Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Cloister

Sea Island, Georgia

Before the summer ends, I decided trek home to the beach in my native Georgia.  Sea Island is a premier resort that has been a long time favorite of celebrities and politicians since the beginning of the 1900's.  Numerous U.S. Presidents have vacationed here, as well as royalty from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and other countries.

Main Loggia 

Part of the Main Loggia to the Outside Patio 

Aside from the many wonderful private homes that are maintained on this exclusive island, the crowning jewel is the hotel known as The Cloister.  Originally designed by architect Addison Mizner in 1928, the hotel was completely rebuilt just a few years ago in the same grand style.  The revitalization included not only rebuilding The Cloister from the ground up, but also adding a new beach club, spa, stable, gun range, and tennis center.

 One of the many hallways leading to rooms.

A simple scene outside on of the many elevator towers.

The Solarium in which daily tea service is held in the afternoon with beautiful caged birds.

The Cigar Room

A relaxing environment after a long day of playing golf to read the paper with a toddy and your favorite cigar.

The pine paneled walls glow in the afternoon sunlight.

The drapery in every room is extremely well constructed with exquisite trim and tiebacks on each window.

The sunlight pours into the bar in the late afternoon.

 The TV Room 

Beautiful Spanish style bookcase built into the wall to hide the television when not in use.

TV Room custom designed valance.

The Library

The Library with an exquisite Morrocan inspired coffered ceiling.

The Dining Hall

The Computer Room


A photo of the Spanish Room from the original Cloister built in the early 1900's.

A photo of the new Spanish Room that was reconstructed as a copy of the original.

Each and every lamp treated with its own custom designed lampshade.

The Grand Outdoors

McKinnon and Harris outdoor furnishings on the patio. 

Today The Cloister remains one of the finest resorts on the East Coast, and Sea Island an enclave for homes of the rich and the famous in the southeast.

The Beach Club

Tennis Center

Make your plans to visit The Cloister next Spring before it is booked up!

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