Need help on where to stay on Kiawah Island?

Old Apr 9th, 2006, 08:15 AM
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Need help on where to stay on Kiawah Island?

I am having a hard time finding info. on where to stay in Kiawah Island. We would like to stay either on the beach or within short walking distance to it.

A 2 bedroom condo probably would be ideal since we have a 1 year old (she is very quiet and easygoing). Does anyone have suggestions? Also restaurant suggestions also?

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Old Apr 9th, 2006, 08:38 AM
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See this vrbo.com link below (tons of Kiawah Island rentals):

http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals...a-rest-of#4328
 
Old Apr 10th, 2006, 06:20 AM
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It depends on what your budget is. If money is no object, look at The Sanctuary. It's exquisite, yet VERY pricey. There are so many homes and condos on Kiawah, you won't have a problem finding anything on the website previously mentioned.
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I have two small children (1 and 3), and this year will be our 4th annual trek to Kiawah. I think you are right to look at 2 BR condos - the Sanctuary is gorgeous, but with a 1yr old, a condo is probably more practical (more space + kitchen). Here are a couple of things to think about.

The resort is basically divided into two "villages" -- East Beach and West Beach. Both have beach access and some shopping. If a pool is desirable, you should stay in "East Beach Village" and book directly through the resort(www.kiawahresort.com). Only people booking through the resort have access to the pool facilities. West Beach used to have a wonderful pool complex, but it was removed when they closed the Kiawah Island Inn in 2004/2005.

Given your desire to be on or near the beach, I'd probably recommend Windswept Villas -- they are close to the beach, and a very easy walk to Night Heron Park (where the main pools are). Mariner's Watch also may be a good option. If you want to save money, stay in "Parkside" -- it is the least expensive pricing category ("scenic view"), but is just across the lagoon from Windswept, and so a pretty easy walk to the beach and pools.

Keep in mind that, while the resort claims the villas are 4*, they are not. Quality tends to vary, as they are individually owned. In our experience, they range from nice to badly outdated. But the beautiful beaches and other great features of the island more than make up for it.

Dining: Shrimpers (West Beach) is an easy option with kids. Very casual, not fancy - food is fine but definitely not gourmet. The Market at Town Center (East Beach) is also a good option -- order-at-the-counter with seating inside or out. Pretty good variety, and the food is surpisingly good. If you can get away for an evening, Jasmine Porch at the Sanctuary is fantastic -- it's the more casual of the two restaurants there, but the food and service are first-rate. Good luck with the planning, and have a great time.
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We own a Night Heron cottage at Kiawah. The advice above is excellent. I second the Windswept, Mariners and finally Parkside recommendations.

The Night Herons are also good for families but have 3 bedrooms.

Heed the advice about the pools. The Resort is very strict about who can use the Night Heron pool. You must rent through them. The biggest source of discontent on this beautiful island occurs every Monday morning with non-Reosrt guests discover they cannot use the pools. I don't envy the "gatekeepers" who take a lot of abuse about this.

The Resort also sponsors many, many family activities that are open to everyone on the island. Our family favorite is the Wednesday night carnival with clowns, animal shows, jugglers, etc. Delightful. They are also adding an outdoor movie night this year.

Overall, I'm sure you'll like Kiawah.
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Great point about other activities -- the oyster roast at Mingo point (I think it's every Monday night during summer) is great too. Great for a 1 yr old -- very casual, beautiful spot, and kids (even 1 yr olds) dancing with the band.
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