Sanctuary construction site May 2002

Sanctuary construction site May 2002

Just a few weeks away from the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  This week, aerial shots of The Sanctuary under construction. For months and months, dump truck came onto Kiawah Island, bringing in a quarter million tons of dirt to raise the entire Sanctuary construction site from it’s original level of 6 feet above sea level to 21 feet, high enough to protect against storm surges and, also, for guests to stand anywhere in the first floor lobby and see the tide breaking at mid-tide.

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Jasmine Porch and Bittermilk partner to host a special beverage series dinner on Thursday, August 21, 2014 starting at 5:30 p.m. Located at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Jasmine Porch is Kiawah’s lowcountry themed three-meal restaurant. Guests of the beverage series dinner will sample several Bittermilk cocktail combinations while enjoying a back-porch bar-b-que by Chef Ryley McGillis. Bittermilk representatives will be on hand during the dinner to speak with guests about the cocktails.

Bittermilk's co-owner, Joe Raya (center) and team`

Bittermilk’s co-owner, Joe Raya (center) and team

 

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Healthy lifestyles have become a trend in 2014…with the ever popular CrossFit craze, the clean eating hashtag (#eatclean), the numerous calorie counter phone applications, the addicting weight-loss TV shows and the popularity of eating local, fresh, organic foods, people have never been on such a health-kick. All of our dining outlets have healthy options, even Inn Side Scoop, our ice cream shop down at the West Beach Straw Market.

Strawberry Protein Shake

Strawberry Protein Shake

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Picnic Basket from Town Center Market

Picnic Basket from Town Center Market

Looking for a fresh and flavorful alternative to your everyday meal? Let our talented chefs prepare a picnic basket for any outing…whether it be a family day at the beach, a trip into Historic downtown Charleston, or a quiet, relaxing escape for two, our team at the Town Center Market can create it for you. There are two picnic options to choose from with a variety of different items.

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Smart Meeting Magazine's Smart Star Award for best Coastal Hotel

Smart Meeting Magazine’s Smart Star Award for best Coastal Hotel

Smart Meetings magazine, a meeting and conference magazine published for corporate and association meeting and business professionals, has awarded Kiawah Island Golf Resort their 2014 Smart Stars Award for best coastal hotel.

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It was a perfect Thirsty Thursday for July’s Kiawah Beverage Series, ‘Cantina Después Del Anochecer’ (Cantina After Dark)! The summer sun was shining bright, there was a warm breeze blowing, Latin music was sweeping through the air, tequila was flowing, and the chatter and laughter from guests was a sure sign that the West Beach Cantina’s Beverage Series Dinner was a hit! Tacos and fajitas to the left, tequila tastings and a nacho bar to the right…life was good at the Cantina last night.

Nacho Bar & Mexican Street Corn

Nacho Bar & Mexican Street Corn


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#FlashBackFriday: Dining through the decade

As the 10th Anniversary of The Sanctuary approaches we flashback at all of the achievements and milestones that the hotel has celebrated as a team and we consider ourselves very privileged to have been the host to so many of the anniversaries and celebrations of our guests and neighbors.  We are grateful you chose to spend so many special, joyous, exciting and happy occasions here with us! Thank you for inviting us into our lives.

Cheers!

Cheers! Weekend of Jazz, 2013

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Charleston’s Sunday afternoon monsoon didn’t hold back these 300+ farm supporters! Ambrose Farms CSA* held a summertime BBQ highlighting the peak tomato season in the Lowcountry. When you great people gather for a family outing with live music, incredible eats and tomatoes… a little rain won’t stand in your way.

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Within the next few days hatching season will officially begin for Kiawah’s Loggerhead Sea Turtles.  Kiawah provides great nesting habitat for the mother Loggerheads (Caretta caretta) and each summer these large, 350-pound turtles find themselves in our dunes to lay their eggs from mid-May to mid-July with nests hatching now through mid-October. 

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Dignitaries at Sanctuary ribbon cutting

Dignitaries at Sanctuary ribbon cutting

 

Future hotel guests continued to eagerly wait for The Sanctuary grand opening. Their excitement continued to rise as the nation’s travel media had already acclaimed the luxurious, one-of-a-kind hotel.  Before The Sanctuary grand opening, it was already named “Best New Resort” by Elite Traveler. Other publications that were able to have a sneak preview also raved about the potential of the hotel.  Traveler + Leisure Golf said, “If Kiawah’s Ocean Course is the jewel of the coast, The Sanctuary is its crown.” The New York Daily News said, “Just 30 minutes from downtown Charleston, SC, a vast, rambling pleasure ground has risen Venus-like from the sea, putting all rival to shame.” Read More