Island News & Notes


The Salon at The Spa Returns


The Salon at The Spa at Sea Island reopened its state-of-the-art facility and welcomes all clientele with a fresh, full-service salon menu. Unwind and indulge in the finest treatments at the experienced hands of master cosmetologists, certified makeup artists and licensed nail technicians. Recommended treatments include makeup services featuring the popular mineral cosmetic line from La Bella Donna and the revitalizing skin care line from Babor. Manicure and pedicure services use natural, organic brands from SpaRitual and gentle body care products from Zents.

The renovated retreat also features a wide array of hair treatments: A daily dry bar service includes shampooing, blow-drying and styling; and spa-goers need look no further for trendy cuts, brilliant color changes and restorative conditioning treatments, featuring exclusive hair products from Redken, Kerastase and Moroccanoil.

In an effort to provide all guests the opportunity to stimulate their senses, The Salon offers special packages and events for men and women, adults and children. Exciting, customizable events include private bridal parties, ladies’ nights out and makeovers, among many others. Specially for male guests, The Salon provides the unique, relaxing Mansome Package, complete with nail, scalp and hair, and upper body massage treatments. Tweens and teens also have the delightful opportunity to host birthday parties, indulge in princess packages, or enjoy quality styling and cuts for all ages. Finally, for the bride, wedding consultation and trials are also available, with the added options of bridal hairstyling and wedding day makeup. (912-638-5148;

Protect and Conserve

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Sea Island’s sandy beach serves as a major nesting site for loggerhead sea turtles, a threatened species protected under state and federal laws. Each year, dozens of female sea turtles make their pilgrimage to the area’s sands to dig a deep nesting hole, lay between 100 to 150 round, leathery eggs and cover their caches before returning to the ocean. Two months later, the baby sea turtles hatch, crawl to the surface and embark on their journey to the shimmering waves.

Sea Island’s Adopt-a-Nest program helps protect this delicate species while allowing guests to have a direct, proactive role in their protection and conservation. The resort will donate proceeds collected from the program to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, where they will be used to fund sea turtle research, data collection and training programs in various areas along the coast.

For $150, donors receive an adoption certificate, a photograph of a Sea Island hatchling, information regarding their specific nest (date laid, number of eggs, et cetera) and the pride that accompanies helping a beloved species. Adoption forms can be found at the activities desk, or email to receive a copy of the form.

Perfect Practice

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Sea Island Murphy Jensen Tennis Academy (MJTA) welcomes all to join the exciting opportunity to thoroughly experience, learn and enjoy the game of tennis. Murphy Jensen, tennis director and French Open doubles champion, brings his passion for the game to the academy, teaching the power of practice. His motto is, “Practice doesn’t make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect.” The academy features world-class instruction, innovative workshops and classes for all ages and levels, and a state-of-the-art facility, including 16 Har-Tru clay courts at The Cloister and Retreat Tennis Centers.

Emphasizing three important values of the game—consistency, placement and power—learned from personal experience, Jensen and Sea Island MJTA instill and provide valuable lessons to students both on and off the courts. Enriching programs include the Daily Pro Doubles Clinics, where students have the opportunity to battle it out against both Murphy and Luke Jensen in a series of activities, and “O” Zone Cardio Tennis, in which students will hone their technique in a full-body workout.

Sea Island MJTA offers an extensive variety of games, classes and workshops from a group of qualified, professional instructors who know how to incorporate fun and excitement. So come out, take a breath and bring your best game. And don’t forget to stop by The Cloister Tennis Retail Shop for equipment and sportswear by Lacoste, Fila and Tonic by Martina Hingis. (912-638-5168;

In the Market


This winter, discover The Market—Sea Island’s newest, fresh and artisan foods concept—where local farmers and producers will present shoppers with a wide array of foods and goods. Whether to settle appetites between meals or to pick up gourmet ingredients for a dinner party, shoppers will find fresh fruit and vegetables, first-class fish and meat from the butcher, baked goods such as breads and pastries, wine, specialty cheeses, the offerings of a cozy coffee shop, and prepared foods that are ready to eat once they’re reheated. The Market will feature goods from local sources and plans to present a weekly farmers market, where consumers will find food fresh from the harvest. Shoppers will also find floral arrangements and other Sea Island-related items available for purchase. The opening of The Market promises to be one of the most delicious events of the season.

