Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the marshlands that Sidney Lanier praised in his famous poem “The Marshes of Glynn,” Sea Island is a world apart. And by that, we don’t mean just scenic beauty.

In 2013, Travel + Leisure ranked The Lodge at Sea Island and The Cloister at Sea Island as No. 1 and No. 2 resorts in the Continental U.S. in its annual “world’s best” poll. Both properties have been rated AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star for their extraordinary service and well-appointed accommodations.

Enthusiasts of many stripes — golfers, sailors, spa lovers and foodies — may be drawn to this majestic and secluded island for different reasons, but they share one thing in common: a desire for a second-to-none vacation. Here is a guide to the Sea Island resort, including everything you need to know about dining, lodging and things to do!

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Sea Island Dining

Georgian Room

With a roster of executive chefs who continue to take gourmet cuisine to new heights — not to mention a glittering dining room permeated with Southern elegance — the resort’s famed Georgian Room serves up once-in-a-lifetime dinners nightly.

Southern Tide

Located at the Sea Island Beach Club, Southern Tide offers casual beachfront dining. The menu is crafted with southern influences and features fresh and local seafood. Enjoy refreshing cocktails and mouthwatering dishes with a view. 

Tavola

Tavola is Sea Island's authentic Italian eatery, serving homemade pasta, fresh mozzarella and wood fired pizza. Dine year-round in Tavola's enclosed porch and garden courtyard. There's even a separate menu for children to enjoy.

Colt & Alison

Enjoy a fine dining experience at Sea Island's classic steakhouse, Colt & Alison. With dishes from land and sea, the menu features USDA cuts and fresh seafood. For a romantic date, order the 32oz Porterhouse for Two, Colt & Alison's featured dish. 

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Sea Island Lodging

The Lodge

Stay at The Lodge at Sea Island for a boutique hotel experience. The Lodge is located on the site of an old antebellum plantation to create a warm and rustic setting for your stay. Enjoy 24-hour butler service, balcony views and convenient access to a championship golf course.

The Cloister

Elegant charm and ornate details can be found at The Cloister at Sea Island. Guests can choose from three different settings including the main building, beach club and ocean residences. The Cloister is surrounded by numerous activities and amenities including the beach, spa, fitness center and game room!

The Inn

The Inn at Sea Island is conveniently located between The Cloister and The Lodge. The Inn features bright and comfortable rooms with access to a heated outdoor pool, breakfast buffet, on-site bar and more. Shuttles and complimentary cars are available on a first come, first served basis. 

Cottages

Enjoy private cottage rentals at Sea Island, perfect for family reunions and friendly gatherings. Cottage are fully furnished to make you feel at home and are available in multiple locations. A stay in one of these cottages includes access to Sea Island amenities and activities. 

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Things To Do

Golf at the Sea Island Golf Club

For golfers, few things are more thrilling than playing a course that has challenged PGA legends. The Sea Island Golf Club — home to the RSM Classic — thrills golfers with three immaculately maintained championship courses along the coastal and marshland landscapes. The Retreat Course was designed by Davis Love III.

Tour the Marshes

Revered for centuries, the famous marshes surrounding Sea Island’s western edge are a treasure trove for nature lovers. From Sea Island, visitors can experience their splendor from a kayak, sailboat or with a guided marsh tour.

Decompress at the Spa

Sea Island’s revered Spa and Fitness Center boasts an incredible 65,000 square feet of space devoted to one thing: your well-being. The spa menu ranges from progressive treatments (try the Spiced Fusion, a ginger bath with Balinese massage) to the downright decadent (like the Suite Hearts in-suite couples massage package).

Horseback Ride on the Beach

With its sugary sand and gentle surf, the beaches of Sea Island were tailor-made for long horseback rides. Guests of the resort have a variety of rides to choose from.

Enjoy the World-Class Kids Programs

For more than 50 years, The Cloister has offered kids camp experiences that take full advantage of the unique Sea Island experience. Through games, crafts and outdoor adventure, children ages 3 to 14 can forge indelible memories at Camp Cloister, while archery, golf and tennis clinics build confidence while fostering a spirit of play.

Find more information on Sea Island, activities available and even some of the island's lodging is available for those that wish to dig deeper.

The downloadable Visitors Guide is also a great resource on the region, as you research your vacation to the Golden Isles. Plan your Golden Isles getaway.