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Through blogs, magazines, videos and in-person experiences, stories are shared and memories are made at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. What will your next memory of Kiawah be?


Best Family Getaways 2014

Travel + Leisure magzine ranks Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Best Family Getaways for 2014.

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Travel Channel Lists Best US Golf Courses - 2014

From the east to the west coast, check out the best golf courses in the US, including Valhalla Golf Club, Augusta National and Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

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Golf Odyssey Awards

Kiawah Island Golf Resort receives awards in four different categories.

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Dyes Celebrated at Golfweek Architecture Summit

Pete Dye has made a life out of playing in the dirt. The 88-year old golf-course architect and his partner in life and design Alice Dye, 87, charmed an audience of Golfweek course raters, friends, colleagues and former field staff at a three-day architecture summit that ended Nov. 11 at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

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Azestybite Owner Writes On Her Family Trip To Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Two weeks ago we packed our bags and headed to the airport for a family trip to the sandy beach coast at Kiawah Island and Resort.

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Andrew Harper On The Ryder Cup Bar

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, a 2014 Readers' Choice Top Golf Resort, shared one of their favorite course features with us in our new series "From the Greens": The Ryder Cup Bar.

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Trivago Names Kiawah One Of Seven Golf Hotels To Swing Away Winter Blues

Inspired by spectacular golfing vistas, hotel comparison site researched the world's greatest greens to find the best year-round hotels for golf lovers.

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Welcome to America's Best Resort - Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Yes, it's a lofty statement to make, but a cluster of recent awards give Kiawah Island Golf Resort a legitimate claim to the title of America's best resort. The latest saw The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the Resort's luxury hotel and spa, achieve the coveted AAA Five Diamond rating - only two years after it opened its oceanfront doors.

Some Recent Awards

Forbes 5 Star Award
  • Five Diamond Award – American Automobile Association - The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (2015)
  • Five Star Award - Forbes Travel Guide - The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (2015)
  • Best Beach Resort in the World (#3) - Travel + Leisure (2015)
  • One of only Five Forbes 4-star/AAA 4-diamond steakhouse in the U.S. (Ocean Room) (2015)
  • No. 1 island in North America and No.2 island in the world - Conde Nast Traveler (2014)
  • No. 5 island in North America - Travel + Leisure (2014)
  • Top Family Hotel in the U.S. (#3) - Travel + Leisure Magazine (2014)
  • Top Spas in the U.S. (#18) - Conde Nast Traveler (2014)
  • Platinum Resort - Golf Magazine (2014)
  • Top U.S. Resort (#17) - Conde Nast Traveler (2014)

A Little Background

"So what?", you might be thinking. After all, resorts and hotels frequently trumpet their own horn with ratings and rankings.

Well, look closely and you'll see that aside from the awards consistently rating Kiawah among the nation's finest, they are also diverse.

It's no secret that most resorts specialize in one facet of business. And while Kiawah's full resort name indicates its forte is golf, recent awards show recognition for much, much more (i.e., accommodations, tennis, spa, family travel). There's also the intangible: by definition, most resorts are far removed from major vacation destinations. And while Kiawah is secluded (on a 10-mile-long barrier island), it is not excluded. Historic Charleston, perennially ranked as one of America's favorite places to visit, is only 30 minutes away.

When the Resort built The Sanctuary in 2004, it did so with the goal of creating a hotel that would help elevate a well-respected and naturally beautiful resort into the best in the country.

So, we ask you: does Kiawah possess America's finest resort? As a journalist, we're sure you'll have at least an inkling to find out for yourself. Maybe you've visited Kiawah before and need affirmation? After all, much has changed in the past two years, and the Resort will continue to evolve. Whether you're interested in visiting, including Kiawah in a round-up story or simply wish to gather more information, the media contact is below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Media Contact

Media visits are handled on an individual, case-by-case basis. Please contact Mike Vegis to discuss options and story ideas.

Press materials can be accessed at the Resort's media room or mailed to you.

For more information and/or to arrange a visit, please contact:

Mike Vegis, Public Relations Director
Phone: (843) 768-2749 

Our Sister Properties

Kiawah also has four sister hotels that rank amongst America's finest. To visit any of our sister properties online, click on the images below.


For additional information on these historic properties, please contact:

Mike Vegis, Public Relations Director

(843) 768-2749

Kiawah Island Real Estate

Kiawah Island Real Estate

Kiawah Island Real Estate is the island's premier residential real estate broker. Serving buyers and sellers of luxury properties, KIRE has completed over 15,000 Kiawah real estate transactions, which provides KIRE with unmatched expertise in the local market. Our Sales Executives, located in three on-island offices, offer the buyer the widest range of properties, and the seller the largest number of qualified prospects.

Since residential development began in the mid-1970s, preserving and protecting natural beauty has always been the driving philosophy behind land use and development. Today, Kiawah's development plan remains the model for conservation, enhancement of open space, and preservation of the Island's environmental integrity.

Kiawah Island Real Estate

The long-range vision of Kiawah's master plan was for Kiawah to be one of the first successful marriages of a resort and a residential community. This vision has come to fruition, resulting in a host of accolades for Kiawah Island, including the Urban Land Institute's Award for Excellence in community planning, the American Society of Landscape Architects' National Merit Award for ecological planning, Audubon Certified Cooperative Sanctuary (The River Course and The Ocean Course), and 2007 Pinnacle Award for Excellence in Homebuilding for Cassique Garden Cottages. Also in keeping with the original vision, Kiawah has a cap on the eventual total number of homes that will be built, underscoring the commitment to preserving natural habitats.

Kiawah Island Real Estate

For the property owner, access to Kiawah Island's uncommon natural beauty and pristine beaches is raised to a higher level. Owning property on Kiawah Island grants exclusive entrance to private island venues, select beach access points, and secluded community gatherings through amenities such as the Kiawah Island Club, The Sandcastle, the Kiawah Island Community Association, and the Governor's Club.

Contact Kiawah Island Real Estate to learn more about the benefits of ownership and the private side of Kiawah.

Kiawah Island Real Estate

(843) 768-3400
Toll free (866) 542-9246

Kiawah Island Real Estate Office Locations

Main Office
1 Kiawah Island Parkway
Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455
(843) 768-3438

Freshfields Village
390 Freshfields Drive
Johns Island, South Carolina 29455
(843) 768-5225

The Sanctuary
1 Sanctuary Beach Drive
Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455
(843) 768-3401