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Nature lovers in search of an outdoor winter retreat -- that doesn’t involve any snow -- may want to set their sights on Georgia’s Sea Island. Situated on the state’s coast, the resort has a variety of outdoor pursuits, from marsh kayaking and eco tours to hiking and wildlife walks. What’s more, the resort rarely offers discounts but currently has two specials that present major savings for February stays.
The Leap Year 2016 at Sea Island promotion is good for stays of two nights or more between February 25 and March 2, combining a $29 room rate on February 29 with the rest of the days in your stay. It's available for both The Cloister, the resort's main building with 200 rooms, and The Lodge, a separate building with 40 rooms.
We found rates that start from $425 per night for standard rooms with two queen beds at The Lodge during the travel period, averaging to $227 per night if you stay for one night at the special rate and one night at the regular rate. At The Cloister, river view rooms in the main building have rates starting from $475 -- or $252 per night when averaging a two-night stay. To book, use promo code LEAP29.
Another promotion to consider is one that offers your third night for $77 at The Cloister for stays until February 29. (The rate is a fun play on the fact that seven presidents have visited the resort, each planting an oak tree.) Throughout the month, rates are from $425-$500 per night -- so a three-night stay averages to about $309 per night if you can nab a room on the lower end of the price range. Use promo code PRESS77. The price of the third night will show up as the standard rate at booking, but will be adjusted by the hotel.
More about the lodging options: In addition to its 200 rooms, The Cloister also encompasses areas with suites and villas. Accommodations are outfitted with exposed beam ceilings, dark wood furniture, hardwood floors with Turkish rugs, and soaking tubs. The Lodge has smaller size and a more intimate feel. Rooms here also have exposed beam ceilings, Oriental rugs, and views of the St. Simons Sound, Atlantic Ocean, or one of three golf courses. All together, Sea Island is home to nine dining venues, a spa, fitness center, and squash and tennis facilities.