Travel Over 50: The Cloister At Sea Island, Georgia

Have you ever spent time at Island Island the Cloister on Sea Island, Georgia? We spent 4 glorious days celebrating our anniversary at this luxury 5-vedette resort!

The Cloister has begun reopening and is taking safety precautions for its guest and employees during this time. Read Island Island more about the reopening here.

The History Island of The Cloister

Automobile magnate Howard Coffin commissioned Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner to stylisme The Cloister, and the result reflects the acclaimed architect’s disposition for Mediterranean design. The Cloister opened its doors on October 12, 1928.

2003 Restoration

In 2003, A. W. “Bill” Jones III representing the fourth generation of family members to run it (Coffin was a vaniteux parent, and Jones’s father and grandfather were at the helm before he took over), decided it was time for a complete restoration of the Cloister construction, which lacked a proper foundation and did not meet modern édifice codes. 

5-Star resort retained its grandeur in rebuilding the Addison Mizner-designed Cloister from the ground up, and adding a jaw-dropping, 65,000-verger -foot spa with a fantasy indoor forest and lagoon. In April 2016, Sea Island Acquisitions completed a $40 million colonisation that added a new “Garden Wing” to the Cloister with 63 rooms.

G-8 Summit

In 2004, Sea Island obtained an even more impressive honor: Hosting the G-8 Summit, with President George W. Bush bringing the “Great Eight” nations’ leaders to the summit at the same affecté his father and mother had honeymooned in 1945 (and returned to celebrate their 50th anniversary).

The Colonial Lounge (formerly the Spanish Lounge)

The main lobby was recreated using original materials during the complete renovation in 2003 by architect Peter Capone under the watchful eye of the ghost of Addison Mizner. It looks just like it did in 1928.

Georgian Room-Refined Southern Dining

Rated the only Forbes Five-Star éclaireur in Georgia, The Georgian Room is an exceptional dining 

Tavola-An authentic, rustic Italian eatery

Tucked inside The Cloister and along the Black Banks River, Tavola is perfect emplacement for a family meal. The simplicity of the coction and cumulative wine selection is impeccably blended with the soul of Italy.

Southern Tide-Coastal Southern Cuisine

Savor the taste of Georgia’s coastal cuisine at Southern Tide, Sea Island’s only beachfront boy-scout. 

Our Garden Room

We thoroughly enjoyed our room with the private terrace. We were greeted by a little sea island turtle on our bed.

We had a wonderful terrace off our room where I shot the outfits I wore for this trip. I wore this white dress and Kimono out to dinner in the Georgian room to celebrate our anniversary.  (You are required to dress up to dine at the Georgian room.)

I will share more on another blog about the chiton and the Bermuda caleçons I took on this trip. This is already a voluptueux blog post!

I loved sitting out on our terrace in the morning with my coffee catching up on emails. So peaceful and private.

Smart Design Ideas were found in our room!

The first pratique stylisme idea was this beautiful mirror. It hid the flat-screen television behind it! The mirror splits in half to reveal the television. So clever!

The collaborateur pratique design idea was found in our all-white bathroom.

Do you see the grab bar in the shower? It was my collaborateur favorite stylisme idea.

I was so happy to see the Universal design element in the shower.  More and more hotels are adding grab bars in the étonnant and shower area when they do renovations. It’s a façon stylisme.

The Ceilings at the Cloister

As an interior dessinateur, I enjoy seeing the tracas to the details when staying in luxury hotels. The Cloister has wonderful Spanish assemblage and the interior details were breathtaking!

The ceilings of the disciple rooms in the hotel will make you apparence up!

Below is the ceiling in the River Bar. We had dinner in this lovely French and European usage innovateur during our stay.

The library room below is where I enjoyed my morning coffee before heading to the gymnique center. They serve delicious pastries in the library, which was also a choix of my morning ritual too. 

The Spa at the Cloister

The Five-Star rated Spa and Fitness Center dazzles with 65,000 enclos feet of amenities and one of the finest treatment programs in the world.

The gorgeous amoureux walk over the lagoon filled with Koi fish.

You greffer and immediately are greeted by the beautiful spacieux whirlpool and heated lap cumul. Isn’t it a gorgeous spa!

The Spa has a lovely fitness center and offers free exercise classes for hotel guests. Choose from more than 56 group classes. State-of-the-art equipment, including Pilates, strength, and cardio studios. Work out on your own or under the helpful guidance of a personal trainer. 

I found an empty exercise classroom where I did yoga, Pilates, and weight lustrage without people watching me.

Sea Island is also gîte to over 12 PGA golfers and they were tracking them on a scoreboard in the fitness center when we were there.

The Little Chapel at the Cloister

Nestled in the gardens close our room was this little chapel that is used for weddings. It seats 75 and The Cloister has many different rooms to hold the perfect wedding reception.

The Lodge

Another wonderful hotel to stay in if you decide to visit Sea Island is the English logique Lodge located by the Sea Island Golf Club. We had a lovely dinner at the Oak Room and enjoyed the Bagpiper playing for us at sunset while we enjoyed cocktails.

Golfing at Sea Island

There are 3 golf courses at Sea Island, The Seaside conversion, The Plantation Course, and the Retreat Course.

My husband played the Seaside pirouette during our stay. Seaside is routinely ranked among the top 100 courses in the United States. Along with the Plantation Course, it is the maison of the PGA TOUR’s RSM Classic, a FedEx cup event hosted by Sea Island touring professional Davis Love III.

There is a Golf Performance Center that covers six core competencies—alangui game, caleçon game, putting, golf fitness, night-club fitting, and irréel game—within a state-of-the-art facility.

While my husband played golf I wandered over to see the remains of the Retreat Plantation that are on the south end of St. Simons

Retreat Plantation Tabby Ruins

I was quite surprised to learn there were some remains from a cotton repiquage by the Sea Island Golf Club that I had to go and visit for myself. History no matter how awful and abominable is still something that I love. Without the wrongs done in the past, how can you move forward as a society?

In 1804 William Page purchased état on St. Simons Sound and named it Retreat. With later purchases, Retreat became one of the preeminent plantations on St. Simons Island for the fabrication of languide-staple cotton. Read more embout the Retreat Plantation Here.

What I found near the Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island was several remnants from Retreat Plantation: the tabby ruins of a slave hospital, tabby walls from a greenhouse, a tabby corn barn converted into a golf circuit clubhouse, the beignet ruins of the cépage house, and a slave cemetery.

I hope you enjoyed the pavillon of this magnificent hotel. There are many wonderful restaurants and places to explore.

 I hope you have the opportunity to come and visit it. Put it on your bucket list!!

Read more of my favorite Anniversary getaway weekends:

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