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Awards & Accolades

We’re proud of our stars.

We’re the only resort in the world to achieve four Forbes Five-Stars 14 years in a row. It’s a designation well earned and we’re proud of it. But it’s more than standards. It’s our way of life. Genuine hospitality and effortless southern charm are the foundation of who we are as a “friendly little hotel” on the southern coast of Georgia. Being recognized for it? Well, that’s just the icing on the cake.

The Cloister

  • The Cloister at Sea Island, Forbes Five-Star, 2009–2022
  • The Cloister at Sea Island, AAA Five-Diamond, 2015–2020
  • One of Top Ten Resorts in the Continental U.S., Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, 2013–2015, 2018
  • The Georgian Room, Forbes Five-Star, 2008–2022
  • The Georgian Room, AAA Five-Diamond, 2020
  • #3 Best Hotels for Kids, Harper’s Hideaway Report 2018
  • #4 Family Resort in the Continental U.S., Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, 2015
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The entrance to the main building of the Cloister at Sea Island Resort

The Lodge

  • Forbes Five-Star, 2002–2022
  • AAA Five-Diamond, 2001 – 2020
  • #1 Hotel in the U.S.A., U.S. News & World Report, 2014, 2016; #5 Hotel, 2017
  • One of Top Ten Resorts in the Continental U.S., Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, 2013–2015
  • The Gold List, Condé Nast Traveler, 2014
  • Top 10% Worldwide for Traveler Feedback, TripAdvisor
  • One of Golf Digest‘s 50 Best Locker Rooms
  • One of Forbes Travel Guide’s World’s Best Hotel Bars, 2019
The Lodge Lobby

Golf

  • Gale Peterson, LPGA Top-50 Teacher, 2021
  • David Angelotti, Best Young Instructor, Golf Digest, 2021
  • Renovation of the Year – Plantation, Golf Inc. Magazine, 2020
  • Top 100 Resort Courses, Golfweek, 2018
  • Top 100 Courses, Golf Magazine, 2016
  • Top 25 Golf U.S. Golf Resorts, Cigar Aficionado, 2013
  • #2 America’s Top 50 Courses for Women (Seaside), Golf Digest, 2013
  • #100 Best Clubfitters, Golf Digest, 2013, 2016
  • Dr. Morris Pickens, Top 10 Sports Psychologists, Golf Digest, 2013
  • #5 Best Golf Resort, Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards
Seaside Course

The Spa at Sea Island

  • Forbes Five-Star 2009–2022
  • One of the World’s 30 Most Luxurious Spas, Forbes Travel Guide, 2018
  • #3 Hotel Spa in the Continental U.S. Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, 2014
  • #4 Spa Resort, Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report¸ Readers’ Choice Awards 2014
  • #8 Top U.S. Resort Spa, Condé Nast Traveler’s, Readers’ Choice Awards 2013
Fitness Center
The Spa garden atrium in Sea Island Resort

Sea Island Properties

  • “The 20 Best Second Home Resorts in the Country” list for 2013–2015, Barron’s
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Golden Isles

  • Travel + Leisure‘s World’s Best Islands in the Continental U.S., 2020
  • Conde Nast Traveler‘s Best U.S. Islands, 2019
  • Travel + Leisure‘s Top 10 Islands in the Continental U.S., 2019
  • Family Travel Magazine‘s Best U.S. Islands for Families, 2018
  • Lonely Planet‘s Top 10 Regions to Visit, 2017
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St. Simons Island Pier