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Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Jekyll Island
Georgia
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97 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2012

My husband and I had stayed at the Villas 14 years ago when I was expecting our first child, and the reason we chose it then was that it was pet-friendly. We stayed in a one bedroom flat that was a bit dark and gloomy, and we were disappointed that the beach by the Villas disappears at high tide.Just a few months ago, we took our two kids and our elderly dog back to the Villas, and we had a great trip. We stayed in a 2 bedroom oceanside and enjoyed an updated, pretty, well-equipped condo with a beautiful view. The pluses here are that the staff was friendly and helpful, the unit was spotless, the view was great, and the price was excellent. The minuses are that the condos are small with tiny balconies (as you might expect from a facility that is this old), the styling of the condos is not very architecturally pleasing, and the beach here is tiny unless the tide is all the way out. I suppose you could be unlucky and wind up in an ugly, non-updated unit since they are individually owned, but the one we stayed in was lovely. I would expect from my experience that the staff would be helpful when the reservation was made as far as getting you in a nice condo. The facility has a nice restaurant where we had a nice (though not luxurious) dinner, and we rented bikes from the office, too. If you want to walk right out onto a huge beach where you can sit in a chair all day, you won't get that here, but if you drive south to a different beach you can. I thought the grounds of the Villas were beautiful with lots of trees, shrubs, and flowers. I have stayed at more luxurious condos (but not at Jekyll), but I think if you're looking for a clean, well-priced condo with a good staff, you would be pleased with the Villas.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Ryan M, Director of Sales at Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center, responded to this review, 10 February 2012
We appreciate you taking the time to review us. We are also pleased that you noticed our extreme updates/renovations since your last visit 14 years ago. Every year we add more amenities to our resort for our guest’s enjoyment. We do have a wonderful staff here to assist in any way possible to make your time with us comfortable and enjoyable. All of our units are well equipped and very clean. Because they are each privately owned they are all decorated different however we have a department here insuring all Villas are of a well respected rental status. Should someone find themselves in a Villa that they do not necessarily like the decorating, we do all we can to get them in another unit that they appreciate more. This rarely happens however we are here to assist in making everyone’s stay comfortable. Our restaurant, Driftwood Bistro is causal, delicious and very affordable. Most entrees are price at 12.95 or less. It is also currently reviewed/rated #1 restaurant on Jekyll Island by guests like you on this site. Thanks again for taking the time to leave us a nice review. We hope to see you and your family again here soon.
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Bluffton, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2012

Villas by the Sea is a great spot for golf groups or a family reunion. We started working with manager Ryan Merritt in April. We were a golf group of 15 couples over New Years weekend, each having our own ocean front villa with LR, dining area, kitchen, bedroom and bath. The villas were clean and comfortable. Can't say enough about Ryan. Rob Ellis, head Pro at the golf club was excellent in arranging special rates for our Saturday tournament. It was Ryan Merritt who recommended Latitude 31 to us for our New Years Eve group dinner. Hat's off to the Villas. We were there a few years back for a group weekend and we'll be back again!

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Ryan M, Director of Sales at Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center, responded to this review, 10 February 2012
Thank you for your wonderful comments. We were so happy to have your group with us. We hope you make Villas by the Sea Resort and Jekyll Island an annual event. You were a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with you again. -Ryan Merritt, DOS
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Pooler, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2012

We have been on the island several weeks working on the construction of the convention center. We have stayed in a few hotels for as much as double the rate. The rooms are very spacious and fully stocked with everything you need from home. The first week we stayed at a hotel closer to the job site. we rented the 2 bedroom suite with a "kitchen" it had a mini fridge, tiny table with 2 chairs and a 2 burner stove, a one cup coffee maker... Not near sufficient for preparing meals for the crew. Although they had a hot breakfast every morning we had to eat out lunch and dinner.. At the minimum of 15.00 per meal, per person it became quite expensive over time not to mention tiring. I visited a few other hotels and finally found the villas... THANK GOD.. The rates were a little more but when after staying in the very dated stale dirty so-called suite the villa was heaven.. The guys all had their own bedrooms and privacy, I had a spacious kitchen to prepare 3 meals a day.. We had an actual dinner table to enjoy dinner. Everyone there treated us like family and was very helpful and informative. However yes they are individually owned and some furnished and decorated better than others, but as far as I could see they all rated far above the local hotels. If you are looking for an elegant 5 star resort you will be disappointed but if you are looking for clean, spacious, convenient, comfortable, scenery, and friendly neighbors and staff... The Villas By the Sea will surely meet your expectations and needs. We will call them our home away from home while on this journey with Brassfield & Gorrie i.e., Jekyll Island Convention Center. A warm hearted thanks to the staff at the villas :) See you all next week! JH & SH EPI Solid Surfaces

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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Ryan M, Director of Sales at Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center, responded to this review, 10 February 2012
Thank you for your kind words and nice review of our resort. Our goal is to make all of our guests feel at home while staying with us. I am glad you noticed the extra attention we show towards our guests. Our Villas are ideal for families, groups and couples. Having separate bedrooms and full kitchens are a plus when away from your own home. Our rates are sometimes seasonally slightly more than other island hotels but most of the time they are about the same or less per night. We also offer great specials and packages that save you even more that are featured on our website which you can find online by searching for Villas by the Sea Resort Jekyll Island.
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Okatie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

Villas were clean and well equipped. Staff was friendly and helpful. Wish we could have stayed longer than 2 nights. We're coming back to this great spot. Beats a plain old hotel anytime.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Ryan M, Director of Sales at Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center, responded to this review, 10 February 2012
We are so happy that you enjoyed your time with us. Our Villas are much better than a typical hotel room and priced about the same or less per night. After working here for many years I couldn’t imagine staying in anything other than a condo. We are also unique because we rent nightly, provide all the towels, dish liquid, etc that most “condo” rentals do not offer. We are a condo resort that operates like a hotel which means you get the best of both here at the Villas by the Sea Resort. Thanks again for taking the time to review us and we will look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Callahan, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

My wife and I were looking for a place to stay on the Island and we made reservations to stay at the Villa for our Anniversary on New years 2012..When we arrived we checked into our room ,while it was nice and what we had asked for ,we found it a little on the small side as we had our 6month old daughter with us.Our fault not theirs..We went up to the front desk and asked Renee if she could get us into something a little larger..Renee went above the call of duty and quickly had us in a larger unit..When we got into our new room we were blown away by its space and great views..We will definately come back and stay for our next anniversary ..The rooms, the view ,all are great..A+++

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Ryan M, Director of Sales at Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center, responded to this review, 10 February 2012
Thank you very much for such a nice review. We are very lucky to have great staff members working here. We do our best to make everyone feel like they are at home while staying with us. I am glad we were able to make your time with us comfortable. We look forward to seeing you again next year!
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Property: Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center
Address: 1175 N Beachview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA 31527-0704
Region: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Golden Isles of Georgia > Jekyll Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Jekyll Island
Price range (per night): $247 - $495
Hotel Class:3 star — Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center 3*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villas by the Sea Resort is an enchanting oceanside resort and conference center on Jekyll Island, Georgia. AAA 3 Diamond Rating. Choose from one of our 160 spacious one, two, or three bedroom villas whch are individually decorated. ... more   less 
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