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Kiawah Island Golf Resort

1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, SC 29455-5434
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#3 of 3 hotels in Kiawah Island
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Located just 21-miles south of beautiful and historic Charleston, South Carolina, Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers an unmatched golf experience with a unique combination of distinctive golf courses, a spectacularly beautiful natural setting, luxurious resort amenities and gracious hospitality. Selected as the best golf resort in the U.S. in Golf World magazine's "Readers' Choice Awards" survey, the resort staff is totally committed to the game of golf and those who play it at every level. Kiawah Island Golf Resort possesses an esteemed golf tradition flavored with the spirit of lively competition. Kiawah Island's championship resume includes the dramatic 1991 Ryder Cup, the 1997 and 2003 World Cups, the 2005 PGA Professional National Championship, the 2007 Senior PGA Championship and the prestigious 2012 PGA Championship won in commanding fashion by Rory McIlroy. It has also been named the site of the 2021 PGA Championship. The resort offers five distinctive, world-class golf courses designed by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Gary Player and Clyde Johnston. Using the island's magnificent setting of rolling sand dunes, expansive saltwater marshes and quiet maritime forests, each architect has created a unique expression of golf's varied challenges and rewards. The resort has received an impressive array of rankings in various magazine readers' polls proving that service is still king on Kiawah Island including being named the No. 1 island in North American Island & No. 2 island in the world in the latest Conde Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Awards With 10 miles of stunning shoreline and an unmatched golf experience, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is one of America's top vacation destinations. In addition to the five championship golf courses, two tennis centers, it is known as one of the top eco-friendly resorts in the U.S. and has a world-renowned recreation and nature program With close to 600 villas and luxury homes and the Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond, 255-room oceanfront hotel and spa, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort offers a wide variety of accommodation options.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Outdoor pool
Poolside bar
Golf course
Tennis court
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free shuttle or taxi services
Shuttle bus service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Additional bathroom
Private balcony
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Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Kelly H wrote a review 12 Jun
Charlotte, North Carolina14 contributions
We are staying her now and it is our last night and also celebrating our anniversary. I have been extremely frustrated by the concierge staff. If you are coming here be sure to get dining reservations well in advance or you are out of luck. At lunchtime we stopped by the concierge at the Sanctuary and asked for dinner recommendations. The girl took my name and number and we discussed several possibilities. A few hours went by with no call so I called and left a message on the voicemail. I got a call back about another hour later saying they passed on my request to the villas concierge and they were working on it for me. Again....no call so I called the vill concierge and the villa concierge knew nothing of it. She said she would work on it and send me a confirmation....again no call or email so I called again and she said that she was not able to get any reservations. Very aggravating to say the least leaving me in a bad mood to celebrate our anniversary.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Trip type: Traveled on business
Debra J wrote a review 11 Jun
Westfield, New Jersey54 contributions38 helpful votes
We reserved a Windswept condo for a wedding weekend and it was disappointing. Upon approaching the condo, there was a huge bag of dirty laundry outside the front door. Reported it 3x, never removed. In fairness they gave us a slight discount upon check out but it should have been removed the first day! The bedrooms were nice and roomy. The kitchen had most everything you could want but a coffee maker without a carafe is pretty useless. We took the condo because of the beach view and access. This was true but the outside balcony was TINY, with one broken chair. Not much use to the 4 of us who anticipated cocktails with a view. The laundry room (with no door) was so small, I don’t know how you would do a wash in it, not to mention it as so crammed with items, you could barely walk in. The unit was just old and tired. I think if you’re spending a premium price for a premium resort. The Marketplace is the place to go to eat. The prices in the golf clubhouses are outrageously high! If our friends didn’t own a house there I doubt I would return. I will say the beach is fabulous. If you have to rent chairs/umbrellas, be prepared for high prices with old lounges. Bike rentals are great, delivery late in the day and early on your last day. Just not a great stay.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Response from Bryan Hunter, Marketing at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Responded 6 days ago
Dear Debra J, Thank you very much for your recent visit with us for a wedding weekend. Thank you also for your invaluable feedback and insight. I've shared your concerns with all relevant managers so the issues you describe can be addressed. Since the villas are all privately owned (the resort acts as the renal and management agent), each is individually furnished and equipped, so it's difficult to address some of the specific issues pertinent to the unit you were in without knowing which unit it was. However, issues such as the laundry you found on the doorstep is unaccepteptable and will be addressed.
