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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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“Perfection!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

The Sanctuary is one of those rare destinations which would satisfy any traveller's needs - family, business, couples - we saw weddings and family reunions while we were here and believe this would be the perfect spot for either! The amenities are superb - gorgeous beachfront property, 2 pools, incredible restaurants (love the homemade jam in the morning!), tennis, golf, biking, spa - the location has it all! The hotel is beautiful and the staff is attentive, friendly and detail oriented. Can't wait to go back...

Room Tip: Try to get a beachfront room with a balcony
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  • Stayed July 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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  • 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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Columbia, South Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

This truly was a wonderful hotel, I have stayed at some of the finest hotels from Beverly Hills to Palm beach and New York City and I have to say this was one of the most beautiful hotels and nicest staff. I booked through WhataHotel.com and got some nice extra perks such as room upgrade, free valet, breakfast x 2 and fruit plate & Pelligrino. I called hotel directly a short time after I booked online, to confirm reservation,I told the reservationist Stephinia, I would like to be near my freinds that were staying in an Ocean front room. She put in the request and much to my surprise I was double upgraded to an ocean view room. Cody at check in was wonderful as well as the valets and bellman. Only a few gripes. No coffee maker in room, they offer free coffee in Lobby. Just thought was strange because just about every hotel has coffee makers in rooms, The Bathrooms were beautiful but was very slippery in shower and was nervous I would slip. nothing to hold on to. Jaccuzzi near the indoor pool was not working, but after a few phone calls I made, they got it up and running even though young lady said they could not. Breakfast service was slow, buffet was just ok, should have done ala carte asked twice to get water and had to ask to get more coffee, server assistant wasnt real freindly. Ate lunch at Osprey, server was very very nice and food was great, Dinner in Ocean room was nice how ever little upset with Wine Steward.My friend ordered a $500 bottle of wine cause he said he could do it for $250 and that the flavor of it was like a Cabernet, however it was not like a Cabernet at all, and when I googled the wine after dinner to find out about it, it sells for $105.00. I know mark ups in the business cause i was in it for years but to mark it up to $500 was a little crazy to me. But we only paid $250. The property was so pretty even during the off season, Grass was so green. Piano music in lobby was very nice.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Just returned from a meeting with my company and while in the off-season, the staff treated us as if we had been there at the hieght of their season. What a beautiful resort which totally understands customer service.

Great ocean views, amazing rooms, wonderful lobby and bar and great food.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

This is definitely one of the nicest most pleasant places I've stayed. The resort and grounds were stunning. Customer service was impeccable. Room and bathroom were huge. Heavy plush towels, robes, slippers. All restaurants were great. There are 30miles of bike trails and we rode all over. Saw lots of deer. What a peaceful relaxing weekend.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Very elegant. Not perfect, but perfection seems to be what they are striving for. The common areas were grand, in all senses. Grand – but not stuffy. It is furnished beautifully; the staircases long and winding; the draperies plush. Just beautiful. The lawn facing the ocean appeared to be manicured with fingernail clippers – it was a croquet match waiting to happen. The food in the restaurants was delicious; the Jasmine Porch breakfast, world class. The staff was incredibly well trained and helpful. I asked a waitress for ideas for what to do one day – and got a 10-minute travelogue. I asked a gentleman breaking down a room after a meeting how to get to a room after taking a wrong turn, and was escorted across the hotel. The front desk knew my name when I walked by. The rooms were spacious and well appointed; the amenities (Elemis) were great.

So what wasn’t perfect?

- Don’t know whose design idea it was to have louvered walls in a bathroom, but it doesn’t give enough privacy.
- Water pressure in the shower could have been better
- Turn down service at 5:00ish, which it was all nights I was there, is too early
- The spa’s “computers are down” and not able to charge to our room, got old after a couple of days (but speaking of the spa, let me tell you, Andrew is the MAN).

But, all in all, just first class and beautiful.

Room Tip: All rooms have balconys, the rooms facing south have direct views of the ocean with ample living spa...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Charleston, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I have stayed here 7 or 8 times-either during sports weekends(marathon, triathlons) or just to get away and relax. The rooms are so comfortable-the staff always friendly, smiling and helpful. I love the spa with its soothing relaxing waterfall pool and signature treatments. I have never been disappointed.

  • Stayed December 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013 via mobile

Amazing in every way, tremendously professional staff top to bottom with outstanding service at every turn. Definitely a "get what you pay for" experience. A perfect getaway with an ambiance unlike any other. Truly unique and richly coated with historical significance and beauty. My wife and I spent 4 amazing days as part of our honeymoon and felt as if we were the most special couple in the world thanks to the efforts of the more than accommodating staff. To see people that obviously take an immense amount of pride in what they do in order for the guest to fully appreciate what is expected at a fine resort such as this was refreshing and delightful! We'll most certainly return!

Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Also Known As:
The Sanctuary At Kiawah Island Golf Hotel Kiawah Island
The Sanctuary At Kiawah Island Golf Hotel
Sanctuary Hotel Kiawah Island
Sanctuary Kiawah
The Sanctuary Kiawah Island
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 2 hotels in Kiawah Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 5*
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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