The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

1 Sanctuary Beach Dr | Kiawah Island, SC 29455-5434  [SEE MAP]Kiawah Island, SC  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Guests love the spa and five golf courses
Recent guests said the property could use more staff at registration and in the restaurants
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
Hotel Class
Property Type
Resort hotel, 255 rooms
Primary View
Neighborhood, Ocean
Traditional, Opulent
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Groups, Families


  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • EXCELLENTCritic Rating


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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Fodor's Choice
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards
  • Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards
  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Awards

Condé Nast Traveler


Off the ten-mile stretch of beach, 5 championship golf courses, 24 tennis courts, and 6 pools keep guests active while rooms retain a calm, sophisticated Plantation style ambience.

Travel + Leisure


Landscape architects transplanted 123 mature live oaks for the resort’s entrance avenue, and Kiawah’s beach glows pink at sunset as a shrimp trawler anchors in front of the resort.



A top-rated steak house, the Ocean Room, has incredible architectural details, including wrought-iron gates and a stained-glass dome. Along with the 10 miles of island beaches, recreational options include kayak and surfboard rentals, nature tours, and arts-and-crafts classes.



The opulent resort and spa is the crowning jewel of this world-class golf resort. Beautiful accommodations and elegant, spacious public areas offer everything for the discriminating traveler.

Other Awards

  • Fodor's Choice
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards
  • Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards
  • AAA/CAA Five Diamond Awards

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1430 have reviewed the The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, 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 1430 reviews 4.5 (based on 1430 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The bright, airy and spacious rooms all feature ocean views from their 40-square-foot furnished balconies. Each bathroom has a large marble walk-in shower, a deep-soaking tub and Penhaligon’s Quercus bath amenities. The custom-made mattresses from Omaha Bedding are topped with Italian linens and matelassé bed covers.
  • Free Wi-Fi in all guest rooms
  • Minibar customized upon request

Standard room size520 to 540 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

The oceanfront Sanctuary is part of the sprawling golf resort that occupies nearly all of Kiawah Island’s 10,000 acres. Guests can hop on a free shuttle to connect from the Sanctuary to the resort’s different Atlantic beaches, golf courses, Night Heron Park Nature Center and other facilities.
  • Located 33 miles southwest of Charleston International Airport
  • Guests have free use of the resort’s Mercedes-Benz vehicles, available in four-hour blocks on a first-come, first-served basis
  • 24-hour valet parking ($22)
  • 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 Sanctuary is home to four of the dozen restaurants scattered around the resort. The Ocean Room pairs its Wine Spectator Award of Excellence-lauded wine list with upscale surf-and-turf dinners. Formal dress is required. The Jasmine Porch prepares updated low country dishes, and the poolside Loggerhead Grill offers sandwiches and salads as well as a seasonal dinner buffet.
  • Beaches & Cream serves coffee, sandwiches and ice cream
  • The Jasmine Porch hosts a popular Sunday brunch
  • The Ocean Room’s Sushi Lounge pairs wine, sake and craft beers with its sushi
  • Room service available 24 hours

Number of restaurants4

Cuisine TypesBuffet, Asian, American

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


The Sanctuary’s family pool and adult infinity pool overlook the beach. A beach concierge can provide beach chairs, umbrellas and towels. The Loggerhead Grill offers food and beverage service to guests at both the pool and the beach. The indoor lap pool is adults-only from 6 to 10 a.m. and open to all from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • There are three additional pools in other locations throughout the resort
  • Guests can rent beach toys, beach caddies and backpack beach chairs through the recreation department
  • 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 extensive menu at the Sanctuary Spa features treatments catering to golfers as well as the spa’s signature Sodashi luxury facials. Guests can round out their spa experience by using the sauna, steam room and whirlpool. The spa salon offers nail, hair and waxing services.
  • Rated a Forbes Travel Guide Five Star spa
  • There are 12 spa treatment rooms

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)