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Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort14.5
nature center • ocean room • turtle point • ryder cup

1 Sanctuary Beach Dr
Kiawah Island, SC 29455, US
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  • Photo of Paul Asel
    3 years ago
    Beautiful golf course surrounded by lots of water traps - watch for alligators in the pond and, toward evening, on the course itself
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  • Photo of ker90
    3 months ago
    The main hotel, the Sanctuary, is beautiful. We were in for a wedding, and stayed in the Tennis Center villas. Our place was in pretty bad shape, with peeling paint, and poor cleaning (Hair in bathtub, dust, needed a deep clean). The pictures don't really show how old school it was. We walked to the pool, and it was closed, which is not indicated on the website, and even at check in we were given a pool code. The Villa guests cannot enter the beautiful pool at the sanctuary. As we left today we really felt like it was a bait and switch - the idea that these places are of a similar quality to the rest of the resort is laughable. The website should clearly indicate that the villas are not part of the resort and rent them as what they are - older places that haven't been updated, and really lower the expectations. Of course they are less expensive then the main hotel, but not so much so that you would not assume there would be some level of quality. On the positive side there was great food and service at the wedding, and there is a very convenient general store on the grounds that has good food, and a nice selection of merchandise.
  • Photo of Davek36
    3 months ago
    We had a long awaited guys golf trip for 8 and rented an Ocean Front Premier Home, the highest of available properties with the Kiawah Resort. Before our visit I received the typical email from the Villa and Homes Concierge, outlining our accessibility to all Resort Facilities and offering assistance should we need some. Golf was booked, so I asked for spa appointments for 3 of us. I received a note back indicating that "we don't make spa appointments for guests..., here's a phone number".... Ok, maybe I missing something.. so I made my appointments. As we prepared, I hoped to email the individual golf courses to give the, foursome matches, cart assignments and handicaps. I hoped one of the Country's foremost Golf Meccas could certainly generate marked cards for play..... I was told they "don't have emails for the golf courses".... then I was again tendered phone numbers.... When I attempted to call I was quickly told that I could bring the, in the day of play and if they have time they would "try and help me out"... What am I staying at a Howard Johnson's next to a muni track? A wonderful young lady assistant at The Ocean Course did make cards for me on our visit there. I didn't attempt at the others. We were departing on a Saturday after Golf and on Thurs at 4 (while I was on the Golf Course) I received a message. Due to Hurricane Irma, the Management had decided to Close the resort the next day at Noon, sorry about the inconvenience.... storm was expected Monday eve. I didn't get that message until 8 the next morning... 4 hours before we were to be preemptively thrown out of our accommodations...... our flight was still "on time" for the next day, but we were on the street.... I called and was told that was the way it was, "apology for the inconvenience"... no offer of support, nor accommodation..... stranded, 36 hours ahead of our flight.... that's the way it is... We scrambled and moved to Charleston..... Hurricanes anywhere, and certainly on the beautiful island of Kiawah are no joke as we all know...... I respect an assertive, preemptive action to protect employees, and the property.... I do. To be so uncaring and dismissive of your guests without regard for their hardship is beneath the stature I have always held Kiawah Resort in after 4 visits. And if you stay at a 4000 plus per night 7 or 8 million dollar home, I think you should have someone set up your spa appointment upon request..... maybe it's just me. Loved the place..... til this visit.... 96 Surfsong is a beautiful home.
  • Photo of heatherc503
    3 months ago
    The minute you step into this hotel you'll feel like you've stepped back in time, in a good way. The property is beautiful, the food is amazing and the service is second to none. I highly suggest Jasmine Porch and the beautiful Ocean Room for dinner and you should definitely rent a bike for a ride around the island and the beach.
  • Photo of frankiegarber
    3 months ago
    Kiawah Island is such a wonderful place to stay. There is so much to do and it is so relaxing. I do recommend staying in a villa rented through the Resort. Bike paths are wonderful and you can explore all parts of the Island.
