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Wild Dunes Resort

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At a Glance

    Pros

  • golf courses and marina are appealing
  • free shuttle runs from 7 am to 11 pm to wherever you need to go within the complex

    Cons

  • in peak summer season, kids dominate the pool areas and the boardwalk, as children's programs run predominantly in summer
  • a congested, high-density feel exists in all the main facilities

Fodorite Reviews

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Wild Dunes Resort Review

Guests, which include many families in the summer, have a long list of recreational options—such as Tom Fazio golf courses and nationally ranked tennis programs—at this 1,600-acre island resort. Its focal point is the recently refurbished, plantation-style Boardwalk Inn, which sits among a cluster of homes that have been painted in pastels to resemble Charleston's Rainbow Row. Some guest 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. Nearby is a yacht harbor on the intracoastal waterway. The Sea Island Grill is highly rated, and The Village at Wild Dunes (150 units) next to the inn has a family-friendly restaurant serving dinner during the summer. In the adjacent plaza, there are music performances, family bingo, and (seasonally) musicians and jugglers.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 4600 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms, SC 29451 | Map It
  • Phone: 843/886–6000; 888/845–8926
  • Website:
  • Location: Charleston

    Hotel Details

  • 396 units, 93 rooms.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 12-03-2012

Fodorite Reviews

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    Phenomenal Weekend

    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!

    by CarolinaSunshine, 2/5/08
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    Disappointing

    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.

    by cheltenham, 1/1/08
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    Not up to expectation

    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.

    by audiphile, 5/15/07

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