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Nestled against the picturesque riverfront bluff of Darien, Georgia’s second oldest city, Oaks on the River Luxury Boutique Resort epitomizes unparalleled excellence. Our unwavering dedication to delivering extraordinary service, granting sublime riverfront access, and crafting indelible moments for individuals, couples, families, and groups alike. Upon stepping foot onto our property, guests are instantly embraced by a profound serenity, as the burdens of the world melt away, and an unwavering commitment to relaxation takes center stage.

At Oaks on the River Luxury Boutique Resort, our purpose is clear: to claim the mantle of the foremost boutique hotel on Georgia’s captivating coast, channeling the very essence of genuine Southern hospitality for each cherished guest.

Oaks on the River Logo in White
Image of Art Lucas in front of the ancient oak tree



Oaks on the River Luxury Boutique Resort started as a dream for Art Lucas, long ensconced in coastal Georgia’s commercial real estate industry, to give back to his native McIntosh County, Georgia, and the City of Darien.

“You just can’t create this unique and special place with its beautiful oak trees and gorgeous high bank and beautiful river, Art says. “I want to create some nice jobs here. I love the county and I love Darien. I went to school here as a kid through the sixth grade. I used to ride the school bus from Harris Neck, two hours a day each way. This is a great county.”

Art is particularly enthused about the outdoor experiences that Oaks on the River guests will have available, from bicycling to birdwatching to paddling on the river.

Hotel Manager in room



With extensive training in France and Switzerland, Bernard Sarme has been in the hospitality industry for his entire career. His regional and international experience covers the broad spectrum of the hospitality industry, from food and beverage to financial management and business skills across Europe, the Middle East, North America, and the Caribbean.

Bernard has a gift for knowing what the discerning customer wants. He ensures guests are serviced by a well-trained, accommodating team of professionals.

Prior to becoming the general manager at Oaks on the River Luxury Boutique Resort and helping to shepherd the development of the property from the planning stages through its grand opening and beyond, Bernard worked as general manager at Magdalena Grand Beach Resort in Scarborough, Trinidad, and Tobago; Cap Juluca, Anguilla; Bora Bora Lagoon Resort Hotel, Bora Bora, French Polynesia; and Sonesta Beach Resort, Sharm El Sheik, Egypt; group general manager at UNNA Luxury Resorts, Bridgetown, Barbados; and project director/consultant at La Licorne D’Or in Grand Case, French St. Martin.


At Oaks on the River Luxury Boutique Resort, we dedicate our lives to providing personalized resort services and experiences, allowing people to create memories that last a lifetime. We want our guests to return again and again whenever they feel the need to slow down, to reconnect with the natural world and with each other, to be pampered, body and soul.




We believe in providing personalized, unforgettable experiences in a comfortable and welcoming environment, through our attention to detail, and the delivery of quality service by our warm and friendly people. We believe in providing a distinct sense of place that our guests will always connect with the sense of timelessness and ease for which coastal Georgia is known.


We are stewards of Oaks on the River who take ownership and embrace the full measure of both the freedom and responsibility of our position. We choose to treat Oaks on the River and all it represents as “ours” to nourish and protect. This extends to our approach to the pristine marshlands and coastal waters around us.


We design a fun and inspiring environment where all are encouraged to evolve and grow. We constantly look for ways to improve all that we do and strive to offer the best experiences backed by innovation and dynamic processes. We listen to our guests and create experiences that will uplift them and create only pleasant memories.


We are committed and aspire to exceed expectations in our actions and results. We are focused on the needs and experiences of each guest. We understand the importance of efficiency and our work ethic reflects the pride we take in a job well done!