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The Cloister at Sea Island
100 Cloister Drive, Sea Island, GA 31561   |  
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Dallas, Texas
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“The most relaxing and beautiful place in the USA!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2008

When my family drove up the hotel to check in we were blown away with the grounds and landscaping. The staff greeted us with very warm smiles. After we checked in we followed the man in the golfcart to our ocean front beach suite. As soon as we opened the door to this huge suite (313 & 315) we definitely knew it was worth the money! In both room it overllooked the beach club and pool. In the previous review, the roof on the beach club was not an eyesore. All you can see is the beautiful Atlantic ocean. We arrived on a Sunday. They have live music on Sundays at the beach pool right below us. We thought, "oh no the music will be too loud in our rooms". That was not the case at all. We could not hear anything! When you walked out onto the balconies you could hear a little but inside nothing. Very nice:) We stayed there 10 days. We ate at every restraunt and of course went to BINGO NIGHT. But, we did go off premise to local restraunts. I recommend this if you are staying longer than 5 days. It gets too expensive to eat on property. There are about 4 or 5 restraunts you need to check out on St. Simons Island. The whole family had spa treatments. We had not seen the "new spa" since all the renovations. OH MY GOSH!!!! WOW!!! It was like stepping into "zen world". All the ladies at the "check in" desk were amazing. All the staff always had a genuine smile on their face. Our 10 year old son had the "kids 101" massage and facial. I think it's great they thought of the children and not just the adults for spa treatments. The kids are important too. The "work-out" room was amazing too. Lots of helpful trainers to help you FREE. I went to play tennis with on e of the coaches (Dickey) . He was amazing. He taught me things I never really thought about until he brought it to my attention. After 2 days with him my game approved 110%. There's so many activities everyone in your family can do. We had several family members with us and everyone did "their own thing". That was nice. Overall I would recommend this resort to singles and families. We can't wait to go back.

  • Liked — Our rooms
  • Disliked — not one thing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Marietta, Ga
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144 reviews 144 reviews
38 hotel reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2008

We went here for an adult weekend away...perfect for that. Beautiful new facility that harkens back to the original building. Nothing is overlooked. The staff is helpful and happy. The food is 5 diamond quality. There is always someting to do or a place to get away from doing anything! The activities/Beach club are perfect. But all this paradise is not inexpensive!

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Atlanta, Georgia
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24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2008

As nice as this hotel is, I still had to knock a point off for our beach experience and overall value for our weekend trip. While our expectations were high due to the price and multitude of travel awards garnered, my husband and I are both familiar with the old Sea Island, having visited many times in our youth.

Upon arrival, we were told our room was not yet ready and were given key-card passes to the Sea Island Beach Club (across the road from the marsh-side Cloister). The Beach Club is the Cloister's pool/beach area, but is still essentially a private club for the home owners on Sea Island. Because the club is not really part of the hotel, you will not receive the same luxury service that you would at other 5-star resorts. Forget about someone setting up your beach chair or having a drink delivered to you Four Seasons-style. Instead, expect a cafeteria-style snack bar, constant proof of membership via key-card, and throngs of children. There is a designated adult pool, but it is not immune to the sounds of the Hokey Pokey blaring over the loud speaker, so unless you are with kids, prepare to be annoyed. We also found the staff on this side of the island to be less friendly. We finally moved down to the beach area which offered a bit more peace, but was just average in terms of natural beauty (more gray sand and gray water). On the upside, there are a lot of pretty homes to see along the 3 mile+ shoreline.

Our "Ocean View" room (#313) was HUGE (almost to a level of absurdity), but extremely well appointed with turkish rugs over hardwood floors, 20' vaulted ceilings and luxurious furnishings. We felt like we were the first guests to ever stay in this pristine room. The travertine-tiled balcony was as big as some New York hotel rooms, and the matching bathroom/dressing area is wonderfully arranged. Being away from the main Cloister building is not really a problem as the Beach Club below has a resturant and coffee bar. Plus, I prefer being close to the water. My only complaint was that the balcony overlooks the pool and roof of the beach club with the ocean way off in the distance.

Every meal we had within the Sea Island resort group was great--from grilled cheeses at the snack bar to a fancy steak dinner at Colt & Allison over at the Sea Island Lodge (the golf club a couple of miles away on St. Simons). The various locations of all the eateries can be a bit confusing, but that probably keeps things less boring for guests on a longer stay. Sea Island has always done a great job with live music, and has several wonderful bands playing during the evening at their various properties--including a bagpipe player on the Lodge golfcourse at sunset.

