Some would say that The Cloister is an "old world" resort set aside for dignitaries, heads of state, business tycoons and well, the affluent. My expectation was that it would be slightly stuffy and overpriced. I was right about it being pricy but it was not stuffy at all. Everyone we met was very pleasant and kind. The staff at the hotel was warm and friendly and made us feel as if we were one of the regulars. We stayed at the hotel while visiting friends that live on Sea Island and I must confess that it seemed as though everyone knew everyone. Most of the folks at the resort have been coming for years/generations (we were there from June 29-July 3) and the resort was FILLED with families preparing to bring in the July 4th holiday. This is a very kid friendly resort - almost to the point that if you don't have kids it could feel a little overwhelming around the pool/beach area. I sat in the adult pool (which had a wonderful covered area with fans) with my iPod on and it was still very noisy. I am used to much more private beaches/resorts and this was a little too much children at play for me. However, my girlfriends on the trip that have children (I do not) loved the environment.
A must while at the resort is anything at the Spa. I had the "Head, Hand and Feet' massage with Ivan and it was delightful. Sitting in any of the relaxing rooms or the whirlpool with the waterfall is also a must. Whoever designed this spa did it right! I also rented bikes during our adventure. Riding bikes as the sun is coming up or down was such a treat. The island is flat and the beautiful homes, both on the marsh and the beach area are beautiful. This is a great island for easy bike riding. During our stay we also went on the Cloister Belle Yacht on the marsh. This was by far one of the most relaxing and enjoyable experiences we had as a group. The marsh was filled with local and exotic birds and dolphins that swam by our boat the whole way. The Cloister Belle host (blonde woman who I cannot remember her name) was filled with great local history and environmental facts. She was a joy, as was the boat ride overall. We ate at a couple of restaurants on and off the island during our stay. They are as follows: Big George’s (a staple casual bar/pub onsite), Georgia Sea Grill (very nice ambiance and food, very intimate), Delany’s (intimate, favorite of the locals, good food), & The Georgian Room (on site, 5 star restaurant, very posh, artistic food – which means you may leave hungry if you are a big eater). Try the hotels private label Santa Maria Chardonnay during your stay – yummy and refreshing for the summer heat! If you want to buy a bottle - have it delivered to your room uncorked. The library room by the Georgian Room is great to relax in – as is the smoking room by the River Bar (a nightly spot for us!). Be very careful at the River Bar – I got charged $16 for a glass of Chardonnay that should have cost maybe $6! I stuck to beer the rest of my nights here. We didn’t make it to the Wine Cellar at the resort and I wish we would have planned for a private dinner there prior to our departure- but alas 5 days was not enough to do everything we wanted to. Overall this was a great stay. The room was beautiful and very peaceful. The bed was amazingly comfortable. The nighttime chocolates were yummy and you have to love the Primrose lotions! The tub in the room was deep and perfect to watch tv or read in. I took a bath every day while I watched Oprah - it was marvalous!
If you are looking for an upscale, friendly, family oriented and southern resort this is a wonderful place for the family! Just know that if you live in Buckhead you will run into tons of poeple you know.... just an FYI.
Ps... I had room 66 which faced the river. Very quiet. Also note, beware of the frogs at night. They are tiny but they are everywhere.
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- Resort that offers golf lessons plus a variety of other activities such as kayaking, horseback riding, sailing and swimming. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Cloister At Sea Island Hotel Sea Island
- Cloister Resort Sea Island
- Cloister Sea Island
- The Cloister At Sea Island Georgia