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.

Avenue of Oaks at Sanctuary entrance put in place

Avenue of Oaks at Sanctuary entrance put in place

Originally the land where The Sanctuary is located was only six feet above sea level, which is as low as the current hotel parking lot. In order to have better ocean views and to be safer in the instance of storm surge, the team at Kiawah decided to raise the land to be 21 feet above sea level. As you can imagine this was one of the greatest projects involved with the development of the crown jewel of Kiawah Island, The Sanctuary.  For months, dump trucks filed onto the island with load after load of dirt to raise the first floor so that guests of The Sanctuary could see the tide breaking at mid-tide.  In total, there were over a quarter million tons of dirt brought onto the site.

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Independence Day in upon us! The heat of summer is here, the smell of grilled burgers and hot dogs float through the air, colorful seasonal fruits and vegetables stock the kitchen, frozen cocktails are in high demand and our resort chefs can’t wait to celebrate America’s birthday with the bounty of the season.

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Kiawah is a large island with a lot to see, making it impossible to experience everything just by car.  The best way to see Kiawah and its entire beauty is by riding on a bicycle.  With 30 miles of bike trails and over ten miles of beach to ride on, there is a lot one can discover while enjoying riding a bike around Kiawah Island.  You can rent a bicycle by placing a delivery, or picking it up on spot at the Nature center located in Night Heron park as well as the bike pavilion located in the Sanctuary parking lot.  Here is a list of ten of the most popular routes and sites to see on bicycle.  Read More

Picture being sun kissed while ocean front with a cool breeze, an ice cold beverage in your hand with kettle drum Caribbean music playing the background. No, this is not a dream; Loggerhead Bar & Grill brought us a Caribbean style fete last evening in celebration of this month’s Kiawah Beverage Series.

Rum featured cocktails at Loggerhead's Kiawah Beverage Series

Rum featured cocktails at Loggerhead’s Kiawah Beverage Series

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Managing Dir., Prem Devadas speaks to groundbreaking crowd

Managing Dir., Prem Devadas speaks to groundbreaking crowd

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Limehouse Produce has started their #TomatoTrek for the 2014 summer season and a few of our favorite Kiawah restaurants are participating!

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Heart of House, a hospitality term that refers to an employee behind the scenes who in some way supports the staff members that come in direct contact with guests.  For a restaurant, the heart of house employees would be the kitchen staff, and for a hotel the term could be referring to the laundry department. Today, we are spotlighting one specific individual of the heart of house team here at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Clifford McNeil.

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