Getaway to Kiawah Island with Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Getaway to Kiawah Island with Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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Last Updated on January 22, 2024 by Allison Lancaster

Thank you to Kiawah Island Golf Resort for sponsoring this visit. All thoughts, words and opinions are my own.

Each year my mom and I try to sneak away for a girls getaway to the beach near the end of summer. This year, we chose Kiawah Island for our annual trip. It was amazing! This was our first time visiting Kiawah Island, but it certainly will not be our last visit! Kiawah Island is a short 30 minute drive from Charleston, SC and is one of the most beautiful beach destinations I have visited. 

The Location

Kiawah Island is the perfect beach location. We traveled from Charlotte, NC, and it was a short 3.5 hour drive. Kiawah Island is close enough to most major cities in the Southeast that you can make the drive for a weekend beach getaway. Upon arrival on the island, you feel like you are in your own paradise. Kiawah Island is one of America’s Top beaches and after visiting, I can see why! Not only does the island have breathtaking beaches, wildlife is also abundant on the island (we saw several deer during our stay). Kiawah Island is my idea of paradise.

Getaway to Kiawah Island with Kiawah Island Golf Resort

The Hotel

We stayed at The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star Hotel. Three words come to mind when I think about Kiawah Island Golf Resort: service, relaxation and perfection. I don’t use the word perfect lightly. When we travel, I can almost always find some small thing that could be improved upon at the hotel or resort where we stay. However, there is not a single thing that I would change about Kiawah Island Golf Resort. As soon as you arrive, you feel like you are the only guest at the resort. Each staff member treats you not only with respect, but also kindness. You feel like you are a part of their family. The staff greeted us by name, anticipated our needs and provided world-class service during our stay at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Check in was seamless, as was every other encounter that we had with the hotel staff. Getaway to Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers many amenities, including: 

Five championship golf courses

Over 20,000 sq. feet of meeting and conference facilities

Two world-class tennis clubs

Multiple restaurants


Family activities and nature programs

Recreation services

Getaway to Kiawah Island

Getaway to Kiawah Island

The Room

We stayed in an ocean view guest room at the hotel. As soon as you enter the room, you notice the luxurious linens, gorgeous fixtures and beautiful veranda with an ocean view. We spent a good amount of time on the veranda listening to the ocean waves. The bathroom in our guest room was just as luxurious as the rest of the hotel. Complete with a soaking tub and large marble walk in shower, it was the epitome of relaxation. Getaway to Kiawah Island

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Kiawah Island Golf Resort has so many activities that you could spend a year there and never be bored. Whether you golf, play tennis, want to explore, or just relax-you will be happy at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

This trip was all about relaxation, and that is just what we did. I visited the Forbes Five-Star spa for a signature sanctuary massage, and it was amazing. The spa is just as luxurious as the rest of the Sanctuary hotel.

Tip: If you visit the spa, plan to arrive early and stay late-you can enjoy the spa facilities the entire day before and after your treatment. 

We also spent an entire day on the beach. Our beach day experience is yet another example of how service oriented Kiawah Island Resort is. As soon as we walked onto the beach, we were greeted by another friendly staff member of the hotel. We were offered beach chairs, an umbrella, towels and bottled water. The staff even set up an additional beach chair and umbrella just for my little one! Throughout the day, the resort staff offered us bottled water, asked if we needed anything and even brought us lunch on the beach!


Tip: Take advantage of ordering lunch on the beach. I recommend the jerk chicken sandwich-delicious! 

Getaway to Kiawah Island

Getaway to Kiawah Island

To add to our amazing experience at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, we had amazing food. We ate… a lot…during our stay, and there was not a single dish that I did not like or would not try again. I cannot say enough good things about how delicious the food was during our stay! We ate at the Jasmine Porch and Tomasso. Again, the service -world class at both of these restaurants. And the food? To die for. The resort has a variety of restaurants to fit every taste and dietary need.

Tip: If you are eating at the Jasmine Porch, I highly recommend the filet mignon. 


I cannot say enough good things about Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Our experience was perfect. It was a weekend we will never forget and set the bar high for future travels. If you are looking for the perfect vacation destination, I highly recommend Kiawah Island Golf Resort


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Getaway to Kiawah Island with Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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  1. What a stunning view (both by day and by night!). The food looked relish! What a special end of summer tradition for you and your mom.

  2. The lucky Mom! says:

    All I can say is DITTO!! This place is amazing and will be difficult to match!! I think they should rename it……Paradise.

  3. That looks like an awesome resort! I would love to take a getaway there sometime!

  4. Terri Steffes says:

    I have always wanted to go here! I am in love with these outer islands. So beautiful and restful.

  5. Wow! The food looks amazing and a golf resort, my husband would be in heaven!

  6. The place is amazing and the food looks delicious. I would love to go one day.

  7. Megan mccoig says:

    Your room is so beautiful and so is the pool. What a lovely hotel. Glad you enjoyed your stay!

  8. I’ve heard that Kiowah is amazing! I love your review. I’ve never been, but I heard it’s fantastic. It’s within driving distance.

  9. What a gorgeous location. I hope it didn’t get too damaged in this weekend’s hurricane. I’ve been to Charleston and loved it. Next time I visit I will have to take a drive over to Kiawah Island.

  10. Oh we have been there before and we love it! I used to vacation on Seabrook, Island next door to Kiawah

  11. This looks like such a fun time and the view isn’t half bad either ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo, Jenny

  12. Dana Vento says:

    I’ve never been there. I’m glad you had fun and enjoyed the moment there.

  13. The room looks great and the view is just breathtaking. I love the beach and it’s really relaxing to go here especially if you’re taking the family with you. It’s the perfect place for some quiet time.

  14. Angela says:

    This would be a dream vacation for me! It all looks so beautiful…I hope to make it there some day soon!!

  15. What a DREAM of a vacation. I want to go on a vacate with my husband when we graduate college this december. I can’t wait for us to no longer be in school!!!

  16. How beautiful! I could use a vacation like this as well. The food looks pretty amazing, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. South Carolina has some of the best getaways spots in America. I loved this review and would love to visit Kiawah Island next year and relax!

  18. Wow! It looks like such a beautiful place! That view! I’d love to go there with my family! We’ve been looking for a vacation spot!

  19. What a stunning property! My hubs is an avid golfer so I know this is one our family would enjoy!

  20. What a great destination! Your photos make it look so comfortable and inviting as well as a true getaway. I could totally see myself there!

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