Photo: Courtesy of B Ocean Ft. Lauderdale
Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Point Clear, AL: Part country club, part resort and spa, this Mobile Bay retreat is shaded by live oaks and Spanish moss. A $6 million, two-year
renovation completed in May gave the Grand's 405 rooms a modern upgrade, but the 700-acre resort retains all the charm of
days gone by. Expect a bellman to greet you by name when you drive up the perfectly manicured driveway, then enjoy a drink
overlooking the bay.
Post-Labor Day Rates: Doubles from $169, down 29% from peak rates.
SL Exclusive: 40% off the best available rate. Booking Code: L9Z; marriottgrand.com or 251/928-9201
WaterColor Inn & Resort, Santa Rosa Beach, FL: Each of the 60 rooms at this resort's hotel, designed by architect David Rockwell (Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, Emeril's restaurant
in New Orleans), claims a beachfront balcony and ocean-view shower. Stroll through the sugary sand or take advantage of complimentary
bikes, canoes, and kayaks and explore the site.
Post-Labor Day Rates: Doubles from $245, down 45% from peak rates.
SL Exclusive: Two nights in a premium Gulf-view room, in-room breakfast for two daily, a dinner for two at Fish Out of Water or the Gathering Spot Sushi Bar, and a souvenir WaterColor bath set, starting at $560/night Sept. 6–Dec. 22. Booking Code: Mention Southern Living (call-in reservations only); watercolorresort.com or 866/426-2656
B Ocean Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL: Panoramic views of the Atlantic's emerald waters frame all 240 rooms of this brand-new boutique hotel, making the glossy,
white palette and straight lines feel modern, not sterile. Borrow an iPad from the front desk and head to the shore for a
day of relaxation.
Post-Labor Day Rates: Doubles from $149, down 33% from peak rates.
SL Exclusive: 35% off the best available rate and a glass of wine with dinner. Booking Code: BSouthern; bhotelsandresorts.com or 888/662-4683
One Ocean Resort Hotel & Spa, Atlantic Beach, FL: Each floor of this artsy hotel has its own 24/7 concierge. Bypass check-in as you're led to one of the 193 rooms with floor-to-ceiling
views. The concierge will take care of your every need–from unpacking suitcases to personal shopping.
Post-Labor Day Rates: Deluxe rooms from $159, down 36% from peak rates.
SL Exclusive: 20% off the deluxe-room rate, early check-in, late checkout, 20% off spa services, and premium access to spa and dinner reservations. Booking Code: SouthernLiving; oneoceanresort.com/southernliving or 800/874-6000
South Seas Island Resort, Captiva, FL: This resort is set on a secluded island 3 miles off the Florida coast where no building reaches higher than the tallest palm
tree. And with 330 acres protected as a wildlife preserve, it's the only Gulf Coast hideaway with live-in naturalists, meaning
your activities could include dolphin-spotting kayak trips, fishing camps, access to one of the best sailing schools in the
country, and many other outdoor activities.
Post-Labor Day Rates: Doubles from $149, down 47% from peak rates.
SL Exclusive: 10% off the best available rate. Booking Code: SLII; southseas.com or 866/565-5089
The Cloister, Sea Island, GA: Vacation like a G8 magnate (the Group of Eight international summit was held in Sea Island in 2004) at this 83-year-old classic
set on 5 miles of private beaches. Large guest rooms are adorned with Turkish rugs and gleaming woods that underscore the
elegant–not stuffy–atmosphere. With all the grace of a great Southern lady, The Cloister entertains guests with afternoon
tea in the solarium and weekly games of family bingo.
Post-Labor Day Rates: Doubles from $349, down 12% from peak rates.
SL Exclusive: Standard rooms starting at $325/night and a $200 resort credit, which would work well for splurging on dinner at the Georgian Room restaurant (two-night minimum). Booking Code: Living; seaisland.com or 800/732-4752
The Boardwalk Inn at Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, SC: It's all Carolina coastal charm at this 1,600-acre resort on one of the state's best-kept beaches. Lounge in your Charleston-inspired
room with its tartan chairs and wicker bed frames. Try the crab-crusted grouper at the Sea Island Grill for a taste of the
coast. Want to swing a couple of clubs or a racket? Don't worry. You can choose between two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses
or 17 Har-Tru tennis courts.
Post-Labor Day Rates: Doubles from $159, down 24% from peak rates.
SL Exclusive: A King room, Champagne upon arrival, breakfast for two each day at Sea Island Grill, one-day bike rentals for two, and a Charleston carriage ride for $279/night Sept. 15–Nov. 15 (two-night stay only). Booking Code: SLVING (call-in reservations only); wilddunes.com or 888/845-8929