Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Kiawah Island, Georgia and South Carolina, United States of America
At a Glance
Beautifully situated on the pristine South Carolina coast with miles of unspoilt 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
Enjoy world-class recreational facilities that will please all the family - from tennis, golf, nature programmes and cyling
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South Carolina has a humid subtropical climate with mild winters, and fairly hot and humid summers. Average temperatures in January and February are in the upper teens, while average temperatures from May through September stay in the high 20s. Temperatures in October, November and December tend to drop to the low 20s and mid-teens. It can get fairly cool in this area during the winter months, so you will need to bring some sweaters and light jackets if you plan to be outside during the day.
To start planning your holiday to Kiawah Island Golf Resort
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.
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 holiday. 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 Centre 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.
The Sanctuary offers 255 sumptuous and spacious rooms and suites, most of which open out with balconies onto the ocean, including eleven junior suites, one executive suite and a palatial presidential suite. Every room has been uniquely designed, and includes custom-made overstuffed furniture and have shuttered bathroom windows with spacious marble tiled bathrooms. Rooms are decorated in soft tones, providing a perfect backdrop for relaxation, long naps and time spent reading a favourite novel.
There are 100 Private Homes and 400 condos and apartments, all varying in style and size.
Camp Kiawah offers children aged 3 to 11 years an incredible camp experience, from treasure hunts to building enormous sand castles on the beach. There are three uniquely designed camps; Kamp Kiawah is a traditional themed camp for kids aged 3-7, Camp Xtreme is for kids aged 8-15 where they can enjoy sports, scavenger hunts and team building games, and Adventure Camp for kids aged 8-15 is for kids waning to experience kayaking, paddle boarding, tennis, archery and more!
Reservations are encouraged.
There are also regular evening activities for teens such as capture the flag, roasting smores and teen and adult 3 on 3 basketball games.
The resort offers five unique restaurants, all located at the hotel. The Ocean Room has a private wine room and ocean view terrace. Views of the South Carolina coastline are spectacular. Rich mahogany wood and elaborate ironwork add depth to the overall dining experience prepared by Chef Chris Brandt. The Jasmine Porch offers casual dining for a light lunch or early morning breakfast and traditional Lowcountry dishes are served at dinner. Guests can also dine at the Clubhouse or at the Freshfields market.
The hotel also has a spa and fitness centre. There are three swimming pools; the Night Heron Children's Pool, the Night Heron Family Pool and the West Beach Pool.
Kiawah Island is a barrier island and is renowned for its natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and vast salt marshes on the other, Kiawah has a mixture of maritime forests, brackish water ponds and picturesque dunes. Explore the area on a walking tour or by paddle boat with one of the hotel's naturalist guides and spot giant American alligators and Loggerhead sea turtles. There are also endless trails for bike rides and for a day out on the water, why not try your hand at deep sea fishing or explore the marshes by kayak.
Anna Bleasdale (Staff)
The Sanctuary is just one part of this island experience. Kiawah Island is a community in itself with beautiful homes nestled into the forests of oak trees strewn with the Souths iconic Spanish moss. Many people live here full time in this gorgeous community in an idyllic location between the beaches of the Atlantic ocean and the waterways to the West. Within these communities lies the Sanctuary hotel. An elegant and refined guest experience offering 5 star service, beautiful furnishings and a wealth of facilities from fine restaurants through to a spa, pool and even access to up to 4 golf courses that are dotted throughout the island. Its no surprise that many guests come here just for the golf, its going to be the location for the 2021 PGA Tour so its certainly on any players hit list. It has so much more though for couples and families alike. Laid out as a community there is everything from a football pitch to nature centre, bike trails all around the island and water sports on the calm inland waterways. The beach is long and dedicated to island guests. Whilst the sea isnt the crystal clear blue that you will find South in Florida, its still a popular spot for children to play in the waves, especially during the heat of the summer. The best part of Kiawah is its choices though. Either stay in the hotel where everything is on hand, or if you dont mind being a little more independent, choose from one of the many condo style villas on the island that look over the beach or lagoons. For the ultimate in luxury, take one of the elite private homes, some of which come complete with private pools and views over the golf course. Perfect for larger families and longer stays, they are stunningly appointed with that absolute wow factor, a home from home of your dreams.Kiawah Island may not be an intimate hotel, however, there are endless possibilities for a family holiday with so much on hand but no compromise on luxury.
Bryony Butler (Staff)
A first-class resort set amongst four world renowned golf courses. The Sanctuary itself is beautifully appointed with historic touches, although the hotel is large the staff are friendly, and the rooms feel homely. The resort is a great choice for families with lots of great activities run daily including archery, kayaking, dolphin encounters and fishing charters. For larger families the private homes dotted around the grounds provide the perfect retreat, they are finished to an exceptional standard and provide and abundance of space and facilities, many with their own pools, guests staying in the private homes can also enjoy the many dining options the resort has to offer or include a private chef if self-catering does not appeal.
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.
New York and Kiawah Island
New York, Kiawah Island
from £2800 pp inc flights & transfers for 10 nights
- Perfect for families wishing to have the comfort of their own private home throughout
- City break and island retreat, jam packed with activities and opportunities for adventure
- Take full advantage of all the activities on offer at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Location & directions
Kiawah Island, Georgia and South Carolina, United States of America
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.
How to get there
13-hour 25-minute international flight (via Miami) to Charleston International Airport. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island is 33 miles from the airport.
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