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Sea Island

Gracious Hospitality.

Time travel through our traditions.

Welcoming you home for over 90 years.

Sea Island is re-opening its guest resort operations with Cottage rentals on June 5, The Lodge on June 10, and The Cloister on June 11!

From the moment the doors of The Cloister opened in 1928, Sea Island has been known for its gracious hospitality and heartfelt service. Today, Sea Island continues to be the only resort in the world to receive four Forbes Five-Star awards for 12 consecutive years. However, we aren’t resting on our laurels.

If you haven’t visited us recently, you are in for a treat as we have made many enhancements over the past two years, including a complete redesign of the Plantation Course, a 17,000 square-foot Golf Performance Center and Sea Strike, our new Bowling Alley and Pub. Our ocean breezes, five miles of private beach, acres of beautiful natural settings and a plethora of outdoor activities are waiting for you.

The welcome mat is out and we hope to see you soon!

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Then and Now.

Service Begins

Many of the traditions we have been sharing over the past weeks have evolved along with changes in our facilities. A new Beach Club, for example, and redesigned Plantation golf course. But one tradition – and the one we are best known for – has not changed at all. Gracious hospitality provided by a warm, genuine staff has epitomized Sea Island since the doors of The Cloister opened in 1928. A Quarter Century Club was begun in 1953 to recognize the 11 team members who had delivered gracious hospitality since the first year The Cloister opened. The old adage that “the more things change, the more they stay the same” continues to ring true at Sea Island, from the early days with a friendly bell staff to The Lodge butlers of today.

The Welcomes Continue

Since its opening day in 2001, butlers have served guests at The Lodge. When guests arrive, a butler meets them at the front door and, if it’s their first time staying with us, they are given an orientation tour. In addition to providing an overview of The Lodge and its amenities, they also touch on special services available 24 hours a day. Operating around the clock, these butlers truly get to know the guests who stay at The Lodge. “They’re really like family,” says Buddy Adams, who has served as a butler there for the last 17 years. And speaking of family, there are currently over 100 active team members in our Sea Island Quarter Century family, ranging from 25 years to more than 50 years of service.

No Place like Home.

While we are excited about the enhancements made to The Lodge, don’t just take our word for it. See what some of the PGA TOUR professionals who choose to live here have to say. With an industry-leading training facility, the Sea Island Golf Performance Center, and a newly redesigned golf course in their backyard, it’s not surprising they love to call this place home. "Welcome home" from our Sea Island Touring Professionals.

It Doesn't Get Better Than This.

Accolades such as twice being named the #1 Hotel in the country by U.S. News & World Report and receiving the Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond awards year after year say a lot about what you can expect when you stay with us. With 58 rooms, including seven oceanfront golf cottages, an 18-hole putting course, and an oceanfront pool and pool house, The Lodge is equal parts intimate hideaway and Forbes Five-Star hotel.

Visit The Lodge

Pool and Pool House

This oceanfront option has ­­­become a fast favorite. Delicious on-the-go menu, cocktails until dusk. And spectacular panoramic oceanfront views all around.

Golf Performance Center

When you offer the finest golf instruction in the world, you build a facility to match. Novices to PGA TOUR champions will find a unique, multidisciplinary approach to improving your golf game at the Sea Island Golf Performance Center.

Lodge Cottages

Golf in, golf out of one of seven new cottages adjacent to The Lodge. Four two-bedroom cottages, one four-bedroom cottage, and then there’s King Cottage, the ultimate Golf Buddy Retreat.


Inspired by the traditional profile of Walter Travis’ 1928 original nine-hole course, the new Plantation Course is receiving rave reviews after a complete redesign by Davis and Mark Love of Love Golf Design.

Refreshed and Refined at The Cloister.

Take a tour of the newly refurbished rooms and suites at The Cloister. These like-new rooms are both gracious and spacious and are waiting for you.

Cloister River View Suite King

Cloister River View Suite Two Queens

Cloister River View Room Two Queens

Cloister River View Room King

Sea Strike & Pub.

The newest Beach Club experience involves six lanes, giant pretzels, and more televisions than you can count. Welcome to Sea Strike & Pub. Comfortable and warm, lively and inviting. And incredibly fun. Forget everything you think you know about bowling alleys and welcome to ours.

92 and Counting.

Over the past 92 years, Sea Island evolved from a "friendly little hotel" to a world-class destination, while proving that some traditions are timeless. Read more about our storied past, including how the company survived the Great Depression, and a look to the future. 

Blueberry Buttermilk Tart

Nothing says "welcome" like a fresh-baked dessert. And with blueberries in season, there's never been a better time to whip one up.

Makes one 8-inch tart

Tart Dough

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

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  1. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and powdered sugar. Add egg yolk and vanilla. Mix well and scrape down the sides.
  2. Add flour and salt, and mix until combined. Form dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. On a floured work surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thick and place into an 8-inch greased fluted tart pan. Fill with pie weights and parbake shell for 8 minutes.

Tart Filling

3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Pinch salt
2 eggs
3 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 cup fresh blueberries
Corn syrup

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
  2. Whisk eggs and egg yolks into the sugar and cornstarch mixture. Whisk in buttermilk, heavy cream, and melted butter.
  3. Pour filling into tart shell. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until middle of the tart is set. Once tart is completely cool, toss blueberries in a small amount of corn syrup for shine and arrange on the top of the tart.


A look back.

Take a return trip in time as we explore the traditions that make Sea Island so beloved. Historical photos pulled from the archives, magazine articles, nostalgic videos, and more. And create a taste of Sea Island in your home with favorite recipes associated with each tradition.

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