Cloister at Sea Island
A lavish seaside retreat designed in Spanish Mediterranean-style by Florida's Addison Mizner, the Cloister is the Miss Congeniality of resorts.
IT'S ALL IN THE NUMBERS Two pools, three 18-hole golf courses, five restaurants, 18 tennis courts, and 279 rooms (though 69 in the main building are currently being renovated).
MOMMY OR MUMMY Kids happily occupied? Repair to the resort's Sea Island Spa to be slathered in oil and warm mud—the "Georgia mud pie wrap."
IT'S AN ACQUIRED TASTE Sample boiled peanuts at the weekly plantation supper, served on an island in the marsh. Also on the menu: boiled shrimp, corn on the cob, fried chicken, and Gullah music.
ANOTHER WAY TO BAKE Kids who have logged enough beach time can join Cookie Cutters, a baking workshop. Tasting encouraged.
TEEN SPIRIT There are junior golf and tennis clinics, chip-and-putt and shuffleboard tournaments, beauty makeovers, and power shopping trips to St. Simons Island.
IF THEY WANTED YOU TO WATCH, WOULDN'T THEY DO IT IN DAYLIGHT? In May and August, a guide escorts guests down the beach in the moonlight to glimpse 300-pound loggerhead turtles laying their eggs.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.