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Sea Island

Sea Island History

Our legacy.

A lifetime tradition.

With the opening of The Cloister in 1928, Bill Jones and automobile magnate Howard Coffin created “a friendly little hotel” on the southern coast of Georgia. In the many years that have passed since Sea Island’s first guest, much in our world has changed. But some things—such as the values of treasuring family, friends, and nature—have remained timeless.

As the resort has evolved through the years, the simple traditions that define Sea Island have been preserved. The same children who once played on the shore years ago now bring their children and grandchildren to play on the same beach. Couples celebrate their golden anniversaries where they honeymooned. Guests attending a conference or executive retreat continue to find the perfect blend of superb amenities and customized support. Visitors reminisce of past vacations, while creating new memories and traditions.

For more than 90 years, the foundation of genuine warmth and hospitality has remained constant. Between the marshland and the sea exists a private island where the world is almost perfect. That place is Sea Island.

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