Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach on the Outer Banks of North Carolina made it to the annual list of top 10 beaches in America as chosen by “Dr. Beach”: Florida International University professor Stephen Leatherman.
Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island also squeaked onto the lineup at No. 10. Tops was Hawaii’s Hanauma Bay, nestled inside a breeched volcanic cone on the southeastern shore of Oahu, with some of the state’s calmest waters, most pristine beaches and world-renowned snorkeling over coral reefs that teem with colorful fish.
On a recent visit to Kiawah Island Golf Resort, writer Robin Hutson of the blog “Luxe Recess” which bills itself as a blog “For Parents Who Like Really Nice Hotels,” started her review of The Sanctuary, entitled “Kiawah Family Fun” this way:
I’d never seen the South Carolina coast. As we boated through the marshes at dusk with dolphins escorting us on either side, I soaked up the colorful landscape wondering why I had taken so long to visit Lowcountry and enjoy a Kiawah family vacation.
The Kiawah Island Golf Resort near Charleston has been a favorite destination for South Carolina families since it opened in 1976. Once New Yorkers found this paradise, expansion and development of Kiawah Island has been consistent since the ‘90s.
One of the more recent additions to the island is the Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah, the island’s first actual hotel amidst its villas, condos, and vacation homes of the bigger resort. The Sanctuary at Kiawah opened in 2004 and is a prestigious Legend property with Preferred Hotels.
Like with most new construction buildings on Kiawah Island, The Sanctuary Hotel is meant to look like it has always been there. Walking into its two-story lobby, the staircases are sweeping, as is the scale of the art and windows. There’s nothing casual about it. Its design in both rooms and public spaces are to create a historic heritage it would have had were it not part of a private plantation during the ages when The Breakers, Jekyll Island, and Sea Island were developed.
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The Culture Trip blog named Kiawah Island as one of the best beaches in Charleston, SC. See link to blog below:
Here’s our review!
Kiawah is one of the best barrier islands in the country. Its sheer lack of commercialization, peaceful summertime breezes, and friendly locals each work in sync and contribute to the ideal island experience. This beach has not only assumed a ranking as one of America’s Top 10 Beaches on numerous occasions in the past, but Kiawah is also home to several incredibly respectable golf courses. Keep in mind that Kiawah is technically a gated beach with many private homes – but don’t forget, it’s this very privacy that makes the beach so perfectly serene.
The Sanctuary Kiawah Island Luxury Resort Review | Fabulously Chic Over 50
Have you ever dreamt of being an honored guest in a grand seaside mansion, with sweeping staircases, soaring ceilings and a decor so luxurious, it might make Scarlet O’Hara blush? Well, we’ve discovered such a place and if ever there was a luxury resort that lived up to it’s name, it is The Sanctuary, a … Read at link above.
Next up, is the review of their unforgettable meal and evening at The Ocean Room.
Travel Experta reviews visit to Kiawah Island and says Kiawah Is the #1 American Island Getaway:
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Once again, South Carolina’s Charleston topped one list as the #1 City in the United States. But it was an island just off SC’s coast which had the (perhaps) more prestigious title of #2 Island in the World. Little Kiawah Island has quite a reputation, and though it didn’t get the #1 spot for the world, it’s runner up status makes in a shoe-in for best island in America. Here’s why.