Charleston Hotels

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

  • 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr. Map It
  • Kiawah Island
  • Fodor's Choice
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  • Smaller villas are more affordable
  • Restaurant is an ideal venue for an anniversary or a proposal
  • The golf courses and tennis programs are ranked among the country's best


  • Not all rooms ocean views
  • It is pricey and a long drive from town

Published 07/23/2015

Fodor's Review

Choose from one- to four-bedroom villas, three- to eight-bedroom private homes, or the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, an amazing 255-room luxury waterfront hotel and spa that is one of the most prestigious resorts in the country and yet is still kid-friendly. Its vast lobby is stunning, with a wonderful collection of art and walnut floors covered with hand-woven rugs. The West Indies theme is evident in the guest rooms, where bedposts are carved with impressionistic pineapple patterns and plantation-style ceilings have exposed planks painted white. A top-rated steak house, the Ocean Room, has incredible architectural details, including wrought-iron gates and a stained-glass dome. Along with the 10 miles of island beaches, recreational options include kayak and surfboard rentals, nature tours, and arts-and-crafts classes.

Hotel Information


1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island, South Carolina, 29455, United States

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843-768–2121; 800-576–1570

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 242 rooms, 13 suites, 400 villas, 90 homes
  • Rate includes: No meals

Published 07/23/2015

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