The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort 10th anniversary is on August 20. For the next 10 weeks we’ll we’ll celebrate by posting Flashback Friday blogs about its development and construction. Our first blog will focus on the announcement of the project, made June 24, 2002. Then-Managing Director of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Prem Devadas, was the driving force behind the hotel
“The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island will become known as the next great American resort hotel,” said Devadas. “We have paid particular attention to the design of the hotel, which we hope will create a timeless and elegant experience. The name that we have chosen is a fitting tribute to the extraordinary natural beauty for which Kiawah is known.”
The Sanctuary incorporated the classical and historical flavor of nearby Charleston, and combined the highest quality finishes of stone, stucco, wood, slate, ironwork and brick. The interior décor was developed from the gracious elements of traditional island designs found in the British West Indies, combined with tapestries of the South. An avenue of Live Oaks, made possible by banking 80 fifty-feet high trees, provide a natural grand entrance unique among newly constructed properties.
With 255 guestrooms and suites, but only four stories high, the hotel was designed to respect the environmentally sensitive and spectacular oceanfront location. Because the resort has raised the foundation of the hotel by 20 feet, guests will have a view of the Atlantic Ocean when entering the lobby – very rare on the East Coast.
About the announcement of the hotel, Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. said “The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island will become one of the state’s and Lowcountry’s most important assets. Not only will the hotel offer guests a level of luxury not seen in this state before, but it will prove to be a major attraction for businesses when deciding whether to relocate to this area.”
Each of the hotel’s 255 spacious guestrooms and suites feature luxurious five-fixture baths, large marble showers, dual vanities, private water closets, shuttered bathroom windows and oceanview balconies. At 520 square feet, the standard King guestroom is substantially more spacious than almost any other resort guestroom in America.
The hotel’s architects were Cooper Carry from Atlanta, and Eddie Smith of Smith+McLane Architects in Richmond, VA. The interior design firm was Hirsch Bedner & Associates from Atlanta, while the general contractor was by Beers Skanska, also from Atlanta.