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The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Kiawah Island
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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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“Wonderful Birthday Experience.”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

This surprise trip was delightful! Upon learning it was a special birthday, the staff gave us an upgrade & delved a bottle of champaign to our suite in celebration. The room was spacious and decorated in understated luxury. Marble oversized bathroom with great toiletries added to the comfort. We particularly enjoyed the adult pool area with delightful Jaimacan attendants attentively assisting us as needed. On site dinner was average, but the wait staff on its mark. Be sure to have a drink in the open lobby area. Excellent views and people watching!

Room Tip: Wing closest to pool was very quiet with lovely views of the property.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Love the hotel and have stayed several times - the rooms are great - housekeeping staff is top-notch. Biking on the beach and on the trails is always a highlight. We also enjoyed kayaking on the Kiawah River - the island is absolutely pristine, and the hotel is the right size. Service is great. Food at the resort could be better and is expensive, but there are lots of dining options outside of the resort (including Charleston.) We really enjoyed the Oyster Roast at Mingo Point - definitely worth going. Food was great, and they had live music.

Room Tip: Ocean view rooms are great - wonderful views
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Knoxville, TN
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67 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2013

The Sanctuary Hotel is pure luxury. Despite being high season, there is no feeling of it being over-capacity. This hotel draws a sophisticated clientele--a true testimony of polite Southern Charm. The beach is beautiful. The chairs, umbrella, and beach service make you want to stay all day. The weather with bright sun and light breeze are much more comfortable than the Florida coast.

The restaurants, pool bar, and lobby bar have top-notch cuisine and libations. Our family relaxed with lemonade and sweet tea in the comfortable and nicely appointed main hall after a sun-filled day. Activities abound if you prefer to explore. A booklet of activities for adults, kids, or entire families provided options including alligator or bird watching, kayaking, paddle boarding. kid's camp, teen laser tag, and evening activities. The quality golf courses were the high point for the guys on our trip and equally as enticing were the spa services for the girls. The concierge was very helpful and her suggestions did not disappoint. Service could not have been better. Facilities were impeccable. The hotel shops were filled with great sportswear and admirable gifts. I especially enjoyed the art shop and the ice cream parlor.

One activity which cannot be missed. Please rent a bike, even if you have not been on one in 20 years! Our family had the best time and may go home to purchase bikes after our Kiawah Island experience. It reminds me of being a kid and getting on a bike just to get out of the house. The trails are paved and run parallel to most roads. I felt safe to allow my 10 and 14 year-olds go out on their own. A map provided by the concierge is recommended! You can easily loose yourself in the splendor of the island--a true time machine back to the banana seat and high-handle bars of my 70's childhood.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed July 18, 2013 via mobile

So many things to do! Nature is one with you here. It's not cheep but the best things in live are not cheep.
Out of all the #1 community country club living I rate this the best!! Makes Ocean Reef Club look like a trailor park!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

It is rare nowadays to experience TRULY OUSTANDING SERVICE , whereby everyone’s needs and expectations are met and/or exceeded, however, your facility and team did just that. Taylor/ Jason – Pool Server, Dwight- Pool Attendant, Tim – Valet, Michelle- Room Attendant , Nicole –Lobby Bar and Greg- Front Desk Manager were absolutely wonderful to chat it up with and did everything possible to ensure that our stay was the success that we desired.
The Trip to the Island couldn't have been any better !!!
Hope to return soon !!!

Room Tip: Must have Ocean View Room with Porch !!! Higher Floors
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kiawah Island, South Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2013

Staying at the Sanctuary and having an ocean side room is the best!! The views, service, and quality of everything, including the bed & food was fantastic! One of my favorite parts of the island are the endless trails! I call this place a slice of paradise! :)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Danbury, Connecticut, United States
Level 6 Contributor
204 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2013

I have vacationed on Kiawah Island for 15 years but this was the first time I stayed overnight at The Sanctuary. Our room was very clean and pristine. The bathroom was quite large and had a separate shower and bathtub with a separate room for the toilet. We had a side ocean view which was lovely. The balcony was a bit small but it was adequate. The bed was comfortable as was the room temperature. The staff were extremely helpful and accommodating whether we were inside the hotel or on the beach. The pool and beach area were clean and well maintained. My only exception were the pool restrooms which could have been cleaner. There were cobwebs and spiders and other dead bugs in the stalls. I did not expect this at a 5 star hotel. All in all though, The Sanctuary was a wonderful place to stay and I would recommend it.

Room Tip: Make sure that you book a room that has an ocean view if possible.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Address: 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, SC 29455-5434
Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Kiawah Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Kiawah Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 255
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Near Charleston, SC, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is an oceanfront Five Star/ Five Diamond hotel and spa offering casual Southern grace, comfort and charm on one of the top eco-friendly island in the U.S. It features five golf courses including The Ocean Course, site of the 2012 PGA Championship. Tennis magazine ranks it as America's No. 3 tennis resorts and it has one of the top-ranked beaches in the country. ... more   less 
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