Little St. Simons Island, GeorgiaHistorical photo of the Eight Bandits and boat captain on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia

Over a century of leaving well enough alone

Over a century of leaving well enough alone

WELCOMING THE PUBLIC
TO A PRIVATE ISLAND

In 1979, a new era began as The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island opened to the public, welcomed its first overnight guests and gently, carefully entered the tourism industry that prevails across Georgia’s fabled Golden Isles. Through policies that strictly limit the number of overnight and day-trip visitors and which guard the Island’s natural beauty, guests are able to experience the same simple charms and rare wonders that originally enthralled and captivated Philip Berolzheimer.
Over the nearly three decades since opening to the public, the Island has remained under the watchful eye of still deeply-involved Berolzheimer family members. This nurturing has led to Little St. Simons Island achieving a perfect balance between preserving this unchanged natural sanctuary and providing thoughtful enhancements to the experience for those who visit here.
As a result, Little St. Simons Island has secured its place among the world’s most unique and cherished retreats.

YOUR OWN PRIVATE ISLAND

Little St. Simons Island is more than an island. It is an experience. This small, quaint and relaxed resort offers guests something that is eloquently unlike anything anywhere else. The Island’s owners and management want history and nature to imperceptibly envelop visitors, putting them pleasantly in touch with all its historical eras and natural wonders.
In a letter of July 9, 1968 to Dr. Vernon J. Henry, Jr., of the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., Charles Berolzheimer wrote: I have long believed, as my father did, that Little St. Simons Island should be preserved and not destroyed by either industrial or tourist activities.
The descendants of Philip Berolzheimer have made this belief a reality for everyone who steps ashore on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia.

 

 

ABOVE: THE "EIGHT BANDITS" (ALONG WITH BOAT CAPTAIN, DOUG TAYLOR) ON LITTLE ST. SIMONS ISLAND. PHILIP BEROLZHEIMER IS STANDING THIRD FROM RIGHT.