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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We were pleasantly surprised at the high level of competence and expertise for our family photo session! Not to mention the several backdrops and settings for the photos. The photo staff was very accommodating and understanding knowing we had 3 very small children along. Thank you again!
When you charge over $5,500 for two nights, not including meals, there is a level of service that your clientele expects. It’s obvious after our stay this weekend that the property is struggling with hiring and keeping staff. Most of the time when we splurge on a special weekend away, I feel the expense was worth it, but right now I just feel ripped-off.
First the positive. The staff at Gabby’s by the Lake were delightful, as were the valets and the room service people. Our 2-bedroom cottage was lovely and well-appointed and was perfect for a weekend with family. It could use some better lighting, as it was hard to see to pack.
I started to worry when we went to Georgia's Restaurant for dinner and were greeted by a rather unpleasant hostess. She asked if we wanted to sit outside and as it was quite chilly, I asked if there were patio heaters. She said no, and I asked if there were blankets and she gave me an actual eye-roll and said no blankets. We did end up sitting outside and there was no light on the table so I had to ask for a candle.
Our server was quite nice but it was her first night so she was not knowledgeable about the menu. It seemed to be a theme with many of the staff we encountered. Three different people said it was their first day or first weekend at the property.
The next day we called housekeeping and asked them if they could make up our room while we were at lunch. They said they would send someone over right away. At 4:30 our room still hadn’t been cleaned. They finally arrived and did a rather perfunctory job while we were there.
Someone is supposed to stock the honor bar that comes with the cottages, and that did not happen. When we left for dinner, we called and asked them to restock it for us, that we were out of water. When we got back from dinner, there was an entire case of Ritz Carton bottled water, still wrapped in plastic, unceremoniously dumped on a side table in the room. Nothing was replaced in the fridge. Ouch.
Something I did not expect is the number of televisions in all of the restaurants except Georgia's. Even during our special dinner at Linger Longer, it was impossible to get away from college football and semi-drunk golf dudes yelling at the TV. The Linger Longer restaurant was insultingly over-priced. My $70 bone-in filet came with nothing on it at all. It was $5 extra to get peppercorns on it, not peppercorn sauce, just peppercorns. Dinner for 4 was over $1,000 with wine and tips. It was fine, but certainly not great.
Our daughter-in-law has a broken ankle so we needed transportation to our cottage after dinner. The driver was the surliest person we encountered. He said he would not take us to our cottage, but to the front desk, where we would have to get another transport to our room. Our room is about a minute’s drive from the front desk and not out of the way at all. Climbing in and out of the bus was very difficult with a broken ankle so I was shocked at his lack of kindness and consideration for his guests.
An unplanned Anniversary weekend quick get-a-way, turned into an unforgettable anniversary. Taking a nap on a hammock, swinging near the water falls enjoying the grounds.. totally stress free.... The grounds were impeccable, lovely infinity pool, great little beach area. DOGS ALLOWED! However, you would never know a dog was ever in that room, the rooms are old world charm, each with balconies, comfy chairs, extremely well maintained and clean. Ours room overlooked a beautiful garden. The service as expected at The Ritz, PERFECT.. The general manager Ralph Vick, is very friendly and attentive, I just happened to run into him at the gift shop and he mentioned they are renovating, (not sure why, this place is just beautiful).
Pass by the gift shop, Trisha is the best, Extremely helpful and friendly.
I would recommend this AMAZING resort for families, couples, weddings or even business if you are lucky enough to be in the area! Lunch at Gaby's by the lake, food was wonderful...the views are gorgeous.
Smores by the lake, live entertainment late into the evening.... Love, LOVE this place, I will return with the FAM! lots to do too, canoe, swimming, golf, paddle boats etc. Honestly, the pics on the website do not do it justice.
And to top it off, they even set up an ice skating ring for the holidays... ????