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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 1043 Reviews
Gorgeous property and great experience
Reviewed 6 days ago

This was my first time to Sea Island and I will absolutely be back. The Cloister at Sea Island was as nice of a property as I've ever stayed at. It's apparently a sister property to the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs which is also an amazing property. Absolutely stunning property and grounds. Service was excellent from the moment I pulled up at the building until I got back in my car to leave. Can't wait to take another trip to The Cloister.

Service was horrible.
Reviewed 7 days ago

Sea Island should be a “Ritz Carlton “ type experience. Staff were rude and unhelpful. Always looking for tips. Food was overpriced and barely adequate. If you wanted a drink it took 20 minutes in the main bar. Severely understaffed.

The Cloister Remains A Jewel
Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to The Cloister is to enjoy old world luxury. The staff is excellent and the facilities are superb. The grounds are well maintained and boast multiple flowering shrubs and plants. An excellent choice for a vacation or business conference.

Fantastic in every way
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This property embodies Southern Hospitality. From the minute our airport shuttle arrived until we were returned back to the airport 5 short days later, every staff member provided exemplary service. The property is simply astounding - so many beautiful places to stroll and sit. Don't miss the Chapel on grounds. Take an hour to ride a bike to the north end of the property and oogle at the 'cottages'. The Spa is a must - take a yoga class before your massage and then a nap in the atrium afterwards. Forget your jammies and buy some at the Spatique. The food is perfect - whether it is a bowl of soup or an elaborate Italian dish. We will definitely return!

Heavenly
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Let's hope Heaven is like The Cloister at Sea Island!! We just returned from our third visit to Sea Island and hope it isn't our last. This is a beautiful property with so many things to do (if you choose). Everything is done well from the moment you enter Sea Island and the Cloister. I don't know what the percentage of staff vs guest is but it's pretty high. And the staff, no matter who, is very attentive. Rooms are well appointed, clean and comfortable. Bathrooms are large with walk in showers (which I love)!! Restaurants are varied. Food is really good. The Spa is tremendous!!! You must spend time at the Spa. What a treat!! All sorts of activities. Pools (indoor and out). Beautiful gardens. Honestly this place is a little bit of paradise off the Georgia coast. One piece of advice to guests. Honor The Cloister's and The Lodge (sister site) recommendations for appropriate dress in the Georgian Room and Colt and Alison. Too many people take the casual look too far wherever they dine but for goodness sake, (men) pack a pair of pants if you're going to eat at either restaurant (and tuck in your shirt) and ladies wear a pair of capri's (instead of exercise pants) for breakfast at the Georgian Room. It's not asking too much.