Stayed week of July 12th. My husband, son, daughter and I have been going to Hilton Head for 6-7 years now. We haven't stayed in Sea Pines since we had kids and thought we'd give it a try again. We rented a 3 bedroom villa through the Sea Pines Resort. First, I don't like that they don't have reviews of their properties. Some of the information on the website was vague, also, like "at least 1 TV with either VCR or DVD." I wanted more information as the kids were taking friends this time and like some down time during the day to chill out with the TV. The customer service person said she was pretty sure that not only did the master bedroom have a TV but also one of the other rooms. That was not the case, so my husband and I got to watch a lot of "teen" TV except for the one day they all went into the master bedroom.
Secondly, I was told that the villa was within walking distance to the beach. We stayed at South Beach, and not being familiar with Sea Pines, had no idea we were at the very end of the island where the ocean meets the sound. Literally. Once we started down the path to the beach, we thought it wasn't so far. Then we stepped onto sand and kept walking and walking over dunes to get to the ocean. Not fun loaded down with chairs, a tent, cooler and beachbag. The kids helped since they are older and could, but it was still a lot to carry on such a hike! Plus there was a lot of "sticks" on the beach (maybe sea grass washed ashore?) that made the beach area very, very small at high tide. However, we did see dolphins 2 or 3 times, so that is a positive. The next day, we drove to the Beach Club which had just opened the week before. I jumped out to walk to the beach to check it out as there were no parking spaces. It was jam packed with people. Barely room to walk. So that was out. Instead, we went to Coligny (outside Sea Pines). We liked this much better but still weren't happy about having to drive to a nice beach.
My biggest complaint years ago was the beaches at Sea Pines and that hasn't changed at all 25 years later. I thought staying at a place "within walking distance" would help, but sadly, it did not. The best part was being close to South Beach Marina as the kids rode their bikes there daily for ice cream and to talk around. They were not impressed with Harbor Town, but my husband and I liked it a lot. Luckily, the kids were nearby when they called our name (no pagers) at the Crazy Crab because it was 30 minutes earlier than they had told us to check back in with them. Too bad they don't use your cell phones like other area restaurants.
Forgot to mention that our villa was not what we would call clean when we arrived. They had not cleaned several of the tables (sandy) and the 2 frying pans were unusable as they had dried up food on them (maybe eggs). I called the front desk to ask where I could go buy a new pan, and thankfully they brought 2 new ones to us. They also sent someone to clean the den. Also, our villa was NOT ready at 4 pm even though they said it was guaranteed to be ready then. We had to wait an additional 30 minutes, so luckily, we decided to go the grocery store across the street from the Welcome Center. Lucky because there are no grocery stores within Sea Pines! You have to leave the gates to grocery shop.
All in all, we had a nice vacation. That was mainly due to the fact that you're still at the beach, the weather was mostly great, and we were with our family. We refused to let the negatives ruin the trip. However, we won't be staying in Sea Pines again. Back to Palmetto Dunes next year!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sea Pines Resort is a popular 5,000-acre oceanfront vacation destination on Hilton Head Island, SC. The highly acclaimed resort featuring The Inn at Harbour Town, the island's only Forbes Four Star hotel, Harbour Town Yacht Basin, three championship golf courses, world-class tennis, superb dining and shopping, five miles of pristine beach, a forest preserve, a 15-mile network of leisure paths, watersports, Eco-Adventures and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sea Pines Hotel Hilton Head
- Sea Pines Hilton Head