Guests at this 1,600-acre island beachfront resort can choose from a long list of recreational options, including Tom Fazio–designed golf courses and nationally ranked tennis programs. Its focal point is the plantation-style Boardwalk Inn, which sits among a cluster of homes that have been painted in pastels to resemble Charleston's Rainbow Row. Some rooms and suites on the fourth and fifth floors have balconies that overlook the ocean. You can also choose from one- to six-bedroom condos that sit near the sea or the marshes. The Sea Island Grill is highly rated, and the nearby Isle of Palms marina has a bustling bar and restaurant scene on summer weekends.
Feb 5, 2008
My boyfriend and I spent the first weekend in February (2008) at Wild Dunes Resort. We both wanted a weekend getaway for much needed R & R. We got a superior rate due to the fact that it was the winter months. The hotel recently went through rennovations....the rooms were extremely comfortable and stylish and our king size bed was great! It had a pillow top and was extremely comfortable. We are not golfers, and did not take advantage of the courses
or any other outdoor amenities, and while we were not "ocean front" we could see the ocean one one side (albeit, our view was partially obstructed by other houses) and the marshes on the other (again, partial obstruction by houses). We were on the 4th floor, so we had a balcony. Staff were friendly, we did not have to wait for our vehicle from the Valet, and we had a wonderful getaway. Isle of Palms is less than a 20 minute drive into the historic, downtown area of Charleston...so we were nearby to enjoy the city and its attractitios, but secluded away at the resort. We cannot wait to go back!
Jan 1, 2008
From the website photos and the name "Wild Dunes" we were expecting a beautiful, isolated spot. The Wild Dunes complex is beautifully landscaped, but very built up. Our "ocean view" room in the Boardwalk hotel allowed us just a glimpse of the ocean from our balcony, between rooftops of the tall villas (8-9 deep) between the hotel and the beach. There was a boardwalk, but it ran between two rows of villas - not scenic at all. Other problems: there
is only one elevator at each end of the hotel, and it is a service elevator as well as for guest use, and painfully slow; the walls are thin (we could clearly hear the next guest talking on the phone to his kids); we were gone from 10 - 2:30 one day and our room still wasn't made up; and the only dining options were an expensive hotel restaurant or pizza and donuts across the parking lot. Go for the golf or tennis, not for scenery.
May 15, 2007
My wife and I went to the Wild Dunes resort in August of 2006 as a celebration of her birthday. I did plenty of research on the various available resorts or hotels in the Charleston area and I was very excited to find the Wild Dunes resort, which seemed to be everything I wanted in a resort (luxury, secluded, and nearby golf). It is secluded and has a great Fazio course, but I was extremely disappointed in the room quality. The beds are terrible
as they sag incredibly and I ended up sleeping on the floor after the first night. This is not due to a weight issue either as my wife and I weigh in at a "hefty" 180 and 120 pounds respectively. The second problem was the sound that carried so easily through the walls. I could easily hear my neighbour's regular conversations and alarm clock go off each day. Well, obviously these issues did not ruin the weekend, but they did convince that next time I'll stick with the Hampton Inn or Courtyard, which are reliable and predictable.