My wife and 4 y.o. daughter took a last minute "exchange" vacation to Ocean Watch on 10/16 thru 10/22. It took us about 14 hours to drive down from NJ including stops for breakfast and lunch. We arrived a day late about 9:20pm and were disappointed in the room we were given. It was on the first floor and the balcony was completely obscured by trees. But the front desk was very helpful and let us choose between two newly vacated rooms the next morning - we were able to move one floor up in the same building (making the transfer of our belongings very easy). The rooms are very spacious and well appointed: full kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms (the master has a whirlpool tub), large balcony, three TV's, etc.
There are two clusters of buildings on the property - one surrounds a large pool and a small pool, with kiddie pools and hot tubs scattered about. The other cluster surrounds a "lagoon" with a pool located just before the beach, and several more kiddie pools and hot tubs in the area. We preferred the "Dolphin" cluster with the large and small pools (as well as the pool bar and snack shack). There is one heated outdoor pool on the lagoon side and a heated indoor pool. The indoor pool was closed for renovation while we were there but we were told beforehand and didn't miss it at all, as the outdoor pools were still a decent temp. The grounds are very well maintained and have a lush, tropical feel to them.
There is plenty to do with a full complement of resort activities (some free and some with a small charge), a putting green, lawn games, bbq grill areas, and the beach is just steps away. You can rent bikes for a very reasonable charge and there are bike paths all over the Island - the nicest ones in the Sea Pines section which is just down the road from the resort. The beach is wide and the sand hard packed which means it is easy to ride along the beach as well. We rented two adult bikes with a child seat on one and were amazed at the beauty of Hilton Head as we rode around the Sea Pines section for many miles.
The resort staff were very professional, friendly, and helpful! There was no maid service as we were not using the resort as a "hotel", but we didn't need it as every room comes equipped with a washer and dryer.
Parking was great as every building has a parking area underneath, with some overflow parking spaces outside. It was nice getting into a car that wasn't broiling from being outside in the sun!
We had a fantastic time and will definitely come back, most likely in mid October again when the weather is still warm and the island not too crowded. We had mid 70's to low 80's the entire week and not a drop of rain!
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