Awesome Beach Vacation !!
The house was great. It was clean. The beds slept wonderful. It had everything we needed. We had plenty of room for everyone so we weren’t on top of each other. Wonderful location close to the beach access. This was the best family vacation ever. We will be back.
Island Retreat is our perfect retreat eight of us.
This was our second year in Island Retreat, and it fits all our needs perfectly. With only a few exceptions, we have been coming to Jekyll for 40 years. Our kids, and grandkids regard it as an integral part of the year, as do we. Island Retreat meets the needs of all 8 of us. We range from 7-80. The house is basically one-story, a mobility issue for us. We occupy the independent master, the kids have the other 2 masters, and the grandkids have the other two bedrooms, by gender, and share a bathroom. There are four common spaces, DR, where we do games, puzzles, and such. LR where we can all watch movies, do gaming, hold family meetings. Kitchen, with a square table perfect for 8, and for our artist to work on her watercolors. We eat a large percentage of our meals here, and the kitchen is well supplied We bring a flip waffle maker, and large stock pot, but these are preferential items as the house does have them. There is plenty of work space, and we have had family birthday, Father’s Day and anniversary celebrations, plus tea parties in the space. There is a screened-in back porch, with a ceiling fan, that’s perfect for reading, screen time, conversations and just relaxing. It’s very near the beach, comes with a pool pass, and is on a bike path. Perfect for us. The house has been clean, when we arrive, and well maintained. When problems have occurred, Jekyll Realty has taken care of them promptly. There is plenty of storage, and 2 refrigerators, multiple coffee makers, and blenders. We do keep bagged ice, as the icemaker can’t, quite keep up with us. The clothes cabinet in the separate master, is about 4’ tall, not quite long enough for a tunic, but there is plenty of drawer space. The king beds are quite high, we manage, but it could be a problem for some. We really like Island Retreat, and have our reservations for next year.
We had a great experience. The house was clean & the decor was exactly what we expected from a beach house! The kitchen was very well equipped. The only problems we saw was that the bunk room had no air conditioning or ceiling fan but there were several electric fans available and the exhaust fan did not work in one of the bathrooms. Otherwise everything was great and we would definitely recommend this house to others.
Perfect for our family!
The house was cute and clean. Loved all the different areas for our family of 10 to share. It was clean, quaint and quiet.
Room for the whole family and more!
We had 3 families with a total of 12 staying here. There was plenty of room for everyone to enjoy time together and have their own space. The separate bedroom suite was more than we imagined-ideal for grandparents. We loved the location. Easy beach access right down the street. When the high tide was up and we couldn’t head to the beach there we would take a short drive to Great Dunes and hit the beach there. Using the Days Inn pool was super easy.
Also the convenience of having sheets and towels was great!
All in all we had a great experience staying at the Island Retreat and would definitely return.
Perfect for our large group
We had a wonderful week staying at Island retreat. The house was large enough for our friends and family who shared the house with us. My in-laws loved their private suite that is attached to the house. It is much larger than the pictures show. It was helpful to have 3 full bathrooms in the house with 4 adults and 2 college kids trying to get ready at the same time. We made a few dinners for our group of 8 and the kitchen had everything we needed as well as enough seating for everyone to be in the same room. The decor was exactly what you'd want to see and the furniture was very comfortable. The only negative was that the house was in need of a deep clean. All the white furniture, cabinets, doors, and floor molding needed attention as did the inside of the kitchen drawers and cabinets. However, in no way was it a deal breaker. I would absolutely rent this home again!!
5th year here!
We love Island Retreat- it is the perfect size for the 13 of us. I say every year, the owners have too much personal stuff and clutter throughout- the drawers in some of the furniture are full to the top-- needs to be cleaned out for sure. Otherwise, great place!
Roomy place for our 12. Could use some touch up paint here and there and some new throw rugs.Kids loved the bunkroom.
Island Retreat Review
Great house for family gatherings. Centrally located on island with easy access to Driftwood Beach and Historical District. Well apportioned house with good supplies for meal prep.
While we recognize that it is not common for temperatures to be in the 40's on Jekyll, the heater was not able to keep up with keeping the house warm during several days of our stay. The owners need to consider addressing this issue since we could not get the temperature above 62-65 for several days.
Otherwise, a great vacation property.
Response from Jekyll Island Property Sales & Management, INC.
