By Michele Robert Poche
Nestled off the southeastern coast of Georgia, Sea Island is a seaside retreat located equidistant from Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida. Established in the 1920s, the luxury resort boasts two Forbes Travel Guide five-star hotels, each offering its own unique assortment of decadent amenities to pamper every guest down to the last detail.
Situated along five miles of private beaches, The Cloister is the more family-friendly of the two options featuring a game room, swimming pools, beachfront activities, water sports, horseback riding, squash, tennis and various kids’ clubs. Its ocean side setting allows for first-class yachting, kayaking, fishing and swimming. Dine elegantly at The Georgian Room or casually at the Flip Flop Bistro … and everywhere in between. Relax in the garden atrium of The Cloister Spa, boasting a waterfall circular whirlpool, secluded outdoor hot tubs, an indoor lap pool and an on-staff nutritionist.
Only a short distance away is its more formal sister property, The Lodge. Offering three impeccably manicured 18-hole championship golf courses as well as first-rate tennis and equestrian facilities, The Lodge is a lavish getaway dripping with old school charm. Fashion is always upscale, country club chic and, while welcome, children are expected to be well behaved at all times and dress for dinner. As one of the most extravagantly distinctive amenities at The Lodge, a personal butler, available around-the-clock, is assigned to every guest room at the resort.