Ritz-Carlton Buckhead (Atlanta; tel. 800/241-3333 or 404/237-2700; www.ritzcarlton.com): Often a discreet rendezvous for visiting celebrities, this hotel is the epitome of plushness and luxury. General Sherman wouldn't have burned it; he would have checked in and called for room service. European style and flair set the grace notes, evoked by Regency and Georgian antiques, white marble floors, and French-crystal chandeliers. Exquisitely decorated guest rooms and one of Atlanta's premier deluxe restaurants add much allure.
The Mansion on Forsyth Park (Savannah; tel. 888/711-5114 or 912/238-5158; www.mansiononforsythpark.com): Almost from its first day, this has been hailed as the most opulent and spectacular boutique hotel in Savannah, a restored redbrick mansion dating from 1888. In addition to all the creature comforts, it is a showcase of art, home to some 400 paintings.
The Cloister (Sea Island; tel. 800/SEA-ISLAND [732-4752] or 912/638-3611; www.cloister.com): This hotel has been called the grande dame of all Southern resorts. The Cloister's clubby vibe means formal dinners by night and outdoor activities by day: Think along the lines of the best tennis in Georgia, riding, fishing, and swimming (at the beach or in two inviting pools).
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