  • Photo of prakthomas
    3 months ago
    Stayed in a one bedroom Villa at Kiawah Island Golf Resort on a Golf package. We arrived at 0130 after an interminable drive from Tennessee after our Solar Eclipse trip. This was our second trip to Kiawah Golf Resort. Despite the horrific late arrival, we were met by a smiling face with all the things needed to find our place and get settled in. What a relief! The Villas are apartment-like settings, with many family amenities such as full size refrigerator, microwave, 4-burner stove, coffee machine, dishwasher, washer/dryer. There is a screened in deck overlooking a pond/estuary with birds, alligators, fish for entertainment and enjoyment. The screen kept away all flying insects. The place had king bed, clean, no smokers, generally quiet. Many people brought dogs which we never heard. Kids were welcome and it seemed a very family friendly environment. Natural paths to beach and other water. Birding was abundant and spectacular. Golf is reviewed elsewhere but was exceptional. The only negatives were the lack of daily maid services. It was not clear when we booked, that we were on our own in that regard, but really not a problem. Daily fresh towels were missed. Trash services were also "on your own" with big dumpsters out front. Also not really a problem. A couple of semi-comatose cockroaches were found on the last two days, and it was probably time for another exterminator visit to the place. After all, it is the south, and critters are abundant. I would give the place a 4.5/5 rating if possible. Would return.
  • Photo of audreyasimpson
    4 months ago
    Three generations headed to Kiawah including two families from Northern Ireland and one from Houston. Before our arrival we had some concerns regarding our accommodation so contacted the resort. The service and response was excellent so special thanks to Sharon and Delaney. We stayed in two premier ocean view condos which were very well equipped, virtually on the beach and had spectacular views.What did we like: 1 The beach was not crowded like so many European beaches and went on for miles.It was very safe for cycling.But beware of sharks!!!! 2 The wild life was incredible. Our grandchildren had an incredible experience of seeing turtles hatching and slowly making their way to the sea guided by their torches. A truly memorable experience for an eight year and two five year old girls. Spotting alligators and deer appearing at the steps of your condo. 3 Fantastic cycle trails. Magical cycling to and from restaurants as a family. 4 Excellent restaurants. Thank you Patrick in Tomasso for booking us restaurants on our first night. And to Joe on our last night for wonderful service which included souvenir books for our grandchildren. 5 Great fun in the Night Herron pool. 6 Wonderful golf courses. What did we not like? Not a lot but .... 1 As Europeans we are not used to being charged for maid service at five star resorts and it was expensive. 2 Even though we paid for daily maid service we had to always ask for the toiletries to be replaced. Again standard in European resorts. 3 The shop on site is extortionate so on our first day we paid $15 return trip to Freshfields just outside the resort and stocked up. We used the resort's transport (which was free within the resort and very efficient) Future trips could be done by bicycle. Take note the bikes do not have hand brakes - you pedal backwards to stop. Interesting!!! Also a special thanks to the local fire fighters who saw all of us on a cycle trip outside their station and invited the children to clamber into their fire engine and gave them souvenir hats. Great fun. At Kiawah there is something for everyone but compared to European resorts it is expensive. However we had a truly wonderful holiday.
  • Photo of rdougperry
    4 months ago
    Started our vacation an hour north at another resort that I won't name. The unit we rented was dirty and dated and had a leak that flooded a bedroom. After trying to move us to a house with a nice 1970s decor we asked for a refund and we were thinking of returning home. I called Kiawah and they said "we will take care of you if you will drive on down" at 9:30 at night. Upon arriving the unit we were assigned was very nice but had an air conditioning problem. Karen told me that she knew we had come here from another resort and she was determined to take care of us. She moved us to a better unit oceanfront and sent someone to move our stuff. Both units at Kiawah where very clean and recently updated much nicer then what we saw in Isle of Palms. I haven't written a review in sometime because I was tired of writing negative reviews. Kiawah's service our entire trip has been top notch. Great resort. We stayed in shipwatch villas oceanfront. There is a great community pool with slide across the street. Nice breakfast and lunch restaurant next door.
