By any standards this is a very expensive hotel. Around £400 per night (room only) but it is a proper 5* experience. The rooms are well appointed (but no tea or coffee making facilities) with a really comfortable bed. Good quality cotton sheets are changed daily, bathroom is a good size with twin sinks and a good sized separate walk in shower.
Staff are friendly and keen to help.
The around-resort-transportation is both essential and exceptionally well run. No matter how far you are from the hotel (this is a HUGE resort) a shuttle never takes as much as the "ten minutes" they always quote for it to arrive.
Breakfast is good, not great, for around £20 per head. Dining experiences on the whole were good but experiences mixed. The best value was the Atlantic Room at the Ocean Course Clubhouse where we had fantastic service from Jack; great food, great atmosphere, great night. The tasting menu at the Ocean Room was most enjoyable too. Jasmine Porch is slightly better than "good" but the best thing that could be said for the Cherrywood BBQ at Osprey Point was that it was disappointing. It would be difficult to get me to go there again.
Whilst at Kiawah I took part in a 3 day golf school at the Golf Learning Centre with Pro Ryan Rushton who was both great fun and an excellent coach.
To finish with, two negatives - firstly we booked some dining and spa treatments a few weeks before we arrived but these had not been actioned as there has "been a fault with the email system since August 2012" (!!) - what sort of organisation allows a known fault with a system persist for so long! Secondly, you might think that £400 per night would allow you to get to the hotel freely - not if you are arriving by cab - a $12 "access fee" (each way) for your cab to be allowed on the property. I appreciate that security is not arranged by the hotel but there has to be a way that guests can be delivered without their first encounter being fleeced for $12. First impressions count - and this is the worst possible first impression.
But I will still go back.......
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Sanctuary At Kiawah Island Golf Hotel Kiawah Island
- Sanctuary Hotel Kiawah Island
- The Sanctuary Kiawah Island