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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

Amenities

  •  Golf Course
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

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

Reviews

Perfect family getaway
C1056UUsamanthan

Very relaxing, great food, beautiful views and the nature is the best. Our first visit late November 2018 we saw sand dollars, jelly fish, horseshoe crabs and lots of shells on the beach. Our most recent trip Aug 2019 we saw baby turtles!! Also dolphins from the beach, and ghost crabs.

Best ever !!
jimmyfox2019

Was a remarkable experience from top to bottom could not have ask for more. Highly recommend. From beginning to end the staff was attentive and punctual. The staff was everything and more for this stay. Thanks again for making it so memorable.

Unmatched luxury in an indescribable location
Michael W

Highly recommend Sea Island as your next vacation destination. Overall and incredible property with plenty to do and see, however the friendliness and quality of service really sets this place apart. From the rooms, the choose of restaurants, and the activities during the day, there is something for everyone here.