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Old Dec 31st, 2004, 01:26 PM
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Thinking of going to the Cloisters in April. Anyone been recently and know how serious the effect of the renovation is? My wife and I are not golfers, just looking for a relaxing, pretty place to spend a week. With the renovation going on, is the Cloisters that place, or are we better off to go in a few years?
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Old Dec 31st, 2004, 01:30 PM
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I guess from your talk of golf and spending a whole week, that you're not referring to the museum in New York?
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Old Dec 31st, 2004, 01:45 PM
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That was my thought until I read about the golf. Maybe it's the one in Sea Island, Georgia? A week would be a little long in the museum in New York, although it is a pretty place.
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Old Dec 31st, 2004, 04:09 PM
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The Cloister (no "s" on the end) is on Sea Island, GA. I've been down there twice in the last 6 months.

The Sea Island Company, owner of the Cloister, tore down the old original Cloister building to build a new main building. In the last few years, many of those rooms were the last to be occupied because they were the oldest at the resort. Not many guests have stayed in that building in recent years. Most rooms at the Cloister (and all of the nicer ones) are in other buildings that are open for business.

The new building is scheduled to completed in early 2006. The construction only affects the resort in that the razed building contained the main dining room. The restaurant at the Sea Island Beach Club building remains open as well as room service. In addition, the Davis Love Grill at one of the Sea Island golf courses, and the restaurants at the sister property Lodge at Sea Island (which actually is on St. Simons) are, of course, open.

The Sea Island boat dock has been moved over to St. Simons. Other recreational activities and the spa are not affected.

You only see the construction, which is on the the marsh side of the island, as you enter Sea Island from adjoining St. Simons Island.

If you haven't stayed at the Lodge, you might consider it. Excellent service (every room has a butler assigned to it), good food, relaxed but upscale atmosphere.
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Old Jan 2nd, 2005, 10:46 AM
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Padams is right. The Lodge is the only part of the resort that has a five star designation, something the Sea Island Company is sensitive about. It is relaxing, pretty and priced accordingly. The renovation is designed to reclaim that distinction for the entire property.
The Beach Club has "casual" dining (though I've seen a young couple with bare midriffs escorted from the premises during lunch). While there are relaxing activities, there is an air of formality to the place. Wednesdays and Saturdays have always been black-tie optional in the Main Dining Room, and, you do not go into the main hotel areas, ever, in swim wear, even covered. The Main Dining Room, in the main building, had a world class wine cave; I assume it's been moved to the Lodge. The Spa is first rate. April is a beautiful time on the coast-low humidity and warm but not yet sultry.
We've gone there many years but skipped last summer due to the renovations. During high season dining is tight because of the loss of the Main Dining Room. Looking forward to returning in '06.
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An update: A new Conde Naste survey (reported in the travel section of the Atlanta Journal/Constitution on 01-16-04) rates the Cloister on Sea Island more highly than the [Sea Island] Lodge, on St. Simons next door. I've visited both (the Cloister too many to count) and cannot begin to explain that rating (running counter to the Mobil 5 star award for the Lodge and 4* for the Cloister). The Lodge is newer and prettier, the accommodations and service much better than, and the dining is at least equal to, the Cloister. (Matter of fact, if you stay at the Cloister on the American plan you pay a "supplement" to dine at Colt & Allisons, at the Lodge. The views from the other dining room are spectacular). However, the Cloister does have a beach, and the Lodge is in a picturesque swamp-though I doubt that was crucial.
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