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Georgia's Sea Island Spa welcomes new director Ella Stimpson

The Cloister hotel on Sea Island, Georgia, has been a favorite of well-heeled Washingtonians for years. With this week’s appointment of Ella Stimpson as director of the resort's renowned Spa at Sea Island, a new generation of spagoers will discover why Hollywood stars and the likes of Mitt Romney, Bob Schieffer, and Bob Woodward have flocked to the five miles of pristine beaches,, nature preserves, and golf courses.

The 65,000-square-foot Spa at Sea Island evokes a classical Mediterranean palazzo. The atrium’s tall palm trees shelter an indoor swimming pool and squash courts. With 23 treatment rooms, the spa menu ranges from Jasmine wraps to Japanese Basu bathing rituals and sea salt pedicures.

Stimpson comes to Sea Island from Las Vegas, where she most recently served as Executive Director of Spa Operations for Wynn and Encore Las Vegas, the first casino spa to be awarded a Forbes Five-Star rating. During her time in Las Vegas, Stimpson also had the honor of serving as Chairman of the International Spa Association (ISPA) from 2011-2013, where she continues to serve on the Board of Directors.

No newcomer to the wellness lifestyle, Stimpson began her career in 2000 as a personal trainer at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. During her nine-year tenure, The Broadmoor Spa earned a Five-Star rating from Forbes Travel Guide.

"With her vast industry experience, passion and creativity, Ella is well-suited to lead The Spa at Sea Island," said the resort’s Managing Director Rick Riess. "We are thrilled that she will lend her expertise to our continued goal of revitalizing guests through an array of curated treatments and amenities designed to inspire health and well being.”

About Sea Island

An exceptional destination appealing to those who appreciate gracious service and southern hospitality, Sea Island offers an extensive array of nature adventures and recreational experiences, as well formal dinner dances. Located on the southeastern coast of Georgia, halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville, the resort includes the 1928 Closter Hotel, and beach lodges. Known as a family resort, Sea Island is home to three championship golf courses, including Seaside, site of the PGA Tour's McGladrey Classic, and a Golf Learning Center.

Contact:, 888-732-4752.

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