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What We Love

  • Five miles of private beach and a beach club with three pools
  • Endless activities: shooting clays, golf, tennis, bingo, salt marsh kayaking
  • The 65,000-square-foot spa with indoor heated pool
  • Watching the sun set over the Black Banks River with a Cloister cocktail in hand
  • Perusing the candy shop and splitting a gold brick sundae at the soda shop
  • Dressing up for dinner at the Georgian Room

What To Know

  • Jackets are required for dinner at the Georgian Room, Colt and Alison (at the Lodge) and bingo
  • Reservations for the shooting school get booked quickly; make yours in advance
  • Guests dress well (think Lily Pulitzer, Ralph Lauren, Vineyard Vines) day and night
  • Easter/spring break, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Christmas are the most active times for families


  •  Golf Course
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

The Cloister, one of two hotels at the Sea Island resort (the other is the Lodge), was founded more than 80 years ago. The original building was razed in 2006 to make way for the new 175-room Cloister and beach club. The $350 million expansion added modern amenities and a spa, while retaining the original Mediterranean-style red-tiled roofs, stuccoed arches and tower stairways.

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Despite the resort’s size, the property’s interior evokes the feeling of a private home. All the rooms come with butler service and are dressed in floral print draperies with trim custom-made in Portugal, dark wood armoires and deep soaking tubs. Standard Rooms measure 700 square feet, and the suites run as large as 2,200; the views vary from ocean to river to garden to marsh.

Like any home, the charm is in the details. The finishes are muted, never shiny. The walls feature artwork by local painters and European masters. A collection of 670 handmade Turkish rugs cloak the floors. There’s a smoking lounge with fat leather chairs, an atrium that looks out on the garden, and the Spanish Lounge, a replica of a room in the original hotel, with stained glass windows and pocket doors.

A husband-and-wife team helms the kitchen of the Georgian Room, where the tables are set with hand-painted Bernardaud china and Waterford crystal in preparation for the refined Southern dishes of chef Daniel Zeal. Imagine waygu short ribs with hominy relish and strawberry custard pie with vanilla chantilly and rhubarb sherbet (Zeal’s wife is the pastry chef).

The resort also has an extensive roster of activities. The beach club comes with five miles of private white sand beach, three pools, private cabanas and a 1950s-style soda shop. There’s also a camp for kids, dancing lessons, bingo, golf and a 65,000-square-foot spa, which has live trees, a pond and a waterfall.

How to Get There

The Cloister
100 Cloister Drive
Sea Island, GA 31561 United States


4.5 Very Good 1017 Reviews
Elegance on the ocean
Reviewed 2 days ago

Downton Abbey meets barrier island! Lovely Cloisters hotel reminds me of Downton Abbey but with cheery limestone walls. Super friendly staff. Delicious food at every turn. Variety of activities. Beach, golf, board games in the lobby by the fire.

Outstanding Experience
Reviewed 4 days ago

This was our second visit to Sea Island, and the entire staff treated us like we were family. The Cloister was beautifully decorated for the Holidays, and the food was outstanding - especially in the Georgian Room. We will be back!

One Bad Visit Out of Eight
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our 8th visit since 2003 and we have stayed in almost all categories of accommodations. This stay in the new Garden wing was unsatisfactory, largely due to lack of a functioning sliding door security latch and missing privacy sheers on windows. The door latch would never lock over our 4 day trip but the sheers issue was addressed the second day. There was also an ambient light issue from nearby walkway lights and noise from the road that was very noticeable while on our balcony. Finally, upon leaving we had a phantom $361 charge which has taken over 1 week to have a credit show up on our credit card. Since we booked via a Virtuoso travel agent we hope they can get the problems resolved for future guests. As we have stayed many times before without similar issues, and at least twice at their Broadmoor Colorado property, we realize this is an aberration and may visit again, though we hesitate to continuing recommending to family, friends and business associates.

5 Star all the way!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently stayed at The Cloister Sea Island for the Resort Races Half Marathon. It is an amazing property, no detail is overlooked, and the staff is incredible! If you want the royal treatment, go to Sea Island!

Not all it’s cracked up to be
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel staff is very friendly. The overall hotel is not very wowing. Consider staying at The Lodge. I wish I would have chosen to stay there. The Cloister is also the club house for the neighborhood.