Cloister Yourself - A Luxurious Beach Vacation At The Sea Island Resort


Sometimes you want to get away for a family vacation to the beach. A bright and busy boardwalk; cotton candy vendors; and lots of loud children screaming with delight as the waves crash down on them.

And sometimes, you want nothing of the sort. That's when your thoughts turn to peaceful sunsets over the water; fine dining in high style; luxurious rooms to pamper and cocoon yourself; and quiet moonlight strolls on the beach. The question of course, is where to find such a resort.

Since the Twenties, America's privileged classes have headed to the Cloister at Sea Island for a beach vacation in the grand tradition. Following an extraordinary three-year renovation the Cloister has reopened as one of the finest resort hotels in the US, preserving the exquisite architectural detail for which it is famed and updating its amenities to the highest level of luxury.

Situated on the Georgia coast's Barrier Islands, the Sea Island Resort is still owned by its founding family, now in the fourth generation of service to their guests. The resort offers a variety of places to stay: Plantation-style homes, know as the Cottages; the Lodge, an English-style manor house nestled amongst championship golf courses; and the Cloister, an architectural masterpiece with 100 suites and guest rooms. The Cloister at Sea Island is the jewel in the crown of the resort. Rooms offer exquisite linens; large-screen LCD HD TVs discreetly housed in antique quality furniture; specially commissioned Turkish rugs, and spacious baths to soak away your workday cares.

There are a variety of recreational activities available, beginning of course with golf. The three golf courses, Plantation, Seaside and Retreat, have consistently been rated amongst America's finest, with two of them being redesigned in the late Nineties. The courses have hosted USGA tournaments, as well as a range of regional events. The resort's instructional school is staffed by top professionals, and offers clinics and coaching to golfers of every level.

Other opportunities for pleasure at the Sea Island Resort include boating and fishing; music recitals and art classes; a spa with a full range of treatments, and five miles of beaches. The resort's stables offer group and private lessons, and guided rides along the beach. Should you wish to bring your own horse, stable arrangements can be made.