Resort Awards and Accolades

Kiawah Island Golf Resort Awards and Accolades

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Forbes 5 Star Award
  • Five Diamond Award - American Automobile Association (2013)
  • Five Star Award - Forbes Travel Guide (2013)
  • Top Resorts on the U.S. (#4) - Conde Nast Traveler (2013)
  • Top Continental US and Canada Resorts (#11) - Travel + Leisure (2012)
  • Top property in the world (#75) Conde Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Award (2013)
  • Top Beach Resort (#15) - Andrew Harper Readers' Choice (2013)
  • Top Family Resort in the world (#19) - Andrew Harper Readers' Choice (2013)
  • Top Golf Resort in the world (#4) - Andrew Harper Readers' Choice (2013)
  • Gold List Award - Conde Nast Traveler (2012)
  • Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary - Audubon International (2012)
  • Superior Deluxe Hotels - Travel Weekly (2012) (one of 30 in the U.S. and 106 world-wide)
AAA 5 Diamond Award

Kiawah Island Spa (at The Sanctuary)

  • Five Star Award - Forbes Travel Guide (2013)
  • Best Hotel Spas in America (#11) - Travel + Leisure (2011)
  • Top 100 Resort Spas - U.S. Mainland (#18) - Conde Nast Traveler (2012)
  • World's Best Spas - U.S. (#10), World (#30) - Travel and Leisure Magazine (2013)

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

  • Platinum Resort - Golf Magazine (2012)
  • Top U.S. Golf Resort (#3) - Conde Nast Traveler (2012)
  • 10 Best Resorts for Family Reunions (#2) - Family Vacation Critic (TripAdvisor's family travel site)
  • Conde Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence - Most Excellent Golf Resort (2011)
  • Travel + Leisure's Top Family Hotels in the U.S. & Canada (#13) (2011)
  • Best U.S. Golf resort (#2) - Global Traveler magazine (2011)
  • Top U.S. Resort (#1) - Golf World magazine (2010)
  • One of the "Top 25 Golf Resorts in the World" - Links Magazine (2013)

Kiawah Island Tennis

  • No. 1 Tennis resort in the World - tennisresortsonline.com (2013 - seven of the last eight years)

Kiawah Island Meetings

  • Pinnacle Award - Successful Meetings (10 years)
  • Gold Key Award - Meetings & Conventions (9 years)
  • Gold Tee Award - Meetings & Conventions (12 years)
  • "Stars of the South" Award - Meetings South (8 years)
  • Golden Links Award - Corporate Meetings & Incentives (11 years)
  • Planners' Choice Award - Meeting News (10 years)
  • Greens of Distinctions - Corporate Meetings & Incentives
  • One of the "South's Top 18 Golf Retreats For Groups" - ConventionSouth Magazine (2014)

Kiawah Island Dining

  • Best of Award of Excellence (Ocean Room) - Wine Spectator
  • Best Down Home Cookery (Jasmine Porch) - Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report
  • Restaurant of the Year (Ocean Room) - Charleston Post and Courier (2010)
  • Only Forbes 4-star/AAA 4-diamond steakhouse in the U.S. (Ocean Room) (2012)

Kiawah Island

  • No. 1 island in the U.S. mainland (#3 in the U.S. including Hawaii) - Conde Nast Traveler (2013)
  • No. 4 island in the world (behind Maui, Kauai & Maldives) - Conde Nast Traveler (2013)
  • Happiest Seaside Town - Coastal Living (2012)
  • Top 10 beaches in America (#9) - Dr. Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach) - www.drbeach.org (2012)
  • No. 4 island in North America - Travel + Leisure (2012)