Meeting and Convention Golden Key Award

Kiawah Island Golf Resort has been awarded the prestigious Meetings & Conventions 2014 Gold Key Award by M&C’s subscribers.

The Gold Key Award has set the bar for excellence among industry awards. Meeting professionals have relied on the Gold Key mark to symbolize outstanding meeting facilities worldwide for over three decades.

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Ronald McDonald House of Charleston received Five Star treatment during its seventh annual ‘Five Star Day’, courtesy of Forbes Five Star Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

On Thursday, October 30th the staff of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort packed up the hotel and set up camp at Charleston’s Ronald McDonald House to turn a ‘home away from home’ for families of seriously ill children into a Five Star Hotel for a day.

Team Kiawah!

Team Kiawah!

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hummingbird

Fall has begun on Kiawah, with the leaves starting to change and the weather cooling to the comfortable 70s. While you are outside enjoying the beautiful weather, be on the lookout for numerous species of birds migrating over the island. Many of these birds are heading down to Central and South America while some are planning to stay on Kiawah. A species that you may see during winter is the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds on Kiawah Island. As surprising as it sounds, some of these hummingbirds migrate here from the Northern United States and Canada.

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Seventh Annual Gourmet & Grapes Benefiting Hollings Cancer Center to be held at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Food & Wine Celebration Offers Array of Culinary Events Featuring Acclaimed Chefs

October 28, 2014, Charleston, SC – The Seventh Annual Gourmet & Grapes Culinary Extravaganza benefiting the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina will build upon some favorites and add a few new things to the menu of events while raising money for research at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Black tie dinner at The Ocean Room

Black tie dinner at The Ocean Room

The weekend-long celebration is scheduled for February 6-8, 2015, at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. This festive weekend boasts a number of events geared to all levels of appreciation for great food and wine – from novice to connoisseur – with a line-up of top chefs from across the Southeast and winemakers from around the world.

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It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon at The Grove at Patriot’s Point in Mount Pleasant and Chef de Cuisine, Jason Cote of Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House was competing in the 5th Annual Charleston Mac Off, America’s largest mac and cheese cook off. With over 20 restaurants offering samples to 4,000+ people, competition was tough!

Chef Jason Cote

Chef Jason Cote

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In its latest “Readers’ Choice Poll,” the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine  named Kiawah Island as the No. 1 island in North America and the No. 2 island in the world, behind only Palawan, Philippines.  The same poll named nearby Charleston, South Carolina as the No. 1 destination city in the U.S. and the No. 2 destination city in the world behind only Florence, Italy.

Roger Warren, the president of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, said that this reflects the high-quality experiences the traveling public gets when visiting the island’s resort.  “In addition to the world-class amenities that Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers, this ranking reflects the superior quality of our guest’s experience.  Many islands have nice amenities.  What sets Kiawah Island apart is the authentic southern hospitality that our staff extends to visitors.  They truly feel welcome,” said Warren.

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It was a warm Thursday evening, sprinkles of rain were misting the air, and guests were gathered on the second floor balcony at the Turtle Point Clubhouse enjoying a chef’s selection of passed hors d’oeuvres and glasses of Planeta Chardonnay. Tomasso’s September Beverage Series was off to a great start; guests mingled and got to know each other as the finishing touches were set in the dining room. After everyone had arrived Chef Jonathan Williams invited them all into The Drawing Room and introduced himself and wine representative, Jason Freeman who was going to be speaking about all of the wine pairings throughout dinner. Tomasso is known to select a specific Italian region to focus on for each wine dinner, this time Chef and his team focused on Sicily.

Sicilian Wine Dinner

Sicilian Wine Dinner

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From the city to the sea, the words Chateau Musar were on the lips of many local Charlestonians and Sanctuary guests alike. Prior to The Ocean Room Wine Dinner at The Sanctuary, Marc Hochar (son of Serge Hochar) spoke to diners at Edmond’s Oast of Charleston for a luncheon while tasting rare vintages of these beloved Lebanese wines. But as the clock struck five, The Ocean Room was elated to open its doors to Marc and fellow guests for an intimate evening featuring some of the most exceptional wines represented over the last 80 years.

Chateau Musar Wine Dinner at The Ocean Room

Chateau Musar Wine Dinner at The Ocean Room

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The Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon is quickly becoming a household name for many triathletes. Recently named one of Men’s Fitness’ Top 10 Triathlons Worth Training For, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort Triathlon boasts participants from all across the United States, even as far as the West Coast. The USAT-sanctioned event starts with a .7 mile point-to-point swim in the beautiful waters of Kiawah’s beach. The swim transitions into a 25.1 mile bike segment that departs from the transition area in Night Heron Park. The bike course guides participants to the Ocean Course, out to the Freshfields turnabout, then back to the park. The final leg of the race features a 6.1 mile run through the beautiful neighborhoods and beachfront of Kiawah. At the completion of the run, finishers are greeted with cheers from spectators, a highly coveted race medal, and a finish line celebration worthy of the accomplishment. The celebration features live music, an award ceremony, unlimited beer for participants from Palmetto and Michelob, and a finish line buffet featuring a pasta salad bar, Greek yogurt bar, and more from our award-winning chefs.

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With the year winding down, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is gearing up for our holiday family festivities. Below are four great events you’ll want to mark on your calendar and gather the family as we celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.
Holidays at The Sanctuary

Holidays at The Sanctuary

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