Kiawah Island Resort Near Charleston, South Carolina

What I love about traveling is that no one travel experience is like the other, unless you’re one of those people that stay on the same beach in the same hotel in the same room. I’m sure there are people out there who try that. However, if you’re normal, then you probably don’t do that. It’s often that I find myself coming back from a trip and praising a hotel, attraction or restaurant as the best I’ve ever been to. It’s those experiences that make travel so much fun. I had just one of those experiences when I stayed at the Kiawah Island Hotel and Resort near Charleston, South Carolina.

I’ll begin by saying that the Kiawah Island Hotel and Resort were gracious in providing a free stay at their accommodations near Charleston for a weekend. Growing up in the south, I’ve certainly stayed in some pretty shabby accommodations, but this was far from it. To this date, I have to say that the Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island is the nicest accommodations I’ve ever had.

To begin, the hospitality at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort were first-class from the beginning to the end. The entire staff was very classy and sincere and always spoke to me even if they were just walking by. Our room was a standard guest room that featured two queen beds. The bathroom was one of the highlights, as it featured a huge walk-in shower and a large bathtub with folding shutters beside it that opened up to the living room. I could’ve actually sat in the bathtub and watched football on the large flatscreen HDTV in front of the beds, but I didn’t. Another highlight of the room was the balcony that overlooked one of Kiawah Island’s golf courses and offered a view of the ocean. The balcony had a couple chairs and a coffee table, making it a great place to have coffee and breakfast in the morning or drinks at sunset.

If you’re new to Kiawah Island, then it’ll be helpful to know that most of your daily activities and entertainment happen at the resort. Kiawah Island’s attractions is the Kiawah Island Golf resort. I recommend getting a round of golf in at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, which is home to the 2012 PGA Championship. Other activities you’ll find on the resort’s property include tennis, bicycling and croquet. There are several dining options at the Sanctuary Hotel at the Kiawah Island Resort. I recommend the Jasmine Porch, which is the hotel’s low country casual restaurant.

Save a vacation at the Kiawah Island Resort for a special occasion. You’ll spend a couple thousand dollars by the time you get back home. Rates at the Sanctuary hotel start at $300 per night for a standard room and go up to $700 for their nicer suites. The only drawback to the hotel I would say is that they encourage you to bill everything to your room, so make sure you’re keeping a tab on your expenses.

Photo courtesy of the Kiawah Island Resort.