Hidden amongst majestic live Oak Trees, Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Best for a beach or golf retreat, families will love exploring the island, be it on dry land or out on the water under the Carolina sunshine.
Beautifully situated on the pristine South Carolina coast with miles of unspoiled coastline
Outstanding restaurants, as well as nearby Freshfields village for more casual dining options
Villa and Private Home offering for those who want more space and a self-catering option
Five award-winning championship golf courses including the Ocean Course, home of the 2007 Senior PGA and 2012 PGA Championships, offering challenging play for golfers of all levels
Comprised of three accommodation types, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is home to a fabulous hotel, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, a number of apartments and a selection of luxurious private homes. Guests staying in the condos or private homes have full use of hotel facilities, the difference simply lies between whether you wish to stay in a fully serviced hotel or a self-catering home.
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is one of the finest oceanfront hotels on the East Coast, nestled between glistening marshland and the Atlantic Ocean. Driving from the mainland over to Kiawah takes you back to a simpler time, and as you pass beneath ancient trees graced with beards of Spanish moss you know you have arrived somewhere special. Enter the lobby and you will experience a grand seaside mansion, surrounded by carefully considered architecture that uses local brick, stone, wood and metalwork. Offering fine southern hospitality, the service here is unparalleled.
The apartments and private homes are dotted around the island, creating a village atmosphere. Some are home to residents who live on the island permanently, but many are rented out through the resort. Apartments are a great option for smaller families who perhaps want to overlook the lagoon, whereas private homes are more lavish and suit larger families. Each self catering accommodation varies in style and size as each is individually owned, but with a comprehensive tier system, you can be sure we can match you with your perfect hideaway.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a superb place for a family vacation. This beautiful island is a magnet for golf enthusiasts from around the world, with the PGA championships being held here in 2020 at the exquisite Ocean Course. The island has also been ranked the top tennis facility in the U.S. by Tennis Magazine and has 28 tennis courts. Whilst you're not perfecting your swing on the grass, you can be out on the water enjoying paddle-boarding, fishing tours or motorboat excursions to spot dolphins offshore. This is a nature lovers haven, and guests can discover all that makes Kiawah a paradise for wildlife on sunset beach nature walks, at the Heron Park Nature Center or on the Junior Naturalist Programme.
Few things rejuvenate the mind and body more than a massage at the Sanctuary's luxurious Spa, and this is the perfect way to round off a day of adventure and exploration. Once you have been sufficiently pampered, spend your evenings at one of the hotels many restaurants, or cycle into the picturesque village of Freshfields, where you can find independent restaurants, a fully stocked supermarket, high-end stores and ice-cream parlours.
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Head up to the Ocean Course at sunset for beautiful views of the ocean
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Located on a beautiful barrier island just a few miles from historic Charleston, South Carolina lies Kiawah Island. The Sanctuary is situated along the pristine shores of Kiawah Island, just thirty minutes from downtown Charleston.
Coastal and Reef Fishing Adventure on Kiawah Island
Enjoy a family fishing experience on the South Carolina coast. Action packed and great fun, this excursion is perfect for an exciting day out on the water. Located just three miles offshore, fish around the bottom of shore wrecks and see what you find.
Crabbing Expedition on Kiawah Island
The Lowcountry tradition of crabbing is one you shouldn't miss out on during your stay on Kiawah Island. Hop aboard a shallow draft bay boat and cruise along the Kiawah River in search of the best crabbing spot under the Carolina sunshine.
Spend a day exploring the beautiful Plantations of South Carolina. Lying just outside Charleston on the banks of the Ashley River, there are many plantations well worth a visit to learn about the fascinating history and culture of the Old South.
Tandem Kayaking on Kiawah Island
Get up close and personal to Kiawah Island's nature reserve in all its glory. View wildlife and enjoy the pristine salt marshes that surround this beautiful barrier island. Explore the unique coastal habitat at your own pace with all the family.