World's Best Island Hotels
Courtesy of Sea Island Resorts
No. 15 The Cloister, Sea Island, GA
A mansion set on 1,000 acres of a barrier island along the Black Banks River and the Atlantic Shore make up this storied hotel, which has long been a favorite of the East Coast Establishment. Return guests often prefer to unpack the Beach Club Suites, which have kitchens, fireplaces and balconies and are set close to three pools, an ice cream parlor, movie theater, and children's center. Other hotel activities include a 90-minute tour ($100 per person) of the salt marsh onboard the Cloister Belle, a restored antique yacht, to see oyster beds and live shrimp.