When it comes to planning meetings and events here on Kiawah Island, there are a few questions we get over and over again. Questions like:

What is there to do before or after my meeting at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort?

We’re happy you’ve asked, because it just so happens, there’s plenty to see and do on the island.

Our meeting rooms and facilities on Kiawah Island are second to none, but what draws our guests here is much more than that. The island itself is an incredible place – ripe with beautiful beaches, stunning views, breathtaking sunsets, and of course, the lovely Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The island itself is what brings guests from near and far, looking to discover a little piece of paradise.

Beyond the meeting room, discover 5 things your delegates can see and do after your meeting on Kiawah Island:

1 – Get active on the island.

No matter your interests, activity level, or skill, there truly is something for everyone on Kiawah Island. When the day is done and it’s time for a little fun, give your guests the choice of many activities, including:

  • Tennis: we offer 2 tennis compounds, as well as a tennis learning center
  • Golf: the resort boasts 5 championship golf courses that span the island, including our signature Ocean Course (host of the 2012 and 2021 PGA Championship)
  • Kayak: grab a paddle and hit the water!
  • Hike or Bike: with over 36 miles of trails, there’s no shortage of area to explore

2 – Relax & unwind.

At the spa.

What could be better than ending a day of meetings by relaxing in absolute luxury at The Spa at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort – the complete escape for your body, mind and spirit.

Brilliantly inspired by the natural beauty of the South Carolina Lowcountry, our signature treatments and services will rejuvenate the senses, while our idyllic setting and Southern hospitality will soothe the soul.

Treat your delegates to massages, facials, skin treatments, manicures, pedicures, and much more.

At the beach.

White sand and crystal clear water await. And whether your guests choose to simply relax in the water, or enjoy beach activities, we’re confidant that our spanning miles of private, pristine beach will impress. If activities are what you desire, take your pick from volleyball, cornhole, horseshoes, and more.

3 – Indulge in chef-made meals & tastings.

From grand lawn space, elegant banquet rooms, to the Sanctuary Hotel Jasmine Porch and the Ocean Room, there’s nothing like a sumptuous meal after a day of meetings to bring your delegates together to unwind when the day is done. Our chefs take pride in their delectable meals – featuring the best of local, fresh ingredients.

Or, instead of a traditional sit down meal, treat your guests to an interactive cooking demonstration, wine and food pairing, or wine tasting event.

4 – Hit the shops.

There’s no shortage of variety in things to see and do before or after your meeting on Kiawah begins. On top of outdoor activities, spa visits, and culinary escapades, guests will also enjoy shopping excursions in our very own Sanctuary shopping wing.

Located in its own sun-filled foyer, The Sanctuary’s shopping wing houses a carefully selected collection of fine stores offering gourmet and specialty gift items, logoed golf apparel for men and women, Kiawah merchandise and gifts, fine collectable and Irish crystal, exquisite women’s apparel and jewelry, and fine contemporary and Lowcountry-inspired art.

5 – Explore beyond the island.

Visit numerous mansions, plantations, parks and gardens with your group in nearby Charleston, recently named the third top domestic destination by Conde Nast Traveler. Adventures in Charleston is our preferred service-oriented destination management company that caters to professional meeting and travel planners. Learn more about their services (PDF).

Find out what else makes Kiawah Island the perfect meeting destination.

For inquiries and bookings, please submit your request for proposal through our site, or, give us a call to discuss any additional questions, requirements, and so on: (800) 576-1585. We look forward to hearing from you!

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We know we’re a little biased, but truthfully, there’s just so much here on Kiawah Island and at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort that it truly is the perfect destination and backdrop for conferences, meetings, and events.

Are you wondering where you should hold your upcoming event? Well, you don’t need to look any further than right here, on Kiawah Island. And here’s why.

Our location, on Kiawah Island.

First and foremost, there’s no denying this: Kiawah Island is perhaps one of the most beautiful places on earth. As such, you can just imagine our surroundings, and the fact that we’re stunningly situated on 10 miles of pristine beachfront, in the very heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

Does it get any better than that?

Our luxurious accommodations.

One of the top resorts in the United States, our accommodations are just as luxurious as our surroundings. After a long day of meetings, return the comfort of your nearby accommodations, where you’ll continue to enjoy a spectacular oceanfront setting, and world-class amenities.

World-class meeting facilities.

Boasting over 35,000 square feet of meeting space in six distinctive venues, you’ll have more than enough to choose from, guaranteeing the perfect atmosphere for your meeting on Kiawah Island. Some of our favorite event spaces include outdoor options (like the veranda and fireplaces available at The Ocean Course Clubhouse), or the traditional, town hall-like facilities available at the East Beach Conference Center.

