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Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort
Ranked #2 of 28 Hotels in Hilton Head
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 20, 2014

Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort is a Disney Vacation Club property, one of three "non-theme park" vacation resorts. I spent a long weekend getaway in March 2014 there, with a "split stay" between a one-bedroom villa and a deluxe studio.

The rooms are "standard DVC" in layout and the room sizes are ok. When I was there, the facility was going through a soft-good renovation and re-roofing. The rooms I had were in very good condition and "mousekeeping" was keeping it clean.

There's a wide variety of activity programs on the calendar, but the best part is the "Disney Beach House" located on the Atlantic shore, about one mile from the resort. You can drive there, take the shuttle or ride your bike. You'll need your room key for access. The Beach House has a pool & lounge chairs, pool-table and seasonal food service (April - October). The beach is accessed from the back gate and you'll need your room key to get back in.

Overall, I thought it was a great place to stay and I would go back anytime. Don't forget to bring your bicycles!

Room Tip: There are only a handful of "Deluxe Studios" located in the main building, thus it's m...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 19, 2014

Had a great time relaxing and exploring Hilton Head. Room was recently remodeled with new furniture and flooring. No real restaurant(Only a snack bar) but restaurants are within walking distance! There is a nice Mexican restaurant on the other side of the bridge!

Room Tip: Parking is a little tough - not many spaces if near the front of the hotel
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank NewJersey30
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Reviewed August 12, 2014

The grounds are easily accessible and the property, as with every Disney hotel, is immaculate. I used leftover DVC points that my family had to stay here with my boyfriend for a week. It was quiet with a flare of Southern charm and the staff were very hospitable. It's in a great location to get around the island but it's a bit of a hike to get to and from Disney's private pool house on the beach. They do have a shuttle that runs to and from the pool house but we rented bikes and wanted to enjoy a leisurely ride over. The bike path is an easy ride, just a little bit of a distance.
Overall, the hotel was just what we needed for some R and R.

Room Tip: Request a room away from the pool if you ever intend to have a mid-afternoon nap. The outer building...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Kelsey M
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Reviewed August 11, 2014

Once again a great stay here with my wife and 4 kids now ages 14,12,10,9. 2 Boys and 2 girls. We stayed here 2 days before and extended 7 day stay elsewhere on the island. (Only 2 days because it was booked or we would have stayed more) The room was recently remolded with new furniture and flooring throughout 90% of the unit. Great update! Might brighter rooms which made them feel bigger. We stayed in a 2 bedroom with our back deck overlooking the pool area. Great location. The staff was great but I am noticing that as my kids get older they interact less with the staff than in prior years but the overall property still kept their attention. Great clean pools. Nice little food window which is open from breakfast till 5 pm. Walking proximity to Shelter Cove and its restaurants was excellent. Brand new Krogers grocery store was less than 3 minutes away in an adjacent parking lot. We here so short of a time that the fairest review to wrote would be to say it was overall great as usual. Noting bad to say. I obviously would come again since we have stayed here about 6 times.

Room Tip: I personally like to rooms which overlook the pool so if your kids are age appropriate they can swim...
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  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled with family
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3  Thank AlwaysDisney
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Our family just returned from our second trip to Disney's HHI Resort; we have four kids under 10 years old. This is our favorite family vacation spot. The location at Hilton Head is ideal and the accommodations are nice and spacious, but the employees make this place very special. As usual, Disney hires and trains the best. Special thanks to Reggie and Joey!

The resort is located among giant live oaks alongside a marsh on one side. We love the layout of the property. At the center of the resort is the Big Dipper swimming pool along with the activity center and a 100 yard fishing pier. It is generally a contained area, which is perfect for smaller kids to have a some freedom to play without constant oversight. The resort is not very big, so any room is close enough to the pool area, but if you have small kids I do not recommend the main building.

The pool area has daily lifeguard/recreation staff from 8am – 10pm. They wear professional Disney lifeguard apparel and they take their jobs very seriously - always standing and pacing with eyes on the water. They rotate every 15-20 minutes which made us feel confident that fresh eyes were on the water. We witnessed their quick instant reaction to a false alarm one day. When they are not on lifeguard rotation, they are having fun hosting activities, crafts, campfires, and anything else that you might ask them to help with. After a couple of days they knew all of our kids by name. Many of them remembered us from last year. On Tuesday nights they have a Pirate Pool Party – games, prizes, freezing cold water balloons, and a pool peninsula dance party. The party ends with fireworks across the water. There are other pool activities on most days, including slide races, contests, and karaoke. They play a great mix of music throughout the day. It is family friendly entertainment, and my wife and I had as much fun as the kids.

Disney has beach property and a beach house across the road by shuttle. The beach property is nice, but our family only went to the beach one time. We had more fun at the pool area. It seemed like a different clientele at the beach house and the beach was very busy since it is shared with another resort. We preferred the intimate atmosphere at the main property.

If you are up early say hello to Mike the pool guy. He is the unofficial tour guide. There is also a man name B'Lou who performs amazing card tricks and other magic tricks. There is also a dog named shadow is supposedly 18 years old...a little Disney magic, too.

I miss the rustic charm of the rooms that existed before the renovations. The renovations were needed, but I only wish they would have preserved some of old-style cabin feel. It is my only complaint. Until next year...

