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Seawatch at the Island Club
McMinnville, Tennessee
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204 reviews
52 hotel reviews
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“Loved the location”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

We recently spent two weeks at the Island Club Seawatch-we stayed in two different units and liked both.
The first week we were in building 9 Seawatch and had a wonderful ocean view (3rd floor) The next week we were in building 7 Seawatch with a lagoon and ocean view(2nd floor). This was our first visit to Seawatch and we loved the location right on the beach. Both units were the same-granite countertops in the kitchen were nice. We had a two bedroom, two bath. The bedrooms were right next to each other so it is really best for a couple or small family, probably would be too close quarters for two couples.

They were doing construction while we were there(which we did not know about ahead of time) and the noise was somewhat bothersome. They were working some nights after 9pm.This should be finished after the first of next year.

We enjoyed the hamburger cookout on Thursdays and that was great-a nice lunch.

We would stay here again.

Room Tip: Higher floors have better views of the ocean and beach
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Michelle A, Manager at Seawatch at the Island Club, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
We are glad you enjoyed your stay at Seawatch and are looking forward to you returning for your next vacation.
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Cincinnati
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

This was our first visit to Hilton Head. We came here to celebrate our anniversary. We used RCI to locate ths resort. The resort is very nice and the staff seemed very friendly and helpful whenever we saw them, which was not very often, except the security guards at the front gate. My only complaint and this is strictly toward management and their judgement, was about the construction they were doing on the wooden bridge right next to our building. I called the resport about 1 month before our trip to inquire about a oceanfront condo and was informed that our room was already selected and because we only had a one bedroom we were unable to get oceanfront and would have a lagoon view. I was ok with that until we arrived and first thing Monday morning thay started working on the bridge... so much for sleeping in. I understand upgrades need to be done but if you know the guest is going to be right next door to a construction area you would think management would try and put you in an area as far away as possible from the constuction, even if it means upgrading the guest. Plus nothing about the construction was mentioned on RCI or when I called the resort a month earlier. We ended up leaving every morning and getting away from the resort for most of the day to avoid the noise. I probably should have demanded to be moved, but since the resort new about the construction and they stated when I called that the room they had already selected for us was right next to construction I decided to not waste the time and get frustrated. Due to this I probably would not return to this resort or recommend it to others.
Overall the condo was nice and overlooked the lagoon directly across from the pool. Even though the villa was called Ocean View, we could not see the ocean from our balcony. We were able to rent bikes right from the resort, a little steep for this time of the year at $27 a week compared to some of the local brochures I found, but convienent for us. The resort and room had just about everything we needed for the week. We checked in on Saturday afternoon and did not get hit with any timeshare hassles at check in, but were invited to a Monday morning get together, that we did not attend, but understood they did talk about possible timeshares. The resort has gas grills throughout the resort that anyone can use. If also has cornhole sets set up as well as bences and hammocks... a great touch. The beach is easy to get to and not that far from any units.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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150 reviews
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Reviewed October 7, 2013

We traded our time share for this one and were very lucky to get the top floor (5th) and an ocean front room. The building is older, but the main living areas have been updated with newer furniture and granite in the kitchen. The kitchen is larger than most two bedrooms that we have stayed in before. There is a stackable washer and dryer in the kitchen with plenty of counter space to fold clothes. The kitchen is the best equipped kitchen that we have ever encountered in a time share unit.

The master bedroom had a king bed, dresser and large walk-in closet with plenty of hangers. It had a large window sliding glass window overlooking the ocean - we left it open each night just to hear the waves. It also has a door that accesses the balcony. The second bedroom has two twin beds. Because we were traveling with another couple, I brought king sheets and a quilt from home and we moved the beds together. No complaints from the other couple traveling with us. I do recommend bringing your own pillows from home if driving in. The pillows were very flat and somewhat hard. The living room can comfortably seat 6 people as well as the dining room table.

The resort has a beautiful outdoor pool that is large and has a fountain. There is also a kiddie pool and a 6" deep tanning pool that allows you to put a chaise in the pool and splash yourself if you get too hot. Great way to enjoy a sunny day. The hot tub was great in the evenings. Not too hot, and not too cold......just right. The people staying at the resort were all friendly and pleasant to be around.

We visited in September, so most of the activities were not offered. However, on Thursday afternoon, the resort offers a complimentary BBQ for all timeshare guests including hamburgers, hot dogs, fruit, coleslaw, potato chips, and soft drinks. It is just an expression of thanks for staying there - no sales presentation or pressure. We really enjoyed sitting by the lagoon and enjoying the burgers. There were turtles in the water just waiting for some tidbit to come their way.

