We enjoyed our stay at the Kingston Plantation. The resort is in a great location and is gated. We rented a condo from VRBO instead of booking directly with Kingston (much cheaper). We were in the South Hampton tower. The views were outstanding but the building is a little tired. The owner of our condo had made some updates but more are needed.
The pool for South Hampton was cold and there wasn't a bar or much atmosphere there. We had to pay $10 per day for wi-fi since we were not considered guests of Kingston. Unless you book directly through them, you are also not allowed to use their other pools and facilities because a bracelet is needed to access them. However, we did use the Embassy Suites pool without a bracelet and no one said anything. A lot of guests weren't wearing bracelets. That pool was much more lively with activities and a bar.
The beach was clean and had umbrellas and chairs you could rent. The chairs were in pretty bad shape though. We thought $35 per day was kind of expensive, so we went to Walmart and purchased our own umbrella and chairs to use the entire week for only $40 total.
There are plenty of restaurants close by. We especially enjoyed the Carolina Roadhouse and House of Blues.More