The Cloister Sea Island Review

100 Cloister Drive, Sea Island GA
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Editor’s Review of The Cloister Sea Island

Lissa Poirot Editor’s Rating 5/5 What originally opened as a "friendly little inn" made to look like a Mediterranean-style getaway amidst the palm trees of the Georgia coast in 1928 evolved in 2006 into a five-star, family-dedicated resort. The result of its renovation and expansion? A place on Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List of "World's Best Places to Stay" in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Just before it's renovation, Sea Island appeared on the global map when President George W. Bush hosted the 30th annual G8 Summit on the island in 2004. Today, the 175-rooms and suites, some of which are in villas, as well as the resort's handling of the island's private rental homes, create a home-away-from-home environment for families visiting to enjoy the
... more resort's five miles of beaches, and more than 80 years of traditions. Sea Island is the kind of place where adults have visited since they were children and now watch their children make lifelong friends and return annually to see those families they've met in previous years. Just ask the longtime resort staff and they'll tell stories of weddings taking place 20 years after men and women had met as children on the island, as well as 50-year wedding anniversaries. It's a resort where time stands still and families enjoy lazy days together.

As an expansive resort, the setting is quiet... that is until families hit the Beach Club. Here, there is action, children laughing and music everywhere. Nestled amongst the palm trees and along the beach dunes, the Beach Club features three pools, playgrounds, a game room, bicycle rentals, a candy shop, an ice cream parlor, a casual indoor/outdoor restaurant, a 100-seat movie theater, and the children's clubs for kids 3 to 12.

As a five-star resort, every space screams luxury, yet also is inviting and comfortable. One-hundred-year-old oak trees, draped in hanging moss, provide shady retreats and add to the romantic ambience of Sea Island, truly a gem in Georgia's Golden Isles. less

Our Editors Love
  • Kids programs, kids programs and more kids programs
  • Rooms sleeping up to six, as well as vacation home rentals up to eight bedrooms
  • Ability to confirm adjoining rooms
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Does the Cloister have extras? It seems all the resort offers are extras! Upon arrival, children receive plush sea turtles and ... Get more Planning and Tips

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The Cloister's main building, wings and spa opened in 2006, and the resort's Beach Club was opened in 2007. The resort features 175 guest rooms and suites overlooking the Black Banks River, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Cloister grounds. There are also 600 privately owned cottages on the island, 150 of which are available through the Cloister for rent. Homes range from three to eight bedrooms.

As a five-star resort, expect luxury to abound in every room in the resort. Rooms are decorated in rich woods, four-poster beds, Turkish rugs, plush couches and chairs and are meant to have an English manor-style feel. Stone bathrooms with separate tubs and showers, double -- even triple -- vanities, exposed beams ceilings and hardwood ... more floors.

The resort's smallest rooms, at 700 square feet, are still enormous. The king bedrooms, however, are not equipped with sofa beds and can only accommodate a crib for smaller families. Rooms with two queens and suites with two queens and sofa beds are most popular with families, sleeping four to six people. While rooms do not connect, two adjoining rooms may share a common entrance, for families wanting to expand into two rooms. The hotel will confirm adjoining rooms, as well as reserve favorite room locations for returning families.

Ocean Villas, which debuted in 2009, offer one- to three-bedroom/bathroom villas with kitchens -- a great option for families, with guaranteed ocean views.

The property's Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club is a 40-room hotel situated along the resort's two championship golf courses. The properties share all Sea Island amenities, but rooms in the lodge are better suited for adults. less
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Hotel The Family Greats: The tennis club, for my wife and children. They played twice during the week. If you have children (we do 6 and 9) let them enjoy the Camp Cloister and Club Sea Island. They had a great time and made a ... more


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