My husband and I spent the last week of November at the Spinnaker resorts in the Shipyard Plantation, The Cottages. This was an RCI timeshare trade. The plantation is beautiful. We were nestled near the back in a park-like setting surrounded with greenery and trees of Live Oaks, tall pines and palms dripping with Spanish moss.
We had no problem with checkin. The staff are very friendly and efficient. The property is very quiet and more so this time of year as it is low season. We had a lovely 3 bedroom condo which was the end unit of a group of three units. We were situated near a quiet small pool and hot tub. We could sit on our back deck and enjoy the lovely surroundings although in high time it might be noisier beside the pool. At this time we had it all to ourselves. There are lagoons also throughout but didn’t see any alligators although they are there and probably hibernating. This is a nice time of year as there are no crowds anywhere. Temperatures were cool which ranged between 14 and 18 C each day or low 60’s F. the week we were there. The sun shone most of the time except for two days of overcast skies.
The condo itself is very large with an upstairs. Two bedrooms are upstairs and one main bedroom downstairs on main level. There is a diningroom/livingroom with full kitchen. Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom and these are quite large. The unit was also very clean.
We liked the condo which is fully stocked with kitchen supplies, dishes, linens, toiletries and soaps to get you started. I love everything about the property except that the unit is outdated - furniture and bathroom fixtures. It does have a DVD player and a CD player, one flat screen tv in livingroom but the bedroom TV’s are older. Needs to have the tv’s upgraded as well. There is free WiFi in the unit which was nice. There is also a washer/dryer in the unit which works well.
The property has paved bike trails which meander for miles on the island. We rented bikes from The Bike Doctor which were delivered and waiting for us when we arrived. The bike rental people also pick the bikes up when you leave so it is not a hassle at all. We enjoyed biking through the woods and over to the beach at Coligny Plaza. There is a lovely new boardwalk there with public access with changerooms and showers, hanging swings from pergolas, rocking chairs which are all surrounded with wispy grasses and palms. It is so pretty to sit and relax and watch the ocean from afar. This is also a WiFi hotspot.
At Spinnaker there is also a large heated outdoor pool beside the main activity centre as well as a large hot tub. This looked very inviting and clean. We did not make it over there though as we used the one near us where we could just slip outside our door to access. They also provide pool towels. They do have excursions and activities throughout the week but we didn't have time to participate. We mostly did our own exploring.
Hilton Head’s beaches are phenomenal. The beach is very wide and expansive especially during low tide. The beaches are great for riding bikes on and beachcombing. The sand is powdery but packed where the tide comes and goes. I even had the good fortune of finding a shark’s tooth.
All in all a very lovely stay and we wouldn’t hesitate to go back to not only enjoy the many lovely resorts which are all nestled in the greenery of Hilton Head but also to enjoy the beauty of the area itself – the beaches, wildlife, boat excursions, shopping, great restaurants, etc.
It was especially pretty this time of year with Christmas decorations popping up everywhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- These spacious NON-SMOKING villas feature:sleeping maximum of 6 peoplefree daily Greens Fees * for up to 4 daily at Shipyard Golf Clubdaily tennis* at Van Der Meer Racquet Clubtwo free bicyclesfree wireless internet and free local and long distance callson-site pool and tennis courtsliving room features 36" screen cable television/DVD, stereo system, sleeper sofa, half bath and large picture windows dining room that seats 6 peoplelarge, well-equipped kitchen with granite countertops and breakfast counterlarge private decks for outside dining with great lagoon and golf views .full size washer and dryerking size bed, high ceilings and ceiling fan, cable television/DVD player and window seat in master bedroomgranite countertops, jetted tub, glass shower stall, high ceilings with skylights and double vanity in the master bath second bedroom has two twin beds, cable television/DVD player and private bath with tub/showersupervised children’s activities in season and pool party with live entertainment* Free Greens Fees and tennis at Van Der Meer Racquet Club are available to Hilton Head Accommodations rental guests only. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spinnaker At Shipyard Hotel Hilton Head
- Spinnaker Shipyard