Tomasso at Turtle Point celebrated their 5 year anniversary on Kiawah Island this past week – and what a 5 years it has been!  Since its inception in February of 2009, Tomasso has grown to be an island favorite among families, couples, owners, and guests alike.  Upon arriving at the Turtle Point Clubhouse, the true Italian-style family hospitality by which Tomasso prides itself on is introduced.  Before the menu is presented and your first glass of wine is poured, the music of Italy surrounds you.  The faint smell of house made breads, savory spices, and fresh herbs that drift from the kitchen spark your senses, and the candle lit tables create a warm, inviting atmosphere.  Tomasso is an Italian Gathering Place that is truly one of a kind.

The Dining Room at Tomasso

The Dining Room at Tomasso

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The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island was the place to be the weekend of February 7th-9th as hundreds of guests filled the hotel for the Sixth Annual Gourmet and Grapes weekend. Gourmet and Grapes is a weekend-long culinary extravaganza that is the only fundraiser in the Lowcountry that brings together renowned chefs and winemakers to raise money for cancer research. The event, which takes place at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, benefits Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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Great August Meeting Deal

Meeting Sanctuary Front Aerial

 Ready for a great August meeting deal?  Honored with both the coveted AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star awards, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers an impressive setting for prestigious gatherings overlooking Kiawah’s pristine beach and championship golf.  Board meeting, corporate retreats and incentive programs assume even greater significance in casually elegant residential surroundings that are reminiscent of a grand Southern seaside mansion.

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There are so many different types of accommodations in South Carolina it might be tough to choose where to stay. So we’re here to help!

The first decision you need to make is what type of vacation you’re planning in South Carolina. Are you looking for a cozy getaway, or a big adventure? Perhaps a relaxing few days on the beach, or an extended stay in a place all to yourself?

If you’re looking for a view of the beach, take a look at the top ranked luxury beach hotel near Charleston, the Sanctuary Hotel. It’s just 21 miles from downtown Charleston and captures the spirit, history and charm of the beautiful South.

Sanctuary Hotel

Relax poolside in South Carolina

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What do you get when you have a hand full of amazing chefs who are inspired by the romance of food and wine? You guessed it, an evening to remember and a sweetheart of a deal! Well Kiawah is creating a weekend of many opportunities to connect with your special someone over fine wine and local culinary in any of our incredible restaurants. Happy Valentine’s Day weekend from us to you!

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Mark Your Calendars- Garth Herr sets The Ocean Room’s Sommelier Selection Suppers dates for the next five months!

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Garth Herr, The Ocean Room Sommelier

Garth Herr, The Ocean Room’s Sommelier has been very busy lining up some exciting events for the upcoming months! In tandem with Chef de Cuisine Jason Rheinwald, Garth will design a multi course menu paired with favorite wines, winemakers and spirits at their peak drinkability. If you have not gotten a chance to attend one of these events in the past, make sure you mark your calendars for the first few Sommelier Selections Suppers of the year!

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About 2 months ago, Kelly Cox and her crew from PBS Food’s new video food series, Original Fare, took their culinary adventures to Kiawah Island, SC and joined us here at the Resort for a little taste of the Lowcountry.  Original Fare – Uncovering the Origins of Our Food, One Destination at a Time, is a collection of videos, food stories, recipes, “how-to’s”, blogs and travel destinations.  Airing this past week, our very own Chef de Cuisine Jonathan Banta of The Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course taught Kelly “How To Elevate Your Fresh Catch”. 


