My husband and I stayed at the Disney Resort in Hilton Head Island with our 2-year old daughter for a week in May. We rented a 1-bedroom villa, and is was just wonderful. This was our 3rd trip to Hilton Head, but our first stay at the Disney Resort. This was by far our favorite place to stay on Hilton Head.
The villa was very roomy for a family of three. The theme of the hotel is 1940's fishing lodge, and it felt very welcoming and relaxing! Our daughter felt right at home immediately. There was plenty to do at the resort on your own, and they had daily structured activities on top of it (e.g., kayaking trips, campfires, toddler story times).
What we liked:
1) The beach! May proved to be a very good time to visit Hilton Head. The beach was not crowded, and we were able to find a parking spot at the Disney Beach House very easily. Most days we were able to park in one of the very first spots in the covered garage (which kept our car nice and cool), no matter what time of day we happened to go. A shuttle service was provided, but we did not utilize this during our stay.
2) The pools! On the grounds itself there was a larger pool (with a water slide), a toddler pool, and a jacuzzi. At the Disney Beach House, there was another pool. Life vests were provided free of charge at both areas. There were plenty of lounge chairs available, and plenty of convenient covered areas by the pool for those wishing to stay out of the sun for awhile. The Disney Beach House also provided a large air-conditioned area with couches, chairs, and a televison. The restrooms were very clean. There were also snack bars located at each pool area, along with some recreational acitivities (e.g., ping-pong, arade games).
3) The grounds! The grounds of the resort were beautiful and well-maintained. Located throughout the resort were bird feeding areas that attracted herons, pigeons, egrets, blue birds, cardinals, and wood peckers. There were also things like horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, and hammocks scattered throughout. We were initially disappointed that we wouldn't be staying right on the ocean, but after staying at the resort we felt differently. The views Broad Creek, Shelter Cove, and the grounds provided were quite beautiful. There was also a pretty nice playground located in a fenced-in area. The pier and the boardwalk along Broad Creek were also nice touches.
4) The room! our 1-bedroom villa had a stand-up shower, a large jacuzzi tub, and two sink areas. There was plenty of closet/storage space and convenience items (e.g., washer/dryer, ironing board, dishwasher, microwave) right in the room. The private balcony was quite large and had two rocking chairs, and a picnic table. Our daughter loved the little booth in the kitchen area! Things like Tide, dishwasher soap, and Palmolive were provided along with the usual (e.g., soap, shampoo, coffee).
5) In the morning, there was coffee in the lobby, and there was lemonade throughout the day. At 3:00 pm they put out yummy cookies! (This was all free).
What we were disappointed in:
1) Towels. The resort seemed to be pretty stingy with the towels. When we arrived (on a Sunday) there was a sign in our room stating that we would not have towel service until Wednesday. The sign also stated that if you would like your towels replaced before then, you could request additional towels for $6 per set. The resort provided beach/pool towels in the room which was a nice touch. However, when we forgot to bring our towels down and went to ask the staff for one, we were allowed only 1 towel per room. Going back up to the room was pretty inconvenient with a toddler, so the 3 of us shared the one towel. Not a big deal, but when you are paying $280 and up per night for a hotel room, getting a towel should not be a big deal. That said, the housekeeping staff seemed to be replacing towels more often then the sign stated. This was a huge relief!
2) The staff seemed to be constantly spraying the landscaping with what appeared to be pesticides. It made us a little nervous to walk by them with our toddler.
3) The food. My daughter and I are both vegetarian and tend to eat more healthful foods. When we have gone to the Disney resorts in Florida, it was very easy to get healthy choices, and there was a vegetarian option at each restaurant and snack bar. This was not the case at the Disney Resort in Hilton Head. The kids meals all came with French fries or potato chips, and the only vegetarian option was a garden salad.
Overall this was an excellent resort! The 3 things we didn't like weren't big enough deals to change our experience, and the bug spraying and the unhealthy food choices probably would have happened no matter where we stayed! We would definitely choose this hotel if we go back to Hilton Head.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Disney`s Hilton Head Island Hotel Hilton Head
- Disney Hilton Head Resort
- Disney Hilton Head Island Resort
- Disneys Hilton Head Island Resort
- Disneys Hilton Head Resort