Enjoy your choice of grand ballrooms, indoor meeting room, flexible outdoor space, a business center, and of course, wireless capability that extends all the way to the beach.

Our unmatched event services… and our staff.

Meetings and conferences are all about the details – the little things that make the day run smoothly. That’s why when you hold your event here on Kiawah Island, you’ll have access to experienced event coordinators who know what it takes to pull off the best event imaginable.

Let us help you manage the important details, including planning, catering, AV equipment and setup, video conferencing, photography, decorative services, and more.

Our team of professional event planners will ensure that all requirements and expectations are met – and then surpassed.

Mouth-watering catering options.

One of the most sought-after aspects of our region (and trust us, there are many!) is the truly delicious and inspiring Lowcountry cuisine, featuring only the best of seasonal and local ingredients.

Taste it for yourself here on Kiawah Island! Our banquet and catering repertoire boasts everything from buffet-style meals to elegant served dinners, golfers’ gourmet boxed lunches, as well as many other dining options.

Take advantage of an interactive cooking demonstration, wine and food pairings and tastings, and much more.

Endless opportunities for entertainment.

From group or solo sporting options, to live performances, you’ll find all your entertainment needs satisfied on Kiawah Island.

At the Resort, enjoy five championship golf courses (including the legendary Ocean Course), two tennis complexes, and an award-winning spa. Enjoy our extensive series of nature programs, as well as access to one of the best beaches on the entire Eastern seaboard – the ideal place for unwinding after a long day of meetings.

Interested in scheduling your own live entertainment? Just let us know! We’re happy to accommodate.

Have we convinced you that the Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the perfect place for your upcoming meeting? Submit your request for proposal through our site, or, give us a call to discuss any additional questions, requirements, and so on: (800) 576-1585. We look forward to hearing from you!



The Sport of Kings Comes to Kiawah


When: Sunday, Oct. 11KiawahCupStacked-Web
11:45 a.m – 12:45 p.m. –  Pony Club Cocktail Hour
1:15 p.m –  Opening Ceremonies
1:30 p.m. -4 p.m. –  Beach Polo Invitational Match
4-6 p.m. –  Sport of Kings Reception

Where: Sandcastle Community Center and Beach

Contact: kiawahcares@kica.us or 843-768-9194

The sport of kings comes to Kiawah Island. On Sunday, Oct. 11, the Kiawah Cares Foundation (KCF) will host the inaugural Kiawah Cup Beach Polo Invitational.

The day begins with the pre-match Pony Club Cocktail Hour (limit 150 guests) overlooking the playing field. Opening ceremonies kicks-off on the beach in front of the Sandcastle Community Center at 1:15 p.m. The highly competitive, fast-paced match will feature experienced, amateur and professional polo athletes from the Charleston area and beyond, all vying to take home the cup.

After the match, VIP and Party Pack guests will have an opportunity to mingle with the athletes, sample delicious poolside fare and drinks, browse select silent auction items, dance to the eclectic sounds of the Soul Fish Band, and more at the Sport of Kings Reception.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Kiawah Cares Foundation, which works to improve the quality of life of our rural neighbors on Johns and Wadmalaw islands.

Visit the links in the lefthand sidebar for more information. Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “Like” the Kiawah Cup Beach Polo Invitational for updates as we approach match day!

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Earl Klugh Weekend of Jazz

Earl Klugh’s sixth Annual Weekend of Jazz

November 12 – 14, 2015

Enjoy incredible talent during Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s 6th annual Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz from: 10-time GRAMMY®-WINNING guitar legend and vocalist GEORGE BENSON; 4-time GRAMMY®-nominee and multi-platinum-selling saxophonist BONEY JAMES; R&B balladeer JEFFREY OSBORNE; ukulele virtuoso JAKE SHIMABUKURO; renowned contemporary pianist MARCUS JOHNSON; local favorites THE EAST COAST PARTY BAND; your GRAMMY®-winning host EARL KLUGH; and more!
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Meeting Focus

Kiawah Island Golf Resort was awarded its 10th   “Best of South Award” as voted by the Meeting Professionals that read Meetings Focus magazine.  According to Meetings Focus, “You definitely have a top notch property and obviously, you and your team do a tremendous job to help deliver a great meeting experience.”

