What Our Guests Are Saying

What our Guests are Saying

"We celebrated my wife’s birthday with our three children and their spouses and all of us loved it. The facilities are beautiful and the meals were excellent. Above that, however, we felt that all of the staff were the nicest, most hospitable, and most helpful that we’ve encountered in a long time."

Jim Hundley Wilmington, NC

"How pleasant to walk down the hall and have every employee smile and greet you. Absolutely the best hotel I have ever stayed in…not to mention the outstanding golf facilities."

Judy Deiwert Franklin, IN

"Everyone was extremely impressed by Kiawah Island, The Sanctuary, the villas, and the resort transportation. Everyone commented on the beauty of the accommodations and on the warmth and courtesy of the staff. On-island transportation functioned seamlessly and greatly reduced our anxiety about young people driving around the island at night. The food and service at The Ocean Room breakfast were spectacular. Some guests have already taken the opportunity to look at real estate. I am certain that many will return and will become Kiawah regulars. Thanks to everyone who helped to make the weekend a wonderful event for the bride and groom and for our guests."

Christie Owens

"The staff at the spa were all excellent. The food and staff at the Jasmine Porch were wonderful in all ways. The meeting setup was perfect and Emma and her staff were very responsive. The person who cleaned my room did a lovely job of arranging my personal items at the bathroom vanity – a very nice touch."

Carol King

"At every opportunity, the Sanctuary staff made our tenth anniversary special – from complimentary champagne and a rose for my wife at dinner to the rose petal heart on the bed when we returned to the room. Aside from the accommodations and the food being the best I’ve enjoyed anywhere, the staff and the service they provided were the best I’ve ever experienced."

Warren Banzen

"We were treated like royalty by the entire staff at the front desk and bell services. The concierge handled our golf reservations and was in touch with us several times prior to our arrival to see if there was anything else could take care of for us."

Mr. and Mrs. Copeland

Dear Chef Thurston,

In recognition of 2010 Food Allergy Awareness Week, a donation from the Pake family to the Duke University Food Allergy Initiative was given in your honor. The Pakes would like to extend their thanks to you for the care and respect you demonstrate as you welcome guests with food allergies. We are grateful to be the recipient, as this support offers us the opportunity to be able to continue our research to find the cause and treatments for food allergies.


A. Wesley Burks, M.D.

Professor and Chief, Pediatric Allergy & Immunology

Duke University Medical Center

"It is really nice to have the basics when you are renting for a week like dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent and coffee!"

Hooker Louisville, KY

"Such a beautiful setting & southern hospitality."

Donnelly Gibsonia, PA

"Special highlights: It is always a wonderful experience to exhale and know that all needs are being met when I visit. I look forward to a more personal experience in the future vs. business, as I will be able to take full advantage of the beautiful amenities that await each guest on their stay. Luckily, my family enjoyed every bit of their stay while I worked!!! Your staff are top notch in their commitment to customer care and service and are a fantastic representation of hospitality at its best."

Williams Columbia, MD

"Wonderful resort for Kiawah Eye Meeting. Everyone extremely nice and accommodating."

Ison Pikeville, KY

"Special highlight of Anesthesia Conference. Our villa was Amazing."

Jacobs Washington, MO

"First visit due to resort hosting meeting, very favorably impressed. Bringing the entire family back in March."

Godwin Springfield, MO

"Everything about the resort was perfect."

Lutz Clive, OH

"Special Highlight of trip Southern Kitchen breakfast."

Smith Baltimore, MD

"We had a fabulous dinner at Jasmine Porch. One member of our party got caught in a rainstorm on the way into the Sanctuary, so our server went and got her a warm towel without us asking!"

Orensky Richmond, VA

"Ryder Cup bar at sunset; wonderful bike paths; Sanctuary lobby/bar/loggerhead grill/pool area; easy beach access; beaches and cream for coffee every morning, then sitting out by the pool looking at the ocean."

Aicholz Cincinnati, OH

"Played the Ocean Course on my 50th birthday, and loved every minute of that round. Service was excellent, food and drinks were great, ocean views tremendous. Definitely will be back."

Foley Philadelphia, PA

"Ocean Course was incredible. Best golf experience of my life."

Robison Heathrow, FL

"Shooting an 81 on the Ocean Course was great, one less lost golf ball and I would have been in the 70's."

McMahon Coventry, CT

"Playing the Ocean Course at sunrise two days straight. Lunch on the OC porch watching other players leaking oil as they finish on #18!!! Coffee at the Sanctuary bar at 2pm with the nice host recouping from the early golf and beer with lunch. Great food and great beer at Cherrywood. Every employee that I came within speaking distance greeted me and acted like they meant it. Pro shop employees very knowledgeable and friendly."

