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The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 4.0

Kiawah Island, Coastal South Carolina, South Carolina

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  • On a golf course overlooking the beach
  • Beautiful interiors outfitted with historical objects and decor
  • Two pools, one of which is infinity style
  • Shuttle service provided throughout Kiawah
  • Spa with full array of body and beauty services
  • Jogging trails in the immediate vicinity
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking


  • Room walls may be thin
  • Spa may be too small for couples to have simultaneous treatments
  • Guests have complained of elevated charges, such as for tennis
  • Breakfast is expensive
  • Hotel bars close early
  • No other dining options without getting in a car

Bottom Line

This large seaside resort and golf course provides an opulent getaway in the style of a historical southern estate. It is situated on Kiawah, a barrier island 15 miles south of Charleston, South Carolina. The 90-hole golf course attracts a large number of sports enthusiasts, many of whom bring their families along. The resort offers elegant hotel rooms, independent villas, and freestanding rental homes. There are a large number of creative family activities and events organized specifically for teens.

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A grand seaside estate, popular with families and couples

The property is situated directly on dunes overlooking the ocean and seems to strive for a historical opulence. Its grand lobby is modeled after a Charleston home and centered around dual staircases; the common areas are replete with Persian rugs, gilt-framed paintings, grandiose chandeliers, antiques, and elegant wood furniture. The main buildings are laid out in am H shape and are surrounded by a wide manicured green. It's popular with both couples looking for a romantic getaway and families.


Directly on the beach, inside a 90-hole golf course on a barrier island of South Carolina

Located inside the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the Sanctuary is situated on dunes that look out over an ocean beach. It's far off the main road and past a security gate that surrounds the property. Trees and greenery encircle the area, creating a lush and tropical environment. There's not much commerce in the immediate vicinity and those who want to explore the area will need a car. It's a 45-minute drive to downtown Charleston and a one-hour drive from Charleston airport; the resort can arrange for a transfer with advance notice.


Southern charm, outfitted in pastels and wood furniture

A combination of cream-colored bedspreads, dark wood furniture, and balconies with French doors create a historic and comfortable charm in the large rooms here. Some suites have four-poster beds.The bathrooms have big ergonomic tubs -- some with whirlpool jets -- separate stall showers, and marble vanities. Many of the tiled balconies have doric-column railings and look out onto the Atlantic.


Lots of outdoor and family-friendly activities and 11 restaurants

The property offers a wide range of outdoor activities for guests who want to take advantage of its breathtaking setting on the edge of the barrier island. Golfing is naturally the biggest draw, but other popular activities include biking, open-air painting, group swimming, and kayaking. There's also a large number of family-oriented activities, including disc golf, tie-dyeing and other arts and crafts, and pool parties and surfing for teenagers. There are two pools (one of which is an infinity pool), a tennis court, and a large fitness center with a variety of machines and free weights. Wi-Fi is free, as is parking. There are 11 restaurants to choose from, although they are on the pricey side. While there are other dining options on the island, a car is necessary to reach most of them.

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1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, Coastal South Carolina 29455-5434, United States

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