Greensboro (Part 1) Introduction: Baby’s First Flight!
Greensboro (Part 2) Ritz Carlton Reynolds Plantation, Lake Oconee
Ritz Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
We stayed four days and three nights at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds at Lake Oconee. My wife’s employer was hosting an event at the property and thus we enjoyed a complimentary stay at this luxurious rural retreat. The property is about 1.5 hours east of Atlanta near Greensboro,
Ritz-Carlton Reynolds entrance
We arrived at the resort close to sundown and were greeted warmly by a bellman and the front of house manager. I was given our valet tag. The property offers complimentary valet parking with free in and out privileges which is appreciated. We were assisted with our luggage and escorted inside to the front desk for checkin.
I found the interior lobby of the property to be warm and welcoming. The property is a lodge of sorts and fits that bill nicely. Dark wood tones and neutral colors were displayed throughout the common spaces. We had about a 1-2 minute wait for a front desk agent to become available. We were checked in politely and courteously and then introduced to our bellman who would be escorting us to our room and introducing the room features to us.
There is plenty of seating throughout the lobby and just off the lobby is a bar area with pool table. There is a concierge also tucked away just off the lobby.
GARDEN VIEW ROOM
Our room was located on the ground level which means from the lobby we needed to take the elevator down two floors. We were escorted in and asked if the room was OK and our bags were setup in the room. We did ask for a crib for our infant son at check in and that was delivered shortly after arriving in our room.
The room was 430 square feet and just roomy enough for the three of us. The crib took up a large chunk of real estate next to our bed. I asked if they perhaps had a smaller one but they did not. There is a love seat type of couch next to the bed which can indeed be turned into a bed which is nice for a child or third occupant.
The bed was very plush and comfy. The power outlets were directly next to the bed in the nightstands which is appreciated for charging electronics overnight and keeping them handy for the user while in bed.
The bathroom was nice and functional. It didn’t seem super luxurious but was fine by our standards. The separate bathtub was a little shabby compared to some other luxury properties that we have stayed at. The tub was clean enough/nice enough to give our baby a quick bath after our travel day. The shower was nice with good water pressure and temperature control. My favorite bath brand toiletries, Asprey, were indeed stocked in the shower stall and on the sink counter. We were also delivered a dental kit with toothbrush and toothpaste shortly after my phone request.
Video walkthrough of our room below:
Perhaps the only thing that I found disappointing was the view from our room. Our room looked onto a large white tent which appeared to be permanently set up for outdoor events and wedding receptions. While not really in use during our stay it was not a pleasant view compared to the many lake view rooms that the property possess. On the plus side there is an outdoor space and we did briefly enjoy sometime out on our ground level patio which consisted of two chairs and a table. I would recommend guests to not select or request a ground level room as it also reduces the amount of privacy one has in there room. We often kept the shades closed due to passerby’s.
AROUND THE RESORT
I was able to spend plenty of time around this sprawling resort while my wife was attending some work sessions during the morning. The property has many walking trails, golf courses (5 courses in total!) and other outdoor activities to keep guests busy. During one of my morning walks I got to see some of the two and three bedroom cottages that line the lake and golf course. They do indeed look splendid from the outside.
Every night at around 8pm there was a smores making gathering for guests. The property provides the necessary ingredients and you show up to make/roast your smores on the lovely fire pit.
There is a nice man made beach area right on the lake with plenty of loungers. You can have food and beverage service here and take a walk out to the water for a swim if you would like. There were also several jet ski’s for rent and pontoon boats.
The pool was very nice and got semi-crowed mid afternoon when the weather picked up and the temperatures were in the mid to high 70’s. There were ample places to lounge or sunbathe all along the poolside. There were great views out to the lake from the pool area.
The property has a nice fitness center and spa. The facilities are housed under the same roof which also contains a stellar indoor pool area.
My wife did have a 60 minute massage and said it was just OK. Not one of her most favorite treatments.
The resort has an amazing FIVE golf courses on offer for its guests. My wife and I don’t really play golf but I do appreciate the sport and did get a peek at a few holes while walking the grounds and thought the courses looked great. Well manicured and simply stunning scenery on some holes.
There is a TaylorMade academy complex where you can go through a series of professional instruction. I think TaylorMade also would be happy to help fit you for a set of their clubs of course.
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Over our four days we did have a chance to sample some of the food and beverage offerings. On our first night we decided to call room service for some dessert. My wife had the peach cobbler and I had some of their signature buttermilk pie. Both desserts were good but my wife preferred my buttermilk pie and said the peaches could have been better.
Much of the food we ended up eating was specifically provided for my wife’s company as they were hosting over 100 employees. So many of our meals were of the buffet variety. There was a good selection of food and it was kept fresh and constantly monitored.
On one afternoon we decided to have a few cocktails at the pool bar and restaurant, Gabbys. Drinks are fairly expensive but not overly offensive for a resort of this caliber. I had 3-4 leisurely drinks and they were all well made and enjoyable. The pool bar also provides a good view of the lake.
One evening we had a southern style buffet dinner provided for our work group which was tasty and consisted of many southern/soul food favorites.
I cannot say if our dining experiences are totally representative of a normal guests experience since so many of our meals were buffet and not made to order. However I can say we were generally pleased with the meals and thought the quality was quite good. Service was exceptionally well for a buffet also.
The hotel offers complimentary shoe shine services. I decided to have my beat up Allen Edmonds shined up with some polish. I placed the shoes in the bag with my polish selection and placed the bag on the exterior door handle. In the morning I grabbed the bag and was dismayed by the appearance of the shoes! Why was there so much polish and brush marks on the shoes? Really bad service. I ended up using several tissues to try and get the excess polish and marks off the shoes. I would avoid this service in the future at this resort.
This is a somewhat unique Ritz-Carlton in my view as the location is the real draw here. The lakes, the golf courses and the outdoors activities are such a draw that its hard to have a bad time at this property. It’s not an urban city center Ritz-Carlton but set right in the middle of nature in the backwoods of Georgia and it just works. If you enjoy the outdoors and a bit of luxury this is certainly a property we can recommend and would certainly enjoy a repeat stay. It doesn’t hurt that this property is only a stones throw from Augusta (an hour drive) and the famous Masters golf tournament. If you’re a golfer this place could be a paradise for you.
No points were used as this was a business trip. This is a tier 3 Ritz-Carlton property requiring 50,000 points per night if points were to be used.