Casa Genotta

On October 26, 1931, O’Neill’s Greek tragedy Mourning Becomes Electra opened on Broadway to rave reviews. At the suggestion of the actress, Ilka Chase, the O’Neills traveled to Sea Island hoping the southern hideaway would be a peaceful sanctuary for the playwright to relax. Like the characters in Electra, who longed-for their faraway islands of fantasy and peace, the couple discovered their version of the “Blessed Isles.”

Sea Island’s secluded beaches and pleasant southern hospitality have charmed many visitors into becoming permanent residents; the O’Neills were among the first. Envisioned as an internationally sophisticated destination, Sea Island began its celebrated history as a resort community with the opening of The Cloister in 1928. The isle’s pristine beauty appealed to the playwright and he immediately enlisted his loving wife to build them a home – the first that they had constructed themselves.


The recent rebirth of The Cloister is a grand renaissance of classic luxury and refined hospitality and Casa Genotta remains a jewel among the many offerings of Sea Island. As a member of the resort’s exclusive cottage colony, guests at Casa Genotta are provided access to the recreational activities, spa facilities, dining experiences, and special events featured at Sea Island.

For more information about the luxuries and heritage of O’Neill’s “blessed isle,” please visit

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Savannah/Hilton Head
International Airport

81.12 W
32.08 N
Estimated Distance: 85 miles


Brunswick Golden Isles

81.28 W
31.16 N
Estimated Distance: 18 miles


Golden Isles Marina
81.24 W
31.10 N
Estimated Distance: 6 miles

International Airport

81.41 W
30.29 N
Estimated Distance: 72 miles
  McKinnon Airport,
St. Simons

81.23 W
31.09 N
Estimated Distance: 6 miles
Sea Island
The Stage

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