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We can pretty much guarantee that you won’t be at a loss of things to do during your stay at The Cloister, which offers a whole slew of planned activities. You’ll receive a packet that includes a listing of the week’s activities when you check in to this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel. Depending on the time of the year, activities can include everything from kayaking and cruises aboard the vintage Cloister Belle yacht to fishing, crabbing and sailing excursions. Of course, those are just the water-based activities: The Cloister also keeps you occupied on land with horseback riding, air-rifle and skeet shooting, tennis, volleyball, golf, bingo, cookie-making classes, ballroom dancing and much more.
Check out what’s showing at the Beach Club Movie Theatre. The 100-seat movie theater runs a kid-friendly matinee movie special, with admission including a soda and box of popcorn. The Sea Island hotel goes above standard viewings here too; the theater recently screened The Blind Side and accompanied the flick with a lecture from the Tuohy family, on whom the movie was based.
If you like talks, the luxury hotel regularly partners with the National Geographic Society to bring in guest lecturers. As National Geographic’s explorer-in-residence, Dr. Robert Ballard — known for discovering the shipwrecked Titanic in 1985 — came to The Cloister to do a presentation for adults and another for kids. The Georgia hotel paired the event with a re-created Titanic dinner served in the ballroom with an orchestra.
Don’t miss the twice-weekly bingo games and the weekly plantation suppers, both of which are signature family-friendly activities at the Sea Island hotel. The Cloister makes bingo quite the affair. Ladies and girls don dresses and men and boys wear jackets for the popular event. Caller Billy Bingo entertains the often sold-out crowd, who vies for cash prizes (proceeds go to charity) in the ballroom. The weekly plantation suppers are another one of the unique planned activities. The grill-out dinners take place on nearby Rainbow Island. The luxury hotel provides free shuttles to the supper spot, where you can sit in large wood chairs around brick circular fire pits, wooden picnic tables near the marsh or a screened-off dining room. You’ll feast at the down-home barbecue with shrimp, corn on the cob and more.
Kids and pre-teens can also join a variety of activities just for them at Camp Cloister (ages 3 to 8) and Club Sea Island (9 to 12), day camps led by local college students who keep children busy all day long, six days a week.
The Cloister offers a wide variety of activities for kids, teens, adults, couples and families. You can experience anything from tennis to shooting, nature activities, paddleboarding, sailing, or the spa and fitness center to name a few. There is something for every age group and interest.