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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

4.5 Very Good 974 Reviews
UFinancial Trip
Reviewed 3 days ago

Everything about this trip was top notch...The staff, the facilities, the atmosphere all fed into a relaxing and peaceful vacation experience for everyone in our group. We will definitely be recommending this destination to others, and no doubt we will visit again!

Lovely place and very expensive.
Reviewed 3 days ago

We recently stayed at The Cloister in the West Garden wing.

The GOOD:
- Our room was spacious, clean, and beautifully decorated. There is more than ample space for clothing storage and plenty of hangers in the closet. The room has a very large flat panel Samsung TV. We were pleasantly surprised our room had a small balcony with two chairs and occasional table. The bathroom is spacious, gorgeous, and well laid out.

The bed is very comfortable, and this is important from someone with a bad back. The down pillows were very nice, as were the bed linens.
Refrigerator in the room was appreciated.
Turn-down service left us each a complimentary bottle of water each evening (Thank you!) and a generous size chocolate.

- The hotel itself is clean, spacious, and beautifully decorated. It really is a lovely setting with a relaxing atmosphere.
- Staff are all friendly and pleasant, and will look at you and greet you, no matter which job they have. We noticed this at the Broadmoor a few years ago, and have never had this happen anywhere else. A very nice touch.

It is an short, easy walk to the beach area. Several shops in that area with nice merchandise.

Very family-friendly resort, and we saw lots of families with children there. The whole atmosphere is laid-back and comfortable.

Room service --- I was recovering from being sick in the wee hours of one morning from (we believe) a meal I ate at Tavola restaurant. Feeling nauseous an hour after eating there, I felt that was the culprit, and the full force hit some hours later. I was not up to a full meal that evening, so we ordered something simple from room service. It arrived within the time promised.

--- DISLIKES -- The very large (and beautiful) shower only has an overhead "rain" type shower. Seriously? I hate them. No hand-held or stationary shower head that comes out from the wall. Trying to keep long hair under a shower cap from getting beaten by this type shower head requires a bit of gymnastics.

--- We've stayed in several equivalent hotels/resorts and this is the first one that did not have any sort of "news stand" type shop in the hotel where one could buy a bottle of soda, water, or ibuprofen, candy bar, sunscreen, etc.. Seriously, if you needed something like that, it looked like we would have to get in our car and drive a few miles to the nearest retail store. Come prepared for any emergency and buy your sodas at a local store before coming on campus.

The bad --- Valet parking, which is required. Three out of four days when we called down to have our car brought up, we still had to wait once we arrived at the front door because they either never got the message, or we don't know what on earth happened. That was quite frustrating and we always wondered, "Why bother to call ahead 5-10 minutes before we needed the car, when they didn't go to fetch it until we appeared downstairs?"

Outstanding Resort
Reviewed 5 days ago

Had the pleasure of spending several days last week . Outstanding Southern charm . Staff is exceptional. Beach area is well taken care of with adult pools located nearby . Formal Bingo night on Tuesday was great and children were involved

Excellent stay at Sea Island Resort
Reviewed 1 week ago

1 week stay at a cottage at Sea Island Resort, Georgia. Fantastic accommodation, a full range of superb facilities and professional, friendly and courteous staff made for a perfect stay. We will definitely return.

Southern Elegance and Superior Service
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cloister accommodations truly lived up to its expectations. From the oversized and beautifully decorated rooms overlooking the river to the magnificent decor and historical flair through the property, this was a top notch location. In all of our travels throughout the world, the customer service of ALL the staff was extraordinary. Every staff member, day and night all over the property treated the guests exceptionally well, remembering our names and providing an unmatched southern hospitality that would make anyone want to start planning their return prior to leaving the property. A huge thank you to everyone at The Cloister for a magnificent and very memorable stay. Be sure to attend Bingo during your visit. It’s nothing like you’ve ever experienced and so much fun for the entire family.