Dear Mr. Speegle,
Thank you for your review on Island Retreat, and thank you for bringing my attention to the heating problem. It is very difficult to heat the larger houses with the heat pump systems. Based on you comments I am now providing electrical baseboard heaters in all three suites and an electrical heater invert for the fireplace in the master bedroom. I also have some portable space heaters that can be moved into other rooms when guests find necessary. I hope this is helpful and again appreciate your comments. - Sincerely yours, Mr. Brewer - Owner
Perfect get away at Island Retreat
Everything here you need. Just bring your clothes and food.Great place for our family vacation. One block from the beach.
What a great place for a week getaway! We were looking for a place last minute to get together with my brothers and their families, and this worked out perfectly. A quick walk to the beach, and much quieter than the hustle and bustle around the hotels. A beach access walkway was being put in on the street towards the end of the visit - which would have been that much more convenient for when we come back. Overall, the house is a great layout where we could feel together, but also have our own space. There was a beautiful backyard and screened in porch that we spent a TON of time in. The amenities provided were just what is needed - there was nothing we found ourselves needing to cook any meals, and even had books/games/bocce set/etc. for fun at the beach. The one time we did need to contact the realty company/owner (minor clog in the sink due to sand), they were extremely friendly, reliable, and took care of the issue immediately.
Great time reconneccting
It was the perfect week for reconnecting with great friends and escaping the virus and life for a while.
Large home with lots of room
We stayed here with 11 of us in total. This house had plenty of room for everyone. The kitchen was very well stocked with utensils, some spices, coffee pots (many!). The living room was comfortable and sofas seemed new. Back patio was wonderful, it allowed us to have another living room. We brought throw blankets so we could sit out there on a brisk evening and it was wonderful to have the extra seating four our large party. The 3 tables for eating space were wonderful. The patio with bike rack was used and appreciated. There were outdoor chair cushions and sand toys in a box outside as well. The owner had books you could borrow and a lot of games. There was even a vacuum which was used halfway through the week to tidy up. The side apartment was also a great retreat. It had another sitting area with two chairs and a love seat. The extra full fridge was wonderful to have for our large group and again another coffee pot was appreciated. Towels and linens were supplied and the washer and dryer were inside the home and it was great to have them to use. There was even some laundry soap.
We were here in Dec, and the description said there was a pool pass at the Days Inn. I knew they had an outdoor pool so we did not bring our suits. I did NOT know it was open and heated and there was a hot tube so bring a swim suit in the winter.
The house was 80% clean. Corners needed more attention, blinds were dusty, tub could have used a good scrubbing and toilets had rings in them. Also, one bathroom did not have any toilet paper. ( Be sure and bring paper supplies and soap for dishwasher and laundry soap, but there was some at the home. ) The only big downside to this home was the poor quality beds. They were hard and not comfortable. Anytime my husband moved or rolled over I was jostled and felt every movement he made. The bunk bed squeaked with any movement and the pillows on all the twin beds were about 1 inch thick.
Owners of Bulldog Parking in Athens Georgia.
We have stayed in this unit several times. Plan to be in it next year at the same time. The new updates are great and the house is warm and comfortable.
this is our 3rd year at Island Retreat. the new screened in porch is great!
The mattresses need to be replaced. We have written notes about this in the past.
A great place for family reunion
The house was well equipped.
It is walking distance to the beach.
All 12 of us felt comfortable and the mother-in-law suite was great addition.
Lots of space
The home has plenty of room for family gatherings and vacations!
This unit was very comfortable, well equipped and easy to come and go to everything on the island.
Family holiday vacation
Island Retreat provided an excellent vacation for our family of 6 adults and 6 children from 15 - 2 yr. of age. The accommodations and layout worked very well especially since the weather was cool & rainy and we were inside more than we had hoped. The only negative was that there was no stand-alone shower for my husband who has mobility issues & uses a walker--4 tubs. However, the house itself was accessible. Would recommend that the private Master suite have raised toilet and handrails.
GFB Convention getaway
Beautiful home! Very inviting
Annual Stay on Jekyll Island
We have stayed at Island Retreat before.Some of the same problems that we observed before were still present. Chairs in dinning room and breakfast area very unstable.Fridge door in kitchen worn out and light visable when closed. Fridge in separate quarters moans and groans and will disturb service was a bust on this reception half the time.Too many problems for top dollar rental.We like Island Retreat but might rethink staying there again.