Rent Eagle Island In Georgia For $475 Per Night
On secluded Eagle Island off the coast of Georgia, lovers, friends, family, and co-workers can find themselves, eco-adventure, and total relaxation.
It’s a 10-acre oasis of privacy 60 miles south of Savannah, accessible only by boat from sleepy Darien on the Georgia coast. Lovingly enhanced as an upscale “green” retreat by Atlanta-born Andy Hill—an eco-aware entrepreneur with a vision for creating a private archipelago off Georgia’s unspoiled coastline—Eagle Island provides utter seclusion for honeymoons, anniversary celebrations, and romantic weekend getaways. If romance is not part of the equation, the island hideaway is ideal for girls’ weekends, bachelor getaways, family reunions, and corporate retreats.
Connect with Nature at Eagle Lodge
On a 10-minute private boat ride, guests begin to absorb the natural sights and salty smells of this offshore haven and delicate ecosystem. Playful gulls chase the motorboat across Doboy Sound while dolphins swim alongside and offshore songbirds soar overhead. Docking at Eagle Island, visitors might spy traps brimming with shellfish in the marshy water—sweet Georgia shrimp and succulent blue crabs that may simmer on the outdoor grill, along with oysters cooked every which way, later that evening.
Sightings of whitetail deer, hogs, wild turkeys, herons, egrets, and rare migratory birds are not uncommon on the private island. A stone path shaded by tall pines winds under a flower-bedecked archway fashioned from native wood, leading to Eagle Lodge. The 3,343-square-foot mountain-style chalet is crafted from reclaimed cypress and replete with high-end amenities for comfort-seeking adventurers.
Southern Hospitality and Island Getaway Dining
With ample Turkish limestone countertops, custom cabinetry filled with contemporary gadgets and top-end stainless steel appliances, the Eagle Lodge kitchen is a sunny spot for cooking and dining together. If meal preparation is not on the agenda, Captain Andy and his crew are happy to pluck the dockside catch from entrapment, to be savored with grilled oysters or added to a low country boil—a savory blend of shrimp, sausage, corn, carrots, and potatoes served on newspaper for easy clean-up. Groceries also can be ordered online; alternatively, honeymooners can opt for a private chef or the cabin can be stocked beforehand, limiting outside intrusions
Alfresco dining is possible on the wraparound deck and lower level patio. An outdoor brick barbecue alongside the island pond provides a gathering spot for evening bonfires, marshmallow roasts and sing-alongs.
A “Green” Retreat for Eco-Adventure
Built to preserve and sustain the natural environment, the climate-controlled lodge features two teak-furnished bedrooms, two baths (plus a spacious, enclosed outdoor shower that tells no tales) and a loft accessed via spiral staircase.
A watchful ‘gator skull on the stone fireplace mantle oversees a vaulted-ceilinged great room—an open space for reading and relaxing on cushioned leather furnishings, warmed by a fire on cool evenings. A ping-pong table lures kids of all ages into a pine-paneled playroom with laundry facilities on Eagle Lodge’s lower level.
Seclusion and Island Fun
Settling into seclusion, honeymooners can sip mint juleps, daydream in a swinging bed on a 1,500-square-foot screened porch, spy on resident bald eagles—birds that mate for life—and watch shooting stars from an outdoor hot tub warmed by a fireplace. Nature lovers and adventure addicts will savor the island’s lush maritime forest—dotted with swinging hammocks—and delicate salt marsh ecosystem fringed with spartina grass. Satellite TV and wireless Internet. provide outside connection.
To pick up the pace, Captain Andy can arrange kayak outings, fishing charters and ‘gator hunts. Bayous brimming with spotted seatrout, spot tail bass, croaker, southern flounder, and shark make the island a fine jumping-off point for full- and half-day spooling charters guided by Captain Wendell Harper of Darien. Sightings of herons, egrets, migratory shorebirds and shy alligators ducking into sea oats await fishermen and kayak adventurers.
For a change of scenery, excursions also can be arranged to nearby Sapelo Island, the fourth largest barrier island off the coast of Georgia, where Guale Indian Native Americans preserve pre-Civil War plantation traditions. Here, island explorers can collect seashells on Nannygoat Beach, tour turn-of-the-century Reynolds Mansion, (once owned by tobacco heir Richard Reynolds, now a Georgia State Park, destination wedding site and conference center), and sip a cold beer at The Trough. Plantation slave descendants Julius and Cornelia Bayley, informal “mayors” of the Southern village where they’ve lived for decades, oversee the tiny bar and convenience store in historic Hog Hammock.
Bringing a Fantasy Island to Life
Eagle Lodge sleeps 10 comfortably. A weekend stay on this real-life fantasy island is $500-600/night. Private Islands of Georgia also offers lodging at spotless High Tide Cottage and luxurious Coastal Marine Lodge in Darien, Georgia.