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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. 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.


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 tidal river, golden marshes, sand dunes, and the Atlantic Ocean. 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.

Ocean Residences living 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.



Authentic rustic Italian with Southern charm, family-style—tables full of food, meant to be savored and enjoyed with others. Dine al fresco year-round, thanks to an enclosed porch and garden courtyard.

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 always with some French flair or a Southern twist. Perfect for lunch, warm and friendly for dinner, ideal for drinks.

Women working out

Fitness Center

Join us for a class or work out on your own. Motivate yourself or meet up with a personal trainer. With an extensive modern facility and dozens of group classes each week, Sea Island’s fitness offerings and services will keep you on your toes.

Man getting a massage

The Spa

The treatments are superb and our space is second-to-none. Welcome to Forbes Five-Star services. And warm, inviting spaces.

Sea Strike Pub and Bowling

Sea Strike & Pub

Beverage, bowling, and casual fare in the heart of the Beach Club. Features a beautiful bar, tall ceilings, gorgeous wood-finishes, and a creative gastropub-style menu to fuel every level of competition.

Southern Tide Food

Southern Tide

With arguably the most beautiful view at Sea Island, Southern Tide is completely al fresco, the walls have come down to open the space to the most beautiful thing we have to offer—the ocean. It’s Sea Island oceanfront dining, the way you’ve always loved it.

The Lodge Lobby

The Lodge at Sea Island

Warm and distinctive, nestled between Seaside and Plantation golf courses, The Lodge is equal parts intimate boutique hotel and Forbes Five-Star resort.

The Inn on Sea Island

The Inn at Sea Island

A casual comfortable offering on St. Simons Island, with 85 rooms and a vibrant outdoor area with pool. The Inn is the perfect base to explore picture-perfect St. Simons Island and Georgia’s beautiful Golden Isles and soak up its easy pace.

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.

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