American Leisure Holidays

Introduction to American Leisure Holidays

American Leisure Holidays provide custom fit packages to a range of US destinations offering a bewildering array of activities and plenty of ways to relax in luxury.

What makes the perfect holiday?

Perhaps you are looking for an activity holiday. Maybe hiking, riding, surfing or even flying in a balloon? Rather, you are probably just looking to relax, either on a beach, or by the pool, perhaps with a cocktail or two?  

It could be that pampering yourself in a spa is your cup of tea? Furthermore, with Historical attractions, breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife, fine dining, nightlife and tons of shopping, America has it all.

American Leisure Holidays
Enjoy some R & R with American Leisure Holidays

American Leisure Holidays destinations

Our destinations offer variety, quality and top levels of service. We use our first hand knowledge and experience to put together a package to suit our clients every need.

South Carolina

Visit the bustling Myrtle Beach with it’s 60 miles of sandy beaches and a wealth of family activities. Alternatively, seek out the quiet beauty of Pawleys Island. Maybe immerse yourself in the history and cultural diversification of Charleston. Or perhaps relax on the holiday island of Hilton Head.

Four great destinations spanning the Atlantic coastline of South Carolina.


Away from the coast, you can relax by Lake Oconee, Georgia at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds. Lake Oconee is close to the Historic City of Greensboro, Georgia.


Head west to Scottsdale, Arizona and explore the beautiful Sonoran Desert as well as Sedona and The Grand Canyon.

Sonoran Desert
The natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert

Check out our destinations page below for more information or use the destinations menu at the top of the page.

Discover the rugged beauty of Sedona
Fly drive holidays

With so much to see and do and such a wide range of destinations, Fly Drive is a great way to see America.

The East Coast

Around 4 hours drive separates our four South Carolina destinations. Myrtle Beach is situated at the north end of South Carolina. Just 30 minutes south, but a world away in character is Pawleys Island. Historic Charleston is 90 minutes south of Pawleys Island. Finally,  head south about 2 hours and you come to wonderful Hilton Head Island.

Huntington Beach
Miles of unspoilt beach at Huntington Beach State Park

Given that Charleston includes the island resorts of Wild Dunes and Kiawah, that effectively makes for 6 destinations within a few hours drive so plenty of relaxing and not too much driving.

If you are flying into Atlanta or Charlotte you can also incorporate a few days on Lake Oconee at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds as part of your itinerary.

The South West

Alternatively, explore the South West with one of our Arizona fly drive packages. Fly into Phoenix International Airport and start your stay in Scottsdale, Arizona and explore the wondrous Sonoran Desert. From there we can arrange an itinerary which also takes in Sedona, just 90 minutes drive north of Scottsdale. Then, just 2 hours further north and you can discover one of America’s greatest attractions, The Grand Canyon.

We can also add additional destinations to any trip using our extensive contacts, built up over many years in the business.

See our Fly Drive page for more information.  

Lake Oconee
Relax by Lake Oconee, Georgia
Winter long stay

Looking to get away from the cold wet British winter? Our basic long stay package consists of a minimum of 28 days. However, additional weeks can be added on a pro-rata basis so we can tailor longer stays to suit your needs.

With very reasonable accommodation rates and a wide range of properties for rent it is a great way to find some winter sun.

Long Stay Destinations

We offer two Long Stay destinations. Barefoot Resort in North Myrtle Beach is situated overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, close to many shops, restaurants and attractions and just a few blocks from public beach access.

Alternatively, just 2 hours south is Wild Dunes Resort on the beautiful Isle of Palms, just north of Charleston.  A top class resort with miles of sandy beach, golf, tennis, spa and plenty of dining options all on-site.

Find out more on our Winter Long Stay page.

Wild Dunes
The Beach at Wild Dunes Resort
about american leisure holidays

We are a husband and wife team dedicated to providing quality custom fit American leisure holidays. Together, we have been travelling to the US since 1995 and have a second home in South Carolina.

Downtown Charleston
Historic Charleston, South Carolina

We spend a lot of time building up a wealth of first-hand knowledge and building close working relationships with the resorts that we offer. This allows us to provide the level of service and quality of package that you deserve.

About our packages

All our packages are custom built as we recognise that everyone’s tastes and needs are different. From time to time we may publish package prices, especially if we have special offers to share, but in general we prefer our clients to ask us for a quote to match their own very specific requirements.

So please, contact us and let us take care of you on your next American leisure holiday. Visit the About us page for more on who we are and what we do.  

American destinations

introduction to our american destinations

Below you will find an overview of our American destinations. With so much to see and do in this vast continent we decided to start with what we know. We have spent many years exploring this great country. This is our chance to share our experiences with you. Below is a summary of our current destinations. Be sure to check out the individual destination pages for more complete information.

