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“Villamare 3231” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Villamare Villas Resort at Palmetto Dunes

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Villamare Villas Resort at Palmetto Dunes
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10 Ocean Lane, Palmetto Dunes Resort, Hilton Head, SC 29928   |  
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“Villamare 3231”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

Just finished a 4 day stay at Villamare in the Palmetto Dunes section of Hilton Head with my husband and adult children. We had a wonderful time. The 2-bedroon condo was more spacious that I had imagined. The layout was two large bedrooms with baths separated by the living area and kitchen. Both bedrooms has separate balconies and we had a side view of the ocean. The breezes were blowing all the time and we were eye level with some very fragrant magnolia trees. The pool was very nice with adequate chairs but the water was freezing! The beach was never crowded with plenty of beachfront, even at high tide. The building was well kept and the gardens very pretty, even though the resort itself has some age. We did not make use of the health club, etc.

In addition to the beach, walking the trails and roads in the Palmetto Dunes section early in the morning was quite a treat!

I tried to rent at this resort using VRBO but then had to wait on replies and then ask another question and wait on that reply. For convenience purposes, instead used the Hilton Head Rentals and Golf to book this condo. Those folks were so nice and helpful. They let me check in a couple of hours early and their "minimum" supplies of paper towels, towels, soap, and toilet paper lasted all weekend. I will rent at this resort in this same condo using this rental company again! The only drawback was the price... a little more than other SC beaches.

We ate at Giuseppis Italian and Skullcreek Boathouse Restaurant and I will review separately.

We've been staying at a different SC or NC beach each spring as a family getaway but have decided that we will only stay at Hilton Head from now on... loved it that much.

Room Tip: The beach view is worth the extra price!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
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82 reviews 82 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

Rented unit 2514 on VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner)- have found the quality of rentals better than going through resort itself. 2 br unit in immaculate condition- updates, 3 flat screen tv's , soaking tub, plenty of space. Only drawback which we knew ahead of time was this unit doesnt have a decent view of pool or ocean. But the price was right. Villamare has 3 buildings , our building furthest from beach and pool. Nice heated pool, enough lounge chairs for everyone! and heated hot tub . Villamare also has a fitness room and indoor pool and hot tub for rainy or cooler days. Within 2/10 of a mile of the tennis center where we spent the week. Parking was not a problem. Palmetto Dunes does have a security gate you must pass through to get to Villamare. All in all a very nice 1st visit and would definitely come back in the future.

Room Tip: Building 1 and 3 closer to ocean. 2514 our unit was in building 2 5th (top) floor
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Magnolia, Ohio
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

We stayed in unit 1206 which is on the second floor with stunning ocean views. We stayed in February so there were not alot of people. The unit was very clean and HUGE we traveled with 6 people including 3 kids, everyone was very comfortable. I noticed that the size of the outdoor pool was very small, it was not open when we were there but I couldn't imagine what it must be like during the summer, I have read lots of complaints regarding the size of the pool and the small amount of chairs. That being said, the ocean is just steps away so why bother with the pool anyway!? This area, Palmetto Dunes was so beautiful and we can't wait to go back! Overall it was a great place and we hope to stay in this same unit again some day. As far as kids activities on the property there really are none which was no big deal for us as our kids are older. The indoor pool was nice and we used it once but the elderly people who obviously live at the Villamare are very crabby and seem to not want tourists around and really didn't want our kids in THEIR pool, as well as the lady who runs the pool/fitness center. If you choose to use the indoor pool make sure your kids understand that they must be very quiet and do not splash or get excited...the lady will yell at them. Other than that, I highly recommend this property for your vacation, just save yourself the hassle and swim in the ocean.

Room Tip: Make sure you get an ocean view.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 hotel reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

We spent a long weekend in Unit 3222. The Owners were very attentive and responded to every question we had before we arrived. The unit was bigger than we expected however the furnishings are very outdated. It was fairly clean except for the 1 frozen shrimp in the freezer. Good views, no noise from other units and fast elevator made it an enjoyable visit. However the hours of the indoor pool and exercise units were a major disappointment. 8am-5pm isn't condusive to a family who stays in a certain place for the indoor pool. We did have a plumbing issue which was resolved within a few hours so I was pleased.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2010

First about the neighbourhood, then about Villamare itself in general, then about the specific unit, then about the unit condition and experience with owner.

As a whole, Palmetto Dunes a good HHI handy location in the middle of the island: in striking distance for biking up or down the shoreline or on the inland bicycle paths to visit nature reserves; or to cross the HHI "waist" to access a good shopping centre and nature on the inland bay at the town park. A very good quality restaurant offering good early-bird values and both bike and kayak outiftters are part of the community. Of couse, golf and tennis.

Villamare is pleasant and seems well-tended -- not in the very latest luxury style, but ocean-front beach access with nice pool, hot tub, work-out room etc., easy and quick to Palmetto Dunes exit and entrance road yet without too much traffic.

Unit 3225 at Villamara owned by Trudy Seltzer was nicely located with great views and sound of the ocean waves. Reasonably furnished for a rental,

...BUT the absentee owner was truly absent: not just an inconvenience, but to the point of mean thoughtless treatment of my elderly parents. At first, and after the first money was sent, responses on any issue by email or phone came merely late --- then never.

Worst was when the power company left Final Notice of Immediate Electricity Shut-Off for long unpaid bills. My parents never did get any response from the owner, despite leaving repeated worried messages. I arrived for a quick visit and found my parents terribly upset about what to do. I persuaded the power company to delay the cut for a day or two, but had to follow up daily to discover if the bill was paid. In the end, a friendly electric account person told me she had taken the long call from this owner, who apparently had no spare time to reply to my parents' messages asking to be reassured they wouldn't be left in the dark with a fridge of rotting food.