Room Tip: Lower floors in buildings backing to the marsh
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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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7  Thank johnchristopher70
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Reviewed August 1, 2014

This was our third full week at this resort, and or 6th visit overall.
We have stayed in everything from a Studio, 1BR, 2BR, and 3BR Grand Villa.

When you check the price of this resort, you may think that the price is high. However, the value of this property is not in the lodging. The value of this resort comes in the FULL slate of activities for visitors of ALL ages. The staff at the resort is absolutely spectacular.

I have to make a HUGE shout out to TJ, the Naturalist on staff at the resort, as well as all of the Youth Activities staff who make it a point to learn each child's name, and make them feel like they have just made the best new friend EVER. They are ALL fantastic! From the Campfire, to the Mickey Tie-Dye shirts, to the Beach In Your Pocket activity, to the Pirate Night Pool Party, to the Beach and Marsh Walks, as well as the REALLY fun and memorable activities hosted by B'Lou and Shadow - you will make memories and have moments that MAKE a vacation experience with every dollar.

The rooms just recently were renovated and restyled and have taken on a modern/contemporary beach theme, yet still having some rustic elements of the old Hunting Lodge theme. The rooms are absolutely beautiful!

We were in a 3BR Grand Villa, and had it packed to capacity with 12 family members. We cooked each and every night, with most nights featuring something straight from the grill. A note for those who grill, the grills are stainless steel, and are made of a fairly thin gauge metal, with a portion of the grill being more of a griddle. Due to this feature, the grills are less than ideal for large cuts of meat. There are few slits in the grill that allow the heat and smoky grill flavors to make their way to the meat. I am going to shop for more of a bar grill top to fit on the grill for our next trip. The surface of the grills get VERY hot, which can scorch your meal before it actually has a chance to cook.

On the bright side, the grills are cleaned... TOTALLY... inside and out, and the cooking surface scrubbed each and every morning, along with having all the charcoal and ash emptied. For summer visits, I suggest lighting the grill no later than 5:00pm, it gets dark quickly, and the is usually a fairly high demand for the the grills. You may want to keep your eye out for folks to share a grill with! I have shared a grill several times. If you catch things early enough, you can arrange it ahead of time according to what you are cooking.

For our entire week, for 12 people, we spent just a little over $100 per couple for a 6 night trip. Not too bad considering there was $75 worth of T-bone steaks on that bill!

We spent $75 for one meal... for just two people... (appetizer, entree, and dessert). SO if you are planning a stay in a one bedroom or larger villa, plan ahead to cook some meals that your family will talk about ALL year! My Dad, who doesn't usually say too much about food, has talked about our meals since we left the island! Grilled Pork Chops, Grilled Chicken Breasts, Steaks etc... SO easy to cook and save a ton of $$$ if you plan your sides dishes ahead of time, and shop smart!

From the sunsets, to watching the tides come and go (REALLY High and REALLY Low times on the island... very entertaining to watch!) The hammocks, the Adirondak Chairs, horseshoe pits, cornhole boards (several, all around the resort!), shuffleboard, ping pong, Foosball, just SO many things to do around the resort from dusk to dawn and when the sun goes down!

If your family like to fish, be prepared to catch all sorts of creatures, from crabs, to sharks (we saw a 4ft shark caught on the beach on morning!) there are a ton of things to do.

If you have never visited Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, you need to remember that the resort is NOT... ON... THE...OCEAN! The resort is surrounded by water on all four sides on an island along Broad Creek and the Shelter Cove Marina. The front desk said that they have folks arrive by boat from time to time! The resort is just a couple miles from the beach, providing your own transportation or taking the resort shuttle back and forth to Disney's Beach House.

With so much to do, there is no such thing as 'boring' on a HHI vacation! Do you research, HAVE A BLAST, and enjoy every minute!

Oh, and enjoy the lemonade and cooking in the Live Oak Lodge each afternoon!

One thing that you MUST do before you leave? Take an afternoon nap in a hammock, but take along a pool towel to use as a pillow, and be prepared for a crazy diamond/rope patter on your back when you wake up! (Marsh front hammocks are best!)

Room Tip: Ask for a Marsh View!
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  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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10  Thank admit_it
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Reviewed July 31, 2014 via mobile

Ok when I go to Disney in any form I become the biggest kid! I love this resort we belong to the Disney Vacation Club so we use our points here and it's so worth it! If you are looking for a relaxing low key vacation look no further. Our family loves Disney-world but as you know it could be crazy running from ride to ride attraction to attraction. Here in Hilton Head it's the magic of Disney without the rides. We went with our boys and totally enjoyed everything. We went fishing, Kayaking, hung out by the pool and beach. What can be better than to relax on a hammock under beautiful trees. The resort also has sweet activities for the kids (my guys are older but when they were small they loved the "Un-Birthday Party" in Summary you cannot go wrong here it's truly a relaxing experience :)

Stayed: April 2014
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Address: 22 Harbourside Lane, Hilton Head, SC 29928-3522
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Hilton Head
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Top resorts Hotel in Hilton Head
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Hilton Head
Price Range: $138 - $352 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 123
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort is located on the picturesque coast of South Carolina, 5 hours from Walt Disney World Resort. This warm home-away-from-home-fashioned after a 1940's hunting and fishing lodge-combines local charm with simple pleasures and outdoor fun for the entire family. The resort features multi-roomed villas and many recreational activities, including 12 miles of heavenly beaches famous for clear blue waters. ... more   less 
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