South Carolina beach resorts

The coastline of South Carolina boasts a wonderful variety of destinations, offering a myriad of activities, attractions and, of course, many ways to relax. At the North end, Myrtle Beach boasts a wide range of beachfront accommodations, many family attractions and more ways to shop than you can imagine! There are two major shopping, dining and entertainment centres. Broadway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing.    Although known as the ‘golf capital of the world’, of the 14 million visitors, only 1 million are golfers. Myrtle Beach is primarily a summer family resort so pack the costume, sun lotion and flip flops and head to ‘The Grand Strand’.

Marriott Myrtle Beach
The Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort

Just 30 minutes south of Myrtle Beach is the hidden gem, Pawleys Island. The oldest seaside resort in America, the island itself still has evidence of the summer homes of rich plantation owners from Charleston. Now, Pawleys Island offers pristine, uncrowded beaches, waterways teeming with wildlife, quaint shopping malls, fine dining and more. Area attractions include Brookgreen Gardens, Huntington Beach State Park and Hobcaw Barony. We love it so much we bought a home here in 2003! It is also home to some of the highest ranked golf courses in South Carolina, if not America.

Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort
Beachside pool at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort

Historic charleston

Head 90 minutes south of Pawleys Island and you come to Historic Charleston. One of the most popular American destinations, Charleston has a rich history dating back to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.

Charleston has become the most visited city in the US so rooms fill up fast. Early booking is recommended. Downtown Charleston boasts a bewildering collage of shops, dining, historic homes and attractions. You can view the City on foot, or choose a horse and carriage ride.

Beyond the City limits are many other attractions including the historic homes and gardens along Ashley River Road. Also, Fort Sumter, where the opening shots of the US Civil War took place and Patriot’s Point Naval Museum.  Accommodation ranges from the island resorts of Wild Dunes and Kiawah, to elegant Downtown Hotels.

Francis Marion Hotel
The elegant Francis Marion Hotel in Downtown Charleston

hilton head island

The unique island of Hilton Head sits at the southern tip of the Carolina coast. Sea Pines Resort, sits at the southern tip of the island, and offers a range of villas, condos and private homes as well as the elegant Inn at Harbour Town. Harbour Town Golf Links is one of three on-site courses but golf is just one pastime on offer. The resort is a maze of cycle trails. There is also the beach, tennis, water sports and a range of shopping and dining, including at Harbour Town Marina.

There are also beach resorts including the Westin Resort & Spa at Port Royal Plantation and  The OMNI Oceanfront Resort which is located in Palmetto Dunes Resort. Public beach access at Coligny Beach. There are numerous shopping and dining options scattered all over the island including at Shelter Cove Marina.

OMNI Hilton Head accommodation
OMNI Hilton Head bedroom


Alternatively, relax on the shores of Lake Oconee, Georgia. At the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds you will enjoy five star service and amenities at this beautiful lake side resort.

Lake Oconee
Lake Oconee is just one of many area attractions


Want to head West instead? Scottsdale is fast becoming one of the top American destinations. With so much to offer travellers. Whether looking for relaxation or activity holidays it really does have it all. Sightseers can head to the Grand Canyon, or the Red Rocks of Sedona. For the activity conscious the Scottsdale area offers balloon rides, horse riding, jeep tours and walking trails. All great ways to explore the magical Sonoran Desert. All sounds too much like hard work? Never mind, just relax at one of our upscale spa resorts.

Copperwynd Resort
Spectacular views from Copperwynd Resort near Scottsdale

More about our American destinations

If you want to find out more about any of our America destinations please use the destinations menu or click on the destination links above.  

Fly Drive Holidays

For those looking to create a multi-stop trip we offer fly drive holidays to our destinations. Please take a look at our Fly Drive page for information.

Fly Drive Holidays
Find out about our Fly Drive Holidays in the USA

Winter Long Stay

We offer winter long stay packages for those looking to escape the British winter. Check out our Winter Long Stay pages for details.

Wild Dunes Beach
The beach at Wild Dunes Resort

News & updates

You can see the latest resort news, current special offers and other updates on our Blog. Alternatively, visit our Facebook Page


If you would like a quote or just want some additional information or advice please contact us by email

We spend almost half our time in the US, a lot of the time travelling which is why we do not publish a phone number.  We therefore prefer that you contact us via email but if you wish to speak by phone then please give us a time and a number and we will call you.

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About us

We are Mike & Iris Down (I’m the one holding the camera!) a husband and wife team who have been travelling to the US since 1995. From day one we fell in love with the quality, variety and level of service that we have experienced and it is our mission to use this knowledge and passion to provide unforgettable holidays to fellow travellers through American Leisure Holidays.

Our background is in the golf package business but we also appreciate the wide range of activities, and breathtaking locations that we have experienced in the US so it was a natural progression for us to move into the leisure business.

Our golf business is Golf Holidays America. If you want to take a look at our golf site please click here.

We would welcome your comments and feedback and please do let us know if we can do anything to help you plan your next trip Stateside.

Kind regards

Mike & Iris Down


American Leisure Holidays