Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

130 Shipyard Drive | Hilton Head, SC 29928-4932  [SEE MAP]Hilton Head, SC  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Recent guests raved about the on-site spa, Southern hospitality and comfortable beds
Request a room that doesn't face the pool if you are a light sleeper
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
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort hotel, 340 rooms
Primary View
Neighborhood, Ocean
Traditional, Modern



  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019


An extensive renovation completed in 2013 has added a swank, modern feel to this Sonesta Resort. The upscale property has plenty to offer, including several restaurants and an on-site spa, as well as children's activities. The lovely heated pools are a highlight, as are the gorgeous grounds.



Set in a luxuriant garden that always seems to be in full bloom, the Sonesta Resort is the centerpiece of Shipyard Plantation, which means you'll have access to all its various amenities, including golf and tennis. It also has one of the more elegant lobbies on the island, with towering windows that let in lots of natural light.

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by Tripadvisor. A total of 3730 have reviewed the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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Tripadvisor Travel Rating: Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3730 reviews 4.5 (based on 3730 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The guest rooms (renovated in 2013) display chic, contemporary decor with pops of bright orange upholstery and accessories. Modern art livens up the walls. Bathrooms also have benefited from an update and are appointed with shower/tub combos, bath product dispensers and chrome fixtures.
  • In-room amenities include smart TVs, iHome docking stations and Keurig coffee makers
  • Daily $20 resort facilities fee and $2 destination fee applied to each room

Standard room size450 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Located in the gated Shipyard Plantation, the Sonesta Resort is landscaped with verdant gardens and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The property's Hilton Head location allows easy access for daytrips to Beaufort, Savannah and Charleston.
  • One block removed from the beach
  • Complimentary shuttle service around Shipyard Plantation
  • Hilton Head Airport about 8 miles northeast; Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport about 42 miles west
  • 24-hour valet parking ($10)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The signature restaurant, Heyward's, offers low country fare with a focus on fresh seafood and steaks. For alfresco dining, Seacrest is the place for a casual lunch or dinner. Guests also can dine by the pool at Sweet Cane Bar and Grille; Bayley's Bar and Terrace overlooks the lobby and offers coffee in the morning and cocktails later in the day.

    Number of restaurants3

    Cuisine TypesAmerican

    • Fine dining
    • Casual dining
    • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
    • Bar/lounge
    • Room service
    • 24-hour room service
    • free breakfast


    Guests can choose to swim inside or out, and there is also a hot tub. Plenty of chaise lounges and umbrellas circle the outdoor pool. There are also cabanas that can be rented for $150 a day.
      • Lap pool
      • Wading pool
      • Lazy river
      • Family pool
      • Infinity pool
      • Whirlpool/hot tub
      • Adults-only pool
      • Lifeguard on duty
      • Poolside service
      • Waterslide
      • Deck chairs or cabanas
      • Pool bar


      The Arum Spa offers the usual selection of spa services – including massages, body treatments, facials and nail services – in an elegant setting outfitted in soothing neutral tones.
      • Guests must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to appointment
      • A 20 percent gratuity is automatically added to treatments
      • Waxing services are also offered

      Services offered:

      • Massage
      • Facial
      • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
      • Salon services
      • Outdoor treatment area
      • Steam room
      • Sauna


      Children are supervised in the kids club, which offers half-day or full-day programs for ages 3 to 12.
      • Activities include games, arts and crafts, and beach time
      • Kids Club
      • Free Kids Club
      • Fee for Kids Club
      • Cribs
      • High Chairs


      Although most Hilton Head visitors take advantage of the abundant outdoor recreational opportunities, the hotel does offer an indoor fitness center. It's open 24 hours and features Life Fitness equipment. Guests of the hotel can also rent bikes on-site or use the tennis courts at the neighboring Shipyard Van Der Meer Tennis (for a fee).
      • Gym features stationary bikes with TV monitors, elliptical machines, treadmills and free weights
      • Towels and water provided
      • Nearby surf camp also offered for additional fee
      • Weight equipment
      • Cardio equipment
      • Yoga mats
      • Free fitness classes
      • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


      A 24-hour business center offers computer workstations and internet access, both wired and wireless. The hotel's six meeting rooms break into 24 spaces spanning 23,000 square feet; venues can accommodate up to 1,100 guests.
      • Outdoor pavilion with 7,000 square feet overlooks the Atlantic Ocean
      • Dedicated catering and convention services team

      Number of meeting rooms24

      • Business center
      • Meeting rooms
      • Meeting and event planners available


      Dogs weighing less than 35 pounds are welcome in rooms on the first floor but not in public areas. A $75 cleaning fee per day applies.
      • Pet waste stations are located near the patio and near the designated pet-friendly rooms
      • Pets allowed (with fee)
      • Dog walking
      • Pet-sitting


      The Sonesta offers a variety of wedding services and packages, from simple and low-key to sophisticated and luxurious. The hotel's wedding staff can plan rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, golf outings and farewell brunches in addition to ceremonies and receptions. The largest space, the Santee Ballroom, can accommodate up to 1,100 guests for a reception and up to 800 guests for a banquet.

        Maximum wedding guest capacity1100

        • Hotel hosts weddings
        • Outdoor space for weddings
        • Wedding planners available

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