Beachin': Kiawah

Photo COURTESY KIAWAH ISLAND GOLF RESORT

Just south of Charleston, this secluded beachfront community features gorgeous rental homes, wooded streets, scenic marshes, wide beaches, five award-winning golf courses, and one of the South’s top resorts. And with more than thirty miles of bike trails winding across the island, it’s all easy to explore without ever getting in your car. Wildlife lovers can spot deer along the paths and graceful osprey dotting the marshes and ponds, while those in search of luxury can take advantage of a sophisticated spa and upscale beach accommodations. And while Charleston, with its world-class restaurants and shopping, is a tempting short drive away, Kiawah offers more than enough activities within its gates to keep you—and your family—entertained all week long. —S.C.

What’s New:
The Pete Dye-designed Ocean Course has been around since 1991 but will be getting lots of special attention in the coming months as it is the site of the 94th PGA Championship this August. On the eastern end of Kiawah, the course offers more oceanside holes—and accompanying gorgeous views—than any other in the Northern Hemisphere. 800-576-1570, kiawahresort.com/golf

Where to Drink:
Stop in for a post-round beer at the bar at the Ocean Course Clubhouse, where you can take in panoramic ocean views and order a Palmetto Pale Ale, brewed just up the road in Charleston.

Stay Here:
The Sanctuary looks more like an antebellum plantation home than a modern hotel with its 255-room structure, elegant interior, and plentitude of live oaks lining its entrance. Request a corner room to catch views of the expansive private beach and gorgeous sunsets. From $454 per night, 800-576-1570, kiawahresort.com

Or Here:
While Kiawah is undoubtedly upscale with its sprawling mansions, the island does offer condo rentals for those on a budget. A short walk to the beach, these often offer access to pools, ocean views, and amenities like full kitchens. From $299 per night, kiawahresort.com

For the Adults:
Kiawah is brimming with offerings for the adventurous including private surfing lessons ($57 for 90 minutes), paddleboard lessons ($50 for one hour), and even a fly-fishing clinic ($75 per person). kiawahresort.com

Aah, Spa:
Arrive early for your appointment at this bright and airy Sanctuary spa to relax among the tumbling waterfalls and garden atmosphere. Try the refreshing Mint Julep Hydrating Facial ($160), a stimulating treatment that includes a massage using peppermint and spearmint oils. 843-768-6340, kiawahresort.com

Where to Shop:
Serious shoppers can head into Charleston to indulge in King Street’s high fashions, but for those looking for simple gifts or souvenirs, The Sanctuary holds several stores including a large golf shop offering Ocean Course golf apparel and The Wells Gallery featuring art work from both local and international artists. kiawahresort.com

 

 

 

 

 

Bon Appetit, Y’all

Frequent visitors to Kiawah will point you in the direction of the Fat Hen (thefathen.com), a French-meets-Southern restaurant on Johns Island. Enjoy dishes featuring fresh seafood and locally sourced vegetables in a farmhouse that feels as if it were plucked from the French countryside. 843-559-9090

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

ICE’s Charlotte Clampdown

Federal immigration officials arrested two undocumented immigrants at the Mecklenburg County courthouse Wednesday, leading to outrage from Charlotte’s immigrant community.

An Excerpt from Tommy Tomlinson's THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

At almost 50 years old, he weighed 460 pounds. In his debut book, the local writer examines his enduring love affair with fast food and attempts to break his addiction

Charlotteans Recount 'The Miracle on the Hudson'

Our strongest connection with New York was once our shared pain from the banking collapse. But on a cold afternoon in January 2009, an airplane that took off from LaGuardia hit a flock of geese, and landed in the Hudson River

A Night Out in … Wesley Heights

We invite your responses and discussion. Please refrain from personal attacks, profanity, commercial promotion, or non sequiturs.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sign Up for our E-Newsletters

Stay in-the-know on restaurant openings, things to do, and all things Charlotte with our handy newsletters. SIGN UP HERE

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags