Kiawah Island: A Slice of “Low Country” Heaven

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Kiawah Island (an enclave for the elite, about 25 miles from Charleston) is the destination for families—an embodiment of the motto for South Carolina: “Dum Spiro Spero,” or “While I Breathe, I Hope.” To visit is to be, well, breathless and inspired:


Accommodations: The Sanctuary Hotel is an exercise in grandeur, boasting a multiple-story entrance with views of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. The property, which includes 255 rooms (including the 1,528-square-foot Governor’s Suite and the 3,000-square-foot Presidential Suite), is reminiscent of a coastal estate—the definition of luxe in Low Country. The Sanctuary Hotel is expansive, featuring a number of pools (one indoor and two outdoor) and a variety of restaurants, like the sophisticated The Ocean Room for steak.

Kiawah Island also caters to families by offering a collection of homes and a collection of villas.


Activities: Kiawah Island is a paradise for the athletic (and their nearest and dearest), centering around golf with an assortment of courses that includes: the Tom Watson–designed The Cassique Course (for members of the Kiawah Island Club) and the Pete Dye–designed The Ocean Course (which hosted the 2007 Senior PGA Championship and the 2012 PGA Championships). Also, there’s tennis in addition to sports like biking and boating (with the option to fish). Because when in Rome (read: on the coast of South Carolina)…


Relaxation: The perfect complement to a morning in the sun is an afternoon at the spa, and Kiawah Island offers a couple of choices: Sasanqua Spa (for members of the Kiawah Island Club) and The Spa at The Sanctuary Hotel. Sasanqua Spa—which was designed by architect Clodagh to integrate the environment into the space—is, especially, sure to rejuvenate with a menu of treatments that feature products by Éminence (a favorite at Quest). Can you say: Kiaw-ahhhhh?



Restaurants: Kiawah Island is brimming with options for dining, like The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary Hotel. There’s the elegant, exclusive Voysey’s at Cassique (with a menu by chef Tom Colicchio), and then there’s The Ryder Cup Bar at The Ocean Course (a casual, club-inspired eatery that is sensational at sunset). Plus, of course, there’s Charleston…

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The musts for indulging in Charleston? Halls Chophouse (a classic that draws the “who’s who” of Charleston) and The Ordinary (which boasts the best in oysters and more—as sourced from both sides of the Maxon–Dixon Line).

For more information about Kiawah Island, call 843.405.9834 or visit Images courtesy of the author as well as Kiawah Island Golf Resort and Kiawah Island Real Estate.