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“Friendly and helpful employees. Splendid views. Clean and quiet.” 5 of 5 stars
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The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island, SC 29455   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Kiawah Island
Eastford, Connecticut
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Friendly and helpful employees. Splendid views. Clean and quiet.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

All this in February where you can have the beaches, bikeways, restaurants to yourselves.
From the moment we arrived, we felt that every wish was taken care of. Rent bicycles. You can ride on the beach or on the designated bike paths free of automobile traffic. Stop to look at the wildlife. The hotel is very clean. The bathrooms large. Our favorite room is one that faces the ocean. The Jasmine Restaurant serves healthy, delicious food. The wine list is excellent. If you like to walk, there are many places to do so. Six miles away from the hotel is the beautiful country club where you can have lunch outside. The sunsets are amazing. It is expensive to stay here. So we can only treat ourselves once in a while.

Room Tip: If you can afford it, stay on the top floor right on the ocean. It is just beautiful and very quiet...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Dallas, Texas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

We loved this resort. It was a little too formal for a typical beach vacation but all aspects were well done. It is hellacious hot and humid in August, I would recommend spring.
Rent bikes when you arrive, it's fun to ride on the beach and there are trails that take you wherever you want.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

This hotel has comfortable beds, very well-trained and polite staff - and is almost perfect. I have just a few comments because little things like this can - and should - be fixed. 1. At check in I asked if there was brunch the next day and was told yes, only to later learn that brunch was only served on Sundays. 2. My son and I ate in the lobby bar. While every other bar table was brought nibbles, I had to ask for them after 15 minutes. Our waiter also acted as if he'd rather be anywhere but there. 3. I have stayed at the sanctuary close to 10 times (or more). Not only was my name spelled incorrectly, but I received a first-timer welcome letter. Meanwhile, my friend, who has stayed there about the same amount as I, gets fruit and other goodies in her room when she arrives as a welcome back. You would think a hotel at this level would take better care of returning guests, especially in the off season and with their prices. But, I am quibling - this is a truly lovely place.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Columbus OH
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

We have been to Kiawah before but have previously stayed in homes. This was our first stay at Sanctuary. We loved every aspect about it and the weather was pretty chilly in December. We had a one-BR, 2 bath suite and it was large enough for the 4 of us (parents and teens).We had a huge balcony with a great ocean view, looking out over the center lawn. Most impressive may have been the high level of service and hospitality from every staff member we met. When our hot water died in one of the bathrooms, a service person was quick to come up, made sure his timing to fix it was Ok with us, and fixed it quickly. Restaurant and food service was also very good, although expensive for most options. My only complaint is that they only offer free AM coffee service in the lobby area near one restaurant and it ends at 9 AM. I would prefer, and expect, coffee makers of some sort in the room. Otherwise, this is clearly and easily a 4.5-5 star hotel and we will return.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

Spent four days here just after New Years. Staff were exhausted but ultimate professionals. We could not fault a thing. Fantastic service from valet to dining.
Check out the Italian restaurant on the island, name escapes me but a great experience.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Raleigh, North Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

My husband, son and I traveled to Kiawah Island for a few days of relaxation after Christmas. We had stayed at The Sanctuary before, so we knew what to expect, and they did not disappoint. From the minute the bellman opens your car door, you feel like an honored guest. The service is excellent, they are there to make you happy. The hotel is beautiful, the lobby, the guest rooms, all of it. We stayed in a room with two queens that had a great view of the ocean and a golf course. The balcony was perfect for watching the sunrise.
The breakfast buffet is delicious and has anything you could possibly want for breakfast.
We did go into Charleston for dinner each night. It is a bit of a drive, but well worth the time.
I only have one minor complaint. The bathroom has a window opening over the tub that looks out into the guest room. That window can be closed with shutters, however, it doesn't mute the sound very well from the bathroom. I would like a little more privacy.
However, the gorgeous hotel and gracious service make up for any inconvenience.
This is a great choice for any vacation.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bismarck, North Dakota
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21 reviews 21 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

A fantastically beautiful resort with phenominal golf close by. Great restaurant and bar. Close to a fun shopping village. Top notch spa and service second to none.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Additional Information about The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Address: 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island, SC 29455
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Kiawah Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Kiawah Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 255
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Near Charleston, SC, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is an oceanfront Five Star/ Five Diamond hotel and spa offering casual Southern grace, comfort and charm on one of the top eco-friendly island in the U.S. It features five golf courses including The Ocean Course, site of the 2012 PGA Championship. Tennis magazine ranks it as America's No. 3 tennis resorts and it has one of the top-ranked beaches in the country. ... more   less 
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