The Cloister at Sea Island

While many would imagine that the perfect family beach getaway in the USA would involve a trip to Florida or Cape Cod, The Cloister at Sea Island begs to differ.

This classic southern resort in Georgia has been welcoming guests for nearly a hundred years, since opening in 1928.

While its beauty and character have not wavered, what Sea Island boasts today is a mind-boggling array of modern facilities, restaurants and guestrooms, providing an endlessly enjoyable retreat on the Georgian Coast of the USA.

Sea Island is a vast estate near Brunswick in Georgia comprising various hotels, including this – The Cloister.

It is a dazzling bolthole to look at, with distinctive nods to Mediterranean style: all grand archways, sweeping stone staircases and wood-beamed ceilings. The hotel celebrates its 1920s heritage by keeping the guestrooms classic, which these days is a rare find. Antique furnishings, floral fabrics, ornate chandeliers and gilded frames are just some of these timeless touches that make staying at The Cloister such a privilege.

It’s then the astonishing scope for activity that takes this luxurious Georgia hotel to the next level.

There’s the Beach Club, with five miles of sand at its frontier and three swimming pools, tempting watersports and sun loungers aplenty. Then, three golf courses, multiple tennis, basketball and squash courts as well as a gym and sumptuous spa. Shooting ranges, bikes to borrow, opportunities for fishing, horse riding, nature walks and much, much more. Explore the marshlands and wildlife reserves all around, take part in environmental programs and head out on birding excursions with an expert guide; suitable for both children and adults, the activities at Sea Island are just too good to resist.

What’s more, as well as benefitting from the gourmet haunts of The Cloister, guests also enjoy access to Sea Island’s sister properties and their restaurants too, including the Beach Club’s oceanfront eatery and poolside bar, among others. All this is just the start of the story when it comes to The Cloister at Sea Island and Georgian Coast, for a truly great American beach holiday.

Facilities

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Golf Course
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Gym
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Spa
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Swimming Pool
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Tennis Courts
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Accommodation Options

Rooms and suites at the Cloister are separated into three different locations: the main building with its various wings (found near the Sailing Club, spa and gym); the Beach Club (located closest to the coast and swimming pools); and the ocean residences (situated in its own gated corner of the property with access to an exclusive swimming pool). All rooms are decorated to a high standard and come well-appointed, with coffee machines, separate walk-in showers and bathtubs, robes, Wi-Fi and a balcony or patio (in most).

Garden View Room
Garden View Room
This guestroom is found in the Garden Wing of the Cloister, with a floorplan of 500sq ft, a patio or balcony, Nespresso coffee machine, separate tub and rain shower plus views of the gardens.
River View Room
River View Room
This guestroom is found in the North or South Wing of the Cloister, with a floorplan of 700sq ft, a patio or balcony, Nespresso coffee machine, separate tub and rain shower plus views of the river.
Wing Suite
Wing Suite
Coming with either one or two bedrooms, the Wing Suite boasts between 1,260-1,700sq ft of space, a Nespresso coffee machine, separate tub and rain shower, living room, patio and views of the river.  These suites are found in the North or South Wings of the Cloister.  
Sea Island Suite
Sea Island Suite
A decadent, 1,700sq ft suite with multiple balconies, an expansive living room and dining area with fireplace, library, pantry and separate rain shower and bathtub. This suite looks out over the river and is located in the Cloister’s main building.
Deluxe Suite
Deluxe Suite
Available with one or two bedrooms, the Deluxe Suite is a ravishing abode of 1,100-1,800sq ft, complete with an expansive patio, kitchen, living room with fireplace, separate tub, rain shower and Mr Coffee maker, all found in the Cloister Beach Club, overlooking the property.

Restaurants

Tavola
Tavola

Relish Italian dishes at this welcoming eatery, from pizza and pasta to beef carpaccio and Caesar salad. For breakfast, it’s a blend of European and American classics that fill up the a la carte menu, hearty plates that keep you fuelled up for hours.

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Georgian Room
Georgian Room

Set dinners and tasting menus await at this AAA Five Diamond restaurant, an upscale affair awash with fine furnishings and decadent dishes to match, as staple Georgian recipes are given a thoroughly contemporary twist.

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Georgian Room Lounge
Georgian Room Lounge

 A mix of classic and creative cocktails are served alongside light bites at this smart speakeasy bar, adorned in dark wood, plush leather and roaring fireplaces.

Activities and Entertainment

Sea Island is an adventure playground, with virtually limitless ways to get out and about in this delightful coastal setting. Sports enthusiasts have it all on their doorstep: tennis, golf, biking, watersports, horse riding, squash, archery, clay shooting, sailing and swimming. Then there are the activities that bring you closer to the landscape here: wildlife tours, birding excursions, nature hikes and bike rides, sightseeing tours, environmental programs, fishing and falconry. The resort is also incredibly family-friendly, so if travelling with the brood then don’t worry, as you’ll find so many ways to pass the time here.

Facilities

Sea Island have thought of it all, understanding that each family, couple or group of friends might want something different from their stay, so The Cloister caters to everyone! The Sea Island Golf Club boasts not one, but three courses as well as a putting range; the club is open to children and adults alike. Then, the Sea Island Spa and fitness centre leaves you wanting for nothing, what with its collection of saunas, steam rooms, hydrotherapy pools and relaxation lounges; not to mention the zen garden with its trickling waters and lush foliage. The Beach Club is also a fantastic addition; a sprawling complex comprising three swimming pools, splash zones, private cabanas, a watersports centre and plenty of patios to sprawl out on. What’s more, there are sporting facilities in spades at Sea Island: think tennis, squash and basketball courts; plus clay fields, skeet ranges and trap fields (for shooting), the list goes on!

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