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    The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
    Kiawah Island, SC
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1430 reviewsTripAdvisor (1430)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    If you want a quiet, stress-free getaway, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort might be just the place. Sitting right on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, this hotel is a destination unto itself. Sun-seekers will feel right at home here with five championship golf courses and plenty of outdoor recreational activities, while on-site amenities like the spa will make your stay on Kiawah Island rejuvenating. When it's time to sleep, rooms include Italian linens and robes, marble walk-in showers and a balcony with ocean or dune views. Recent guests recommended splurging on an ocean-view room to fully appreciate the hotel's idyllic setting. But if you're hoping to explore Charleston, be warned this hotel is located approximately 25 miles south of the city. Keep in mind that members of the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program can earn and redeem points by choosing to stay here.

    Kiawah Island, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1430 reviewsTripAdvisor (1430)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
    Hilton Head Island, SC
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1954 reviewsTripAdvisor (1954)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    This Westin rides the middle – it's not so luxurious that it out-prices visitors, nor is it in any way a downgrade from the other island resorts. It's not flooded with children like some of its competitors, but there are still plenty of kid-friendly amenities to make young families feel at home. And guests say the service they received was ideal, and that the restaurants all offer tasty fare. When it comes to rest and relaxation, the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa has three swimming pools and a whirlpool, plus the brand's Heavenly Spa. For youngsters, the hotel hosts movie nights and offers a kids club day camp and excursions the whole family can participate in. The resort is located on the northeastern tip of Hilton Head. And because this hotel is part of the Marriott hotel family, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points here.

    Hilton Head Island, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1954 reviewsTripAdvisor (1954)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
    Hilton Head Island, SC
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3630 reviewsTripAdvisor (3630)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort has 28 luxury and oceanfront suites with extra large balconies, but recent guests say that the 295 basic rooms are jumbo enough and thankfully cheaper. These rooms, which got a new look after a $17 million renovation, feature kitchenettes and private balconies. The staff needed no renovation, however – travelers unanimously praise their attentiveness. As this hotel's name implies, you're right on the waterfront, but you also have access to adult, family and wading pools and a fitness center. The grounds also host a well-received day spa. And for golf or tennis, lodgers have access to the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, where you'll find Hilton Head's most-coveted golf courses and tennis courts. Plus, members of the Omni Select Guest program can enjoy complimentary perks by choosing to stay here.

    Hilton Head Island, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3630 reviewsTripAdvisor (3630)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
    Hilton Head, SC
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3253 reviewsTripAdvisor (3253)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Spreading out across 11 acres on Hilton Head Island's east coast, the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head invites visitors to take advantage of its prime location and top-notch amenities. Thanks to a $30 million facelift in 2013, the resort now features a heated lagoon swimming pool and the full-service Arum Spa. After you're feeling replenished, retire to your digs and admire views of the ocean, gardens or Shipyard Plantation grounds from your private balcony or patio. Each room also comes appointed with an iHome docking station, a coffee maker and a small refrigerator. When your stomach starts to rumble, recent guests recommend sampling the delectable low country fare served at Heyward's Restaurant. If you'd prefer to dine outdoors, you can enjoy lighter fare and creative cocktails at Seacrest Terrace and Patio, or venture to Bayley's Bar and Terrace for a quick bite. Ordering a la carte meals at Sweet Cane Bar and Grille is another dining option. Apart from the tasty cuisine, previous visitors highlight the hotel staff's genuine Southern hospitality as a compelling reason to plan a future stay.

    Hilton Head, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3253 reviewsTripAdvisor (3253)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    North Beach Plantation
    North Myrtle Beach, SC
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3612 reviewsTripAdvisor (3612)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Sitting pretty on a 7.5-acre island (tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and White Point Squash North Beach Plantation), this Myrtle Beach retreat attracts visitors with its impressive ocean views. But according to recent guests, that's not all North Beach Plantation has going for it. Guests laud the luxury villas and oceanfront condominiums; one-bedroom condos boast spacious balconies, furnished kitchens, flat-screen TVs and Jacuzzi tubs. When you and your crew aren't unwinding in your roomy digs, seek solace at Cinzia Spa, which offers nourishing body treatments and couples massages. Craving more activity? Swim a few laps in one of the resort's pools or arrange a tee time through the resort's golf department for one of the nearby golf courses. When dinnertime rolls around, refuel at 21 Main Prime Steak House, which offers an extensive wine selection, sizzling sirloins and a sushi and sashimi bar. You'll find North Beach Plantation about 10 miles northeast of downtown Myrtle Beach.

