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The Cloister

You’ve Arrived Somewhere Special.

From crossing the bridge to stepping through our front door. First you feel the warm salt-tinged breezes. Next, a warm smile with heart and soul. Private island. Fifty lush acres. Unique accommodations to meet your needs – rooms, suites, and Residences. Surrounded by the river, salt marshes, and the sea. Elegant. And playful. Welcome to The Cloister. 

  • Full Resort Access
  • Pool On Site
  • Concierge Service
  • Nightly Turndown Service
  • Luggage Assistance/Bellman
  • Private Beach Club Access
  • In-Room Dining
  • Restaurant On Site

Main Building

Finely detailed, spacious, welcoming. Each suite has its own charm. All are impeccably designed, many with unique architectural features such as vaulted ceilings, exposed wood beams, and handcrafted Oriental rugs.

When you stay here you’ll find yourself riverside near The Spa at Sea Island and Fitness Center, Coastal Experience Center, and Tennis Center. The Sea Island Beach Club and our gorgeous five-mile stretch of private beach are right across the street.

accommodations

Main Building Wings

The Garden Wing is bright and fresh, with many rooms overlooking our beautiful grounds. Steps away from the Main Building, a stay in the Garden Wing is like its own secluded retreat. Meander outdoor corridors, past koi ponds, through lush, captivating gardens, and manicured grounds to a light and airy room to call your own.

The North and South Wings, adjacent to the Main Building, are spacious and elegant. Located along the river, it’s hard to imagine a better sunset view on Sea Island, right from your very own private patio or balcony. Rooms in the North and South Wings offer the same fine Cloister details, charm, and elegance as the Main Building.

Cloister Wing bedroom with two queens

Beach Club

Signature Spanish Mediterranean décor, including oriental rugs, exposed beam ceilings, many rooms with expansive ocean views. Rooms and suites feature down bedding, custom linens, and Molton Brown products. Suites include compact open kitchens with a comfortable living and dining area.

At the Beach Club, you’re steps away from our five miles of private beach, three swimming pools, and many water sports and activities.

Beach Club bedroom with sitting area and small table

Ocean Residences

Spacious and inviting rooms and suites featuring our signature Spanish Mediterranean décor and varying views of the Atlantic Ocean, golden marshes, tidal river, and sand dunes. Suites include full open kitchens with a washer and dryer, and large living and dining area.

Ocean Residences give you the ultimate seclusion in a private, gated enclave with its own oceanfront infinity pool. Yet just a few minutes walk from the Beach Club and The Cloister Main Building.

cloister ocean residences model room

Full of Charm & Comfort

With Forbes Five-Star accommodations tucked away on a private island, The Cloister is legendary, elegant, fun. And spacious, inside and out.

Outside shot of the main entrance of the Cloister

The Cloister at Sea Island

Comprising of rooms in the Main Building, The Cloister Wings, and Beach Club, The Cloister offers vibrant rooms and suites on the lush Georgian coast. Here you’re surrounded by activity, and close to wherever your day will take you.

Dining

Tavola

An authentic Italian experience with Southern charm, where delicious family-style meals are enjoyed around a lively table. Homemade ravioli, fresh seafood, salads, pizza fresh from the Mugnaini wood oven, a well-stocked bar with wines from all 20 Italian wine regions, and classic cocktails reinvented to reflect the country. From the river side of the Colonial Lounge in The Cloister, take a right down the corridor and Tavola is on your left.

Beach Club

Rooms and suites adjacent to and above the Sea Island Beach Club, with its three pools, water sports, activities, and Camp Cloister.

Ocean Residences

The Cloister Ocean Residences

With one, two, or three bedrooms and an infinity-edge pool, The Cloister Ocean Residences comprise a private enclave within a second gate. With ocean and nature views.

River Bar

River Bar

Fun and familiar, but served with with French flair or a Southern twist. Perfect for lunch, warm and friendly for dinner, ideal for drinks. Part of everyone’s visit to The Cloister. Make your way down the riverside hall of The Cloister.

