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The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Kiawah Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 April 2012

Stayed on Kiawah Isand Feb 2012. Had drinks in the Hotel Lobby/Bar area. Beautiful surroundings, quiet atmosphere and above average bar food. The drinks were well-prepared and reasonably priced. If you are deciding where to have drinks on Kiawah: choose The Ryder Cup Pub for a great Sunset with drinks. Once you've done that- head over to the Sanctuary for better drinks and food at less expensive prices. Get a table by the huge glass windows, sit back and relax. For my money, one cloudless evening at Ryder Cup Pub for a picture-post card sunset. The remaining evening happy hours: on the beach or at The Sanctuary.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

We stayed four days for a long weekend tennis getaway in late April. Absolutely beautiful hotel and the grounds surrounding it. The multitude of other great reviews tell you the story. Here are a few specifics for you.

1. We selected a premium ocean view room as opposed to ocean front. Saved money and there is virtually no difference in the qualtiy of the view. Our room was 532 and near the middle of the horseshoe plan and from our balcony, we had gorgeous views of the multiple weddings on the lawn and the ocean beyond. Personally, I feel the way that the architecture framed the view of the ocean enhanced the overall effect. I did not see any of the "standard" ocean view rooms, but I believe these just face sideways rather than straight out to the water. These should still be great views because, unlike many resorts, there is nothing built anywhere near the Sanctuary and you will have long, unspoiled views.

2. We stayed with the concierge club level package. I'm sure the rate varies based upon occupancy levels, but we paid a small premium over the course of three nights for this package.

Included, you will get a room on the fifth (top) floor.
You get private check-in and check-out (not that big of a deal, but it was nice and saved us some time).
You have access to your own concierge - and they go out of their way to make sure all your needs are met. I am a very self sufficient and low maintenance traveler and virtually never use a concierge. They covered all the bases for us. Ashley and Brittney were fantastic! We spent a lot of time just sitting and chatting with them.
The best part is that the lounge is huge with multiple seating areas and a large TV. This is NOT the little breakfast lounge at the top of a Marriott. They serve five different meal presentations each day. Breakfast, Lunch, Light afternoon snacks, dinner, and desert. There was a nice variety at each meal, and they changed it up a little each day. I would describe the meals as heavy hors d'ouerves. We both found the food to be well prepared and tasty (except for the seafood bisque which was, well, ick). With the exception of one night's dinner in the formal dinning room, we took all of our meals in the lounge. There is also an open bar with six or seven nice mid-priced wine offerings, beers, and they'll make you your favorite cocktail, if you wish.

I feel this program is an absolute winner for a few reasons.
You are pretty much stranded in Kiawah. We had made reservations at a great restaurant in Charleston - but cancelled them once we realized that it is nearly an hour drive to downtown Charleston. Maybe its just me, but two hours of driving for dinner isn't a part of my idea of relaxing vacation.

There are extremely limited restaurant options on the island.

3. The restaurants at the resort are extremely expensive and the food was good - but nowhere near the quality that the price reflected. We skipped eating at the "less expensive" Jasmine Porch. However, lunch appetizers are in the $15 range and a $40 lunch for one is probable.

Our dinner at The Ocean Room was a mixed review. We opted for the five course tasting menu ($75 each) with wine pairings ($42 each). Being that I am from Manhattan, the pricing seemed very fair. The courses were creative, featured locally sourced fare, were nicely presented, and the wine pairings offered some interesting and delicious wines. Unfortunately, someone in the kitchen was heavy handed with the sea salt. It started with the amuse bouche and several of the plates were ruined by the fact that all you could taste was the burn and crunch of the salt. We each had a pre-dinner martini and, including tip - it was a $400 meal for two and disappointing at any price. The chilled spring pea soup was wonderful. Everything else was less so. The staff was friendly and engaging. Ended up the night comparing wine and spirit stories with several of them. That was the real highlight of the meal.

4. Our room was immaculately clean. All of the staff were friendly and attentive.

5. The tennis facilities are beautiful and are surrounded by huge Live Oak trees with Spanish moss (and a few aligators!!!) and these cut down the ocean wind to nearly nothing on court. Group drill sessions are $30 per hour and the tennis pros were spot-on and a lot of fun to work with.

What will a stay in paradise cost you? Well, you won't find it on their web site. You have to call and someone will put together your package based upon your dates. This was a little frustrating to me because my dates were completely flexible and it seems odd that you should have to go through assembling an entire package to try and figure out when or how many days you can stay. Ballpark $750+++ per night, not including meals, spa, or the spectacular golf that is available.

An absolutely wonderful destination to chill and decompress.

Room Tip: First floor rooms will have nice gardens around them, but your views are severely limited. Anyof th...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

This resort located on the private island of Kiawah is a wonderful place to relax, take in the sights of the sea and relax. Golfers will love the courses on the island, but beach goers will love the under populated, wide stretch of a white sandy beach.
The rooms are tastefully decorated appointed with great linens, and comfortable beds, great bathrooms and ample space for a family of 4.
The restaurants offer spectacular options and rival some Charleston hot spots.
Great, personalized service.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Wonderfull services, accomodations, food, etc.
It is spetacular.

Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

This hotel is heaven. Wonderful staff, beautiful southern decor. Completely relaxing. And the spa is perfect

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Reviewed 23 April 2012

My initial reaction to The Sanctuary was "snooty" and "stuffy".

Over the next three days, my attitude changed to "lovely", "great service", "peaceful", "great food", "outstanding".

The Sanctuary is an outstanding, well managed property. Right on the sand, the beach is very nice. The pool is very nice. Everything is very nice. Costly, too.

We would return in a heartbeat.

Of note - the on-site restaurants are unusually excellent for a hotel or resort restaurants.

We absolutely loved Jasmine's Porch, their moderate-priced restaurant. Excellent, authentic, very tasty southern dishes.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

A beautiful hotel! The staff is wonderful, always smiling, willing to help. Manager, Michael, a consummate professional. They go out of their way to make your stay the best it can be. Be aware that this is a very expensive hotel, but aside from the $56 Sunday breakfast buffet (where the food is delish, but the price too high), you get exactly what you pay for! Highly recommend!

Room Tip: Ocean view rooms on the south(?) side are closer to the pool & restaurants, but noise is not a f...
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Address: 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, SC 29455-5434
Region: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Kiawah Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Kiawah Island
Price Range: £199 - £581 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 255
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Near Charleston, SC, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is an oceanfront Five Star/ Five Diamond hotel and spa offering casual Southern grace, comfort and charm on one of the top eco-friendly island in the U.S. It features five golf courses including The Ocean Course, site of the 2012 PGA Championship. Tennis magazine ranks it as America's No. 3 tennis resorts and it has one of the top-ranked beaches in the country. ... more   less 
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