Oaks on the River Luxury Boutique Resort: | New

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Darien’s picturesque waterfront is full of new construction. Real estate developer Art Lucas, of Lucas Properties, saw an opportunity about five years ago and, working with the McIntosh County Industrial Development Authority, put together a planned development program for the city’s waterfront bluff that included condominiums. luxury, restaurant, resort and small marina.

The restaurant has become the well-known Spartina Grill, the condos are built and fully sold and the marina is in place. All that remains is to complete the hotel.

Oaks on the River Luxury Boutique Resort will be the “crown jewel of Darien’s waterfront,” according to a previous statement released by Lucas.

Michael Brown, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing, said opening day will be Memorial Day weekend 2022.

“Construction is on schedule,” he said.

Brown is excited about what’s going on for the 53-room resort.

Classy amenities, including designer Bernhardt furniture throughout, high-yarn linens in the bedrooms, and Churchill England porcelain in the restaurant are among the finer touches.

“Our managing director, Bernard Sarme, has an eye for design and detail,” said Brown.

The small resort, Brown said, offers a very personal, yet ultimately luxurious, experience.

Special touches abound.

“There is no giant reception,” he explained. Instead, receptionists will sit, much like a concierge, at two separate desks to check in guests.

The ambiance of Oaks on the River Luxury Boutique Resort is reminiscent of a British country lodge.

“We like to call it Low Country luxury,” Brown said.

There is no shortage of activities either. The resort’s position along the “ecological coast” will provide guests with access to bicycle tours, deep sea fishing, trips to the Altamaha River, as well as trips to the island of. Sapelo and other McIntosh County points of interest. Bike rentals and kayak tours are available now, and the general public is welcome. All rentals are on a first come, first served basis.

The developers anticipate the arrival of the Delta Belle for 32 passengers, a pontoon boat that will be suitable for sunset cruises, special events, and beach and nature trips to the nearby islands of Sapelo and Blackbeard.

“We’ve done a lot of work with the (Georgia) DNR to make this happen,” Brown said.

The hotel has also partnered with the Sapelo Hammock Golf Club at Shellman Bluff to provide golf access to its guests. A free shuttle will transport people between the hotel and the golf club.

Special events on the horizon include a possible wedding show in January, when the Delta Belle will be unveiled.

Event space is impressive for such a small property, Brown said. There are two event lawns – the Caledonia Lawn, whose focal point is the 275-year-old Caledonia Oak, which comfortably seats nearly 300 people – and the Oaks Landing Lawn, which also includes a 20 ‘x 20’ screened and covered dock.

Inside, the 2,500 square foot Thorpe Ballroom can be divided into four meeting spaces, providing the hotel with a large, flexible reception space.

The property also has a restaurant, spa, poolside bar and bistro, and a fitness center, adding to its appeal for those spending the day. night, weekend getaways and vacationers.

“The Oaks Club is the main restaurant and it will seat 86 people,” said Brown. “We just hired a food and beverage manager, and the menu is under development. “

The menu will feature plenty of fresh local seafood, and there will be a Sunday brunch featuring Bloody Marys and mimosas, Brown said.

In addition, the restaurant will also host wine, scotch and bourbon tastings. Scotch tastings, said Brown, are especially important because of Darien’s history and heritage.

Darien is the second oldest town in Georgia, founded in 1736 by Scottish Highlanders recruited by James Oglethorpe.

The ambiance of the restaurant will be upscale, but not overwhelming.

“You will have a five star dining experience, but there is no need for a jacket,” he said.

Also on the property, the Cedar Bar will feature a bar made from a cedar harvested from the Lucas Farm in the Harris Neck area, crushed to exact specifications. The Oaks on the River team look forward to the bar and restaurant being a gathering place for hotel guests and locals alike.

Oaks on the River Boutique Resort’s location in Darien makes it easily accessible via Interstate 95 and the airports in Brunswick, Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida. It is also close to St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island.

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