First and foremost, SeaPInes is a well thought out and planned gated community with special emphasis on protecting the environment & preserving natural resources. Charles Fraser, founder of The Sea Pines Resort, was a true pioneer who was passionate about preserving and conserving the environment and to this day the resort strives to continue his love, vision and spirit of innovation. (and many accolades and awards are testimony to this)
People buy property or decide to vacation in SeaPines for a beauty & vision not found in the more crowded, commercialized vacation destinations...but, most important....security. you want find massive high-rise buildings, over-crowded waterparks or flashy neon "shell" signs. I would classify it as laid-back. I have heard a few complaints about the "entrance fee" for non-owners or guests. Yes, there is a $5.00 fee to enter (car or bike) if you are not an owner or guest. This fee helps to pay for the beautiful landscaping, pathways, facility maintenance and to handle extra traffic that occurs from those just passing through. (which is fine...but does create extra traffic not only for cars, but bikes on the path)
If you are offended to pay this pass, my suggestion would be to immerse yourself and STAY within the resort. Staying as a guest within SeaPInes is a completely different "feel" than simply passing through. When you become a guest of Seapines you are provided with accommodations & treatment that are world class. Some areas I would agree are getting older and need updating...but anywhere we have stayed has always been clean and well-kept and staff at the Sea Pines Resort office or top. (& I think the office is fair in basing rental prices on how up-to-date accomdations are) The Seapines Resort office will treat you the same as they would The Trumps. They rolled out the red carpet and gave us our monies worth. If you decide to stay and play, it is a place where you can meander along beautifully preserved paths and nature reserves, leave your car unlocked and walk the greenways or beach after dark.
If you are looking for a Desitn or Myrtle Beach knock-off...you will not find it on Sea Pines. Just know before you go. If you can understand and appreciate this, you will not be disappointed. Its a beautiful (NATURAL :) place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sea Pines Resort is a popular 5,000-acre oceanfront vacation destination on Hilton Head Island, SC. The highly acclaimed resort featuring The Inn at Harbour Town, the island's only Forbes Four Star hotel, Harbour Town Yacht Basin, three championship golf courses, world-class tennis, superb dining and shopping, five miles of pristine beach, a forest preserve, a 15-mile network of leisure paths, watersports, Eco-Adventures and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sea Pines Hotel Hilton Head
- Sea Pines Hilton Head