We just checked in today for a week stay at Wild DUnes. Thought I'd post my initial impressions since we are in for the evening and the baby is fast asleep.
Check in was painless, took 5 minutes. OUr room was ready early (1:30), valet promptly brough all our bags up. We reserved a crib, highcair and exersaucer from Babies Away for our 7 month old. All were here and set up and very satisfactory.
The room is very nice and large (1 bedroom suite in the Village). Read lots of reports about dirty carpet, rooms being worn, etc. It's all very nice nad clean. The porch has three wicker chairs. There's a large dining table and about 6 chairs in here. A sofa bed, large cofee table, flat screen tv and another 2 chairs and samll table. Bedroom is a little on the smaller side but big enough for us. Very nice! If i had to say something about hte room it would be instead of having so many chairs a nice chair and ottman would be nice for tv watching. Although, my husband i have the sofa pulled out into a bed to watch tv and it's working well! The kitchen on the other hand is much larger than it looks in the photos of the 1 bedroom, and is so nice!
Our son was beat from traveling and a little crabby so all we did todya was explore teh resort, eat lunch at Sea Island Grill and get to go sandwiches from Hudson's Market. We were the only ones at the Sea Island Grill (3:30 p.m.), good service and very nice outside seating with a cool breeze. Menu was just so-so, not much to choose from and a little too fancy. We had to order off the lounge menu but they let me get a chicken Cobb salad from the lunch menu. It was as good as chicken cobb salad could probably be. My husband got the pork tamale and it was just ok. We probably won't eat here again at least not for dinner. A little too fancy for us. We got sandwiches for dinner from Hudson's Market. I got the chicken salad sandwich my husband got roast beef. His roast beef was good - they use Boar's Head lunchmeat. My chicken salad was pretty bland. it was 30 for the food and a small dessert. Tomorrow we plan to go to whole foods and the grocery store to get stome stuff.
We tried to go to lunch at Taco Mamacita when we first came into town but it was packed and we couldn't find a parking space, that's why we at at the Sea Grill.
As others said, and i expected, the pools are a bit lackluster. Pretty old looking and do not look big enough for the resort. Boardwalk Inn pool - which we arnet' supposed to use - was about 50% full today. Beach wasn't real crowded. One of the grand pavillion pools was closed today at 2:30 due to a wedding (i guess Peyton and Chris from the Bachelor are getting married here today) and the other pool had a bachelor party going and was pretty rowdy and small, cheap looking charis, etc. However i did see that a new pool is coming in fall of 2012, which will be nice. So far I'm very happy with Wild Dunes, it has either met or exceeded my expectations as far as the room.
Thinking maybe we'll go to Paige's Okra Grill for breakfast tomorrow. I remember reading it's a bit busy so we'll see how crowded and how my son does. So far Isle of Palms seems great.