Getaway to Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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With luxury resort spas, world-class golf courses and miles of beautiful beaches, Kiawah Island is the dream getaway.

You don’t have to book a thousand-dollar-plus inclusive vacay to some tropical paradise to find untouched beaches, abundant wildlife, world-class golf courses, luxury spas and sparkling pools. In fact, you can find all that just a short four-and-a-half-hours southeast—on Kiawah Island.

Right off the coast of South Carolina, Kiawah Island is well-known for its award-winning golf resort, peaceful natural environment, family-friendly restaurants and, of course, its 10 miles of breathtaking beaches.

Explore local wildlife while kayaking or biking beautiful nature trails by day—or choose to take it easy and relax and unwind at a soothing spa. By night, sip cocktails by a saltwater pool or out on a restaurant’s patio overlooking the ocean. No matter which adventure you choose, Kiawah guarantees a refreshing vacation that’ll leave you coming back for more.


The Ocean Course

The Ocean Course
Kiawah is known for its golf courses, natch, but The Ocean Course is the most famous—and for good reason. We’re talking one of the best courses in the world, spanning nearly 3 miles of coast, and specifically designed so you can enjoy the views at every hole. But bring your A game—The
Ocean Course requires great skill due to the Atlantic Ocean’s unpredictable breezes.

The Medical Spa at Kiawah
Soothing oasis found. A vacation unto itself, the spa welcomes you to “max your relax” with a massage (or a couple’s massage if you’re feeling romantic), customized facial, LED light therapy and more.

Biking Nature Trails
Explore the island and its lush maritime forests and sprawling beaches with over 30 miles of biking trails. And, along the way, don’t be surprised to find deer, bobcats, river otters, sea turtles and the like. Don’t have a bike? Rent one from Kiawah Island Golf Resort or SeaCoast Sports in Freshfields Village.


Jasmine Porch

Jasmine Porch
Elevated low-country faves with the perfect ocean view satisfy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t miss the bangin’ shrimp and grits—and
clear your schedule for a Sunday brunch featuring delectable caramel apple French toast, pancakes, eggs Benedict and more. The Sanctuary hotel,

La Tela Pizzeria
Family-owned and -operated, this
pizzeria serves up wood-fired
Neapolitan-style pizzas and housemade pasta—all made using the best local and imported ingredients—to enjoy in its lively, rustic indoor setting or alfresco on the patio against the balmy ocean breeze.

The Players’ Pub
Sate your midday cravings after a successful round of golf or unwind after a fun day in the sun with some classic American cuisine. Think wings, burgers, beers, seafood—you name it, they’ve got it!


48 Wine Bar

48 Wine Bar
Pinkies up! With 48 featured vinos on offer daily, this wine bar is a must-stop. Via interactive wine stations, you can get a taste, a half glass or a full glass with your own WineStation SmartCard.

The Ryder Cup Bar
Some golf bars get written off as overpriced or overhyped—but not The Ryder Cup Bar. It’s worth the hype for its spectacular views alone, overlooking The Ocean Course and miles of beach. Request a seat on the veranda—the seascape will take your breath away.

Java Java
Start your day off right at this delightful independently owned coffee shop in Freshfields Village, serving up coffee (made with locally roasted beans in Charleston), lattes, pastries, smoothies, and breakfast and lunch sandwiches.


Andell Inn

Andell Inn
Located on Andell Lake, this inn offers prime access to the island’s best shopping center, biking and kayaking rentals, and daily shuttles to Beachwalker Park. Enjoy gorgeous modern suites and amenities, including a saltwater resort pool and a stunning wraparound porch and bar.

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Step back in time to an oceanside mansion that lives up to its name. This hotel, spa and salon boasts dozens of fine eateries, upscale shops and boutiques, luxury pools, and a fitness center—complete with the picture-perfect backdrop of Kiawah’s shores.

Pam Harrington Exclusive Rentals
These primo private home, villa and cottage rental offerings dot Kiawah’s beautiful shoreline. Take your pick, from luxe amenities to private beaches to unbelievable views—making it easy to find and book the best spot for your ideal getaway.

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