Fodor's Expert Review Kiawah Island Golf Resort

1 Sanctuary Beach Dr., Kiawah Island, South Carolina, 29455, USA

Choose from one- to four-bedroom villas, three- to eight-bedroom private homes, or one of the fabulous 255 rooms at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island at this luxury waterfront hotel and spa that is one of the most prestigious resorts in the country and yet still kid-friendly. Its vast lobby is stunning, with a wonderful collection of art and walnut floors covered with handwoven rugs. The West Indies theme is evident in the guest rooms, where bedposts are carved with impressionistic pineapple patterns and 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. Four rental cottages are located beside the Ocean Course's clubhouse, overlooking the driving range and the Atlantic Ocean. Along with the 10 miles of island beaches, recreational options include kayak and surfboard rentals, nature tours, and arts-and-crafts classes.

Prices can triple during high-season weekends, so book in advance, check the calendar, and book strategically if you're also planning to stay elsewhere in Charleston.


  • smaller villas are more affordable
  • top-rated 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 have ocean views
  • a long drive from town
  • luxury comes at a price




Phones: 843-768–2121 | 800-654--2924


750 rooms and villas
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted, No Meals