Sea Island by Design


Fashion designer Amy Smilovic of Tibi lives in Connecticut, but grew up locally. Sea Island has a special place in her heart; every year, she returns with her family during the winter to spend quality time together and enjoy the beach. Smilovic has lent her talents to Sea Island throughout the years, and most recently created a special monogram for Sea Island, which is featured on tote bags sold at the resort. Members and guests can pick one up at any of Sea Island’s retail locations, perfect for carrying beach essentials or workout gear during your vacation.

The Eye of an Appraiser

Nick Dawes headshot_Antiques RoadshowDelve into the world of art and antiques with one of the industry’s leading authorities, Nicholas Dawes. In a unique opportunity, join Dawes, vice president of special collections for Heritage Auctions in New York—the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer—for a presentation followed by a private dinner the evening of Nov. 15. The following day, Dawes will lend his expertise for appraisals.

Dawes brings more than 35 years of experience as an international antiques dealer, auction director, writer, lecturer and charity auctioneer. He is considered the nation’s leading authority on works by glass designer René Lalique, and is a frequent guest on PBS and other television programs, as well as an appraiser for “Antiques Roadshow” since its first season in 1996. The weekend in November promises to be a rare look into the fascinating arena of antique treasures.


Decking the Halls


Exciting activities, vibrant entertainment and flavorful cuisine top the agenda this holiday season, which is sure to be an unforgettable one. Celebrate the annual festivities with friends, family and Sea Island; all ages are welcome.

Thanksgiving will not only bring delicious turkey feasts to Sea Island restaurants, but also some spirited competition. Bring your sneakers and your loved ones to the Turkey Trot Fun Run and the Turkey Day Family Olympics.

20121206_holiday_food_culinary_0490Christmas only gets better—leave the cooking to Sea Island chefs, who prepare traditional holiday dishes alongside twists on old favorites. On Dec. 1, Sea Island members and guests are invited to an exclusive tree lighting ceremony. See the life-sized gingerbread house and participate in the 12th annual Reindog Parade, featuring costumed pets. On Christmas Eve, gather in the Colonial Lounge for a night full of traditional Christmas melodies and seasonal readings at the Yule Log Ceremony.

New Year’s Eve festivities begin at sunset with exquisite dining at any Sea Island restaurant, or with a venture outdoors for the premiere of Diamonds, Denim and Bluegrass – Celebrating 2013 at Rainbow Island, where you can indulge in a farm-to-table dinner under the stars. Afterward, meet at The Cloister for a lively night of music and dancing in true Gatsby-era style for the Roaring Twenties event, celebrating the original opening of The Cloister. At midnight, the party continues with a spectacular fireworks show to commemorate the start of 2014.

And the arrival of spring brings even more fun: Friends and family will enjoy an exclusive Easter egg hunt with 10,000 eggs spread out across five separate fields. Keep an eye out for the golden golf ball! (

Sea Island, on my Mind


A family affair took place at Sea Island when Lou and Najla Lataif celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at The Cloister with their four children, four children-in-law and 19 grandchildren.

The couple honeymooned at Sea Island in 1963, and remembers the resort as “very luxurious [with] great rooms, excellent service [and] superb food.” And when the Lataifs returned to the island to look into hosting their anniversary-turned-reunion, they discovered a resort that was just as elegant as they remembered from their newlywed days and even more family-friendly, making it the perfect venue for their celebration.

From playing in the pools and enjoying the ocean to trying their hands at golf, skeet shooting and a little shopping, the Lataif family dabbled in many of Sea Island’s activities. During the evenings, they took to the Club Room, where they made memories putting on performances for each other. The evenings’ entertainment programs were themed: “Sea Island Sequel,” “Sea Island Serenade” and “Soirée at Sea Island,” and included original poems, videos, piano-playing and games. One of the most memorable nights featured a formal dinner complete with “wedding” cake and toasts where Lou, accompanied by his children, performed “Najla on my Mind” a song he wrote to the tune of “Georgia on my Mind” about his 50-year sweetheart. Special photographs preserved their memories from the event, but Lou states, “It was a week all of us wished never ended—and none of us will ever forget. … We will treasure the memory of our Sea Island week.”

The Wild Kingdom


Throughout the fall and winter, the Sea Island estuaries become a playground for many different forms of natural life. Observers are likely to find redfish relocating to the water flats, where shallow streams lend a front-row seat to exciting marine life as the fish swim in search of shrimp. Schools of trout will also be on display as the groups navigate the many oyster beds surrounding Sea Island’s shores. Both the redfish and trout will lure nearby dolphin closer, granting bystanders a unique glance into the underwater animal kingdom. All of this takes place in the late afternoon, just as the sun drifts low in the sky and the golden marshes begin to gleam with the red-orange light of the early evening.


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