The best part of this resort is it's proximity to the Folly Field Beach. We enjoyed walking and riding bikes. A note for bikers - ride toward south beach with the wind at your back, and come back the shaded bike paths along the main drag. Riding into the wind takes a lot more effort. We are already looking forward to returning to this resort in the future.

Room Tip: Request an ocean front third floor or above, if possible.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Michelle A, Manager at Seawatch at the Island Club, responded to this review, October 22, 2013
We are glad that you enjoyed our resort and look forward to having you return for your next vacation.
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Mcmurray
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101 reviews
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

My wife and I settled on HH Island for this years big vacation. Sure we looked at a host of beaches along the east coast, but this one grabbed our attention given the variety of things to do. Finding a place to stay was however more challenging....our must haves included, beach access, beach view, security, and a reasonably equipped place to stay. Island Club fit the bill - I will say when we arrived it was a smooth check in. Turned out the unit we rented for the week had a few issues, but they were quickly resolved by property management. My only complaints or dissappointments were the raquetball court (which is crappy, dont even bother) and the lack of an option for at the Club to get discounts on kayaking, tours, etc...ie., you are on you own here. Would I stay here again despite my petty comments, YOU BET. For the price and seclusion it cant really be beat in my opinion. At present there is a vacant lot next to this place so beach traffic is minimized come mid week....all in all for a first time visit this place left me feeling like I got a good value for money and easy access to a wonderful beach.

Room Tip: If I had to do it all over again, I would pick a unit in bldg 1 or 4, just so I could see the sun ri...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Hatton G, Public Relations Manager at Seawatch at the Island Club, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Thank you so much for your nice review of Island Club of Hilton Head Seawatch. We are so happy you had a smooth check-in and we were able to fix the issues in your unit quickly. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and our beautiful beach, and would love for you to stay with us again.
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Greenwood, Indiana
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30 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed July 26, 2013

Very nice resort. It was clean, well kept and friendly personnel. They have a lot of activities going on so you can not get bored. There was an all you can eat lunch Thursday with burgers, hot dogs and soft drinks or water. There are tennis and bocce courts, pools, water toys for the ocean and the ability to rent bikes from the Tennis office. Very nice place for families. The only negative is the internet service is very slow or as in our case non existent for a few days.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Hatton G, Public Relations Manager at Seawatch at the Island Club, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Thank you so much for you nice review! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and were able to take advantage of all of the activities we offer. We would love for you to stay with us again.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

We just returned from a week at Seawatch in Unit 8301 and would not hesitate to stay here again. We loved the location on the island as well as the premier beachfront where this resort sits. We traded into a 3 bedroom and were very pleased. Our large 3rd floor unit was very comfortable and had unobstructed ocean views from every window and the 2 balconies. There were 3 bedrooms and 3 baths and loads of storage. Two of the bedrooms are very large with king size beds, en suite baths and walk-in closets. One has its own balcony. The other bedroom is a bit smaller with a full bath in the hallway and twin beds. There was a separate laundry area with new washer/dryers. The kitchen has recently been redone and the appliances were new, countertops were granite and it looked great. Flatscreen tvs in each bedroom and a larger one in the family room. The linens were nice, towels were big and soft and there were plenty to get us through the week. Some of the furnishings are dated, and they really should start replacing the wall art, lamps, carpet etc... Everything was clean and functional though and that is what we most care about.

The resort had a coffee and doughnut get together Monday morning which we skipped, but also a cookout on Thursday for the timeshare buildings, which we attended and enjoyed. The grounds here are immaculate and well-maintained. The gas grills were cleaned daily. Owners we spoke with seem to feel the new management company is doing a good job and is making the upgrades needed to maintain this resort's gold crown status.

The pools were opening the day we left, but we did notice a lot of activity on the many tennis courts. We walked the beach daily, rented bikes, took tennis clinics, ate at the many great restaurants on the island, enjoyed our balconies and really spread out and relaxed here. Yes, this resort was built in the 70s and the buildings do look like they were, but overall we were satisfied,felt we got a great trade and would stay here again.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Michelle A, Manager at Seawatch at the Island Club, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write such a positive review about our resort.
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Swedesboro, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2013

We have stayed at many places in our 19 years of visiting HH and there are some that are more updated and larger but-----Have you ever had that feeling of "being at home"and missing it when you leave? That was our feeling of this oldie but goodie on returning home. Small,Homey,Great People. We will return.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Michelle A, Manager at Seawatch at the Island Club, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
We are happy that you had a wonderful vacation at our resort.
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Property: Seawatch at the Island Club
Address: 85 Folly Field Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29928-6902 (Formerly The Island Club of Hilton Head Seawatch)
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Hilton Head
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Swimming Pool
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Ranked #11 of 52 Specialty Lodging in Hilton Head
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Seawatch at the Island Club 3*
Number of rooms: 68
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