They visually welcome guests near the main entrance to the new hotel. When we look at them each day, we will constantly be reminded of the wonderful traditions and the family gatherings that have made this resort community who we are. We can also anticipate an exciting future filled with new traditions
and special experiences," said Jones.
The entire original main building of The Cloister Hotel, along with the stained glass windows and the Spanish Lounge, was designed by the famed architect of the early 1900s, Addison Mizner. The spectacular 1920's architecture featured Mediterranean influences, including Moorish, Byzantine and Gothic elements.
Today, The Cloister has undergone an extensive, several hundred million dollar rebuild of its main building and it will soon take its place among those very few grand and historic hotels in this country.
Sea Island Resorts has topped awards lists annually as one of the finest resort communities in the world, and has been a favorite destination for world leaders, royalty, celebrities and discerning families since 1928. Lured by its privacy, service, amenities and beautiful setting, it has welcomed U.S. Presidents and their families including Coolidge, Hoover, Ford, Carter, George H. Bush, and George W. Bush, as well as Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher, Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands, General and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill and Melissa Gates, Mr. and Mrs. Edsel Ford, Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Margaret Mitchell, Eugene and Carlotta Monterey O'Neill, Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Jimmy Stewart, Katie Couric, Anna Kournikova and John Travolta.
President George Bush also selected Sea Island Resorts as the host site for the prestigious 2004 G8 Summit, the annual gathering of the eight leaders
of the free world.
The Cloister at Sea Island, opening in March, 2006, is being designed by one of America's leading architects today, Peter Capone, of Peter Capone Associates, and one of America's leading interior designers, Pamela Hughes, of Hughes Design Associates.
The architecture evokes the vision of Mizner, and will capture the essential character of the time-honored original. Nestled along the Black Banks River, the new Cloister at Sea Island will retain an intimate feel, like spending hours in a grand, private residence. The original gracious hospitality that the Cloister has always been known for will now be enhanced with 24-hour butler service, custom-designed furniture, fabrics and lighting, astounding art and antiques collected from the finest galleries in the U.S. and Europe, and more than 650 handcrafted Turkish rugs, using antique and traditional patterns.
"Our Resort community is special, and not just because of the remarkable surroundings, or the beautiful buildings and the fabulous interiors. It's special because of our people, our traditions, our genuine service from the heart," said Jones. "Here at Sea Island Resorts, children can safely ride
their bikes, families still play bingo together, adults and children alike can
go on turtle walks with our resident Sea Island naturalist, and our employees
often know and remember our guests."
The Lodge at Sea Island, a sister property, was opened in 2002, and was
awarded in its first year, and has maintained ever since, the prestigious AAA
Five Diamond Award along with the Mobil 5-Star rating. It was among the
youngest properties ever to debut at 5-Star status in the exclusive inspection
"We're very proud of our eight decades of rich Southern heritage, and we're poised and excited to welcome the future," said Jones.