  • Photo of LROB132016
    4 months ago
    Two sons, their wives, four grandchildren sharing a five bedroom four bath home ... just a short walk to the ocean ... around the corner from a neighborhood pool ... a short bike ride to the Tennis Center and/or the Nature Center ... golf on three of the resort courses ...and excellent dining experiences at Turtle Point Grill, Atlantic Room, Jasmine Porch, and Ryder Cup Bar. My wife and I are already looking forward to celebrating New Year's at Kiawah and returning with all our family in Summer 2018.
  • Photo of Shankar R
    4 months ago
    We rented one of the condos in the resort. It was a truly delightful and serene experience. Lots of activities for kids including tennis. Golf and golf. A great cafeteria and food store. The beach and grounds were immaculate and heavenly.
  • Photo of vanos954
    5 months ago
    Let's face it, you go here for one thing, relaxing. Sure you could play golf at world class courses or tennis if that's your thing but relaxing at the beaches and pools is where it's at. The dining is average in my opinion but there are a few high end options at the Sanctuary Hotel and some nicer casual places outside of the resort. Mingo point seems to be popular but unless you really like oysters I'd skip it and save the money. The grounds are beautiful and a great place for children to explore. We always stay at the same villa and ours is great but I've heard your experience may vary depending on the location and who owns it.
  • Photo of Durwood N
    5 months ago
    The facilities here are excellent, if a bit on the expensive side. The one bedroom villas are $275/night but comfortable. The amenities are very nice and the bus service is a great benefit. The restaurants are a bit inconvenient in that they are not all open at the same times. The stores, etc. close fairly early so some planning is mandatory, due to the inconvenience. The personnel are generally friendly, but some were abrupt and frankly rude. The restaurants are as pricey as the rooms but the food quality is excellent. Meeting rooms are very good as is the AV quality. Generally a good place for a meeting. The pools and ocean are a little inconvenient as far as access goes.
  • Photo of blakef619
    5 months ago
    Took the family for a week to Kiawah. We were a bit taken aback at first with the actual remote nature of the island. Turns out that was the very best thing. Plan accordingly. It's a great place to chill out or simply golf. You will need bikes, beach accoutrements and a good grocery list!
  • Photo of Sonia P
    5 months ago
    We are renting a one bedroom villa at the Kiawah Golf resort with our 7 and 10 year old for a week. We are visiting from California and our first trip to Kiawah Island. This place is very exotic and tropical. There are lots of trees, golf courses, beautiful beaches, bike trails and a marsh all within a 5-10 minute drive. The villa is a bit old looking and house keeping isn't amazing, but we are rarely in the Villa anyway so no big deal. Here are a few tips to help your stay easier!!! 1- you will need a car or bikes to get around. The resort is pretty spread out and it's too far to walk. 2- Get your bike rentals ahead of time. We are here for 4th of July week and they had ran out of bikes. (Bring your own helmets since no one seems to be wearing them) 3- Bug spray is a must. It's very tropical here and you will get bit in the evening time! 4- sign up kids for a few mornings at Kamp Kiawah and explore the island. Some of the activities such as 2 hour bike tour, kayak or paddle boarding aren't for kids under 8. The kamp is awesome! 5- Try something new! There are plenty to do so pick something you haven't done before. The instructors are great. I tried aqua Yoga and loved it. 6-Take a trip to Charleston and have authentic southern food. It's a gorgeous city. 7- There is a small village and market a mile outside the main entrance. Stock up on snacks for kids and fresh fruit. You can easily bike there from the Villas 8- It's hot so bring sun lotion and rash guards and goggles for kids. They will want to be in the pool with the slides all day! 9-Tip the staff, they are working hard here 10. Enjoy all the beauty
  • Photo of cruiseagentandtaxman
    This was a great trip. We rented a home through the Sanctuary and, as a result, we were able to access the community pool with the kiddie section, which was perfect for our group. We rented a second home through a local broker, as we needed extra space. Both were great. The resort has lots to do to keep everyone busy. The beach is long and empty - even on the 4th of July. Bike trails, golf. Something for everyone. They have a local freshfield market on the island. Its prices are as good or better that the BiLo ten miles away. Fersh seafood there is also great.
  • Photo of keen241
    5 months ago
    This is an excellent conference venue. The facilities are very good and so is the food. There are a number of golf courses on the property which look well maintained and scenic. There is also a beach nearby.