My hands-down favorite part of our stay was our visit to the incredible Spa at the Cloister. I have been to some nice hotel spas in the past, but this was something out of a fairy tale. I truly felt like I was stepping inside of a sultan's palace, with fountains and palm trees growing inside the relaxation courtyard. My treatment room even had a stained-glass window. Both of our massages were wonderful (though very pricey). I am really sad that this is a members only spa as I would love to visit more often from neighboring St. Simons, but alas the gates keep us out.

Sea Island is fiercely protective of their "exclusivity", which seems to be a large part of why the price of rooms and services is so exorbitant. While sometimes this results in a feeling of privacy and security, it can also feel alternately snobbish and negligent towards the well-being of the visiting hotel guests--especially at the Beach Club. While it is a lovely resort, this is a LOT of money to pay for a hotel room in coastal Georgia. I would only consider returning in a less-crowded off-season at a lower rate. There are so many other beautiful and special hotels in the world that are not such a pain to access.

  • Liked — the spa, the food, the architecture, the landscaping
  • Disliked — spotty service, crowded poolside, kid-centricity
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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fort wayne, in
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40 reviews 40 reviews
40 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2008

As the previous guests indicated, this place is amazing. The grounds are kept to a very high standard....gardners working around the clock to make sure the place is beautiful. Even with all of the construction of new buildings, it never felt like you were in a construction zone. The entire staff have been wonderfully trained and go out of their way to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The rooms and common areas are extremely clean.

I was here for a conference and the facilities for this purpose were excellent. I had great wireless connection in my Riverview suite. This is my 3rd time visiting and it just keeps getting better.

Now for the only downside, it's expensive. I'm not saying it shouldn't be, given the level of service and "extras," but it is probably out of the price range of most. If you are looking for a very special place, this is it, but don't whine about the cost. It's special for all the reasons I and the other guests mentioned, but it comes at a price.

  • Liked — The level of exceptional service
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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South Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2008

This is a fabulous resort catering to families. We have stayed at the Cloister for many years. The property is unbelievable...beauty and care in the gardens, furnishings and buildings. Posh linens on the beds and wonderful service. The staff is very polite and well trained. My kids loved the library. The new beach club is beautiful...but a little crowded. The food on the resort is overpriced and just okay- Colt and Allison is very good-but very expensive. Try Haylards Restaurant just off the property. We go every year and the food is always wonderful.

  • Liked — Service is outstanding and resort is beautiful
  • Disliked — VERY expensive
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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ft worth
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2008

Our family of nine stayed the entire week of Thanksgiving at The Cloister in the River View Suites and the Ocean House rooms. The River View suites are brand new and the most luxurious rooms on property. They have a living room, bedroom, bathroom and many closets. There is a butler provided for your suite during your stay and they will bring you beverages, snacks, solve problems, etc....The linens, bed and bath setups are over the top.One of the nicest suites I have ever stayed in. They are comfortable enough to spend a week in although they do not connect to each other. Our family got two suites that shared a hall and were next to each other so the kids felt secure. The only complaint about the rooms is the lighting. They are pretty dark and not much light in the bedrooms. The spa has been renovated and is a real treat. The services are good, the relaxation rooms are very relaxing the meditation garden is beautiful and the pools are very nice. The staff was confused on some of our bookings but did eveything possible to remedy the problems. Fong is the best massage therapist on staff. There was a common issue of staff being misinformed or things changing at the last minute across the entire resort. It was irritating many times but I think Thanksgiving week is the week that all the dress codes and hours of operation change for many of the resort areas.
The river cruise is nice to take, the Rainbow Island Family Buffet is fun to do, the Stables are absolutely top notch, the shooting range is really cahallenging and fun, they even have a kids shooting area, the beach is pretty, the pools are huge after the redo, family bingo is still popular and fun, the Beach house area and restaurant are really good. All the food was suberb and the wait staff is very friendly. Overall it is a great destination if you have a lot of money to spend on a vacation.

  • Liked — location and amenities and amazing rooms
  • Disliked — price and service at times was misinformed and confused.
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Lexington, KY
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2008

This is an amazing resort! Our room in the cloisters was beautiful, well appointed and extremely comfortable. All of the employees were wonderful, friendly and very knowledgeable, when they didn't have answers they didn't hestitate to find them. The food in each of the restaurants we dined in was great and varied from casual to fine dining. Dinner at Colt & Alison was delicious and the service impeccable! The fitness center is large, very well-equipped and without a speck of dirt or dust anywhere. I enjoyed several amazing spa treatments and relaxed in the spa itself while my husband spent a few afternoons on the golf courses. The tennis center, beach & pool are all terrific. I wish I had more time to experience the amenities and activities this fabulous resort offers. This is truly a 5-star experience!

  • Liked — The quality of everything was tremendous.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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