Travel over 50: The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia

Travel over 50: The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia

I recently spent 4 wonderful days at the Cloister on Sea Island, Georgia as a celebration getaway present from my husband as we celebrated our 29th anniversary.
What a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary at this luxury resort !

The History of The Cloister

Automobile magnate Howard Coffin commissioned Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner to design The Cloister, and the result reflects the acclaimed architect’s penchant for Mediterranean design.
The design of the hotel proved to be a complement to the property’s beautiful natural setting which was carefully enhanced at the hands of talented landscape architects. Among the clusters of stately palms and graceful live oaks, stretches of green grass and expansive carpets of colorful flower beds were added.

Coffin’s dream was realized when The Cloister opened its doors on October 12, 1928.

In 2003, A. W. “Bill” Jones III representing the fourth generation of family members to run it (Coffin was a distant cousin, 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 building, which lacked a proper foundation, and did not meet modern building codes. Over a three-year period, the hotel was demolished and replaced with a new, luxurious structure that retained the look and feel of the original. Upgrades were also made to the resort’s Beach Club and spa. All were intended to attract an even higher-level, worldwide clientele.
5-Star resort retained its grandeur in rebuilding the Addison Mizner-designed Cloister from the ground up, and adding a jaw-dropping, 65,000-square -foot spa with a fantasy indoor forest and lagoon.
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 summit at the same place his father and mother had honeymooned in 1945 (and returned to celebrate their 50th anniversary). 
In April, 2016, Sea Island Acquisitions completed a $40 million expansion that added a new “Garden Wing” to the Cloister with 63 rooms.

Aerial view of The Cloister Inn and Sea Island Beach Club

 Aerial view of The Cloister Inn and Sea Island Beach Club
Mercedes Benz

The Colonial Lounge (formerly the Spanish Lounge)greets visitors and guests as they enter the hotel.

{The 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.}

 The Colonial Lounge (formerly the Spanish Lounge)greets visitors and guests as they enter the hotel.
Georgian Room-Refined Southern Dining
Rated the only Forbes Five-Star restaurant 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 place for a family meal. The simplicity of the cuisine and extensive 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 restaurant. 
 

Our Garden Room

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

Clever Design Ideas were found in our room!

The first clever design 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 mirror splits in half to reveal the television.
Our little terrace..
Our little terrace off our bedroom at the Cloister of Sea Island
My second clever design idea was found in our all white bathroom. See if you can see it too.
 The all white bathroom
 The all white bathroom with a grab bar in the shower
Do you see the grab bar in the shower? It was my second clever design idea.
I was so happy to see the Universal design element in the shower. It doesn’t scream “handicap ” but “elegant “.
(The Cloister added ADA rooms during the renovation.)
At The Cloister, they have ADA rooms that are equipped with:

  • Roll in showers
  • Grab bars in the shower, at the toilet, and at the bath tub.
  • Raised toilets
  • Lowered towel bars
  • Roll up vanity
  • Custom closets with lower racks and easy access to safe
  • Shower chairs (upon request)
  • Toilet seats (to raise it up even more, upon request)
  • Step stools for beds (upon request)
  • The Cloister is a wonderful place to “look up”!

  • As an interior designer, I enjoy finding inspiration for my interiors from the places we travel.
    The Cloister has wonderful Spanish architecture, gardens,and the interior detail was breathtaking!
    I enjoyed looking up at the details found in the ceilings of the public rooms.

  • Below the ceiling in the River Bar. and the room on the right is the library.
  • The ceiling in the River Bar
  • The library room below is where I enjoyed my morning coffee before heading to the fitness center. They serve delicious pastries in the library, which was also a part of my morning ritual too. 
  • The library room below is where I enjoyed my morning coffee
  • The Spa

  • The Five-Star rated Spa and Fitness Center dazzles with 65,000 square feet of amenities and one of the finest treatment programs in the world.
  • The Five-Star rated Spa and Fitness Center
  • The heated indoor pools at the Spa.

  • The heated indoor pool at the Spa.
    The heated indoor pool at the Spa.
    The Spa has a lovely fitness center and offers free exercise classes to the hotel guests.
    Sea Island is home to over 12 PGA golfers and they were tracking them on a scoreboard in the fitness center when we were there.
  • The Spa has a lovely fitness center
    I found an empty exercise classroom where I did yoga, Pilates, and weight lifting without people watching me.
  • The Spa has a lovely fitness center and I did yoga in an empty exercise room

    The little chapel at the Cloister. Perfect for a Destination Wedding .

  • 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 little chapel at the Cloister
    The Chapel
    The little chapel at the Cloister by our room
  • The little chapel at the Cloister
  • I hope you enjoyed the tour 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!!
  • Travel over 50: The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia

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