About Us

Established in 1988.

Paradise Hills offers Laid-Back Luxury. Creating memorable, mountain getaways for couples & groups looking to escape the daily stresses of life... so they can relax and rejuvenate their spirits.

Combined with the founders' experience in personal development, business growth and specialized retreats, Paradise Hills offer truly unique experiences.
We are not a cookie-cutter resort. 
Bob and Ilke

The Founders

Your Hosts

The resort is hosted by Robert and Ilke Lander who are dedicated to quality service. Originally from Northern Maine and Ghent, Belgium, the Lander family transplanted to Blairsville in 2002. Living on site with their 3 children, the Lander family offers a small Inn-type personalized experience combined with the privacy and amenities associated with a mountain cabin rental.

Paradise Hills refers to all staff members as Host/Hostess because Robert and Ilke believe that every single employee contributes to the success of the mountain experience. Truly a unique experience in the North Georgia Mountains. After 19 years of hosting the resort, Robert and Ilke created an idyllic location for a small destination wedding. From 2 – 75 guests, they offer a memorable, unique option for brides & grooms and their guests to enjoy. To complement the cabins, lodge, resort Spa, and beautiful property, Paradise Hills now offers a destination Vineyard Wedding venue that is affordable for all. Guaranteed to provide the same levels of service as expensive alternatives, we offer the highest levels of personalized service. It is not unlikely that on any given day, you will see either host in the Spa performing massage services (Ilke), planning a wedding, in the winery bottling, in the vineyard pruning, and in the tasting room pouring. Just try to keep up...

Meet Our Team


Ilke Lander

Founder and Resort General Manager,
Ilke Lander, is definitely a full hands-on owner/operator. A Belgian national who became an American citizen in the 90's, Ilke is passionate about service. With over 25 years of experience under the highest quality hotel & restaurant properties, she has a strong foundation and vision for what Paradise Hills wants to continue to be.... A place to reconnect. 


Robert Lander

Co-Founder and Vineyard & Wine Maker, Robert Lander, is the other half of this operation's success. A native Maine'rd, Bob's responsibilities are diverse; from overseeing all cabin maintenance, vineyard management, and winemaking... He is rarely available for much else. Bob spend almost 20 years in Law Enforcement serving our communities .


Bobby Phelps

Vineyard & Winery Operations Manager
Bobby Phelps joined the team in 2022. He brings with him, years of experience in wine making, vineyard management and the passion to belong to a team that strives for excellence each and every day. 


Tasting Room Hosts

Tasting Room hosts, Kandice, Rheanna, Kathy and Larry join us. Each brings a passion for service and an in depth knowledge to guide you through the wines produced at Paradise Hills. Our wines are offered at the resort for sampling as well as nearby satellite tasting rooms located in neighboring tourist towns.


Front Desk Hosts

Sarah  and Renata will be the first faces you see when you come into our lodge. Always happy to see you, they can recommend the best places to eat, the cutest boutiques to visit, and the most scenic natural attractions. They will be happy to schedule your spa services, arrange for cabin amenities or accommodate any needs you might have. 


Spa Hosts

Massage Therapists, Ilke Lander, and Sherry
Part-time and Full-time positions available provide exceptional spa services with years of experience in medical & therapeutic services... Providing the best way to relieve pain & increase relaxation. 


Resort Host

Assistant General Manager, Amy Edwards comes to us from South Carolina. She brings years of experience in property management and customer service where excellence was the utmost important. Amy supports the team with guidance and leadership.


Grounds & Maintenance Hosts

Landscaping & Vineyard assistant, Garey Schultz has spent the last several years (14+) tending to the 35 acres property. Rain or Shine, Garey is working.

Russ Wilkins: cabin maintenance. Russ retired and volunteered his time to our annual harvest. He joined the team to keep our cabins hazard free, and cozy for guests.


Cabin Hosts

Aislynn, Samantha, position available, the cabin housekeeping team, are the heart behind the sparkling clean accommodations. They pride themselves in all the details and hard work involved in keeping the cabin rentals pristine. Their passion shows. 
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Job Openings | Positions Available

*We are always in search of team members to add to our Paradise Hills family. If you believe you have what it takes to pride excellent guest services, work as a team for a common goal and you are driven to grow with Paradise Hills, please send your resume or questions to ilke@paradisehillsga.com. No calls, please.

We are currently hiring for:
Massage Therapist
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Affiliates ~ Collaborators Many of our retreats & workshops are collaborative efforts between local service providers and their craft. We only affiliate ourselves with those holding similar visions and the highest levels of service.
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