The announcement was made in the September issue of Meetings Focus and the announcement will posted on their website as well.  (www.meetingsfocus.com)




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For nearly 40 years, Kiawah Island Golf Resort has been providing memorable vacations in a unique and beautiful setting, offering great getaways featuring world class golf and tennis as well as 10-miles of beach and outstanding nature excursions.  Below is a Kiawah Island Golf Resort timeline on the development of one of America’s great resorts:

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The prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine named The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort as  the 3rd best family beach resort in their World’s Best Awards.  This was announced in the January issue:




Here is the top 10:

No. 1 Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Kapolei, HI

No. 2 Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa

No. 3 Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, SC

No. 4 Cloister at Sea Island, GA

No. 5 (tie) Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, HI

No. 5 (tie) Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast, FL

No. 7 Disney’s Vero Beach Resort, FL

No. 8 Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL

No. 9 LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Naples, FL

No. 10 (tie) Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, HI

No. 10 (tie) Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach, FL


Kiawah Comedy Weekend



We are all here for a spell. Get all the good laughts you can. – Will Rogers


It’s as if Will Rogers read our minds! Come join us at the second annual Kiawah Comedey Weekend Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30, 2016. This special comedy weekend featuring two nights of nonstop laughter with some of the nation’s most acclaimed comedians. Enjoy two nights with different lineups of nationally recognized, clean comedians each night. Comedians will have credits including shows such as the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, David letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson and networks including Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, CMT and many more.

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As ambassadors to Kiawah Island, nature, and our guests, we’re proud to contribute in every way possible to preserving our planet and promoting green conscientiousness. Part of what makes Kiawah Island so special is its natural beauty, and we want to be able to continue sharing that with you and your delegates for many years to come.

When planning your next meeting or conference on Kiawah Island, talk to us about how you can make a difference in helping the environment, and consider these simple tips for holding a green meeting.

Opt-in to conservation efforts.

During your stay with the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, you’ll have the opportunity to reduce overconsumption in many ways. The simplest things you can do to participate are:

• Turn lights and air conditioning off before exiting your hotel rooms
• Reuse the linens in your rooms instead of having them washed each day
• Pull curtains or blinds closed to help keep your room cool when you leave for the day
• Use bins and supplies available for recycling

Go paperless.

In today’s digital world, there’s much less of a need for printed materials. Consider making key meeting materials available online, such as itineraries and schedules, directions, presentation documents, registration forms, and more.

Enjoy sustainable meals.

Sustainable food is harvested in a manner that does not risk the health or future of the harvested population. We take great pride in offering our guests locally sourced, sustainable and organic food as much as possible.

When you dine in our restaurants, on the Jasmine Porch, The Ocean Room, Tomasso, and the Atlantic Room, you’ll enjoy farm-to-table dining while supporting our local economy, as well as our sustainable seafood initiative.

Reduce waste.

Opt for waste-reducing materials for your event. For example, request to have several water stations set up around your meeting room, instead of having bottled water. Or, consider other ways to employ bulk dispensing, instead of individually wrapped items (condiments, snacks, milk/cream, and so on).

Communicate your efforts.

Tell your guests about what you’re doing to ensure your meeting on Kiawah Island is as environmentally-friendly as possible. Ask for their help and participation, as well as for their ideas on how else you can reduce the impacts of your meeting together.

Bonus Tip: If you’re sending out a meeting evaluation post-conference, be sure to include a line for guest feedback on ‘green’ initiatives!

Corporate Meetings and Incentives magazine named The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort its 2015 “Greens of Distinction” Golf Resort Award Winner. Get in touch to start planning your meeting on Kiawah Island today.

Turtle on TOC

David Drye works part time at Sanctuary Golf Shop. He also volunteers onthe Kiawah Island Turtle Patrol where he was working on the morning of Sunday, July 5. Someone from the City of Kiawah Island’s beach patrol stopped them on the beach and said that he had found a turtle in distress – there was a loggerhead on The Ocean Course. Drye and the others from the Turtle Patrol drove down by The Ocean Course with him and found a single turtle track going into the dunes. Following the tracks, they found a loggerhead who apparently got disoriented and meandered over onto the golf course near the 14th hole. According to Drye, she had been out of the water anywhere between 8-12 hours so she was quite exhausted and quite overheated. They did what they could to cooled her down while the beach patrol guy drove his truck to the beach access near The Ocean Course clubhouse and back out to the turtle near the 14th hole. Along the way, he got some volunteers from The Ocean Course staff. Once reaching the turtle, they worked together to load the turtle onto the truck and drove it back to the beach access at The Ocean Course driving range. Once there, they put her back on the beach where she immediately rejoined her natural ocean environment.

According to Drye, the Turtle Patrol checked her tracks and found that she had not laid her eggs as of yet. Hopefully, she has done so since then.