The Cloister at Sea Island

The Cloister at Sea Island

The Cloister at Sea Island is an iconic, world-class, 5-star resort hidden off the south Georgia coast, adjacent to St. Simons Island. Famously known for hosting the 30th annual G8 Summit in 2004, the staff is so accommodating you will feel like a head of state. At almost every turn you will experience a breath-taking and memorable experience.

In 2006, the Cloister went through a multi-million dollar renovation and rebuild. Designer Pamela Hughes challenged Bill Jones, III, the hotel’s chief executive officer to “have some sort of special element in every place your eye might rest.” As a result, every finishing trim, floor covering and fixture is custom-designed and crafted in Portugal or England. Most of the fabrics throughout the property were imported. More than 650 area rugs were custom-designed and woven in Turkey.

From a refreshing walk on the private, 5-mile beach to a relaxing body polish and massage services at the luxurious 65,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, your every need is covered. As a guest, you also have access to a golf course, the beach club and the private yacht club, which is kid friendly and offers sailing lessons.

TheCloisterActivities, Amenities & Award-winning Service
The main building, often referred to as a “Mediterranean-style masterpiece” is surrounded by lush landscaping, serene gardens and towering palms. As a corporate event planner, I was impressed with the accommodations available in the Georgian Room, Georgia’s only Forbes Five-star restaurant. In addition to the amazing food, the space is great for receptions, banquets, anniversary celebrations or other special events. Accommodation choices include rooms and suites in the main building, the Beach Club Suites and Ocean Villas.

cloister2The Beach Club accommodations will also keep the kids happy. Families rave about the fun kids have splashing in the 3 swimming pools. The beach is only steps away. You may choose to get a scoop of ice cream or stop by the coffee shop for an iced coffee while you enjoy the summer breeze. When you are ready to come indoors, there is a state-of-the-art, 100-seat movie theater for the entire family to enjoy.

The property has 200 rooms and suites. There are three choices of luxury accommodations. Depending on your taste, you can stay at The Cloister (main building and wings), The Cloister Beach Club Suites or The Cloister Ocean Villas. Each room is immaculately designed, featuring rich wood furnishings, exposed beam ceilings, hardwood floors and gorgeous Turkish rugs.

As a guest at the Cloister, I participated in a seasonal complimentary BMW riding experience. It was great touring the property from the seat of a convertible z4. But that was short-lived. Paradise is meant to be walked. And during your next visit, don’t forget to see the oak tree garden where several U.S. presidents and global leaders have planted live oak trees.

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The Cloister at Sea Island is located at 100 Cloister Drive Sea Island, GA 31561. For more information, call 800-732-4752 or access the Website at