America's Best Hotels
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No. 20 The Cloister, Sea Island, GA
Long a favorite of the East Coast establishment, the 1928 Mediterranean-style mansion is set on 1,000 acres of a barrier island south of Savannah. The design is romantic Mediterranean, a nod to the Spaniards who discovered and settled this coast long before the English arrived. During the day, guests hike, bike, or horseback along five miles of private beach.