    North Myrtle Beach, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3612 reviewsTripAdvisor (3612)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa
    Hilton Head Island, SC
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 2241 reviewsTripAdvisor (2241)

    According to recent guests, this Marriott is one of the premier hotels to book for a Hilton Head vacation. For one thing, there's delicious local cuisine served steaming in one of the resort's best restaurants, Blue. For another, the hotel has a whopping 513 rooms and suites, many of which have balconies that look out on the Atlantic Ocean. But before you reserve your room, know that that the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa is usually crawling with kids – which could be good or bad for you, depending on whether you're planning on bringing your own. This property sits on a sandy strip on Hilton Head's east-central coast and if you're a Marriott Bonvoy member you can accrue or cash in points by choosing to stay here.

    Hilton Head Island, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 2241 reviewsTripAdvisor (2241)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1498 reviewsTripAdvisor (1498)

    The sprawling Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes sits about 6 miles northeast along the coast from downtown Myrtle Beach. The resort is fresh off a $14 million renovation, completed in 2017, which brought renovated guest rooms, meeting space and other amenities. Guests have access to numerous pools (indoor and outdoor, heated and unheated) and the beach –basically everything you and your brood could need for a relaxing week by the sea. When you're not lounging in the sun, rooms offer a comfortable respite, with pillow-top mattresses, marble bathrooms and Bath & Body Works toiletries. The hotel receives accolades for service and cleanliness as well. Recent guests recommended requesting an oceanfront room to fully take advantage of the hotel's prime location. The only downside here, according to some recent guests, was that the service was inconsistent. Thanks to the property's Marriott ties, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn or redeem points here.

    Myrtle Beach, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1498 reviewsTripAdvisor (1498)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
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    Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel
    Isle of Palms, SC
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4932 reviewsTripAdvisor (4932)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Located about 15 miles northeast of Charleston on the Isle of Palms, the Wild Dunes Resort doesn't offer much in the way of sightseeing but it does boast two golf courses and wide range of spa and wellness services. Wild Dunes is also an enjoyable family spot. Kids can take tennis and golf lessons and partake in arts and crafts projects. Lodgers are also invited to board a vessel bound for Capers Island, with sightings of marsh wildlife along the way. When you're not out and about, retreat to your accomodations at either the Boardwalk Inn or the Village at Wild Dunes, which all feature coffee makers, flat-screen TVs and close proximity to the beach. Past guests had mostly praise for Wild Dunes Resort, citing everything from the comfortable rooms to the tasty on-site food as reasons for a return visit. Some travelers, however, said they encountered difficult front desk members and noted that staff as a whole could use some additional training.

    Isle of Palms, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4932 reviewsTripAdvisor (4932)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Island Vista Oceanfront Resort
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    3.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1461 reviewsTripAdvisor (1461)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    The Island Vista offers guests a sophisticated and relaxing retreat from the kitsch factor of downtown Myrtle Beach (which is just 5 miles south of this hotel). Plus, the Vista earns almost unanimous praise from guests for its attentive staff and oceanfront location. Guests report the suites are spacious and comfortably decorated, with granite counter tops, full kitchens, large living rooms and oceanview balconies. Along with the spacious digs, Island Vista also offers two on-site dining venues, a remodeled fitness center, spa treatments, an oceanfront pool and tanning lawn and a bevy of children's activities. Past visitors noted that because of its family-friendly nature, the resort gets quite crowded with kids come summertime, something couples looking for R&R may want to consider before booking a stay here.

    Myrtle Beach, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1461 reviewsTripAdvisor (1461)
    3.5-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1104 reviewsTripAdvisor (1104)
    Free WiFi

    Because it's connected to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, the Sheraton has a practical monopoly on convention guests. But ample meeting space is only part of the allure: This downtown hotel also offers an indoor pool, a fully equipped fitness center and it's within close proximity to nearby beaches. And though the accommodations are built for the masses, most guests find the staff personable and the standard rooms clean and comfortable. Plus, each room comes equipped with complimentary internet, a 32-inch LCD TV and Shine bath products. If you're a Marriott Bonvoy member, you can earn or apply accumulated points here for additional stay benefits.

    Myrtle Beach, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1104 reviewsTripAdvisor (1104)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi

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