Retreat is a delightful one bedroom villa located in Villas By the Sea, an ocean side resort on Jekyll's north end. Retreat Villa #208 is located in the Ellington Building, a quiet building just a stone's throw from the Atlantic Ocean. Our building isn't oceanfront but is the first building back and it only takes a minute's walk to get to the beach.
Villa By the Sea's seventeen beautifully landscaped acres provide a tranquil environment for residents and guests. Beach boardwalks lead through the greenery to a sandy beach that stretches on for miles. There's an L-shaped pool with a splash pool/wading area for children, restaurant/lounge, garden area with benches and fountain, gazebo, grills, and a children's playground on-site at Villas By the Sea. Washers and dryers are available as well. We're a short walk from Driftwood Beach, a unique and beautiful beach on Jekyll's north end.
Our villa is decorated in a relaxing nautical style with lighthouses, shells, and ocean collectibles.
Around Jekyll Island: Neighboring St. Simon's Island offers a wide array of shops and restaurants, along with historic sites. The famous St. Simon's lighthouse is a favorite with visitors. Brunswick, on the mainland, has worked to restore its downtown area and offers many interesting shops for visitors. The fishing town of Darien, about thirty minutes away, offers waterfront dining and interesting shops. From St. Mary's, about 50 miles away, you can catch the ferry to Cumberland Island, a National Seashore. Reservations are required.
I am a retired teacher who led students to Jekyll for 15 years to learn about the barrier island's unique environment. Now I enjoy coming to Jekyll just to relax!
In 2012, I published a book about Jekyll Island. Jekyll Journey: A Family Guide to Georgia's Jewel is perfect for anyone visiting the island, whether for the first time or the forty-first! My second book, Hidden Treasures: Secrets of a Southern Barrier Island, was released in 2013. Both contain many activities for families to enjoy while on the island or upon returning home. They are available around the island at shops and hotels.
I'm also a musician, teaching guitar and playing at coffee shops, weddings, restaurants, and private events. While on Jekyll, I love to beachcomb, shop, read, and just relax!
I hope you will discover the magic of Jekyll for yourself while at Retreat, my island home.
I've visited Jekyll Island since I was a child, and it's always been the most special place to me. The island offers a unique combination of natural beauty and fun activities. My dream was to have my own little piece of heaven on Jekyll, so Retreat Villa is truly a dream come true.
Villas by the Sea is a unique property on the island. Surrounded by live oaks, its buildings are sheltered and peaceful. The landscaping is natural and attractive. Driftwood Beach is just a short stroll away, and you can enjoy the view of the St. Simon's Lighthouse on the way. The Villas are wonderful for enjoying Jekyll's wildlife. Deer are frequently seen. Our backdoor visitors have included raccoons, squirrels, possums, and a friendly fox.
Because of the natural erosion and accretion of barrier islands, Jekyll's beaches are are slim to none at high tide. Villas by the Sea features a wonderful boardwalk for reading or surf-watching even when high tide claims the beach. If you're looking for a quiet, beautiful, relaxing locale, Villas by the Sea has it all.
Sitting on the beach or beachcombing is another favorite way to spend an afternoon. Our building is the first back from beachfront, so it's just a short stroll. Driftwood Beach, written up in Southern Living magazine, is right next door, and its unusually shaped trees give the beach an otherworldly appearance. I love to hunt for shark's teeth and sanddollars - never the ones that are alive! The shrimp boats and huge ships coming into Brunswick are always fun to watch, and nothing beats the sound of the ocean for a relaxing time.