Women working out

Fitness Center

Located at Sea Island’s Forbes Five-Star Spa, a short walk straight down the lush path from The Cloister main entrance (on your way to the Beach Club). Join us for a fitness class, personal training session, or a workout with state-of-the-art equipment in yoga, Pilates, strength, cycle, and cardio studios. Also features indoor heated lap pool, squash courts, steam and sauna, whirlpool, and cryotherapy.

Man getting a massage

The Spa at Sea Island

Our Forbes Five-Star spa features a water-inspired wellness journey complete with a variety of massage services, body treatments, and experiences including hydrotherapy, cold plunges, and hot pools. Also enjoy the services of our Salon with hair, makeup, manicures, and pedicures, as well as a Fitness Center with state-of-the-art weight and cardio equipment, studios, shop, and indoor lap pool. Take a left off the walkway that leads from The Cloister to the Beach Club.

Sea Strike Pub and Bowling

Sea Strike & Pub

Beautiful bar, punch-bowl cocktails, creative gastropub-style menu, and a lot of fun in a warm atmosphere. A favorite Sea Island activity, enjoy a few strings of bowling catch the big game, or just settle into a comfy couch with a snack. Located right at the entrance of the Beach Club, straight up the lush walkway from The Cloister.

Southern Tide Food

Southern Tide

Thanks to stunning al fresco dining, Southern Tide opens up to the most beautiful thing we have to offer—the ocean. It’s oceanfront dining and fresh seafood make it a Sea Island beloved favorite. Perfect for a family catch-up, romantic night out, or simply an incredible culinary experience. Go down the hall on your left as you enter the Beach Club, mid-way down on your right.

The Lodge at Sea Island

Forbes Five-Star boutique hotel in a secluded private setting. The Lodge is welcoming, comfortable, and the hub of its own Sea Island world. With championship golf right next door. Make your way to the stunning Avenue of the Oaks, Retreat Avenue, on St Simons Island, off the roundabout at Frederica Road and Kings Way.

The Inn on Sea Island

The Inn by Sea Island

A casual comfortable offering on St. Simons Island with 85 rooms, a vibrant outdoor area with heated pool, continental breakfast, complimentary bicycles, and a Topgolf Swing Suite. Located on Sea Island Road, a 10-minute drive from the Sea Island Golf Performance Center at The Lodge, The Inn is the perfect base to explore St. Simons Island and Georgia’s beautiful Golden Isles.

pool area at one of the cottages

Sea Island Cottages

A home to call your own. Sea Island Cottages are self-contained and fully equipped. With the ocean at your feet and groceries delivered to your door. Renting a cottage is a treasured tradition for Sea Island families. Why not make it yours?

Amenities & Activities

Where spa, fitness, nature center, tennis, and so much more are right at your door. The Cloister is set on 50 lush acres, surrounded by the river, saltwater marshes, and the sea, with five miles of private coastline across the street.

Luxury at Every Turn.

Complimentary BMW during your stay.

Take a spin on Sea Island and St. Simons Island in the unparalleled luxury of a BMW. We have a map—if you need one. But we have a feeling you’ll want to take the long way.

Pre-register for your BMW test drive and then visit the Bell Stand at The Cloister or the Concierge Desk at The Lodge to pick up your keys during your stay. Cars are available on a first-come, first-served basis, for up to two hours of driving.

There’s More To Sea Island Than Meets The Eye

  • The Lodge

    A boutique lodge and seven stunning cottages. Like a secluded little village, tucked away off on its own. With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and championship golf on the other.

    The Lodge Lobby
  • Cottages

    Keeper of memories, stories, traditions. A private home to call your own with the diverse coastal beauty of Sea Island in your backyard. And memories of a lifetime as soon as you open your door.

    cottage patio
  • The Inn

    A casual place with a comfortable pace. Fresh, island feel. The perfect home base for exploring all that St. Simons Island has to offer.

    the lobby at the inn