I read most of the reviews already written here, and thought I would add my 2 cents for people who are looking for a longterm rental location on Hilton Head.
For the past 5 years, my retired parents have stayed at the Villamare Villas from December until March, and they love it. As a retired couple, this place has all the amenities for renting and none of the hassle of owning. The winter is the "off season", so prices are very reasonable. They are able to rent a third floor two bedroom oceanfront condo for less then $2000 a month, which is an excellent price for the location.
The Villamare is the only non-hotel resort on the island that has an indoor, heated pool. If you have grandchildren who like to swim, this is important. There is always an attendent on staff in the pool area, but here is a secret - her main duty is to keep out gatecrashers. You heard that right. So many people have tried to sneak into the heated indoor pool, they have to post an attendent to keep them out! And yes, the older residents of Villamare can be grumpy about "their" pool. There are organized pool exercises that are pre-scheduled; if you pay attention to the schedule, you can just avoid the pool during those few hours and then no one will give you a sour face.
For retired folks, there are organized "Ladies luncheons" where they go out in the community and sample different restaurants, as well as a variety of social events. The resort is within walking distance of several large, 5 star hotels so if you want a drink at a nice bar, or want to enjoy a fire pit or a good restaurant, it is all within walking distance. Alexander's restaurant is within walking distance, and they have she-crab soup and martinis to die for.
They are bicycles to rent for $25 a month, plus walking trails and the grounds are well kept.
One thing about Villamare is that the condos are privately owned, but use rental agencies to organize rentals. 13-week rentals are given priority above all others, and every single condo is available to view online. Some owners keep their condos in better shape then others, so it pays to do a little legwork to see which one suits your needs. Being an island, moisture and mold can be a problem, so look for condos that have dehumidifiers and maintain their heating/cooling vent systems in good condition.
All in all, my parents love this place and keep returning every year. Highly recommended.
- Also Known As:
- Villamare Villas Resort At Palmetto Dunes Hotel Hilton Head