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GreatOutdoors614 wrote a review May 2021
Columbus, Ohio27 contributions17 helpful votes
Disclaimer- we have been vacationing to Hilton Head Island (Sea Pines) for about 25 years and wanted to try something new. So most of my review is through that lens and constant comparison to Sea Pines. First the good: Kiawah is a beautiful island-every bit as beautiful as HH/Sea Pines and maybe slightly more with huge green sand dunes, huge swaths of lush marshlands, great bike paths. Amazing, wide beach; less crowds and MUCH less commercialization than HH which we liked. Now the bad: the service. We almost didn't even come to Kiawah because we literally couldn't speak to ANYONE live about villa reservations. Website was temperamental so we wanted to speak to someone and ask specific questions. We would leave messages and have to wait up to 3 days to get a call back, if at all. And in that timeframe units we were contemplating would get booked. And if you missed Kiawah registration’s return phone call, guess what? Out of luck when you try to call them back - leave another message. When we finally got to speak with someone, they were nice enough, but not what we expected from a smaller, more intimate resort. We’ve never had that lack of service making reservations with Sea Pines. Also had bad service at Roy Barth Tennis Center - we were told we could not reserve a court due to them hosting a tournament for the next several days. Meanwhile, we saw open courts every morning/evening that they could have allowed us to reserve if they would have been more accommodating. Tennis center for us didn't live up to the “top rated” club that was professed on the sign hanging outside the club. Next, the lack of commercialization was almost too much- limited restaurants and grocery options. And since we were not staying at Sanctuary hotel, we were not permitted to dine at Jasmine’s Porch or Ocean Room. So that made our dining options even smaller. While the food was good at the clubhouses, it wasn't outstanding, and Kiawah could benefit from a handful of restaurants NOT tied to golf clubhouses with primary focus on food quality. Lastly our villa, a Tennis Club Villa, which was rated highest level by the resort, was just ok. Sure it had granite counters in kitchen/bathroom, and newish appliances, but furniture wasn’t all that comfortable and unit definitely needs polishing up: needs paint, walls dinged up, furniture on patio rusty/stained flat cushions. In our minds, this unit should be downgraded to mid-level until they paint and upgrade furniture. All-in-all, Kiawah Island was picturesque enough and we love Charleston so much we likely will return at some point. But we will definitely re-calibrate our expectations and check with tennis center whether or not they have any tournaments going on BEFORE we book our stay. Is Kiawah better than Hilton Head/Sea Pines? No, in our opinion. They are very similar landscape wise but have different positives and negatives. The level of service we received with the reservation process and from tennis center were definitely disappointing. The remoteness and lack of commercialization- a positive for us on one-hand, comes with a price. Don’t expect to speak to a live person easily... in our experience you need to have loads of patience and be prepared to leave messages and wait.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Bryan Hunter, Marketing at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear GreatOutdoors614, Thank you very much for your recent visit with us. We were delighted to welcome you. Thank you also for your detailed and frank feedback regarding your experiences, both good and bad. Please know I've shared your comments with all relative managers so they are aware and can address with their staff. One quick note: happily, restrictions on dining within the hotel restaurants are now lifted with relaxing COVID measures, so we are very happy to be able to welcome non-hotel guests back to the hotel restaurants. As for your expectations to have a timely response to phonecalls, that is not at all an unreasonable expectation in the least and is inexcusable, even during this period of unprecendently high occupancy. Please know I have shared this as well so it can be addressed. We very much look forward to welcoming you back.
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hayespitality wrote a review May 2021
Portsmouth, New Hampshire6 contributions12 helpful votes
We stayed in the Shipwatch Villa 2142. There were 6 of us and it was a tight squeeze but spent most of our time exploring Kiawah. The location was amazing and the amenities just fine. The outdoor area could use a deep clean and the furniture was a bit dated. Everything else was truly spectacular. My kids are ages 9, 13, 15 and 18 and there was something for everyone to do there. My 18 year old said it was the nicest course he's played on. The staff was super friendly.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Response from Bryan Hunter, Marketing at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Responded 10 May 2021
Dear hayespitality, Thanks to you and your family for your recent visit with us. We're so glad that you enjoyed your trip and were able to take advantage of so many of the great amenities we have to offer for guests of all ages. We hope we have the privilege to welcome you all back soon.
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Gary N wrote a review Apr 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We spent 4 days at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The prices at The Sanctuary are very high, but the facility is magnificent. The food within the entire resort is poor, to put it kindly. Yet, the prices suggested five star food. My wife and I had our final dinner at The Sanctuary. It cost us $217 with no drinks. My wife was served a tiny charred "8 oz filet." My fish was undercooked. The entrees were hors d'oeuvres portion sizes. They have you because when you are at the resort you are trapped. As I said to my wife, "We were robbed in the most civilized way."
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from Bill Lacey, Marketing at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Responded 30 Apr 2021
Dear garynX9730ZI, Thank you very much for your recent visit with us, and I'm happy to hear that you found The Sanctuary to be an enjoyable experience. I'm terribly disappointed, thought, to hear that your experience concerning dining particularly did not meet your expectations for quality or value. I do appreciate your feedback as it challenges everyone at the hotel and across the wider resort to take stock in areas were we might improve.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Kiawah Island Golf Resort?
Nearby attractions include Kiawah Beachwalker Park (3.5 km), Kiawah Island (2.9 km), and Freshfields Village (5.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kiawah Island Golf Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Kiawah Island Golf Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Kiawah Island Golf Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Kiawah Island Golf Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kiawah Island Golf Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ocean Room at The Sanctuary, Jasmine Porch, and The Ryder Cup Bar at Ocean Course Clubhouse.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kiawah Island Golf Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness centre, and a sauna during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Kiawah Island Golf Resort?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Kiawah Island Golf Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Kiawah Island Golf Resort offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.