We rented unit A338 directly from the owner who was a pleasure to work with. He is very organized & provided us with island information before we ever arrived. Here is a link to the property: http://www.vrbo.com/178761
Because we rented from a private owner, we did not need to check-in at the main resort building. We took our reservation letter to the guard station and they issued a parking pass to us. The employees at the guard station aren't very friendly, kinda cranky. Luckily we didn't have to interact with them except when they waved us past each day.
This one bedroom condo was the perfect fit for our family of four. My husband and I slept in the bedroom on the queen-size bed. The bedroom was very well-decorated. It's a small room but still had a decent-sized closet with plenty of hangers & hooks, a tall dresser, bedside tables, headboard with plenty of shelf space.
The kids slept on the hallway bunkbeds. They were covered with adorable quilts. All of the bedding was very comfy and the pillows were soft.
There was one bathroom with access from both the bedroom and the hallway. We found plenty of towels & 4 rolls of toilet paper. There were two bars of soap left by the housekeepers. Everything in the bathroom was in proper working order. Nice showerhead & good water pressure. A hair dryer was provided.
I had planned to fix most of our meals in the condo to save money on eating out. Upon learning this, the owner warned me that the kitchen is small. He was right, sort of. The oven is not full-size, nor is the dishwasher. But the microwave & refrigerator are. And I found absolutely everything I needed to cook our meals. The cabinets are filled with pots & pans, cooking gadgets & lovely dishes. The only thing they don't keep on-hand are food items like sugar & spices (to avoid attracting bugs). I brought along some basic spices -- it was worth it to bring them rather than stay in a bug-infested unit. We ate happily all week.
The dining room table had 4 chairs and there were two bar stools so there was plenty of room for eating. The dining table and entertainment center are wicker & look a little dated. They're the only pieces in the whole condo that look like they haven't been replaced recently. The couch is super-soft and the pull-out bed is very comfy for napping (nobody in our group slept there overnight). There was cable internet hook-up so bring your laptop. We used it to get directions & info on local restaurants & attractions.
The porch is small but has 4 brand new chairs and a bistro table. The kids loved eating lunch out there. There are also hooks for hanging up swimsuits & towels. Don't make the mistake of hanging them over the balcony or you'll get scolded by property management -- we did.
At the front door, there is a foyer with a bench, a shelf and more hooks. It's the perfect place to shed all the sandy beach items and store them for your next trip. Just outside the front door is a corral where you can put larger outdoor items.
A beach view was not a priority to us so we didn't mind that our condo basically faced the parking lot. It was in a quiet part of the resort. There isn't a beach access at the end of our building so there was very little traffic. My kids were able to ride their bikes in the parking lot without worrying too much about cars. There was a path that took us to the next building & beach access. The smaller pool was just around the corner and was rarely crowded. The main pool was a bit longer walk in the other direction. It was usually busy but we never had trouble finding a deck chair. And the pool itself was big enough that we didn't feel cramped. We were never confronted about our right to use the pool (as another reviewer suggested) but there was a resort employee at the pool area who was very helpful when I needed information.
In fact we found all of the resort staff to be friendly and helpful (except the guards, LOL). The groundskeepers worked every day to keep the area looking beautiful. The landscaping is lovely and well-kept. We constantly saw repairs going on for worn-out equipment (door mechanisms, paint).
We spent almost every day at the beach. I could barely get my kids to leave the sand. It can get a little crowded near the main beach access. So we would access the beach at the southernmost point near Admirals Row and walk even further south. Right next to the resort are several private residences. The beach was never crowded in that area -- and it wasn't really very far to walk. There were outside showers to rinse off and foot scrubbers to clean your sneakers after bike rides on the beach.
There were two cookout areas near our building. They had small & large charcoal grills -- with a grill scrubber -- and picnic tables for eating. We enjoyed cooking out and meeting some of the other folks staying at the resort.
(There were a couple of resort features that we never got around to using -- the tennis courts, the playground and the exercise facility -- so I can't comment on them)
Anyone who stays at the resort should be aware of the open & closing times for various services. The pools were 9a-9p. The laundry room, which was just one floor down from our condo, is open 7:30a-11p. We accidentally loaded up some washers at 10:45p before we read the sign. The security guard was nice enough to leave the room open until we could get our clothes in the dryer.
HHIB&T is located on the north side of Hilton Head Island and we found the traffic to be lighter than the southern part of the island. One day we discovered Jarvis Creek Park just off of Hwy 278 on the northside. It's a great place to take the kids for some time away from the beach. The creek has a resident alligator that you might be lucky enough to spot. There's a playground & bathroom facilities. There are plenty of open fields -- my kids tried out their new boomerang there. And there are nature trails to explore.
Hilton Head Island has bike trails over practically every square inch. It is a VERY bike-friendly place. We loved biking the trails and biking on the beach at sunset.
The only negative thing about our trip was the heat. It was miserably hot & humid some days. That's to be expected during the summer months. But with our condo located on the top floor of the building, it was difficult to keep it cool during the hottest portion of the day. That was usually when we went to the pool or toured the island.
We were able to take advantage of a special price offer from the owner and for the entire week (Sat-Sat) we paid $525. I couldn't believe how lucky we were to have such a nice condo for such a small price. If you're thinking of vacationing in Hilton Head, you should definitely check out the listing above & get in contact with the owner.
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