The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
What We Love
- The huge range of outdoor pursuits on offer
- A tranquil lakefront setting among Georgia pines
- Indoor and outdoor pools
- The 27,000 square-feet spa and state-of-the-art fitness center
- A choice of 6 restaurants, from coffee shops to steak houses
- The Ritz Kids day camp, available for children 5 to 1
What To Know
- Reservations are recommended for most activities, from Ritz Kids to spa to dining
- WiFi costs $9.95 per day in-room, but is free in the lobby and restaurants
- For guests seeking further privacy, 2 and 3-bedroom lakeside cottages are available
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set on the grounds of a former private hunting retreat named “Linger Longer,” this 251-room resort by Lake Oconee still feels like a millionaire’s country escape. Families are well catered-to: parents can indulge in hours-long spa rituals or play a round of golf on one of many championship courses while kids embark on immersive, fully supervised half-day camps and evening activities. Along with a roster of aromatherapy and botanical-oriented treatments, the spa features apothecary and skincare workshops, yoga, and Pilates classes. Long stays here don’t mean repetitive meals: there are six restaurant experiences to choose from, including a romantic lakefront three-course dinner accompanied by your very own bonfire.
In the Area
around Lake Oconee on Paint and Quarter horses matched to the rider’s skill level with Lake Oconee Outfitters, who also offer guided lake and fly fishing. Hunt for treasures in downtown Greensboro (about 20 minutes from the resort) at the Greensboro Antique Mall, where you might score anything from vintage religious iconography to American quilts and antebellum curiosities. Then refuel at the Yesterday Café on Main Street, which serves calorific American Southern dishes like buttermilk pie.
How to Get There
As the prior reviewer noted, WiFi did not work the entire weekend. This was a huge inconvenience as I had work I needed to do on my laptop every morning. No effort was made to apologize for the inconvenience or even provide a partial refund of the resort fee. No one really wants to sit in a business office away from their family if they can help it.
We were also disappointed to learn that Linger Longer was closed for renovation, the indoor pool and hot tub was closed for renovation, and the dry sauna in the men’s spa locker room was out of service. We all understand that repairs and upgrades need to occur. However, even 3 star hotels are capable of disclosing this information on their websites. We were not given the courtesy of advance notice which would have allowed us to make a decision on whether we wanted to stay at the property during this time. I checked on the website and there is still no mention of state of the property. That is really unacceptable, especially for a Ritz-Carlton.
We stay at this property 3-4 times a year. We have plans to return in April but will now be sure to call in advance to see what amenities are not available. It’s a shame we have to do that.
We recently stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee for a company retreat and thoroughly enjoyed the experience! Everything was first rate. The rooms, the property, the activities, the food, the staff...all were awesome and very enjoyable! We particularly enjoyed the golf courses, walking trails, the spa, the Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds and the fishing charter on the lake. Can't wait to come back!
We enjoyed a two night stay after a tournament in Atlanta. As we pulled into the property, we could tell that we were in a special place. The towering trees and detailed landscaping were impressive, as was the kind reception we received. I was amazed to hear that because of a point status, we were upgraded form a room to a Suite with living room and master suite. Absolutely gorgeous, spacious, relaxing and it had a walk out slider to the lake and pool. Everyone went out of their way to offer to assist. The indoor pool, jacuzzi and spa were perfection. The lake was cold, so we enjoyed the water bikes and kayaks. The outdoor pool had an infinity edge and was heated. The food and beverages were on the pricey side, but you get what you pay for and all was enjoyable. There are so many details that I'm sure I'm missing many of them. There is a nightly marshmellow roast with s'mores, a "train" that takes families for a tour of the property, a roaring fire in the lobby, a game room with chess, backgammon and a pristine golf course. Truly a treat. Five stars!
We really enjoyed our stay at the Ritz Lake Oconee. Because we were there off season, we had the place pretty much to ourselves. This is a beautiful property with wonderful southern hospitality. When you can enjoy the property (we had a rainy week) there is a ton to do: golf, lots of water sports, a great pool, a great outdoor kids area with basketball, shuffleboard, etc. The food was terrific as well.
When the weather is not so great-the Spa is great and the indoor pool is amazing. The gym looks good too-but I spent most of my time in the pools. Play some chess or checkers in the main lobby in front of one of the huge fires. We love southern food and the food was great as well. Loved the nightly s’mores.
The rooms are standard ritz rooms-well appointed, very comfortable beds and a nice lodge feel.
We really want to thanks Jessica, Jon Paul, Joey and Laura Solomon (a Star) for making our stay so enjoyable.
My only suggestion is that you do a little more for your Marriott rewards guests. We are titanium and were offered no room upgrade, no free wifi-you already pay for it in the “resort fee”, no bonus points, no offer of free breakfast, late check given until 1 PM (not 4 PM) only after begging for it. I realize that many guests here are probably the same rewards level as us, but I know that you can do better (I am at the St Regis in Atlanta and we received all of the above benefits(Ritz Carlton Boston too)).
I choose to focus on the positive. This is a great hotel. I don’t think the issues with rewards perks would keep us away, it just seems like the ownership of the hotel (Met Life) could do more.
Beautiful setting on Lake Oconee with the Ritz Carlton elite service. Reminds me of the beautiful Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in the Canadian Rockies. Visited in February when still pretty cold, would be amazing during the summer months for couples and families.
Great F&B, although not everything is open during the off season. 1.5 hrs from Atlanta airport.