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

Executive Chef Brendon Bashford takes the helm for Food & Beverage at The Sanctuary!

General Manager, Bill Lacey of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort announced on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 the appointment of Executive Chef Brendon Bashford as the Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage.

Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage, Brendon Bashford

Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage, Brendon Bashford

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On Tuesday, July 8th- The World of Fine Wine revealed their World’s Best Wine Lists of 2014. Over 4,000 restaurants from around the world were judged and within this list, The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary fell in rank!

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Recreate a taste of the Lowcountry at home with Jasmine Porch’s selection of the locally produced items that you experienced during your time here at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. From Geechie Boy Stone Ground Grits to Lowcountry Olive Oil and Jasmine Porch’s homemade Spiced Peach BBQ Sauce, our fertile soil and wild flowers make these tastes unique to the Lowcountry.

Lowcountry flavors at Jasmine Porch.

Lowcountry flavors at Jasmine Porch.

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Workers gather at The Sanctuary's Topping Out Ceremony

Workers gather at The Sanctuary’s Topping Out Ceremony

Eleven years ago The Sanctuary at Kiawah at Kiawah Island Golf Resort held a very unique event—The Topping Out Ceremony. “Topping Out” is a 1,300 year-old custom that originated in Scandinavia to celebrate the completion of a structure and to appease the gods and ancestral spirits living in the trees that were cut and used for construction. In modern times, builders place an evergreen tree at the site of the uppermost steel or concrete structure marking the final stretch in the building’s progress and recognizing the fine efforts of the construction crew. The ceremony gave the hard workers an opportunity to take pride in their workmanship.

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Charleston's Church Street

Charleston’s Church Street

For the second consecutive year, Charleston has been named the #1 destination in the US and Canada in Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards!  Charleston was also ranked the #2 city in the world in the annual readers’ poll. 

That’s great news!  Additional great news, Kiawah Island was named one of the top islands in North America.  Here’s where we rank:

Continental U.S. and Canada

Rank 2014

Rank 2013

Name

Score

1

2

Vancouver Island, British Columbia Carolina

86.20

2

-

San Juan Islands, Washington

85.78

3

1

Prince Edward Island, Canada

84.29

4

-

Mackinac Island, Michigan

84.24

5

-

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

83.61

 

We’ve always ranked high in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Poll but this is the first time Kiawah Island cracked the top five in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best poll!  We greatly appreciate the support of all of our past visitors in voting for us in these important polls.