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The Cloister....Sea Island............

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Littleman Jun 19, 2007 07:10 PM

I see the old Cloister has reopened to the tune of $500 million. Has anyone had a chance to visit. They have 5/6 restaurants. My wife loves a grand resort with nice rooms, a great spa, a beach and good food. Thanks.

  1. dinner belle Jun 24, 2007 11:48 AM

    I live on St. Simons and my parents had a place on Sea Island when I was growing up. The new hotel is drop-dead gorgeous -- no doubt about it. Unfortunately, it has none of the charm of the old hotel. It used to have such a feeling of family and tradition about it, but all of that has been sacrificed. The new beach club is set to open next month -- they're tearing down the old one to put up condos or some such. If you've never been there before, you'll love it. If you have, you'll know what I mean. If you go decide to go, the Sunday brunch at The Lodge is fabulous -- be sure to try the pistachio creme brulee (I have dreams about it)! And to Veggo, they do still have bingo (on Tuesdays and Thursdays).

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      marriedwellfereatin Jun 20, 2007 08:40 AM

      If you have fond memories of the way it was, allow those to stay memories because there isn't really a scrap left that was once there. It is grand and huge and lovely, and I agree that the Lodge is a wonderous place. I hear the men's changing room is a secret "club" of cocktails, cigars and something out of the old days. My buddy who runs the place wouldn't even let me peek. The old Cloister is gone but I know they are working hard to maintain perfection. I'll hold on to my memories... they were perfection enough for me.

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        sarge Jun 20, 2007 08:54 AM

        The "Old" Cloister had become just that. The last time I ate in the main dining room (about 2 years before it was torn down) the musty odor was so overpowering it affected the whole experience, It smelled like a locker room.

        But the bingo game was still going, a great throwback to the old days of my youth. It hadn't changed a bit, with all of the young boys in their seersucker suits. I made my wife and her friend who was travelling with us stop and watch it for awhile, because you just don't see that sort of thing anymore. Whenever I see the movie Dirty Dancing and how they depicted that resort in the Pocono's back in the early sixties, I think about the bingo game at the Cloister. I would bet they still have it going. I'll check it out in September

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          Veggo Jun 20, 2007 09:37 AM

          Sarge, I once won $100 when they called "I-22" in the "cover the board" game!
          Marriedwellfereatin, no secrets in the mens locker, just men. And buttery leather chairs the size of Volkswagens. Street shoes would have a better-than-new polish after an adventure on the "seaside 9" in the afternoon wind. A sturdy drink and a "heater" to assuage the pain as we added the scores. Splendid memories.

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        chickstein Jun 20, 2007 05:28 AM

        It is AMAZING!! The whole thing was completely redone. Make sure you stop by the new spa. I thought it was stunning.

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          Veggo Jun 20, 2007 05:34 AM

          I wonder if they still do the black tie bingo on Wednesday and Saturday?

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            sarge Jun 20, 2007 08:29 AM

            The Cloister (especially The Lodge at the Golf Club) is as close to perfection as I have come across. The level of service is the absolute gold standard for any high end hotel

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