Summer is here and it’s time for Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s longest running tradition, the Monday night Mingo Point Oyster Roast and BBQ. (as well as special Mingo nights around Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas)

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Greens of Distinction

Corporate Meetings and Incentives magazine has named The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort its 2015 “Greens of Distinction” Golf Resort Award Winner

Subscribers to Corporate Meetings and Incentives magazine, on of the top business meeting magazine in America, were asked to vote for the resort, hotel or conference center that best served their needs with golf programs during the past year. Selections were based on meeting facilities, overall hospitality, golf staff assistance, course condition and design, and tournament arrangements that effectively hosted meetings and incentive travel programs.  The best will be named “Greens of Distinction” award winners.

We are proud to have won this prestigious award for eight years in a row.

 

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Excited giggles can be heard from participants as looks of anticipation are exchanged around the court. Poised at the junior-size net, they wait their turn to take part in a fun learning game.  It’s Tiny Tot Tennis at Kiawah Island. For most of these four- to six-year-olds, it’s the first time they’ve ever been on a tennis court. The first time they’ve ever held a tennis racket. Of course, they’re having a blast!

Kiawah’s Tiny Tot Tennis program started the year the resort on Kiawah Island opened over 39 years ago as one of the first initiatives started by Kiawah’s longtime Director of Golf, Roy Barth.

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From dailymeal.com, written by Angel Postell – http://www.thedailymeal.com/eat/under-radar-chef-jonathan-banta-atlantic-room-ocean-course-kiawah-island-resort

 

Chef Jonathan Banta from The Atlantic Room in The Ocean Course Clubhouse

Chef Jonathan Banta from The Atlantic Room in The Ocean Course Clubhouse

Chef Jonathan Banta is one of the happiest, nicest chefs you will ever meet. Even while wadding in knee-high mud at last year’s Hogs for the Cause event in New Orleans, Banta was as chipper as he could be. This was on very little sleep and after hours of gruesome cooking. It was there that we first took note of this somewhat unknown chef. This “under the radar” description stems from his restaurant’s location, inside the pristine and ultra-lush Kiawah Island Resort. He presides as chef de cuisine at The Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course, a position he has held for over five years.

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Easter Weekend Feasts

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Easter is on April 5th this year.  Kiawah Island Golf Resort is gearing up to welcome your family to a memorable holiday especially when it comes to unforgettable Easter weekend feasts!

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Meetings in South CarolinaKiawah Island is the perfect place to hold a meeting or corporate event.

Not only is it a stunning location that your delegates will love, but it’s also home to many amenities and natural attractions that make it a sought-after destination for corporate retreats, team building, and much more.

At the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, we know what it takes for your event to go off without a hitch. From perfectly planned menus, to unforgettable entertainment, to the comfort and leisure your guests need in order to be productive.

We also know the costs associated with all of these things, and are here to help you navigate your budget and plan the best possible conference or meeting on Kiawah that sticks to your bottom line.

So don’t let budget concerns get in the way – experiencing the magic of KIGR on a budget has never been easier with these helpful tips on how to keep your meetings and conferences on budget in South Carolina.

Know Your Budget.

We know this likely sounds obvious, but having a clear sense on what your budget is and understanding where there’s room to wiggle or compromise is an important first step in ensuring your meeting or conference on Kiawah Island is affordable for you.

Needless to say, to stay on budget, you must have a budget.

This means having complete information on what your conference on Kiawah Island will actually cost. Think about:

– What are your travel and accommodations costs?

– What will your meals cost?

– What type of services will you need (A/V, guest speakers, and so on)?

– Do you require specific decorations or room configurations?

– Recreation, such as Golf and/or Spa Treatments

The first step is to identify all of the likely expenditures you’ll endure, and get quotes on each of the items. From there, you’ll start to get a sense of what the event will really cost.

We highly recommend working with an event planner through this process (more on this below!).

Our event planners are trained professionals who will help you examine the list, and get rid of anything that isn’t necessary to the success of your event. We’ll help you avoid hidden costs, as well as any surprise bills after the event (there’s nothing worse!).

Consult a Meeting Planner.

Guiding you in the right direction, providing sound recommendations, and ensuring you get the best possible conference for the best possible price is a job our meeting planners take head on.

Consult with one of our staff members early on and they’ll help you:

1. Choose a conference room that is the most suitable to your group size and needs – i.e., the best room available that comfortably fits your delegates without you paying for unused extra space or amenities.

2. Identify your AV requirements, ensuring you’re not only getting the proper equipment but also that you’re only paying for what you need.

