This is one of the more outstanding locations of the coastal southern regions. It boasts seven golf courses, five of them open to the public. The general harmony and peace of the resort is exceptional and the staff are super friendly and helpful.
We stayed in a 'villa' which is effectively one floor of an apartment building. The place itself was pretty spacious with a bedroom, kitchen, lounge, dining area, bathroom and outside balcony big enough to seat six for a meal. Everything worked well and all I would say is that it felt a little dated and needed some modernizing but for the price in late October, it was fine.
Street lighting at night is lacking and I felt more than a little nervous driving on the island at night when off the main arterial road. Many of the restaurants were closed however, either because they were seasonal or open on 'holidays' or just two nights a week so that made the choice pretty slim - it was either go to the high priced Ocean Room or go to a golf club bar, neither of which we wanted.
My daughter was staying in a different villa with her university golf team (they were playing an intercollegiate event at Turtle Point on the island) and all of the girls in the team complained of cockroaches in their particular villa although we had no similar complaints in our place.
Overall opinion though, tranquil setting backed by that wonderful southern charm!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located just 21-miles south of beautiful and historic Charleston, South Carolina, Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers an unmatched golf experience with a unique combination of distinctive golf courses, a spectacularly beautiful natural setting, luxurious resort amenities and gracious hospitality. Selected as the best golf resort in the U.S. in Golf World magazine's "Readers' Choice Awards" survey, the resort staff is totally committed to the game of golf and those who play it at every level. Kiawah Island Golf Resort possesses an esteemed golf tradition flavored with the spirit of lively competition. Kiawah Island's championship resume includes the dramatic 1991 Ryder Cup, the 1997 and 2003 World Cups, the 2005 PGA Professional National Championship, the 2007 Senior PGA Championship and the prestigious 2012 PGA Championship won in commanding fashion by Rory McIlroy. It has also been named the site of the 2021 PGA Championship. The resort offers five distinctive, world-class golf courses designed by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Gary Player and Clyde Johnston. Using the island's magnificent setting of rolling sand dunes, expansive saltwater marshes and quiet maritime forests, each architect has created a unique expression of golf's varied challenges and rewards. The resort has received an impressive array of rankings in various magazine readers' polls proving that service is still king on Kiawah Island including being named the No. 1 island in North American Island & No. 2 island in the world in the latest Conde Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Awards With 10 miles of stunning shoreline and an unmatched golf experience, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is one of America's top vacation destinations. In addition to the five championship golf courses, two tennis centers, it is known as one of the top eco-friendly resorts in the U.S. and has a world-renowned recreation and nature program With close to 600 villas and luxury homes and the Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond, 255-room oceanfront hotel and spa, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort offers a wide variety of accommodation options. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kiawah Island Golf Hotel Kiawah Island
- Kiawah Island Resort
- Kiawah Island Hotel