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Built in 1928 by trailblazer Addison Mizner, The Cloister was renovated and basically rebuilt in 2006, with the original main building being replaced and moved to the shore of the Black Banks River. This extensive multimillion-dollar facelift updated the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel with a variety of modern touches, but more than 80 years of rich history remains well intact, with artifacts from over the years still on display or in use in the Mediterranean-style structures. Much of the significant architectural features of the old Cloister were preserved and transferred to the new building, too, like the large stained-glass windows (which were relocated to the Spanish Lounge). There’s also a lovely solarium, in a nod to the old sunroom.
Additionally, The Cloister Ocean Villas were built in 2009, making these luxurious suites that feature access to a private pool the newest part of the Sea Island hotel.
The Cloister went through a complete renovation in 2007, with the Frederica Suite and St. Simons Island Suite completed in 2012. The suites are approximately 1,200 square feet with a king bed, fireplace and wrap-around private balcony.