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The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island differs from other Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotels in that it doesn’t feel like a hotel at all. Instead, the décor, staff and overall design make you feel like you’re being welcomed into someone’s personal Southern mansion, complete with touches of a grand English home. Each area of the hotel is made to feel inviting, from the sitting rooms that greets you upon entering The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island to the comfortable, intimate tables and chairs placed throughout the hotel in cubbyholes, hallways and other nooks and crannies.
The lobby bar at this luxury Kiawah Island hotel is designed like a masculine hunting lodge, where you may be compelled to order a scotch on the rocks, even if you it’s not normally your drink; while across the way a feminine sitting room with tea service invites you to lounge with a book and read the afternoon away. Two large staircases flank either side of the lobby area, leading to the Five-Star hotel’s guestrooms, spa and dining area. The entire atmosphere is elegant and stunning, yet the staff and small details make you feel comfortable enough to kick up your feet or doze in the lobby’s living room setting.
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island is the entire package. In addition to the hotel itself, the Sanctuary Spa earned a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award and its main restaurant, The Ocean Room, earned a Four-Star award. It sits on one of the top 10 beaches in the U.S., according to Dr. Stephen Leatherman (a.k.a. Dr. Beach). The resort is rated as the No. 1 tennis resort in the world by Tennis Resorts Online and the No. 3 tennis resort by Tennis. All this just 21 miles from one of America’s great tourist destinations, Charleston, S.C.