What are five things to know about The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort?

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The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island is a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel that you can only know if you've experienced it for yourself — it really is that wonderful. But, the five things you should know before planning your stay at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island are:

1. The hotel emits a romantic vibe and is a perfect retreat for couples. You'll feel spoiled by the luxury accommodations and romantic views.

2. Year-round, especially during the summer months, the hotel and all its restaurants are kid-friendly, so you shouldn't hesitate to bring the family for a vacation. However, keep in mind that this is an upscale establishment.

3. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island offers an adults-only pool, a kiddie pool and an all-ages pool, giving you a Goldilocks-like number of choices to find the pool that's just right.

4. Depending on room availability, the luxury Kiawah Island hotel will upgrade you to higher-class rooms. Make sure to ask upon check-in about a possible complimentary upgrade; it never hurts to try.

5. You'll be assisted by various staff members throughout your stay, so keep dollar bills with you to tip accordingly. They'll appreciate that you appreciate their service.

Five things to know about The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island are:

1. To provide a view of the tide breaking at mid-tide, more than 500,000 tons of dirt were trucked onto the island on which the hotel was built to raise the entire first floor from six feet above sea level to 21 feet.

2. Before the dirt was brought onsite, the resort removed all of the current oak and palmetto trees. After the hotel was finished, the resort transplanted over 160 live oak trees to create an entrance that appears to have been in place for centuries.

3. Raising the level of the hotel allows it to have a tunnel system so guests will not see carts (other than luggage carts) and maintenance equipment moving through it.

4. The hotel was designed to look like the grand beach house of a rich Charleston landowner.

5. The structure uses traditional Charleston building materials in its construction, like slate roof tiles, oversized “Charleston” brick and wrought-iron-looking balcony railings (iron would rust in a seaside environment so aluminum was used).

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