In addition to The Ritz-Carlton Lodge’s 35 picturesque acres, the lake provides opportunities for fishing, canoeing, and picnicking on a pontoon boat. It is also surrounded by the upscale, gated community of Reynolds Plantation and 99 holes of championship golf, designed by legendary professional golfers.
Yet I did not come here for the convenience or golf. I came here for the AAA-5 Diamond accommodations, food, wine, award winning spa, and romance! Southern hospitality greets me upon arrival and remains throughout my stay. The wood paneled lobby boasts a stacked stone fireplace—wrapped by scenic views of the lake. This gathering place offers light dinner fare at fireside tables with lake views and live music Friday and Saturday evenings.
Accommodations include 251-guest rooms and suites, six two and three bedroom golf cottages and a 5,400 square-foot Presidential House—boasting four master suites and an outdoor pool that is popular with golfing groups and wedding families. All of the lodge’s guest rooms and suites have spacious balconies. My club level accommodations include elevator turnkey access to the floor and access to the club lounge where another stacked stone fireplace welcomes. Here five food and beverage services are offered each day. And the all-inclusive lounge also has a dedicated concierge, music and fresh flowers.
Beyond the club level dining options range from casual to fine dining and from lakeside to fireside. Gaby’s by the Lake recently underwent a 3.2 million dollar renovation and expansion—due to its popularity. This lunch and dinner eatery is a favorite for those coming from the infinity pool, lake and golf course. Other outdoor dining options include a lakefront dinner in Adirondack chairs with your own personal Chiminea. All dishes are designed for two to share and paired with a Champagne toast and choice of a red or white house wine. And weather permitting, there is a bonfire every evening in the stacked stone fire pit where guests enjoy roasting both traditional and sophisticated s’mores. Classic steakhouse cuisine meets southern cooking at Linger Longer Steakhouse. Dinner at Georgia’s—the resort’s signature fine dining restaurant—is a must. Regional fare with a gourmet flair is served before a stacked stone fireplace and beneath exposed timber ceilings. Chef Jaco Smith and sommelier Frankie Saunders are fiancées—also making quite a match of the tasting menu and wine pairings.
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation Spa is a 26,000 square foot, award-winning spa and fitness center. The Spa Café serves smoothies, fruit and healthy sandwiches and salads to spa goers and indoor lap pool guests. Holistic healing and modern enhancement treatments are inspired by the restorative powers of the earth’s bounty as well as Prada beauty skin treatments and the PAYOT product line. My choice of the Prada Exfoliant Visage Facial leaves my skin silky and glowing.
The Ritz Carlton Lodge at Reynold’s Plantation is the perfect destination for a honeymoon—any time of year. Swim, golf, and boat in warmer months. Relax by the fireside when the leaves turn golden. And 12 months a year, enjoy the culinary delights, spa and luxurious accommodations. But no matter the time of year or duration of your stay, you will want to… linger longer.