This Mediterranean-style, waterside resort—tucked behind a secure gate and impeccably appointed with tropical landscaping, rich rococo fabrics, and stained glass—is fit for dignitaries (and hosted them during the 2004 G8 Summit). In 1928 Calvin Coolidge kicked off the Cloister's presidential tradition of planting a commemorative oak tree and was followed by presidents Eisenhower, Ford, Carter, both Bushes, and Bill Clinton. The resort has all the luxuries you would
expect, such as a sprawling two-story spa and five-star dining at The Georgian Room, as well as those that are a wonderful surprise, like the bi-level water atrium. Try the salmon BLT at Southern Tide, or grab a cone at Wonderland, an ice-cream parlor and sweet shop. The resort sits on nearly 5 mi of private beach and offers everything from fishing and sailing to beach cabanas and nature tours, and the list goes on. Families are welcome, and on-site kids' programs abound.
Jan 31, 2014
While The Cloister at Sea Island may receive high marks for its accommodations and service, potential guests need to know about how its planned expansion endangers the local wildlife, including more than 100 species of birds and nesting areas for sea turtles. Sea Island has a little “Spit” of land just off the end of the island where these developers plan to build without any regard for the wildlife or the environment. Think carefully if this
is the type of developer you want to support with your vacation dollars. It is a shame what they plan to do to this beautiful, natural area.