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Kiawah Island Golf Resort
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

This was our first visit to Kiawah Island and everyone in our family loved it! We stayed in Windswept 4325. It is a well appointed condo with beautiful views and direct access to the beach. It was big enough for our family of 4 but I was disappointed with the tiny deck and no separation between the bathroom and the master bedroom! Very pleased that the unit came with beach chairs and even happier that the weather was nice and we got to use them! The NIght Heron pool was right across the street which was very convenient. The kids loved the pool and water park! They couldn't get enough. The food at the NIght Heron Grill was good and service by the pool was great! We rented bikes for the week and took full advantage of them riding on the beach, around the island and even took a long ride to Freshfields Village. Golf was fantastic and my husband especially loved the Ocean Course. The service throughout the resort was amazing! They make it so easy for you to enjoy your vacation and not worry about anything. Food was good at all the restaurants on the Island (some better than others). We did the Dolphin Excursion and was thrilled to see dolphins up close and learn about them and their habitat. I can't say enough about this resort! Everything was great!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank msbeck
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

If you enjoy golf, outdoor activities, seaside life and want to do it in luxury and comfort, this is certainly one of the best options out there. Our group of 8 golfers has stayed at several high -end golf resorts throughout the south and west over the last 20 years and this was one of our favorites. Here are a few comments for consideration:

- Our group of 8 met at Kiawah from different parts of the country and all of us were able to make good connections into Charleston - accessible for a secondary air travel market. That said, if you are here for only a few days, you'll likely find it too long a drive (50 minutes door to door if you're realistic) to go into Charleston for a dinner or tourism. Understand you'll likely spend most of your time within the resort if it is a 3 day type vacation.
- Golf was terrific. All courses in resort type condition. Ocean Course is the magnet, but unlike some golf resorts we have visited, there was not a dog in the group. Would rank the non-Ocean courses: Turtle Point, Cougar, Osprey, Oak, but the differences aren't pronounced on course. Club House facilities best at Ocean, Osprey and Turtle.
- Accommodations: we stayed in Maritime villas. Spacious, well-furnished and equipped, newer than some other options on island. Among the best villas we have found anywhere. Having researched the various villa options, am convinced these are the best in the resort.
- Dining: Menus at each option are limited in terms of entrees, but there is variation in theme from facility to facility. High price -- was one of the aspects of the resort where the value (measured in context of other high end resorts) was questionable. The service was consistently slow -- table never ready at reservation time and time to entree after seating always approached 60 minutes. The worst of the bunch: the Italian themed location at Turtle Point. The best: lunch at Ocean Clubhouse.
- other ammenities: the running / biking trails, beach, kayaking, tennis, spa were all wonderful. Minor critiques: while the terrain is flat and you don't "need" them, would be better if rental bikes offered some more options beyond one-speed cruisers. The fitness room for the villas is tired and limited; the one in the Sanctuary hotel -- reserved for their guests - is newer but still limited for a resort of this size. The on-resort grocery -- very limited.
- Misc: the many options of the resort and the packages available provide a lot of variety. That also provides many opportunities for billing mishaps and misunderstandings. While Kiawah is certainly no worse than other resorts at handling these complexities, they haven't perfected it either. We encountered a few different reservation and billing glitches on our stay. Look over your bill and push for a manager with regard to any issues. The first answer we got on these minor issues and the last answer were different.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank njkvr
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

We had a great time on the island and would definitely go back. We rented bikes and drove all around the island and had a great time. The food at each of the island restaurants was delicious from breakfast to dinner. We went in late April so the shops closed early and the slides weren't open so that was a bit disappointing but on the plus side, the island was quite and we practically had the beach to ourselves. Kiawah is a 30-minute drive to Charleston so it's close enough to spend the day there, which was quite fun. The horse and buggy tour was very entertaining and allowed you to see the area.

Room Tip: We stayed at 2377 Shipwatch. The owners were very nice and the place was extremely clean and nicely decorated. It was also alot bigger than we had anticipated with 2 huge bedrooms, 2 baths, a small kitchen and decent size living room with 2 balconies. It's an end unit so there is no one on either side of you or above you. It's still off-season so the place was peaceful and quiet.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank SusanLouise
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Reviewed April 25, 2013 via mobile

The condominium we stayed in had beach decor and a fantastic screened in porch. We rented bikes which we used daily to ride on the beach or along the many bike paths on the island. We watched the sunset from the PGA Ocean Golf Course. The island is serene and felt like a slice of heaven on earth!

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank Sarahsweeties
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Went to Kiawah for our annual guy's golf outing. Stayed at a 4bdm/4bath condo/town house located in the Windswept Villas of the East Beach Area.

We played the following courses:
Cougar Point, Turtle Point - 2 rounds, Osprey Point - 2 rounds, Oak Point and the famous Ocean Course. Golf and scenary was fantastic. A few of the gents in our foursome lost over 7 sleeves of balls. That doesn't include the balls they found on the course. If you are a high handicapper (24+) be forewarned.

A few general points:
1. Oak Point is a bit more of an open course and is located "off" the island. It's not grouped with the other four golf courses on the island.
2. Beware of the gators. I'm from the west and teeing off next to a 12 foot gator could be quite a challenge.
3. Bring bug spray. You've got loads of hungry mosquitos. Even the small gnats bite. Gnats a major problem if you have an early tee time, especially at Turtle Point.
4. Oak Point has only one shower for the gents and no real locker room. We ended our trip by playing Oak Point and immediately heading to Charleston to fly home. Showering and changing after a round was a bit challenging. Plan accordingly.
5. Ocean requires you to have a caddie or forecaddie. This way, they can maintain pace of play. Depending on the caddie you get, the experience on this course could be phenominal. Our other foursome had one good caddie and one so-so caddie.
6. Expect to lose golf balls on the Ocean Course. There are no OB, but do have a few water hazzards, but the notion of no OB is a mis-nomer. Yes, if you find it, you can play it, but good luck finding it. Especially if it's a windy day. This course gets windy.
7. As one would expect on a high end resort, staff around the entire resort from the restaurants to golf are wonderful but that comes with a price. It's expensive there.

Overall was a good time b/c with friends. I'm a high teens handicap. I would suggest for those over 20 wait until you get better to go here. This way, you can really enjoy the course for the $$$$ you spend.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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5  Thank sm5486
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