This was our third full week at this resort, and or 6th visit overall.
We have stayed in everything from a Studio, 1BR, 2BR, and 3BR Grand Villa.
When you check the price of this resort, you may think that the price is high. However, the value of this property is not in the lodging. The value of this resort comes in the FULL slate of activities for visitors of ALL ages. The staff at the resort is absolutely spectacular.
I have to make a HUGE shout out to TJ, the Naturalist on staff at the resort, as well as all of the Youth Activities staff who make it a point to learn each child's name, and make them feel like they have just made the best new friend EVER. They are ALL fantastic! From the Campfire, to the Mickey Tie-Dye shirts, to the Beach In Your Pocket activity, to the Pirate Night Pool Party, to the Beach and Marsh Walks, as well as the REALLY fun and memorable activities hosted by B'Lou and Shadow - you will make memories and have moments that MAKE a vacation experience with every dollar.
The rooms just recently were renovated and restyled and have taken on a modern/contemporary beach theme, yet still having some rustic elements of the old Hunting Lodge theme. The rooms are absolutely beautiful!
We were in a 3BR Grand Villa, and had it packed to capacity with 12 family members. We cooked each and every night, with most nights featuring something straight from the grill. A note for those who grill, the grills are stainless steel, and are made of a fairly thin gauge metal, with a portion of the grill being more of a griddle. Due to this feature, the grills are less than ideal for large cuts of meat. There are few slits in the grill that allow the heat and smoky grill flavors to make their way to the meat. I am going to shop for more of a bar grill top to fit on the grill for our next trip. The surface of the grills get VERY hot, which can scorch your meal before it actually has a chance to cook.
On the bright side, the grills are cleaned... TOTALLY... inside and out, and the cooking surface scrubbed each and every morning, along with having all the charcoal and ash emptied. For summer visits, I suggest lighting the grill no later than 5:00pm, it gets dark quickly, and the is usually a fairly high demand for the the grills. You may want to keep your eye out for folks to share a grill with! I have shared a grill several times. If you catch things early enough, you can arrange it ahead of time according to what you are cooking.
For our entire week, for 12 people, we spent just a little over $100 per couple for a 6 night trip. Not too bad considering there was $75 worth of T-bone steaks on that bill!
We spent $75 for one meal... for just two people... (appetizer, entree, and dessert). SO if you are planning a stay in a one bedroom or larger villa, plan ahead to cook some meals that your family will talk about ALL year! My Dad, who doesn't usually say too much about food, has talked about our meals since we left the island! Grilled Pork Chops, Grilled Chicken Breasts, Steaks etc... SO easy to cook and save a ton of $$$ if you plan your sides dishes ahead of time, and shop smart!
From the sunsets, to watching the tides come and go (REALLY High and REALLY Low times on the island... very entertaining to watch!) The hammocks, the Adirondak Chairs, horseshoe pits, cornhole boards (several, all around the resort!), shuffleboard, ping pong, Foosball, just SO many things to do around the resort from dusk to dawn and when the sun goes down!
If your family like to fish, be prepared to catch all sorts of creatures, from crabs, to sharks (we saw a 4ft shark caught on the beach on morning!) there are a ton of things to do.
If you have never visited Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, you need to remember that the resort is NOT... ON... THE...OCEAN! The resort is surrounded by water on all four sides on an island along Broad Creek and the Shelter Cove Marina. The front desk said that they have folks arrive by boat from time to time! The resort is just a couple miles from the beach, providing your own transportation or taking the resort shuttle back and forth to Disney's Beach House.
With so much to do, there is no such thing as 'boring' on a HHI vacation! Do you research, HAVE A BLAST, and enjoy every minute!
Oh, and enjoy the lemonade and cooking in the Live Oak Lodge each afternoon!
One thing that you MUST do before you leave? Take an afternoon nap in a hammock, but take along a pool towel to use as a pillow, and be prepared for a crazy diamond/rope patter on your back when you wake up! (Marsh front hammocks are best!)