  • Photo of KYTravelChick
    5 months ago
    FABULOUS!!!! Can't say enough about how fun, festive, and family oriented this event is. Our family had so much fun - fabulous food and the oysters are one of a kind event!! So much fun and something you don't want to miss if you are in the area - southern hospitality at its best 😊
  • Photo of Julie W
    5 months ago
    We stayed at the Parkside Villas, everything was clean and all the amenities of home were provided. We dined at The Atlantic Room, The Jasmine Porch, Red's Ice House and the town center Market. Each place was amazing in its own right. The service was superb, all of the staff on island were truly amazing. They want above and beyond to make sure our stay was perfect! We can't wait to go back!! Some photos of food from The Jasmine Porch and The Atlantic Room.
  • Photo of A TripAdvisor Member
    Golf was amazing at this course everyone there was so nice and friendly, the course was in great condition and luckily we had a beautiful day to play. Golf shop staff treated me in a professional manner and my friends and I wil be back
  • Photo of Hilary F
    6 months ago
    My parents lived on Kiawah for 20 years. In that time I never took advantage of the planned activities available on Kiawah. Now that I'm visiting I did and had a blast. Kiawah is a gorgeous island with beautiful beaches and lots of interesting wildlife. In addition to spending time on the beach I did one of the kayak tours and paddle to where the Kiawah river meets the ocean and watched the dolphins feed. I highly recommend it. We stayed at a Maritime Villa, while there wasn't much of a view it was a great 4bd/4ba condo once all the air conditioners were working. I suggest coming to Kiawah in June it is hot enough to enjoy the beach and ocean and not as crowded as July and August.
  • Photo of WantToRelaxPlease
    6 months ago
    I stayed in a 2nd floor premier parkside villa in early June with a 1 year old. I'll give you some positives, negatives, and tips (especially if you are traveling with a baby. Positives: 1. Our unit was great - but it was a premiere (the most expensive). For the most part, it was clean, well kept up, and quiet. The reviews below freaked me out that it would be gross, bug filled, and dated. If you look up the pictures on the website (which is what we did when we booked), you should get an accurate idea of what to expect. 2. Our meals were great- we ate at Southern Kitchen, Tomasso, Night Heron pool (4 times), and the BBQ place. They were all delicious and super kid-friendly 3. Night Heron pool is great- loved the children's side 4. Beach was empty and clean for the most part 5. We rented baby stuff from the concierge service so that we would not have to travel with it- they were super easy and nice to deal with. 6. Had an amazing massage and spa day at the Sanctuary Cons: 1. Bugs- we had a monster Wolf spider and a few palmetto bugs in the unit. To the resort's credit, they sent someone to spray outdoors the next morning. We were really impressed by this and didn't see any bugs after. 2. Expense- everything was overpriced, but that's what you should expect on this type of vacation. 3. Housekeeping responsiveness- we ran out of garbage bags and had to call 5x in 24 hours to get them delivered. This is unacceptable, especially being that we were removing it ourselves. 4. Rainy day activities- When it rains, there's almost nothing to do there with babies. We were lucky that it was short lived, but would've had to have taken a trip to Charleston (45 min minimum) to go to the aquarium or children's museum 5. Distance- things are further than they seem, especially when you are lugging around lots of stuff for the beach or pool. Highly suggest a car. 6. There is an outside vendor renting chairs and umbrellas. They do not have beach towels. If you can, you are better off (would cost you pretty close to the same as renting for a day) buying cheap chairs and umbrellas from Target on your way from the airport and BYOtowel. Tips: 1. Only book a unit that you've seen updated pictures for and if you are able to do the stairs, stay on the 2nd floor for quiet 2. Stay on top of housekeeping. They can come every day, too, but we were in and out with naps, so it was easier to not deal with someone coming that would potentially wake our child 3. With a baby, you should have a car! 4. Some restaurants are hard to find, even with Waze. Take a good look at the map before you want to go anywhere 5. Do not drive through Charleston during rush hour if you can avoid it 6. Shop at Freshfields because the onsight grocery shop is limited 7. Try not to stress over the other bad reviews :)

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