Kiawah Island Resort
Located on a beautiful barrier island just a few miles from historic Charleston, South Carolina lies Kiawah Island Resort.
Primarily known for it’s golf, Kiawah is nevertheless a wonderful place for a relaxing beach holiday. Alternatively, you can enjoy some of the many other activities available or simply take in the breathtaking scenery.
The jewel in the crown at Kiawah Island Resort is the 5 diamond award, ocean front Sanctuary Hotel. We also offer a wide range of villas and private homes for those looking for a self catering option.
Awarded the Forbes Five Star Award, the Sanctuary offers the ultimate in luxury accommodation backed up by impeccable service and top class amenities.
Just a few steps from your room and within sight of the Atlantic Ocean, two outdoor swimming pools provide exclusive retreats. Separate adult and family pools allow guests to choose the atmosphere of their choice.
The beach concierge is pleased to arrange for beach chairs, umbrellas and towels. The Loggerhead Grill provides food and beverage service for guests on the beach, as well as those at the outdoor pools.
The indoor swimming pool offers the opportunity for guests to take a leisurely dip, a vigorous lap or participate in a Hydro Toning Fitness Class. The pool is open 7 days a week from 6:00am – 8pm. It is adults only from 6:00am -10am.
The Sanctuary Spa
The full service Spa at the Sanctuary provides guests with everything you would expect from massage to facials, hair and nail care, private yoga and pilates classes. For the golfer they offer specialist high performance stretching, foot massage and athletic recovery massage programs.
As you would expect from a five star hotel there are several gift, clothing and other specialist shops within the Sanctuary.
The business center offers a complete remote office providing a document center, clerical services, office supplies, computer workstations, work alcoves, UPS & FedEx Shipping and Wi-Fi Access. The Business Center is available to guests of The Sanctuary at any hour of the day or night by utilizing your guest room key for admittance.
The Sanctuary’s Fitness Center is open from 6am – 8:30pm daily, and offers a variety of cardiovascular and weight-training equipment. The fitness center also offers personal training, which can be used to enhance your regular workout or maintain your fitness levels throughout your visit.
Mercedes Benz program
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort have a partnership with Mercedes-Benz. Guests of The Sanctuary may enjoy the use of a Mercedes-Benz vehicle during their stay in four hour increments per day on a first come, first serve basis.
The Sanctuary offers 255 spacious rooms and suites, including the 3000 square foot Presidential Suite. The King rooms are among the largest on the East Coast with the smallest measuring 520 square feet. All hotel rooms are uniquely designed to include such exquisite amenities as a handcrafted desk and armoire, an elegantly appointed sofa and chair, and custom made beds.
Kiawah Island Resort Villas
There are a large variety of 1, 2 and three bedroom villas spread around the Kiawah Island Resort. Most of our rentals are in the East Beach area but we also have some available in the West Beach area.
Villas come in three categories, standard, deluxe and premier and there are scenic view, partial ocean view and ocean view options so rates vary a lot depending on your needs. Given the exclusive nature of the resort we think the villa rates are very reasonable so a golf break at Kiawah does not have to break the bank!
All the villas are privately owned so equipment and furnishing varies but the owner has to maintain them to a good standard otherwise the Resort will remove them from the rental program. In our opinion even the standard units are very nice. As you would expect all villas are fully equipped and will have everything you need for a comfortable self catering holiday.
We can request specific units but cannot always guarantee this as units may be removed from the program temporarily if the owner wishes to use it. For groups needing more than one unit we usually recommend the deluxe villas as it is not always easy to get standard villas close together.
Daily housekeeping is not included but can be added on request.
We have access to a range of four bedroom private homes situated throughout Kiawah Island. equipment and furnishing varies as you would expect for private homes but the quality is generally of a very high standard.
Views vary but include golf course, lagoon, marsh and wooded views. We do not have any ocean view homes available.
We can request specific units but cannot always guarantee this as units may be removed from the program temporarily if the owner wishes to use it.
Daily housekeeping is not included but can be added on request.
The resort boasts five top class golf courses, four on the island itself, including the world famous Ocean Course which held the 1991 ‘War on the Shore’ Ryder Cup and 2012 PGA Championship where Rory McIlroy was triumphant.
Tennis is a big feature as well with 24 Har-Tru, clay and hard courts and a myriad of instructional programs offered at the #1 Tennis Resort in the World, as ranked by tennisresortsonline.com.
There are plenty of other activities from kayaking and nature tours to bicycling and days spent at the beach. It is about a 45 minute drive to downtown Charleston to the north.
Other facilities at the resort including a number of outdoor pools, shops and recreational activities. Nature is the number one attraction and guests can enjoy bird watching, alligator walks, loggerhead turtle viewing and there are 10 miles of nature trails which you can explore by foot or bike.
The resort has plenty of choice when it comes to dining and refreshments. At The Market at Town Center, you can eat in or take out at Kiawah’s neighborhood market, with a delicatessen featuring daily specials and a wide variety of grocery items, newspapers and gifts. The Market is open for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
At the Inn Side Scoop you can enjoy hand-dipped ice cream, shakes, floats, sundaes and malts plus a selection of novelty candy. Sample Freshly roasted oysters, BBQ and more at Mingo Point where you can dance to live music and enjoy the sunset views over the Kiawah River. Dine poolside at The Night Heron Grill where you will find a range of sandwhiches, burgers and salads.
The Southern Kitchen is the perfect place to start every day at Kiawah. Located in the Straw Market at West beach, enjoy all day breakfast items such as specialty omelets, chicken and waffles, blueberry pancakes and praline French toast plus several lighter options. For lunch they also serve a variety of salads and sandwiches.
At The Sanctuary there is the The Ocean Room, Kiawah’s signature steakhouse. Jasmine Porch, which serves traditional Lowcountry-style cuisine. Loggerhead Grill, A tropical oceanfront cafe offers poolside dining while for those with a sweet tooth there is Beaches & Cream for quick snacks and decadent sweets.
There are also plenty of golf club dining opportunities with the Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House at Osprey Point, Tomasso at Turtle Point and the Ryder Cup Bar and the Atlantic Room at the Ocean Course.
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