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“Very Nice, but miss the previous charm.” 5 of 5 stars
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The Cloister at Sea Island
100 Cloister Drive, Sea Island, GA 31561   |  
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27 hotel reviews
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“Very Nice, but miss the previous charm.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

I have stayed at the Cloister for over 20 years. The rooms are very spacious and luxurious. The Service staff members are very attentive. The beach is pristine. Having said that, I was a bit disappointed in the restaurants. The Italian may have been ok for pizza but the remainder of the entrees were average at best with very above average prices. The breakfast in the Georgian room was excellent, but the Georgian room was closed on Sunday night. The beach club was closed for renovation. The old Cloister had a large dining room, you were given a specific table, the wait staff and host/hostess were there year after year and always remembered you. I will always remember Winston. Alternatively the Beach Club had a great buffet you could dine in. It is a shame this aspect was not preserved. The tennis courts are well maintained. The fitness center is first rate. Overall, the Cloister is still a top notch facility

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RRiess, General Manager at The Cloister at Sea Island, responded to this review, March 27, 2013
Thank you for being recent guests at Sea Island and for submitting feedback regarding your stay. Please accept my apologies for your disappointment with the restaurants. We have updated the majority of our restaurants due to feedback from our guests and we welcome your comments which have been shared with our culinary leadership team. We are proud of our rich history and are constantly striving to improve. We appreciate you taking the time to let us know your thoughts and opinions. We hope to welcome you back to Sea Island soon to enjoy our enhanced dining experiences.
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Austin, Texas
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The staff and service and FOOD at the Cloisters is first rate. The rooms (stayed in south wing) are great, and the golf and amenities are nice, but two things make this one of the best places to stay in the country: the staff and the food. Be prepared to eat and eat and eat some more. Do not pass up any seafood item and go ahead and taste all deserts. Over the top.

Room Tip: Lots of options. Many people prefer to stay in the Lodge. Check it all out. Prices will vary.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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cumming, ga
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Worth every penny! From the time you enter the gates you feel like royalty and are treated the same. The rooms are large and beautifully appointed. The bath and dressing area are as large as many hotel rooms. Each room has a balcony overlooking the famous marshes of Georgia. A perfect spot for a liesurely breakfast. For spa lovers, the spa is the best I have ever experienced.

The facility recently changed ownership. I will return soon and hope to find they have maintained the traditional Southern hospitality and quality service I have experienced in the past.

Room Tip: I prefer the northern wing.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leesburg, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We were guests at the Cloister a few weeks ago for a mother/daughter getaway. Our room was luxurious and comfortable with picturesque river views.

This Mediterranean style property, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Black Banks River, is a one-of-a-kind destination. The on site spa is a must see and the Georgian Room will not disappoint. However, Colt & Alison, at The Lodge, has the best filet mignon that I have had - ever! Needless to say, dessert was a scrumptious Gold Brick Sundae.

The magnificent facilities, spectacular gardens and unsurpassed level of personal service blend seamlessly to create this Forbes Five-Star Resort and many delightful memories. Interestingly enough, the lone bagpiper silhouetted against the setting sun is the memory that lingers with me.

Room Tip: My preference is a corner room in the Cloister.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte
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35 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Just returned from an enchanting stay at the Cloister. Had a third floor room overlooking the marsh, thick walls made sleeping a dream (pardon the pun), little touches throughout the room such as vanity seats in the bathroom, double bathroom doors for privacy, a cigar room to die for in the main hotel. Food was outstanding as was the service. Breakfast was limited to the formal dining room which was one of the few downsides. Spa for both women and men was five star as were the grounds. We will be annual visitors to the Cloister.

Room Tip: Ask for a room as close to the main lobby as possible, otherwise you will be in for a hike.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Petaluma, California, USA
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Amazing, luxurious rooms that are large, well designed and filled with beautiful furniture. The staff are friendly, professional and very competent. Some have been at Sea Island for many years. But the food and beach club are not up to the standards of the property and the people. But our sense was that the people who go there regularly think it's so great but it really isn't.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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RRiess, General Manager at The Cloister at Sea Island, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Please accept our sincere thanks for taking the time to tell us about your stay. We appreciate your observations as they are invaluable in helping us improve the experience for our guests. I will follow up personally on your comments to ensure they are addressed. I do hope you’ll give us another opportunity to serve you. If I can be of any assistance personally on your next stay please contact me.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This was our second time here. Spent 3 days on our travels down south.
The Good: The Ocean view suite at the beach club was stunning! Spacious and beautifully appointed with a gas fireplace and magnificent view. 2 bathrooms and small but efficient kitchen.
Truly, this is where The Cloisters excel! Great Fitness Center and stunning spa. The property and amenities are all top drawer and very well taken care of.
The Bad: In my opinion the food is just not up to the heights the rest of the resort is. Found this on our first visit and the situation has not been improved. Disappointing! In a property as wonderful as The Cloisters, the food should be a lot more than glorified country club fare.
It is a major missing link. The other issue , though small in comparison, is the $20 charge to use the fitness facility. Really, at $600 a night for our room, this charge seems petty and unnecessary.
Have stayed at many high end resorts, ie. Four Seasons, Peninsula etc. and none of them charge to use the Fitness Centers.
Again, this is where I feel The Cloisters is a Country Club first that welcomes outsiders in but nickels and dimes them for the privilege while reminding them during breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RRiess, General Manager at The Cloister at Sea Island, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Please accept our sincere thanks for taking the time to tell us about your stay. We appreciate your observations as they are invaluable in helping us improve the experience for our guests. I will follow up personally on your comments to ensure they are addressed. I do hope you’ll give us another opportunity to serve you. If I can be of any assistance personally on your next stay please contact me.
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Address: 100 Cloister Drive, Sea Island, GA 31561
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Location: United States > Georgia > Georgia Coast > Golden Isles of Georgia > Sea Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Sea Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 175
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