Unit was impeccably clean. We thought it had just been refurbished…..no scuffs on the walls, furniture and carpet were spotless, and tile and countertops looked new. We found out later that it had been refurbished 1-2 years ago. The grounds matched the unit and with the beach access gate you could be at the beach in about 5-6 minutes on foot.
Nearby attractions include beach, shops, restaurants, the Smith Gallery at Wexford Shops, Seas Pines Plantation, Calhoun Street in Bluffton with its galleries and the Church of the Cross on the May River, Beaufort and Hunting Island State Park, Savannah with Wormsloe Plantation’s Avenue of Oaks and nearby Bluff Drive, St John the Baptist Cathedral, and city squares and riverfront.
This was our second trip to a timeshare in Shipyard Plantation, which to us is hard to beat as a location for a timeshare. Shipyard is well laid out and is one of the best examples of low country beauty we have seen. I would not hesitate to stay at any of the places within the Plantation. Port O’Call was compact and very well tended also….I am mystified by the earlier reviewer who said it was “like a glorified campground and the landscape overgrown’. The only untrimmed foliage I saw was just to the right outside the entrance to Port O’Call, and that was a buffer zone between the plantation and private homes along North Forest Beach Drive.
We had a 2 Bedroom unit with the second bedroom having twin beds. The kitchen was extremely well supplied with the only shortcoming being a lack of pantry space for supplies we brought. We were in one of the 3 story units (total of 5 with 12 units in each) with elevators which back up to one of two pools; buildings 5, 7, and 9 also have tennis courts near them. There are also 24 or so 3 bedroom cottages on the property which are across the parking area from the 3 story units. WiFi reception was very good. 3 TVs in unit with sets in bedrooms being tube…..60+ channels. Free long distance within US.
Since we visited in January, it is hard to say if noise from the pools and tennis courts would affect those in the 3 story units. We did have neighbors above and to one side of us and noticed very little noise on rare occasions…the most being when they vacuumed the floor upstairs.
There were a large number of workmen doing refurbishment in the resort replacing tile, countertops, and fixtures as well as cleaning carpet. We talked to Benny with maintenance who told us this was part of a regular cycle of refurbishing they do at Port O’Call, of which he seemed very proud.
Hilton Head is not a place where you go for amusement parks. It has miles of beaches, water activities, boat tours, horseback riding, shops and restaurants and the nearby towns of Savannah and Beaufort. A large part of the island is off limits due to the Plantations unless you stay at one, know someone staying there, or eat at a restaurant in one. You can enter Sea Pines with a $5/car fee and tour it. Sea Pines has Harbor Town, South Beach Marina, Lawton stables with horseback riding and a petting zoo, a nature preserve with abundant wildlife, Baynard Plantation ruins as well as shopping and restaurants. HHI has to have one of the best bike riding layouts in the US with plenty of paths with map stations. In the busy season, it seems as if there are more bikes than cars!
January is offseason and we found some shops and restaurants closed for all or part of the month but not enough to miss. We will be returning to HHI and will not hesitate to return to Port O’Call.
3 Bedroom cottages would be best choice for a family
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