Kelly Cox is part of the foodie movement, meeting chefs, hunters, moonshiners, etc. from all across the country.  Her adventures have given her the opportunity to create a travel video series for eating, drinking, and discovering local craft fare.  Kelly is the host/storyteller in the series; she met with Chef Banta and learned that the Lowcountry is full of fresh seafood options.  During the episode, Banta explains how to elevate your fresh catch with a leek fondue.  The fresh catch happened to be a local redfish from a farm about 30 miles south of Kiawah Island and the leeks were grown on our neighboring, Wadmalaw Island.  As Chef prepared the redfish with mild seasonings of salt, pepper and extra virgin olive oil, Kelly asked him what was so appealing about the south… The south has all of these different cultures that have come together and mixed their ingredients.  This dish in particular has a lot of French influence.  It is also showcasing produce that’s growing in our region this time of year and how well it works together.  The leeks from Wadmalaw and the local shitake mushrooms from Johns Island complement each other.  While pairing these with potatoes and arugula salad this sea to table fare is complete.  Stop by The Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course Clubhouse and enjoy one of Chef’s culinary creations for yourself!

Watch the video clip of  Chef Banta’s “How To Elevate Your Fresh Catch” on PBS Food’s website at:


Choosing the perfect summer vacation ideas can be tough. Whether you’re looking for a family vacation, a group vacation, or solo adventure, you want to arrive at a place with an abundance of activities and beautiful amenities. There should be something to suit everyone’s interests!

Are you looking for an exciting summer vacation full of athletic pursuits or striving to be one with nature? Whatever your dream summer vacation, this list is full of great suggestions. With your itinerary planned out, all that’s left for you to do is pack!

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Last year, the most popular treatments at The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort were its skin-firming Natural Body Lift and a Natural Face Lift Facial. Now, the staff at the spa is about to take it up a notch with the exclusive Sodashi products and facials.

According to Spa Director, Jerilyn Kuthe, the Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is one of the first spas in the United States to carry products from the Australian skin care company Sodashi.  “Sodashi is featured in ultra-high-end international properties such as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts, Shangri-la Hotel in Sydney, the Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong as well as Aman Resorts,” said Kuthe.  “It’s now being introduced in the U.S. with Kiawah’s spa one of the first to use their unique, totally natural products.”

Megan Larson, founder of Sodashi, says all of their products are 100% chemical free.  “Not only chemical free, they’re both luxurious and effective,” explains Larson.  “In Sanskrit, Sodashi translates into ‘wholeness, purity and radiance’ and these words aptly describe Sodashi products and unique spa treatments.”  Produced in Australia, Sodashi’s skin and body care products and spa therapies use only natural sources from the earth and sea, including extracts and essential oils of the purest and highest grade.

Not only will the Sanctuary’s Spa carry Sodashi’s products in its retail area, it will feature facial treatments developed by this exclusive worldwide brand.  According to Kuthe, the spa’s estheticians will go through an intense three-days of training to be able to provide Sodashi facials which will include:

Sodashi Thermal Infusing Facial – 90 minutes

This is an intensive boost of all nature’s vitamins and minerals.  Sodashi’s exclusive Warm Infusing Mask will maximize penetration of these essential vitamins and minerals into the deep layers of the skin.  This ultimate facial indulgence is tailored to your skin’s needs to purify and deeply cleanse, or nourish, to leave your skin hydrated and toned.  Restoring forgotten elasticity and radiance, this is more than just a facial; it’s Nature’s Face Lift.

Sodashi Luxury Facial – 60 minutes 

We will take your skin on a journey of total renewal.  You can deeply relax as you enjoy Sodashi’s aromatic warm facial compresses that soften and exfoliate, and a nurturing face mask, rich in herbal extracts to purify and hydrate the skin.  This facial experience is tailored to your skin’s needs and is enhanced with the Sodashi Facial Massage.  The Luxurious Sodashi Plant Essence Synergies will leave your skin revitalized and fresh.

The Sanctuary’s Sixth Annual Gourmet & Grapes event is soon to be under way this Friday, February 7th!

The weekend long culinary event is in benefit of the Medical University of South Carolina, Hollings Cancer Center. Since its inception in 2009, Gourmet & Grapes has raised more than $650,000 for cancer research programs at Hollings Cancer Center. With stagnant federal funding, this contribution has proved invaluable in the cancer research conducted in South Carolina.

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Attendee enjoying the Live Auction at the 2013 event. Photo captured by Andrew Cebulka.

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