3. Craft appropriate menus that are both affordable and provide excellent fuel and nutrition for your guests.

Enjoy Free or Low-Cost Benefits.

Take advantage of free or low-cost benefits – you’re on Kiawah Island, afterall!

One of the greatest perks to planning your conference on Kiawah Island is that you have the great outdoors at your fingertips. Round out your conference and let your guests unwind and mingle with some low-cost (or free!) activities.

Enjoy time at the beach, playing volleyball, going on nature walks, doing scavenger hunts, or taking tours of historic Charleston. All of these activities are customary on Kiawah Island, and are excellent cost-saving indulgences that your team is sure to love.

Allocate Free Time.

We typically recommend against giving guests too much free or unstructured time during an event, as it usually isn’t the best way to foster engagement and cohesion (more on engaging your audience here). But sometimes, a little bit of free time can go a long way – especially when it comes to budgeting.

If it’s not in your budget to bring in some event entertainment, consider individual entertainment options that guests can choose from and engage in on their own.

Work a short break into your event and let guests experience Kiawah Island however they please – whether it be with a relaxing spa appointment, a shopping excursion in the Sanctuary’s shopping wing, a group golf lesson, or taking advantage of the many free activities mentioned above.

Looking for More Information?

To learn more about planning your next event on Kiawah Island, get in touch with Marty Couch, Director of Group Sales, by calling 843.768.2886 or emailing marty_couch@kiawahresort.com.

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Cherrywood’s Chef de Cuisine Jason Cote

South Carolina is known as the “Birthplace of Barbecue.” This long tradition of slow-and-low-cooked pork has deep roots here, so much so that the state’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism initiated the South Carolina BBQ Trail, a marketing campaign to entice visitors from far and wide to visit the Palmetto State to celebrate its diversity of BBQ. Nearly 200 restaurants that specialize in BBQ are part of the Trail, and Kiawah’s Cherrywood BBQ and Ale House in the Osprey Point Clubhouse is one of them. While many of these 200 restaurants offer very “rustic” appeal, Cherrywood is unique as it offers a more “upscale” BBQ experience.

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What it takes to earn Five Stars

Sanctuary GM, Bill Lacey

Sanctuary GM, Bill Lacey

For the eighth year in a row, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and the Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort was able to earn Five Stars from Forbes Travel Guide. The Sanctuary and the Spa earned the Forbes Travel Guide’s highest award the first year they were eligible in 2008 and has held it ever since. At the time, The Sanctuary spa was one of only three Five-Star Spas in North America.

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Recently, National Geographic was on Kiawah filming Kiawah’s bobcats and dolphin for a new “Wildlife Wonders” television series United States of Animals which will be airing later this year. For this program, Nat Geo Wild is reaching out to Kiawah residents and visitors for video clips of your bobcat encounters. Whether taken on a cell phone or video camera, they want to see them. Please forward your video clips and contact information to Jocelyn_Criswell@KiawahResort.com and we will pass it along to Nat Geo.

United States of Animals is a fast-paced and fun new series brought to you by National Geography that takes you on a fanged, furry, and fascinating journey across the United States. Part travelogue, part wildlife adventure, United States of Animals is a fact-filled field guide driven by the wild, weird, and wide variety of animals that call our country home – responsible wildlife viewing at its best! Each half hour episode takes you to several new destinations synced up with the precise times and locations where unusual animal behavior, such as offbeat animal festivals, late night rodent rendezvous, sea lion sit-ins, and snow-diving foxes, is on full display. Viewers will join Nat Geo’s wanderlust of wow as they introduce them to the eye-opening world of animals right in their own backyards. Their stories, sometimes quick, sometimes more in-depth, will take us to every corner of this great country on a hunt for hidden habitats, bizarre behaviors, and animal eccentricities of all sorts. Stories will take us from coast-to coast and give us a unique glimpse into unique animals that share this Nation with us.

This will not be the first time that National Geographic has taken to our beautiful island to share what we have to offer. In September 2013, National Geographic spent time on the Kiawah River filming strand feeding by Kiawah’s Dolphins for the Secret Life of Predators series. To learn more about the wildlife of Kiawah, check out our various guided nature excursions and motorboat tours and join our Naturalists on the island for an exciting and information outing!

From South Africa to Kiawah Island, The Atlantic Room presented an evening of classic wines and Chef Jonathan Banta’s perfectly paired fare.  Wine presenter, Lisa Norris of Broadbent Selections, Inc. joined us for a night of great wine, food and friendship as we came together to celebrate the flavors of South Africa.

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