Calvert Hollidaysburg, PA

"GREAT time playing golf at Oak Point, Cougar Point, Turtle Point and the Ocean Course and enjoying the beauty of the island with family. Biking the beach, Most of all having the opportunity to be able to attend the PGA Championship was a once in a lifetime experience. "


"Fantastic golf course, beautiful island, great beaches. Good dining experience at Tomasso and Atlantic Room. "

Grieff Liberty Township, NJ

"Golf, the friendliness of the staff, the quality of the restaurants and the natural beauty of the destination."

Springman Richmond, VA

"Golf at the Ocean Course, dinner at the Sanctuary Ocean Room - both were incredible experiences."

Russo Watkinsville, WA

"Special highlight: dinner at the Atlantic Room the night before playing the Ocean Course to whet our appetites for the next day we played it. The round on Dye's masterpiece. Tomasso was excellent too."

Meyer Pinehurst, NC

"Golf was fantastic."

Kent Leander, TX

"Beautiful place/ convenience with all golf so close. Ocean Course was fantastic."

Bell New York, NY

"The golf courses at Kiawah Island were spectacular."

Scharf Keller, TX

"Family golf was fabulous! Had a great time & wish we had done it years ago during our prior visits to resort. "

Mathews Harleysville, PA

"Wonderful villa, outstanding beach, fabulous pool with particular interest in the new kids area for our two year olds and 5 year old. The family event at Night Heron Park was amazing. Our kids LOVED Kamp Kiawah, as well as a sitter the we used one evening. I had a terrific massage at the Sanctuary. I am not sure there are enough positive adjectives to describe our stay:)"

Anderson Ashburn, VA

"Our daughter loved Kamp Kiawah."

Baker Needham, MA

"We had a great meal and fun time at Mingo Point."

Uhl Sparkill, NY

"Beach, beach, beach ( did I say beach??)…2 1/2 mile walk to south end at sunrise was wonderful. Amazing dune vegetation."

Minot Edgecomb, ME

"Our young granddaughters loved your new water park at Night Heron. Thanks for making our family vacation even more special."

Kilpatrick Hendersonville, NC

"Very much enjoyed the new pool and the easy access to the beach."

Crosson N. Charleston, SC

"Wonderful villa, outstanding beach, fabulous pool with particular interest in the new kids area for our two year olds and 5 year old. The family event at Night Heron Park was amazing. Our kids LOVED Kamp Kiawah, as well as a sitter the we used one evening. I had a terrific massage at the Sanctuary. I am not sure there are enough positive adjectives to describe our stay:)"

Anderson Ashburn, VA

"The 2 new pools are WONDERFUL - my kids loved them."

Deege Herndon, VA

"Our kids absolutely loved the new water park area in Night Heron."

Orensky Richmond, VA

"The new slides in Night Heron Park we tons of fun."

Ray Abbeyville, SC

"Playing the Ocean Course ( my 17 year old son and me,) my wife biking around the island, my 11 yr. old son at the new pool and waterslide, the courteous service, the beauty, serenity and quite of Kiawah."

Holleman Fayetteville, GA

"We adored biking, tennis, basketball, swimming in the ocean and just walking the trails."

Asel Falls Church, VA

"The alligator hunting excursion and the dolphin hunting boat excursion and seeing my 5 year old granddaughter's delight at the beach and children's pool. Well worth it."

Tritt Carlisle, PA

"Loved being able to ride bikes around the island."

Kerley Boone, NC

"Special highlight: the incredible opportunities for our kids and exploring nature."

Komlosy Arnold, MD

"Kiawah is the best beach for family fun. Our granddaughter had a blast playing in the surf and swimming at Night Heron pool. She was a little overwhelmed with the new water park but her parents and grandparents enjoyed the new slides. Riding bikes at Kiawah is one of the best ways to see the island. We had a great time and will be back next year for sure."

Olson Rock Hill, SC

"Bike Riding- Love it!"

Shannon Annapolis, MD

"We had a great time a will be back next year for sure."

Olson Rock Hill, SC

"The accommodations and ocean view were great. The staff and overall facility was wonderful. The bike rentals was a real treat and our Ocean Room meal was maybe the best maybe the best steaks we have ever had. Wonderful wait-staff at the Ocean Room. Beautiful, extremely clean and airy resort. We will definitely be back!"

Stone Matthews, NC

"The Sanctuary Hotel warms my southern soul. Amenities are charming and turn back the pages of time."

Hough Charlotte, NC