The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Greenville magazine, Town, recently reviewed The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in an article entitled — Estate of Rest.  It starts with: “The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers a courtly coming-home to those in search of Southern elegance.”  Couldn’t say it much better than that!  The article, written by Greenville author, M. Linda Lee, begins with:

That old saw about location, location, location, defines the only hotel on posh, private Kiawah Island. Set at the end of a lush allée lined with live oaks and palmetto trees, the Sanctuary kneels at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

Though it opened in 2004, the Sanctuary has the feel of something much older, starting with those live oaks and palmettos. The 150 full-grown trees were relocated from elsewhere on the island to appear as if they had been growing in front of the hotel for decades.

Stepping inside the lobby has the feeling of entering a turn-of-the-nineteenth-century seaside mansion of a wealthy Charleston landowner. The first thing that catches my eye across the wide-planked black-walnut floor is a wall of windows framing the blue-green sea. In order to locate the hotel at just the right height for this view, workers elevated the site with a quarter of a million tons of dirt.


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Nfocus, Nashville’s regional magazine, recently featured a visit to Kiawah Island Golf Resort entitled “Island Escapes: Kiawah Island Coastal getaways to explore.”  Written by Holly Hoffman, it describes what’s great about our little corner of the world:

“Only 21 miles from historic Charleston, Kiawah Island is a 10,000-acre barrier island that is home to wildlife including alligators, white-tailed deer and loggerhead sea turtles. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort sits along 10 miles of beach on the Atlantic Ocean and is best known for its five esteemed championship golf courses. The Ocean Course, future home to the 2021 PGA Championship, may be challenging because of brisk sea breezes, but players have unobstructed views of the beautiful Atlantic coastline from every hole. The tennis program, ranked No. 1 in the world by the prestigious Tennis Resorts Online, has two separate tennis facilities that include 19 clay and four hard courts, perfect for clinics, camps or matches with friends. Sports aside, more than a dozen restaurants offer regionally driven menus featuring the best from low country farmers and fishermen. And you can forget about a rental car; complimentary shuttles transport guests around the property for a worry-free stay.”  Read more below.


Where to Play Golf “Eco Style” at Kiawah Island Golf Resort:


Kiawah Island Resort is showcased on a recent edition of the Where to Play Golf Eco Style TV Show. (  Former PGA of America President and current President of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Roger Warren,  is among the featured guests along with “The Scot” from The Distillery Channel! (

Voted “2016 Golf Radio & Internet TV Show of the Year” and “2016 Golf Article of the Year”. Where to Play Golf has an affluent, worldwide audience with listeners/viewers in USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Spain, South Africa, France, Italy and China.


The blog “Fabulously Chic over 50″ reviews The Atlantic Room following a visit to the resort late this summer.  Clearly, the enjoyed the experience!

“You know you’re in for a memorable romantic evening when you are seated at one of the best tables in the house at a premier, award-winning seafood restaurant. The Atlantic Room just so happens to perch directly on the shores of the sparkling Atlantic and offers sunset views so magnificent, folks literally gather on the …” Read more…

Wedding proposal on Kiawah Island

Wedding proposal


We recently got the following message about a wedding proposal on Kiawah Island.  We encourage you to follow the link:


In case you have not already seen it, our family friends’ recent Kiawah wedding proposal was highlighted in

The Polito family was visiting our beloved Kiawah Island for the first time and Luke thought the idyllic beach would be the perfect setting for the special moment.  Dad Bobby then took the extended family to the Sanctuary to celebrate over a bottle of champagne, where your staff extended the ultimate in Southern hospitality with complimentary beverages.

I know that Kiawah is the setting of many special family moments, but it was a dream come true for this salt-of-the-earth family.  The parents’ business oversees the packing of meals to be distributed to disaster victims, refugee camps, as well as Washington, DC-area needy.  The future groom works in youth ministry and the bride-to-be has devoted her life to ending human trafficking.

Thank you for making their special day even more unique,


Best of luck to the soon-to-be bride and groom!

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The prestigious Andrew Harper’s Hideaway newsletter has named The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort as one of their top 10 Kid-Friendly Hotels. In their review they wrote:

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, in Charleston, South Carolina, presents children under 3 with a beach bag containing crayons, coloring book and other goodies; children over 4 receive a passbook that they can fill with stamps from different parts of the island and win prizes when they reach new levels. If the kids get tired of the beach, the resort offers a range of activities and guided nature experiences.

Learn more about all children’s and teen’s activities, including Extreme Laser Tag, 3 on 3 Basketball and more.”

Go to the resorts Recreation and Nature pages of our web site to learn more of what we have to offer the kids while visiting our beautiful island.

Go to the Andrew Harper web site to learn more about their top 10!

According to Tracey Teo of The Dallas Morning News, with a long-handled shovel, M.C. Heyward pulls a load of oysters from a smoky pit and dumps them on a wooden table with a clatter, signaling hungry oyster lovers at the Mingo Point Oyster Roast and Barbecue on Kiawah Island that it’s time get to shuckin’. Some shuck their oysters and slurp them down faster than you can say, “Pass the hot sauce,” while others require a little help.

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Tennis Aerial


According to Tennis, come to Kiawah Island Golf Resort to experience a world-renowned tennis facility at the Roy Barth Tennis Center, which showcases traditional, tennis expertise and luxury accommodations right behind their gates.

 Not many other resorts can offer programming seven days a week, every single day of the year. With prime time reflecting the weeks around Easter, along with other holidays, the Roy Barth Tennis Center accommodates not only on the tennis court, but on the surrounding grounds. This resort features 12 courts (nine clay, three hard), and the West Beach Tennis Facility provides 12 courts (10 clay, two hard,) just a short drive a bit further down the island.

 Seemingly unlimited programming encompasses the Roy Barth facility, yet the theme behind each clinic and drill fulfills Barth’s ideal of focusing on the foundation. When speaking with Dave Nelson, the proshop supervisor, he mentioned that Barth can be heard offering a “money back guarantee if we cannot help with your serve.” This being said, every clinic allows guests and members to simply improve upon their strokes and perfect their basics before departing from the island.

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Straw Market Social

Shake off the sand, gather your family and friends and head to the West Beach Straw Market this Tuesday night!

If you haven’t made it to one of our socials yet here’s your last chance…Tuesday, August 9th from 6pm-9pm will be this summer’s final Straw Market Social of the season!

WB Straw Market
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Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s Gourmet & Grapes will return for its 9th year on February 2-7, 2017 at The Sanctuary. The weekend-long culinary extravaganza will showcase award-winning wineries and nationally acclaimed chefs from the Lowcountry and beyond. Joining together to raise support and awareness for the Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center, these winemakers and culinarians will offer a weekend you won’t want to miss!
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