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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Overview

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.

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Location
Kiawah Island, SC
Hotel Class
5.0-star
Property Type
Resort hotel, 255 rooms
Primary View
Neighborhood, Ocean
Style
Traditional, Opulent
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Groups, Families

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  • 5.0Hotel Class
  • EXCELLENTCritic Rating
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Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards 2018

Condé Nast Traveler

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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

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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.

Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2018

Fodor's

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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.

Fodor's Choice

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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.

AAA/CAA Five Diamond Awards 2019

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards 2018

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

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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:

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

Dining

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

Pool

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
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas

Spa

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)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

Family activities are held at Night Heron Park on the resort grounds. There are craft sessions, pick-up games and disc golf. Camp Kiawah offers half- and full-day programs year-round for children ages 3 to 15. Teen activities for ages 13 to 18 include laser tag, sports and scavenger hunts.
  • The Junior Naturalist Program explore the ponds and marshes on resort grounds
  • The GPS island scavenger hunt sends families on a 5- to 8-mile excursion around the island
  • Babysitting referrals available from the concierge
  • Kids club ($40 to $160)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

The fitness center features an indoor swimming pool, resistance-training equipment and cardiovascular machines with personal TV screens. Group exercise classes, which cost $20, range from Pilates to yoga to weight training. The resort’s two tennis centers each offer 12 courts and a variety of programs and clinics.
  • Fitness center open from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily
  • The resort offers lessons in archery, disc golf, surfing, swimming and bike riding
  • Guests must be 16 or older to use the fitness center
  • Bicycle rentals available
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (with fee)
  • Tennis (with fee)
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats (with fee)

Business

The Sanctuary’s 15 meeting rooms ranging from ballrooms to boardrooms to hospitality suites equipped with billiards tables and flat-screen TVs. The 24-hour business center offers computer workstations, clerical and shipping services and office supplies.
  • Conference guests receive preferred spa, tennis and golf times
  • Team-building events include an island-wide scavenger hunt
  • Additional meeting facilities are scattered among five other locations on resort grounds

Number of meeting rooms15

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

Golf

The resort is home to five courses and offers 90 holes of golf. The Ocean Course has hosted several major PGA events. Tom Fazio designed the Osprey Point Course, while Gary Player redesigned the Cougar Point course.
  • Walking caddies and forecaddies available for hire
  • Instructors are PGA-certified class-A professionals
  • Wide range of instructional clinics, programs and camps available
  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddie service
  • Pro shop

Wedding

The beach and grand lawn provide picturesque backdrops for outdoor weddings, and the golden-hued Grand Oaks Ballroom is the largest of the three indoor venues. Wedding staff can help couples plan anything from oyster bakes to marshmallow roasts to cigar bars.
  • Couples can plan spa and golf outings for the wedding party
  • Wedding package enhancements can include farewell favors and culinary night caps

Maximum wedding guest capacity350

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

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