To be the leading Boutique hotel on the east coast of Georgia.
To be the premier choice for property management and resort services with SOUL.
Our Core Purpose
We dedicate our lives to provide personalized resort services and experiences, allowing people to create memories that last a lifetime.
We believe the following values are critical to our success. We strive to promote these values and demonstrate our commitment to them with our words and actions daily.
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 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.
Innovation & Creativity
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 are committed and aspire to exceed expectations in our actions and results. We understand the importance of efficiency and our work ethic reflects the pride we take in a job well done!
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.
Bernard Sarme, Managing Director
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 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.
Director of Sales and
Michael Brown grew up outside of Savannah, Georgia, and spent his summers fishing with his grandparents on the banks of McIntosh County’s Shellman Bluff and meeting there for family reunions every Thanksgiving.
He was an aspiring theater actor and musician when he took what was supposed to be a short-term job as a desk supervisor at a Fairfield Inn & Suites. He became enamored by the hotel industry and continued his education while completing training and achieving certifications with the IHG and Hilton brands. He eventually landed on St. Simons Island where he spent nine years as Revenue Manager of the Historic King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, three of those years as Sales Manager.
Brown is excited to return to Darien as Director of Sales and Marketing for Oaks on the River, where he looks forward to providing exceptional experiences and making new memories for visitors in beautiful downtown Darien.