By J I Baker
May 12, 2018
The Avenue of Oaks at the entrance of the Sea Island Golf Club
The Avenue of Oaks at the entrance of the Sea Island Golf Club
| Credit: Peter Frank Edwards

Despite its name, The Inn at Sea Island isn't actually located on Sea Island but rather on St. Simons Island. It is, though, still a part of the Sea Island resort, a privately owned collection of luxurious accommodations that include The Cloister, cottages, and The Lodge—the latter of which is also located on St. Simons Island. (Confused? We get it.)

The Cloister (Sea Island, GA)
Credit: Peter Frank Edwards

The Inn is the most economical option of the resort's properties, but with certain packages, you can have access to many amenities provided at The Lodge and The Cloister as well as a shuttle service. A 43-room English-style manor overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, The Lodge provides guests with three championship golf courses, 24-hour butler service, and rose-petal baths. Reached by the causeway from St. Simons, Sea Island's Cloister and rental cottages are lavish lodgings in a complex that includes a beach club, three outdoor swimming pools, a yacht club, and an award-winning spa and fitness center.

Georgian Room at The Cloister on Sea Island
The Georgian Room has hosted many special occasions at The Cloister on Sea Island, Georgia.
| Credit: Peter Frank Edwards

Peter Frank Edwards

Of course, you will find plenty of dining and drinking options too. The Cloister features Southern Tide, a casual seafood joint; Tavola, an Italian bistro; and Wonderland, an ice-cream parlor where beachgoers gorge on the Gold Brick Sundae, a frozen treat with chocolate sauce that hardens as it cools. At the Georgian Room, the state's only Forbes Five-Star restaurant, dine on the likes of Hokkaido Diver Scallops and Foie Gras Gâteau. Unlike the resort's other restaurants, this room is open to the general public, but reservations are required.

Sailboats at the Rainbow Island Outdoor Recreation Center, Sea Island, GA
Credit: Peter Frank Edwards

Sea Island's history of exclusivity began when Howard Coffin, a founder of the Hudson Motor Company, opened The Cloister in 1928. Over the years, the resort has hosted many Presidents (George and Barbara Bush spent their honeymoon here) as well as the 2004 G8 Summit. It also thrives on such traditions as live oaks planted to honor special guests; a bagpiper who plays on the Plantation golf course at sunset; and a legendary bingo game that's part upscale social event, part children's party, and part congenial competition.

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It all contributes to the mystique of this place, steeped in history but ready to welcome new visitors coming to experience Georgia's Atlantic shores.