently along the Panhandle of Florida?" Well, why would you?

Beauty is everywhere you look on St. George Island, from the sandy beaches to the trendy shops in downtown. Add in Resort Vacation Properties of St. George Island's rentals, and you have a veritable paradise! If you're naturally inclined, this is your nirvana- there's no giant buildings, vast parking lots, or traffic jams here. Instead, all you'll find is relaxation, fun, and hospitality. Besides the usual luxury amenities, Vacation homes also often include private pools, soothing hot tubs, and outdoor grills, as well as conveniences like boardwalks directly to the beach and elevators for easy access. It's simply amazing, but don't take our word for it- come see for yourself!


125 Gulf Beach Dr W, St George Island, FL 32328


Don't forget your bathing suit, sunscreen, beach towel, and flip-flops!

Related Onsite Offerings

Each home is stocked with a starter supply of consumable items, including coffee filters, hand soap, paper towels, toilet paper, dishwasher soap, and garbage bags.


Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Jekyll Island, Georgia

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Jekyll Island pairs a beautiful paradise setting with hallmark Southern hospitality for an unforgettable Georgia getaway. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel is as much a pleasant anomaly as its location. The hotel's iconic turret beckons guests to experience a fairytale Southern island vacation surrounded by lush foliage, stately pillared buildings and miles of pristine Georgia coast beach. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of Jekyll Island on a carriage ride or dolphin cruise. Other island activities include premier golfing, charter fishing and magical live oak forest walks. The list of things to do is as unique as it is long, so you'll never run out of exciting adventures and wonderful experiences on this island!


371 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527


Georgia beach vacations at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel have the right getaways to suit the needs of everyone. The Resort has 157 rooms and suites in five historic settings. While there is a wide diversity in locations, sizes and appointments of accommodations, each reflects the Hotel’s dedication to the luxury, comfort and services that define the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s landmark experiences for its guests.

Fun facts

Founded in 1886, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel was once the private winter retreat of the some of the nation's wealthiest families with such members as Morgan, Rockefeller, Pulitzer and Vanderbilt.


The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort

St. Simons Island, Georgia

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The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort is a historical, yet a completely new Georgia island experience. As the only oceanfront resort on the stunning St. Simons Island, this resort is perfect for those relaxing beach vacations, family getaways or romantic escapes! From the moment you leave the mainland, you'll sense its festive roots as a bustling, seaside dance club. Yet amid tennis, beaches, five pools and golf at the newly-renovated King and Prince Golf Club, you'll discover a thoroughly modern Georgia island retreat. The perfect setting for such varied activities as shooting, horseback riding, history tours, distinctive shopping and fine dining, come discover your vacation bliss!


201 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island, GA, 31522


Georgia's St. Simons Island is a destination unlike any other! When you stay at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, you're in the perfect place to experience everything that this stunning island has to offer. Incredible Atlantic Ocean views and beaches, along with easy access to the island's many attractions make this resort the best home base for your next summer island retreat. When you're not enjoying the onsite golf course or splashing at the beach, you can visit historic sites such as Fort Frederica and St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum. Plenty of unique shops, bike trails and much more are just minutes away, too!

Fun facts

The King and Prince Club and Golf Resort originally opened as a seaside dance club back in 1935. Six years later, on July 2nd, 1941, the main hotel building opened to the public as the King and Prince Hotel and was immediately praised for its modern features and magnificent ocean views. The hotel even served as a naval coast-watching and training facility during World War II before resuming as an island getaway in 1947.


Palm Island Resort

Cape Haze, Florida

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Escape to Palm Island Resort, a place of stunning beauty at a pace that lets you truly take it all in. Spectacular sunsets bring time to a standstill. Once you've arrived to the island by boat or car ferry, fill your days playing tennis at one of 11 courts or swim in one of its five pools and spas; then rent bikes to explore the island or kayaks to discover the beauty of the sea. Travel on crushed-shell roads to your very own private villa. Finish your day off at Rum Bay Restaurant for award-winning ribs or its Leverocks Seafood for a fresh feast. Venture off to explore nearby, vibrant attractions. Palm Island is truly your island, on your time, while creating lifelong memories.


7092 Placida Road, Cape Haze, FL 33946


Palm Island Marina provides traveling boating enthusiasts with all the amenities they would expect from a top-quality full-service marina. The marina's facilities are located across from Palm Island on the mainland and easily accessible to Palm Island Resort by water with the resort providing complimentary island dockage for your own vessel when visiting Palm Island, or the convenience of a water taxi dropping you off at the docks of Rum Bay Restaurant.

