We spent our family vacation here over the 4th of July week. With twin 17 years olds we enjoyed all that the resort had to offer - tennis (always a court available), golf, biking, beach and Charleston. I read all the reviews before booking and wasn't sure what to expect as some complained about service. But, any concerns we had were quickly and efficiently addressed. We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa in the Village, which is right next to the hotel. This was great as it offered the convenience of a deli, restaurant, spa and fitness center on the main level. Walking was short distance to the beach and plenty of pools to choose from. I would recommend taking your own bikes if you can. There are bike racks in the underground garage where you can lock them and easily get to. Renting can get expensive if you want them for the week. I did indulge in having 4 chairs & 2 umbrellas setup for us each day - but at $80/day for all that it got pricey - next time maybe have the kids lug their own chairs & get 1 umbrella!! Tennis facilities are great and my daughter even took some lessons that she really enjoyed. There was always a court open.
Since we drove from NJ and had our car, getting to a food store was easy and Charleston maybe 25 min away if that. But was a quick ride and we went several times to tour and eat dinner. On the way, I would highly recommend a homemade ice cream shop on 17 called Y Old Ice Cream in Mt Pleasant. A great homemade type breakfast is Sea biscuit Cafe - nothing fancy but best breakfast - crowded so get there early. We went on a rainy day at 11 and was seated by 12. As long as name is on list by 11 (I think) you can still order breakfast at 12. Bring CASH - no credit cards.
The ocean is perfect for little ones, wish I took my twins when they were little. (we spent many years going to Outer Banks & love it there too) All the little sand bars and pools of water are great to keep the little ones cool and busy. The ocean was clean, beach wide and waves perfect. As you walk further north there are sandbags, so if you are looking at condos, you may want to consider if you mind looking at that. The hotel beach is fine though.
If you are looking for a great beach, tennis, golf, trails, cleanliness and one of the loveliest cities, you won't be disappointed. Our weather was great too, something you can't plan, but we lucked out as Hurricane Arthur stayed north and didn't effect our stay. YAY - even though I did purchase travel insurance which I would recommend also.
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