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The World's Best-Designed Hotels 2015
Georgia: The Cloister at Sea Island
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  • 2015 World's Best

The World's Best-Designed Hotels 2015

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William Torrillo

Whether their tastes run toward former palaces or charming tree houses, Travel+Leisure readers named the 20 hotels that most dazzle them with their aesthetics.

No. 20: The Cloister, Sea Island, GA

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This stately barrier-island resort has hosted a few Downton Abbey-themed weekends, and no wonder: Even if the exterior of the main building is Mediterranean rather than English (it was originally designed by legendary Florida architect Addison Mizner), the hotel still plays the role of country estate to the hilt, with its overstuffed chairs, gilded mirrors, Turkish rugs, and marble baths. The resort is currently being expanded by 63 rooms, but still offers access to five miles of beach, three golf courses and its own Wonderland sweet shop, home of the pecan-laden Gold Brick Sundae. Readers applauded the friendly service and another sensory delight—the poignant sounds of bagpipes at sister property The Lodge at Sea Island.

Georgia: The Cloister at Sea Island

The World's Best-Designed Hotels 2015

No. 20: The Cloister, Sea Island, GA

This stately barrier-island resort has hosted a few Downton Abbey-themed weekends, and no wonder: Even if the exterior of the main building is Mediterranean rather than English (it was originally designed by legendary Florida architect Addison Mizner), the hotel still plays the role of country estate to the hilt, with its overstuffed chairs, gilded mirrors, Turkish rugs, and marble baths. The resort is currently being expanded by 63 rooms, but still offers access to five miles of beach, three golf courses and its own Wonderland sweet shop, home of the pecan-laden Gold Brick Sundae. Readers applauded the friendly service and another sensory delight—the poignant sounds of bagpipes at sister property The Lodge at Sea Island.

William Torrillo
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