August 23 - 25, 2021
The Jekyll Island Club Resort
Cove Creek is excited to announce the ELITE Island Retreat will be held at the Jekyll Island Club Resort. This amazing hotel and resort, listed on the historic register, is rich in history and fame. Well-contained within the 280 acres of the Jekyll Island Historic District, the Jekyll Island Club Resort has everything you need along its grand treed paths so you won’t feel any reason to leave the resort during the retreat.
The Club officially opened its doors in January 1888, quickly becoming a retreat for families that represented one-sixth of the world's wealth. One of the very first condominiums in America was built across from the club for the nation’s wealthiest to vacation, including such great names as J.P. Morgan and Pulitzer. Across from this building is the Morgan Center where most of ELITE’s events and workshops will be held. This great space used to be J.P. Morgan’s private tennis court. Most of the homes built by the wealthiest families are still standing as living examples of the opulence they once enjoyed. We have scheduled a tour for all ELITE attendees to experience these beautiful estates.
Rooms at the Resort Clubhouse
Constructed for Jekyll Club’s inaugural season in 1888, The Clubhouse features a timeless, historic setting and lush comforts, and is the central gathering place for Resort dining, lounging, and meetings. Guestrooms range from 156-467 sq ft and are located in the Clubhouse and West Wing of the Clubhouse. All feature coffee maker, flat-screen TV, wi-fi, refrigerator, hairdryer, and safe. All rooms are non-smoking.
All of the rooms in the resort have been recently updated and upgraded. Typical rates are from $279 to $379. We have blocked rooms aside for attendees starting at $149 a night for queen, king, and double queen rooms, and $249 for double queen suites. Every room has an added resort fee of $20, the Georgia mandatory hotel fee $5, and a tax rate of 18%. Please visit the ELITE Island Retreat Facebook group for ticketholders to coordinate splitting rooms with other attendees.
The resort fee covers:
Beach chair + umbrella at Ocean Club and Beach Pavilion (seasonal)
In-room bottled water (2)
Use of in-room safe
High-speed wireless internet services
Use of the fitness room
Pool towel services (seasonal)
Transportation around the island using the shuttle
Georgia Sea Turtle Center
The GSTC is located just a few yards from the Clubhouse, making it easy to tour the facility, hospital, and meet the current turtles and terrapins being housed there as they rehabilitate.
They have a wonderfully supportive staff and great educational displays, plus a gift shop that helps them support the hospital needs for the turtles and terrapins under their care.
Turtle hatching often occurs in August so nest watchers will be out at the beaches and will allow visitors to watch as these little warriors crawl out of the sand and head to the water.
Outside of the Historic District of Jekyll Island there are several other hotel and motel options to choose from, all of which are just a very short drive to the Resort. Cove Creek is not providing any blocks at alternative hotels at this time. You may book your accommodations at any hotel. Transportation between an alternate hotel and the resort for the retreat events will need to be self-provided.
Activities + Amenities
Within the historic district and the resort property you will find plenty to do and see. Cove Creek is providing tickets to the Historic Trolley Tour and a scavenger hunt! Along with that, you have the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, the art museum MOSAIC, several shops, and even the chapel and library for those quiet moments, not to mention the gorgeous walking trails through the moss-covered trees.
Outside the historic district you'll find beaches, nature trails, the Beach Village with shops and a marketplace, and plenty of wildlife. Watch for the deer! They are all over the island, as well as cats, rabbits, and several types of birds.
Georgia State Law
As of the April 7 press release from Gov. Brian Kemp’s office: “Georgia is Open for Business” effective April 8, 2021. This latest executive order from the governor lifts the ban on large gatherings, eliminates the remaining shelter-in-place requirements for vulnerable Georgia residents, and reduces social distancing requirements at bars, restaurants, and movie theaters from six feet to 42 inches (3 feet, 6 inches) between seated parties. However, the Governor and the State Board of Health recommend but do not require wearing a mask when interacting indoors. You can read more about their guidelines and suggestions at https://georgia.gov/maskup.
Are masks and vaccines required?
No, vaccines and masks are not required for the retreat. We realize that some attendees will be coming from states that do require masks or social distancing and that everyone is sensitive to the subject. We ask that you do what you feel is right for you, and respect everyone’s wishes on how they prefer to attend each event at the retreat.
The hotel and Cove Creek’s staff will routinely sanitize all surfaces in between sessions and during gatherings. Sanitizer stations will be available throughout the location, and masks will be available. We have also made the luncheon and gala dinner plated and served meals to eliminate buffet service.