If you enjoy golf, outdoor activities, seaside life and want to do it in luxury and comfort, this is certainly one of the best options out there. Our group of 8 golfers has stayed at several high -end golf resorts throughout the south and west over the last 20 years and this was one of our favorites. Here are a few comments for consideration:
- Our group of 8 met at Kiawah from different parts of the country and all of us were able to make good connections into Charleston - accessible for a secondary air travel market. That said, if you are here for only a few days, you'll likely find it too long a drive (50 minutes door to door if you're realistic) to go into Charleston for a dinner or tourism. Understand you'll likely spend most of your time within the resort if it is a 3 day type vacation.
- Golf was terrific. All courses in resort type condition. Ocean Course is the magnet, but unlike some golf resorts we have visited, there was not a dog in the group. Would rank the non-Ocean courses: Turtle Point, Cougar, Osprey, Oak, but the differences aren't pronounced on course. Club House facilities best at Ocean, Osprey and Turtle.
- Accommodations: we stayed in Maritime villas. Spacious, well-furnished and equipped, newer than some other options on island. Among the best villas we have found anywhere. Having researched the various villa options, am convinced these are the best in the resort.
- Dining: Menus at each option are limited in terms of entrees, but there is variation in theme from facility to facility. High price -- was one of the aspects of the resort where the value (measured in context of other high end resorts) was questionable. The service was consistently slow -- table never ready at reservation time and time to entree after seating always approached 60 minutes. The worst of the bunch: the Italian themed location at Turtle Point. The best: lunch at Ocean Clubhouse.
- other ammenities: the running / biking trails, beach, kayaking, tennis, spa were all wonderful. Minor critiques: while the terrain is flat and you don't "need" them, would be better if rental bikes offered some more options beyond one-speed cruisers. The fitness room for the villas is tired and limited; the one in the Sanctuary hotel -- reserved for their guests - is newer but still limited for a resort of this size. The on-resort grocery -- very limited.
- Misc: the many options of the resort and the packages available provide a lot of variety. That also provides many opportunities for billing mishaps and misunderstandings. While Kiawah is certainly no worse than other resorts at handling these complexities, they haven't perfected it either. We encountered a few different reservation and billing glitches on our stay. Look over your bill and push for a manager with regard to any issues. The first answer we got on these minor issues and the last answer were different.
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