Getting there

From Tampa/North: Take I-75 South to Exit 191 toward North Port/Englewood. Merge right onto River Road and continue for 12 miles. Turn left onto Pine Street which will become Placida Road. approximatly 7 miles turn right onto Panama Boulevard and proceed to the Palm Island Transit Car Ferry Landing. Please enter the ferry waiting zone on the right sholuder and wait for boarding instructions from the Mate. Once across the intracoastal waterway, proceed 1 mile to Palm Island Resort for check-in. From Fort Myers/South: Take I-75 North to Exit 170 Kings Highway/Arcadia/Port Charlotte and turn left onto Kings Highway. Take the first right onto Veterans Boulevard which will become SR-776. Remain on SR-776 for approximately 15 miles and turn left onto Gasparilla Road/CR77 and continue for 12 miles. Turn left onto Panama Boulevard and continue to the Palm Island Transit Car Ferry Landing. Please enter the ferry waiting zone on the right shoulder and wait for boarding instructions from the Mate. Once across the intracoastal waterway proceed 1 mile to Palm Island Resort for check-in.


Ocean Lodge

St. Simons Island, Georgia

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At the Ocean Lodge on St. Simon's Island, you'll find a scenic island getaway that's packed with everything you could ever want from the perfect retreat. First, there's unparalleled luxury in the Lodge itself. Egyptian cotton sheets and turkish towels are just the beginning and they'll have you feeling relaxed instantly. Spa treatments will elevate your relaxation to the next level. After that, after you're feeling pampered and rejuvenated, there's a whole island to explore; one brimming with historical and natural treasures. For those history buffs, you can visit the colonial Fort Frederica and Christ's Church, two landmarks from the island's past. For nature lovers, you can explore the scenic beaches and wooded places and expect to catch a glimpse of all sorts of great wildlife!


935 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522


A part of Georgia's Golden Isles, the 16.6 square-mile island is home to 12,743 permanent residents (2010 Census).

Getting there

Arriving on St. Simons Island to Ocean Lodge: Once on the causeway, go past the fifth bridge (just past the marina on the right -- about 4 miles) bear right on the single lane road leading to Kings Way. Head to the second red light (in village -- Kings Way becomes Queen) and proceed straight for 0.4 miles. Keep going past the elementary school on the left and take a right at the corner of 3rd Street and Ocean Blvd. Ocean Lodge is a block up on the right.


Grand Hotel

Mackinac Island, Michigan

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You will not find a more stunning, venerable Michigan hotel than the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Development of this pristine place was halted in the Victorian Era, and the island remains both naturally beautiful and filled with iconic historic landmarks including Fort Mackinac -- and the Grand Hotel itself. The Grand Hotel is completely one-of-a-kind from its 660-foot front porch -- the longest in the world -- to each of its individually-decorated rooms. There are no cars on the island, so horseback riding, walking and bicycling are the primary modes of transportation Yet on site, the hotel features a 220-foot swimming pool, four Har-Tru tennis courts and a full-service spa. And golf: The Jewel is a historic 18-hole course that provides an exquisite challenge while highlighting the breathtaking surroundings.


286 Grand Avenue, Mackinac Island, MI 49757


At Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel, no two of the 386 guest rooms are alike. More than three dozen themed Named Rooms and Two-Bedroom Suites --from the Lincoln Suite to the Hollywood Suite --make for interestingly unique accommodations throughout. Each guest room has been tastefully-decorated by famed New York designer Carleton Varney in its own special character and style, complete with modern amenities including individually-controlled AC, mini bar, in-room safe, cable TV, iron and coffee maker. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the hotel and resort grounds.

Related activities

Historic Downtown Mackinac Island showcases fur trade-era homes and shops, as well as pristine Victorian cottages. You will find a unique variety of charming shops and restaurants on Mackinac Island. Art galleries and world-famous fudge shops highlight the Island's offerings.


Sunset Key Guest Cottages

Key West, Florida

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Sunset Key Guest Cottages is located on the gorgeous Sunset Key, a secluded 27-acre Florida island. When seeking for luxury Key West accommodations, Sunset Key Guest Cottages is the ideal place to experience one of the best Key West experiences. Comprising seven acres of the island, the cottages are designed for the sophisticated traveler who demands nothing but the best. Nestled amid this tropical paradise are luxurious one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom cottages, each designed in traditional Key West architecture and boast magnificent ocean or garden views. Every detail of the cottages accentuates tranquility and charm, from the pastel-colored wood finishes to the authentic Victorian-style tin roofs. Spacious wrap-around verandas, with Adirondack chairs and tables, are the perfect location to sip a glass of champagne or enjoy your complimentary breakfast basket and newspaper delivered each morning.


245 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040


The Key West island getaway of Sunset Key Guest Cottages was named a Travel & Leisure Magazine "Winner for Family Travel" in 2013 and voted "SPG Member Favorite Resort - Best Small Wonder" in 2012 and 2013.

Fun facts

Known as the southern most city of the contiguous United States, Key West is one of the only places in country (along with Miami Beach) to have never received a hard frost in its recorded history. The current record low is 41 degrees, occurring twice (January 12, 1886 and January 13, 1981).