Sea Island, GA: The Cloister

Every year I enjoy more and more traveling for my birthday. Since my family is scattered all over we don’t get to celebrate birthdays together so getting away and exploring a new place is always a good option.

For the past 4 years we’ve talked about going to The Cloister on Sea Island but, since it’s so close to home, we’d always said we can make it any time and just like that we never had. While we were talking about places we’ve never visited and that were close to home this came up and we gave it a go!

I flew back home from Bogotá on Saturday, unpacked, packed again and got on the car Sunday for our little getaway… that’s why we wanted something nearby. To our happy surprise the weather was great! Temps were in the low 70s during our stay so we even got to enjoy some pool time!

Here’s the breakdown of what we did… Hope this serves as a guide in case you decide to visit!

Day 1: we left Savannah in the afternoon and arrived to this magical place around 5… really hungry! We stayed at the Beach Club and decided to eat at Southern Tide because it was the most convenient place. I had an amazing salad with quinoa and roasted fall vegetables. Bobby ordered fries to share and they were sooooo good that I ended up placing a second order!

Day 2: it’s my birthday! Ran 3.2 miles for 32 years old :) As a present Bobby got me a facial and a massage at The Spa. This is one of the most beautiful spas I’ve ever been too, totally worth visiting! The restrooms were gorgeous and the pools and waiting areas had a very jungly vibe (is this even a word?), perfect for this plant lover! The services were great, especially the facial. I headed back to the room and we went for lunch to River Bar & Lounge… more salads and fries! Then we walked around and explored the hotel. We headed to The Lodge to watch the sunset and hear a man play the bagpipe while sipping on some tea. Dinner was the most amazing mushroom pizza and insanely delicious donuts at Tavola. I’m still dreaming about the donuts you guys… hands down the best I’ve ever had!!!

Day 3: pool day! Spent a few hours enjoying the outdoors, lunch back at Southern Tide (same salad, no fries!). We rented bikes and rode around the island and then spent some time playing at the game room… age is just a number, you know? Dinner was a very yummy Asian salad and edamame dumplings at The Oak Room at The Lodge. 

Day 4: last day! Went for some 5 easy good-bye miles, had a smoothie at their gym and headed home.

We really wanted to eat at the Georgian Room, apparently they have a vegan menu that’s amazing. Unfortunately, they were completely booked so it’ll be for next time.

This place definitely blew my mind and surpassed any expectations I had. It’s way prettier in real life that in pictures and should be in anyone’s bucket list if you’re ever in the area!