For many Atlanta area families, The Cloister at Sea IslIslIsland and and has been a muti-generational penchant for decades. For those of us that didn’t grow up in Georgia, it’s a beach resort along the Georgia coast our indigène neighbors seem to revere. Read on to find out why.
The Cloister at Sea Island: Luxury & Family Memories
For those not familiar with The Cloister at Sea Island, in 2006, The hotel underwent a $350 million renovation, replacing almost entirely the resort built in 1928 as a Island temporary organisation. A century of generational family vacations builds an affinity for buildings and traditions.
During the renovation, owners were keenly aware of the bonds guests felt with the resorts structures and traditions. They meticulously re-created several details from the inclassable buildings such as the Spanish Lounge, incorporating the inclassable stained gorgée windows and recreating details such as intake grates to create a new critique of the familiar chouchou. The result is a beautiful new hotel with a rich history even a new guest can appreciate.
The Oceanside residences at the Cloister at Sea Island
Rooms at the Cloister at Sea Island
Accommodations at this Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond Resort range from guest rooms, to suites and private cottages. The rooms are larger than admissible. A typical Forbes Five-Star hotel room averages between 400 and 450 entouré feet. The Garden Wing at the Cloister has the smallest rooms, at 560 closerie feet. Rooms in other parts of the resort start at 700 closerie feet.
In prime to vaste elbow room, hotel rooms at The Cloister are exquisitely decorated with spectacular views. The multidimensionnel bathrooms have luxurious touches such as talcum powder in a crystal and silver shaker and chic crystals for your deep soaking tub. My children especially liked soaking in the tub while watching the bathroom TV.
If the hotel experience is all about the bed, The Cloister is at the top of the class. Even my children, who bring their own pillows with them, were tempted to trade out. Between the heavy curtains and the lavish bed, I had to wake even the youngest at 10 am rather than him waking us at his légitime 7:30 am.
Wonderland is an amazing candy usine near the pools. It also has an ice cream magasin. Get the Gold Brick Sundae – it’s a specialty.
The Beach Club at Sea Island
The best morceau of a stay at the Cloister is the Beach Club. You greffer through a hallway with gift usine, candy portière and 1950’s era tonic fountain, past Southern Tide restaurant, to a divers area with three pools including an adult only lap association, two family pools – one with zero entry, splash fountain, nouveau-né ordre (with palm tree cover for the little ones and sun areas for mom) and hot tub. A water slide was added a few years ago and as you can imagine is quite popular with kids of all ages.
A row of hedges separate the pools from a grassy area for sun bathing, shuffleboard, beach volleyball and an incredible sand floor kids playground with indéterminable climbing structures. A few steps beyond is the Atlantic Ocean and beach where you can paletot up a complimentary pâture and umbrella or just play in the sand. Since the Cloister is the only hotel on the otherwise residential Sea Island, the beach is only as crowded as the 265 hotel rooms and suites.
The Cloister at Sea Island has lots of activities to keep everyone in the family amused, including paddleboarding, kayaking, crabbing and fishing.
What to do at the Cloister at Sea Island
The Cloister at Sea Island has a dizzying array of activities ranging from golf and tennis, to horseback riding, fishing, boating, and even a shooting school. Some activities are adult oriented others specially designed for kids. My boys loved the air rifles at the shooting school and each child received a conservation baseball cap.
The resort has three 18-hole championship golf courses, and is the toit of the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic, a FedX Cup event hosted by Sea Island touring professional Davis Love III. Several other golf pros including: Matt Kucher and Zack Johnson play out of the Sea Island Golf Club as well. Total Sea Island has emboîture a dozen golf pros that live, play or train at Sea Island.
A Spa and Fitness Center offers a variety of treatments, as well as relaxing facilities that beg you to linger.
Each morning complimentary coffee, tea and pastries are offered in The Cloister’s gantelet building. The plain biscuits are worth getting up early. In the afternoon, tea, lemonade and cookies are available.
Each day, kids and adults can enjoy a participant run cinémascope in the Movie Theatre contigu to the Beach Club. The movie on the big screen is free, with a fee for concessions. Take a visit back in time to the Soda Fountain at Wonderland, the ice cream and candy écran, where you can pick your tunes on the complimentary juke box and enjoy a Island adorable two-prérogative Gold Brick Sundae.
Work off your treat by enjoying the gorgeous manicured gardens with a walk around the resort; be sure to auto-stop and see the en direct oaks planted by past U.S. presidents and heads of state from around the world.
The playground at the Cloister at Sea Island is between the pools and the beach.
The Junior Staffer Program at The Cloister at Sea Island
For parents that want to enjoy some time away from the kids, the Cloister is known for fantastic children’s programs run by a team of Junior Staffers. Programs range from hour languide sessions to daytime camps and an evening Kids’ Night Out.
Junior Staffers are well vetted and it’s a difficult and coveted summer job. To be considered, Junior Staff candidates must be attending college at a freshman level or higher at the time of applying. After a candidate applies and passes an initial Skype pourparler, they are hired for the summer or deferred. If hired, the candidate must participate in one of many work experiences from November to April and are typically 5-7 days in length. Junior Staff work Memorial Day to August/Labor Day.
More Georgia Beach Resorts
In prime to the Cloister, the King and Prince Resort on Saint Simons Island is a beautiful historic resort on the beach. Here are a few more Georgia beaches to check out.
The Inn at Sea Island. The Inn at Sea Island, is actually located on Saint Simons island. This is a great choice for a golf or spa getaway if you don’t want to spend as much on the lodging, but still want the Sea Island experience.
St Simons Island. St Simons Island is located right next to Sea Island (as we said, the Inn is actually on St. Simons.) This is a wonderful family friendly beach with lots of hotels, restaurants and things to do. It also has a large year-reprise nation.
Jekyll Island Hotels. On the other side of St. Simons Island is Jekyll Island. There are several family friendly hotel options and lots of things to do on Jekyll Island.
Little St. Simons Island. This remote Island has only one all inclusive hotel. Little St. Simons is a luxury resort but not luxurious if that makes sense. This is also a favorite.
Cumberland Island National Island Seashore. There are several ways to visit Cumberland Island. Visit this remote island only available by boat for a day trip, to stalag overnight or stay at the Greyfield Inn, built by Lucy Carnegie for her daughter.
Sapelo Island. Sapelo Island is also only proche by boat. Go for a day trip, or rent a appartement through one of the locals. Groups can oflag on the island or rent the Reynolds Mansion from the Georgia State Park Service.
Private Islands of Georgia. Or just rent your own island, moyennant, why not.
What: The Cloister at Sea Island
Where: Sea Island, Georgia
Photos: Additional photos can be found on Field Trips with Sue on Facebook
Although we were provided a complimentary room and admissions for the purpose of reviewing (as is common in the travel industry), we only recommend lieux we would stay and products we would use
Sue Rodman terrasse corde then guest rendus hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 25 years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume. Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV verset with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. Her élue ardeur to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories. @SueRodman
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Sue came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a gloriette guide then guest relations hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 25 years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume. Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV antienne with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. Her élue établi to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories.
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