No one has to sell me on The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation. It’s a kid-friendly, AAA Five-Diamond resort an hour east of Atlanta. Yes, please.
During my most recent trip there, the only thing I had to be sold on was the logic of ever returning home. I had come with my family–husband and two preschool children–and we settled into the place like it was ours, taking full advantage of the resort’s brand-new amenities: an expanded pool and updated spa.
The deck surrounding the outdoor infinity pool is now about a quarter larger, so we sprawled out without feeling like people were tapping their feet and waiting for our chairs. Just around the corner from the infiniti pool, the newly renovated kids’ pool now has a fountain, which my kids thought was cool–but not nearly as cool as the hundreds (yes, hundreds) of rubber duckies floating in it. I’m guessing that’s not a permanent feature, but we enjoyed it nonetheless.
My husband and I took turns going to the spa, which recently gussied up its relaxation lounge and treatment options. We both tried the new “Deep Massage with Arnica and Steamed Towels,” which incorporates oil from arnica flowers, thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. I’m not sure if it reduced inflammation, but it certainly reduced stress. I was literally drooling when my therapist told me the treatment was over.
I liked this resort even before it made improvements to the pool and spa. After experiencing them, I like it even more.
Allison Entrekin is editor of the Georgia Travel Guide.