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“Great location -- peaceful” 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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raleigh, NC
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“Great location -- peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Sanctuary is a great resort located on the SC coast. Very relaxing and peaceful. The only comment would be the quality of the food was lacking relative to the price. The Inn at Palemetto Bluff is another resort with similar attributes but the food is far better.

Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Rating summary
  • 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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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Spent three days on business -- rooms are exceptional, southern hospitality at every turn and the location on the beach makes it a great place to relax, play a round of golf or have a drink in the lounge. Resort has shuttle that will transport you to other locations around the resort area for dinner so no need to drive -- and quite dark at night (very few lights).

Nice gym, great trails to run (on beach is nice) or recommend renting a bike and going for a long ride. There is a grocery store approx 10-min from the resort to grab wine, snacks or a very nice meal -- they have a impressive deli.

Tip 1: Great food at Cherrywood BBQ (at Clubhouse) -- make sure you also visit during the day to see the large number of alligators....we counted 23 while there.....around the clubhouse pond.

Tip 2: Ask the staff for places on the Island to eat -- they didn't stear us wrong with their local recommendations.

  • Stayed November 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island is everything you'd expect from a five star resort. Great location, great rooms, excellent service, and great food. The beach is perfect for strolling, bike riding, or just hanging out. If you feel the need to leave the property and explore, Charleston is only 30 minutes away and is a fantastic city for food, fun, and history. The Sanctuary is not inexpensive, but we definitely got our money's worth.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great but ask for one with an ocean view.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Kanssas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

The location is totally beautiful ( island, landscaping, beach, views, lobby, rooms). But beyond that the service is lovely....quiet, friendly, welcoming. We ate at several restaurants, went to the spa, walked on the beach and everything was excellent. Make sure to spend time in the lobby , it's so relaxing and gorgeous. It makes having a drink seem like an occasion.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

This is my 2nd visit and went down for Earl Klugh's weekend of Jazz. Awesome hotel and the food in the Jasmine Porch was magnificent...extremely good! The staff here is great and I'm talking everyone that works here. This place doesn't disappoint, it is a little pricey but worth it.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

I have been there once a couple of years ago and my whole family was really wowed and impressed and my only problem was it too calm for my taste like Hilton Head and some people like this but not me but sure it will impress and the restaurant at the sunset time is amazing too!!

I believe I got a good deal because it was almost end of Fall or so.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

This was our 5th stay at Te Sanctuary at Kiawah and it is even more breath taking as the 1st. The accomodations are awesome and you will not find a more accomodating staff anywhere!! The food at the Jasmine Porch is always good, and on this visit we also experienced the poolside lunch which was very good.

I would recommend The Sanctuary to anyone looking for awesome views and superior service!!

Room Tip: All rooms are spectactular!!
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  • Stayed November 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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Bill L, Hotel Manager at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Hello Jay B,

Thank you for taking the time to write a TripAdvisor review on your return visit with us at The Sanctuary. I can't tell you how much we appreciate your loyalty and thank you so much for choosing The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. We look forward to your sixth stay with us very soon!

Warm Regards,
Bill Lacey
Hotel Manager
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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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