That was merely of a part with the rest:

Very delayed response to repeated messages asking for confirmation of receipt of the deposit (which merely disappeared from the bank account) and thus the booking.

They arrived late afternoon after a multiday exhausting journey to find confusion: The unit was suddenly unavailable (for "repairs", although none were ever seen or heard to be made) and much confusion to get keys and access to the substitute unit. Trash had been left on the balconies and my mother did a lot of cleaning (including scooping out accumulated soapscum of ages to make the shower door tracks operate, and handwashing freshly-stained mattress undercovers too big for the in-unit washing machine). Screen door tracks were clogged and broken: the owner's handyman promise to fix them never happened. My father had a lot of trouble to discover the phone # (not the one given nor what was noted on the phone itself) and arrange the pass to this gated community. A touted arrangement for a multi-pass into Sea Dunes community was not done.

One doesn't expect rental units to be furnished in the very latest of fashion. One does expect a certain amount of minor omissions or needed repairs - that's life. Oe does expect a fair degree of cleanliness and basic responsiveness (especially over the matter of threat of immediate power cuts).

  • Stayed November 2010
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Lansing, Michigan
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48 reviews 48 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

First of all I would like to say that both the Palmetto Dunes Resort and Villamare are beautiful facilities. Located about midway up the ocean coast, they offer top-notch recreation and beach facilities in a extraordinarily well maintained setting.
Villamare is a high rise complex with a series of buildings that all angle to a central pool and commons with a view of the ocean (a couple hundred yards away).
The Beach: The beach was vast and full of people. The sand is firm and when the tide goes out the beach is HUGE. The lifeguards rent umbrellas and chairs for a fee per day but most people carry their canopies and chairs down to the beach and set up comfortably for the day. There is plenty of room for all. It is very windy, but that takes the edge off of the heat. It ran mostly in the mid to high 90's at the end of July. It was HOT. It was so hot that after carting Golf Clubs 750 miles to play the courses, none of us felt the urge to play in the heat.
The pools were hot and FULL of kids while we were there. After the first couple of days we had a TON of jellyfish in the ocean and most of the kids headed for the pool. The pool was actually so congested that we spent little to no time there.
Take in the fireworks on the Marina side of the resort (that part is a Disney Resort) and try one or more of the shops and eateries at the marina complex. We tried the Mexican place. It was good (not great) and we were seated relatively quickly. They had live entertainment the night we were there. One guy (very good) who sang favorites and stumble through a few odd requests.
We shopped at the Outlet Malls back over the bridge one afternoon. Be aware it is very congested going over the bridges at pretty much any time.
Other shopping is convenient to this location. We had no trouble finding things or parking anywhere. Piggly Wiggly was good for groceries. The liquor store closes fairly early so make it one of your first stops (same complex).
A few negatives:
The beach is a coarse sand that is very grippy on your feet and we all wound up with blisters on our feet from walking or playing on the beach.
I takes forever to get on the island on "Arrival Saturday" I may have been an hour from when we hit the traffic jam until we got moving on the main parkway to the hotel. We will try to arrive on a Friday next time.
We were luck to have ready beach access, but this is a large complex and I saw many people pulling carts a looooong way to the beach.
The heat this year was oppressive at times.
Sea Pines was crowded (too crowded to park) and they charge a $5 admission to drive into the place, even if you have a dinner reservation.
I don't know if the jellyfish situation is always this bad, but it kept almost everyone out of the water the last 3 days.
Some Positives:
Lots of great restaurant options. We liked Marlie's best but also enjoyed Truffles. (I have posted other reviews here). There was a nice little diner on the left just before Coligny Plaza that served a great breakfast. Another good breakfast place
Coligny Plaza has some fun shops. My teenage boys found tons of great swimming suits at the surf shop there.
I enjoyed Villamare. The room was clean, comfortable and well furnished. We may go back to our deserted stretch of Topsail Island in North Carolina next year, but we will be back for the more upscale resort atmosphere and the varied restaurants in the area.
The entire island is a clean, nice place. Very family friendly for us at least

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Ontario
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123 reviews 123 reviews
39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2010

We travelled to Hilton Head for a golf vacation and stayed at Villamare in Palmetto Dunes based on the fairly good recommendations at TripAdvisor. As mentioned in several other reviews, the experience seems to depend on your luck with the particular unit that you are assigned by the rental company. Yes, the elevator seems to be a problem--we were on the 4th floor of building #1 and had to lug our luggage and golf clubs up the stairs when we arrived. Not what you want after a long day of travelling! However, the elevator was fixed the next day and we had no other problems. The main issue is that our particular unit has not been updated: you feel like it is 1990. The TVs are old and too small; the dishwasher doesn't work very well; the caulking around the tubs and shower is dirty; some of the light switches are broken; the walls need repainting; the washing machine is very noisy; one thermostat was dangling on the wall; etc. And yes, the towels are old, small and scratchy. On the plus side, the units are large and the location is perfect: we had an ocean view, the community is beautiful and there are many good restaurants nearby. Finally, there are 3 golf courses in the community and while they are all beautiful, experienced golfers will be annoyed by the slow greens (we enjoyed golfing more at other courses on the island). All in all, Villamare Villas is not bad given the fairly inexpensive rates, but I wouldn't recommend it. I would have gladly paid more for a modern unit.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10 Ocean Lane, Palmetto Dunes Resort, Hilton Head, SC 29928
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Hilton Head
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #22 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Hilton Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 50
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