by Courtney Elko
Located on the north end of Jekyll Island, this resort sits on 17 beautiful oceanside acres. Guestrooms, condos and villas are available to families at this pretty resort. Families can enjoy a comfort stay in the min-villa, which features sitting area with a mini-fridge and a microwave, all the way up the three-bedroom villa, which features a fully equipped kitchen, living room, dining room and two balconies. The three-bedroom villa can sleep three to six people and is ideal for family stays. If you do not feel like cooking dinner, the family can enjoy casual dining at the Driftwood Bistro. Families can enjoy investigating the pretty nature trails that surround the island and walk the boardwalk down to the natural beach and have a family beach day. The jungle-themed playground and large outdoor swimming pool are also great for the kids to enjoy. Basketball and volleyball can also be found at the resort along with bike rentals to explore even more of the island.
Our Editor Loves
- Three-bedroom villas
- Bike rentals
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
This was our second stay at Villas by the Sea, the first being a few years ago. We checked in on the 24th of October after driving seven hours to reach Jekyll. Our initial room was 429, a one bedroom suite. Room felt pretty big, with a separate dining room and living room, and a nice kitchen. The dining room even had a small library of about 30 books. After dropping our bags and unpacking, we went to grab some food and see the central shopping center. After coming back to our room around 9pm we discovered that our toilet consistently ran, though slowly, and the shower/tub did not drain. We called the front desk, and maintenance did show up pretty quickly. The maintenance guy was friendly, bt after attempting to unclog the shower for about an hour he told us he would have to wait for a plumber in the morning, but he would tell the front desk to get us another room. My wife and I packed our bags back up and I got the keys to our new room (269 I believe) from the front desk. At this point it was well past 10pm. When we entered the new room we found it a lot smaller than our previous room. The dining room and living room were about the same size as just the dining room in 429, the kitchen felt a lot older in style, and a lot of the decorations in the room seemed to be broken. A coat/hat rack on the wall had 2 of 3 prongs completely broken off, the shower head was much older and leaky, and the bathroom mirror was completely crooked, one side hanging about 6 inches lower than the other. While I understand that a hotel can not foresee every maintenance issue, I felt like we got downgraded to a much cheaper and smaller room through no fault of our own, with no apologies from the front desk. If our first room did not have plumbing issues I would be rating this hotel 5 stars.
The Driftwood Bistro restaurant attached to the hotel was very nice. I definitely recommend the sweet potato souffle as a side dish, and the trainee server we had along with her trainer were very helpful in assisting my mother with choosing a meal that she could eat with her allergies.
Also, guests should be aware that it appears the hotel is selling some rooms off, and the buyers can rent out their rooms privately on AirBnB and VRBO. I am not sure though if the hotel or the owners are responsible for the upkeep of those rooms.
We live in the UK so it was its history that originally attracted us to Jekyll Island. We had an extended stay this time and enjoyed it. The apartments are a good size and well equipped. The pool is good with plenty of towels. Our only issue concerned the beach. The repair work by the State has got the beach off from the Villas. I hope that a walkway will be re-Installed.