With your feet dug into the sand, you clutch a morning cup of coffee. The sunrise casts a blanket of warm, orange light onto the coastline. You smile as you realize, this is what vacation should be. At the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, you’re treated to a trip dripping with southern hospitality. Here, you’ll be able to ease into the day, and then decide what activities you’ll take on, if any. It’s a place featuring championship golf, amazing food and the promise of family fun.
The sanctuary hotel is full of great options.
Standard guestroom: This room is greatly mislabeled. It is 525 sq ft of luxury which has deep garden soaking tubs, private balconies, large marble walk-in showers and Italian linens. Sound “standard”? If so, I’m coming to live with you. The rooms have either a king or 2 queens. Some rooms have better views of the ocean, so you will see that up-tick in price for those.
The Garden suite: This option has 1130 sq ft of comfort. Marble floors, a powder room, a wet bar, living space and a dining area, these are all the amenities you can expect here. If you need even more space, these suites can connect to a guest room.
Ocean View Suite: As the name implies, this 1100 sq ft option has amazing views of the ocean. Again, you’ll have the benefit of a living area (which has a pull out sleeper sofa) and a balcony.
Ocean Front Suite: This options gives you a full view of the Atlantic. With plenty of space, this would be an ideal option for a large family, but because of the spectacular view, it would also be a great honeymoon option.
Charleston and Governor’s Suites: These suites have even more space, at 1515 sq ft, and 2 queen beds.
Presidential Suite: This place is bigger than my house and is beyond cool. It has French doors that lead outside to a private balcony with views of the Atlantic. There’s a four poster king bed, a study and a large sitting area.
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The Ocean Room – The resort’s steakhouse is more than just a meal. At this Forbes 4 Star and AAA 4 Diamond rated restaurant, you're treated to wide variety of options. Whether you chose to enjoy a Dry Aged Bone-In Ribeye or a braised octopus, this restaurant will make any night special.
Jasmine Porch – The setting of the restaurant is perfect. Enjoy some lowcountry cuisine while watching the waves roll in.
Loggerhead Grill – If you’re swimming at the pool, the Loggerhead is a perfect spot to grab a bite to eat. Enjoy a burger or a wrap poolside as a break from swimming.
Beaches & Cream – A great option to grab a quick breakfast (like a breakfast sandwich) or quick lunch (like a panini) in order to fuel up for the day’s activities.
The Lobby Bar - A great option for a quick drink before or after dinner.
The Atlantic Room – With endless views of the Atlantic ocean, the restaurant has regional seafood dishes right at the golf course. They had me at Shrimp and grits, although the seafood stew sounds like a contender as well.
Tomasso at Turtle Point – If you’re in the mood for Italian, head over to Tomasso. Definitely try the homemade pasta.
Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House – Ok, this is the place you’ll find me camped out. I love BBQ. The smell of different foods smoking over hardwood is mouthwatering. This would be a great place to bring the family!
The Night Heron Grill or West Beach Catina – Enjoy poolside eats.
Market at Town Center – Provides breakfast and lunch options, and will pack a picnic bag for you.
Mingo Point Oyster Roast and BBQ – Gather the family next to the river and enjoy food, music and dance.
A beacon for golfers everywhere, the Kiawah resort offers 90 holes of championship golf. Imagine lining up your tee shot while the ocean breeze cools you from the summer heat. It is perfect. And then I would hit the ball into the ocean because that’s what I do, lose tons of golf balls in the water. Ever seen the movie Tin Cup? The ending makes perfect sense to me. Anyways, the Kiawah has 5 courses that you can play starting with the Ocean Course. This Pete Dye course has 10 holes along the ocean, more than any course in the northern hemisphere. The wind that I mentioned earlier, it is a big part of your game on this course, as you will have to make adjustments to account for it. The Turtle Point Course is a challenge due to the narrow fairways and small greens. The Oak Point Course has been named one of the “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest based on the amazing views you’ll have from the course. The Cougar Point Course has larger greens and large landing areas running up to the greens. The Osprey Point Course is one of the most popular with resort guests as you’re surrounded by maritime forests, lagoons and saltwater marshes. To summarize, golf here is awesome. Period.
Kiawah is a Forbes 5 diamond Resort & Spa so if you’re in the need for some rest and relaxation, The Spa at the Sanctuary has you covered. The beautifully designed 12 room spa facility provides a number of spa treatments to heal your body and mind.
You could try the Citrus Head to Toe. Enjoy a massage using citrus infused hot oils to get a rejuvenating experience. The full body massage is a perfect way to start the vacation.
If you’re looking for something for a special event, maybe a couples massage would interest you. The Suite Seclusion provides a private room for a couple massage, which you can also add a soak for two in the therapeutic bath with a champagne toast.
If you’re in the mood to go swimming, you can stroll out and enjoy the sand and surf hit the beach or enjoy the pool area. There’s 3 pools to enjoy. There’s Night Heron family pool, which is a junior Olympic pool, and would be great for swimming laps or hunting pool toys. The Night Heron’s children’s pool is a large play area for kids and toddlers. It includes 2 slides, water cannons and a 30 gallon dumping bucket. The West Beach pool also has slides, as well as interactive water features.
If you’re in the mood for some tennis, Tennisresortsonline.com rated Kiawah as the #1 golf resort in the world. Grab a racket and hit one of Kiawah’s two complete tennis complexes. The Roy Barth Tennis center has 9 Har-Tru clay courts and 3 hard courts. The West Beach Tennis Club has 10 Har-Tru clay courts and 2 lighted hard courts.
At the beach you can rent any number of items to make the experience more enjoyable. You can rent a paddle board, surf board or a boogie board. Do you want to play a round of bocce? You can rent several games for the beach.
If you’re in the mood to learn, you can learn how to surf, paint or learn archery, all taught on property. The resort also has several walking tours that teach you about the surrounding areas. One tour includes learning about alligators.
The resort has a number of fishing and boating tours available. If you’re interested in fishing, head out on one of the resorts boats and try your luck at catching Redfish, spotted sea trout, flounder or even a shark! You could also enjoy a cruise through the water ways to look for dolphins! You kids will love the thrill of watching the dolphins swim up to the boat and breach the water, if you’re lucky. Or, if you wanted to enjoy an evening on the water, book a relaxing sunset cruise.
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