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Neighboring Sea Island is home to the AAA Five-Star and Mobil Five-Diamond Cloister Resort. The Cloister has been a premier southern resort since opening in 1928. Over the past decade, the resort has torn down and rebuilt virtually every facility including the hotel, spa, tennis facility and oceanfront beach club. With the refurbishments came an increased level of exclusivity, and access to the Island is by invitation-only. Only residents, hotel guests, club members and invited guests can access this exclusive enclave.

But in December, Sea Island is opening several facilities to the general public. From December 1-22, with reservations, you may visit one of Sea Island’s six restaurants, enjoy Spa and Salon packages, shop for holiday gifts and enjoy holiday entertainment.

Dining Options Include:

At The Cloister Hotel

The Georgian Room – Fine Dining

Tavola – Italian

The River Bar – French brasserie


At The Beach Club (on Sea Island, near The Cloister)

Southern Tide – Seafood


At The Lodge (Sea Island’s golf resort located on St. Simons Island)

The Oak Room Bar – Traditional tavern fare

The Colt & Alison – Steak house


In addition to the existing a la carte, menu, each restaurant will have a special prix fixe menu with two or three courses. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Sea Island directly at 877-624-0069.

The Sea Island Spa will also be open and will feature special spa and salon packages. Spa reservations are also required.

For three weeks in December, this is a wonderful opportunity for St. Simons Island residents, visitors and Hodnett Cooper Vacation Rental guests to experience the spa and dining facilities on neighboring Sea Island. Happy dining, everyone!


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