Welcome to Andy Hill’s world. A former Wendy’s franchisee, he now owns the Private Islands of Georgia, offering guests fortunate enough to visit, the world’s only five-moon experience. As Andy explained it to me, “we couldn’t be five-star, so we became the world’s first five-moon destination.” As he explains it, “no agenda, no clocks, no deadlines, just fun.” Andy’s not happy unless he exceeds your expectations. It begins well before you set foot on Eagle Island, one of the nine Private Islands of Georgia Andy owns. He and his staff will spend time getting to know you on the phone so they can arrange the perfect experience for you. He’ll send you a link to the Harris Teeter market. You choose what you want, he’ll shop for you and the kitchen will be fully stocked when you arrive. He also will have pre-arranged any activities you desire, including kayaking, eco tours, in and off-shore fishing and many other options. Blue crab traps are at your disposal. You can bring your own boat, or Andy will pick you up at the dock in Darien and bring you to paradise. If you want to rent a boat while you’re there, that’s an option, too.
The lodge at Eagle Island is the ideal place to do absolutely nothing if you so desire. It’s fully equipped with a hot tub, DirecTV, wi-fi, all the utensils and condiments you could want, a wrap-around deck, a fire pit and trails to explore and a Five-Moon double headed outdoor shower. I recommend you take advantage of Andy’s recipe for a low-country boil. Everything you need to prepare it is at hand, and the mixture of shrimp, sausage, crab, corn, onions, carrots and potatoes is simply divine. Book a holiday weekend and Andy will throw in a bushel of oysters, three pounds of wild Georgia shrimp and a smoked Boston butt.
Andy’s intention is to exceed expectations and he more than exceeded mine. I told him I want to come back when he completes work on May Hall, but I don’t know if I can wait that long.