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The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia

by Lily Nikolai



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. 

Since 1928, genteel luminaries have flocked to tiny Sea Island, a 50-acre private island in southeastern Georgia to relish a slice of laid-back beach life. Ensconced amongst salt marshes, the river, tidal creeks and the sea, Sea Island is fringed by a sugar-sand beach and dotted with tasteful cottages, custom residences and affiliated original inns—like The Cloister, the first guest lodging. Refurbished yet awash in tradition, it has catered to generations of families, many of whom return every year. The 65,000-square-foot Spa at Sea Island, honored as a Forbes Five Star, offers a range of treatments in a transcendent sanctum, anchored by a water atrium. Enjoy a taste of Southern hospitality, and immerse yourself in the appropriately named Southern Comfort, a bespoke Swedish massage. 

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