Whether you forgot your lucky socks or want to splurge on a new pair of shoes, you'll find several pro shops throughout Kiawah Island Golf Resort that can accommodate all of your golfing needs. In fact, each of the five courses has its own pro shop, and The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island — the Five-Star hotel on the island — also boasts its own store. Each of these shops hawks lines of golf clothing and equipment from Adidas, Bobby Jones, Greg Norman, Peter Millar and Polo. Watch out for merchandise from the 2012 PGA Championship, which will be held on Kiawah's own Ocean Course.
There are no fees that are tacked onto the room rate. The only additional charge is an optional $2-a-night donation to the Kiawah Conservancy, which helps to preserve and study Kiawah Island’s abundant wildlife and environment.
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island offers 24-hour room service so you don't have to worry about living off of mini-bar snacks if you get a hankering in the middle of the night. Whether you order breakfast, lunch, dinner or even late-night bites, you'll find a nice variety of options. Choose from a plethora of sandwiches, salads, soups and entrées to enjoy in your spacious room or on your beautiful balcony.
Many of the in-room dining options can be found on the menus of the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel's onsite restaurants, Jasmine Porch, Loggerhead Bar & Grill and The Ocean Room. The room service menu has a Southern slant that utilizes fresh and local produce as much as possible, with plenty of Southern staples like fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, she-crab soup and seafood selections. Premium ingredients elevate ordinary items like a turkey wrap with Muenster cheese, avocado and bacon.
You can also order boxed lunches with roasted turkey, BLT or crab salad sliders. For a special treat, try one of the luxury Kiawah Island hotel's thematic meals, which require 24-hour notice, such as the Family Package, which provides junk food for a movie night, the Romance Dinner or a Romantic Kiawah Picnic.
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island offers onsite babysitting services that can be coordinated through the concierge. In addition, you can send the kiddies to Kamp Kiawah, which offers both day and night sessions. The day sessions include lunch and lots of crafts, activities and games, while the night sessions include dinner and the same types of events. Children will be able to do everything from making sun catchers to playing rounds of laser tag. But it isn't all just fun and games; the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel's programs include classes that focus on the tropical surroundings and wildlife to entertain and educate the little ones simultaneously.
Families with kids will get all kinds of amenities at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island. Whether you've brought along your baby or your middle-schooler, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel can easily accommodate you. Ask for cribs, childproofing items, and toys or games, and they will be delivered expediently to your room. Request them prior to your arrival, and they will be waiting in your guestroom when you check in.
At the pool or beach, children can borrow boogie boards and floats to make their time in the water more fun. In addition, the luxury Kiawah Island hotel offers a full program of activities for kids. Kamp Kiawah sessions allow kiddies to enjoy their day or night with their peers over lunch or dinner, crafts, physical activities, games and movies. Nearby tennis courts and golf courses offer youth training sessions, and 32 bike and jogging trails with various observation decks are a fun way to explore the island.
The five best amenities for children at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island are:
1. Kamp Kiawah for kids ages three to 11
2. Turtles’ Nest Art Studio
3. Family crafts, including suncatchers, tie-dye and stepping stones
4. A wide variety of youth and teen activities, like pick-up basketball volleyball and soccer games, laser tag, etc.
5. Family kayaking and nature tours
Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s five gorgeous golf courses make it a duffer’s dream. The most difficult and renowned of the bunch is the Ocean Course, home to the 2012 PGA Championships and created by premier course designer Pete Dye. Turtle Point, designed by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus, offers three holes overlooking the ocean. Osprey Point by Tom Fazio has four large natural lakes and gorgeous woods. Or try Cougar Point, designed by Gary Player and praised for its views of the Kiawah River. Holes at Oak Point by Clyde Johnson wind between historic Haulover Creek and the Kiawah River. Each course takes advantage of the beautiful Low Country vistas; the marshland, oceanfront, moss-draped oak trees, palm trees and meticulously kept fairways are guaranteed to create a memorable round on the green.
The best time of year to visit The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island is also the most popular time for tourists, the high summer season. It makes sense, given the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel sits on a beach. The weather on this barrier island is warm and sunny, with ocean breezes sweeping off the Atlantic to make everything enjoyable and comfortable.
Summertime is the best time to take a dip in the luxury Kiawah Island hotel's three outdoor pools. A kiddie pool, a large all-ages pool with tall central fountain and a separate adults-only infinity pool let you cool off when the hot South Carolina sun is beating down. Miles of bike trails, five golf courses and the tropical surroundings give you plenty of fun outdoorsy activities during this time of year.
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort hosts an array of kids' activities to keep the little ones busy during their vacation. Kids can get creative with classic crafts, such as making tie-dyed T-shirts, fashioning sun catchers and painting pottery. Active children can enter organized basketball tournaments, play laser tag and join in movie nights. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel also offers Kamp Kiawah, which must be reserved by 9 p.m. the previous day. At Kamp Kiawah, your children can join full-day sessions or one-off Kids' Night Out events. These include lunch or dinner, arts and crafts time, swimming and other sports, and lots of interactive, educational activities that will help children learn more about the coastal surroundings and wildlife.
There is a retail wing of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island offering four shops as well as Sanctuary Home and the Golf Shop. Plus, just a mile outside the Kiawah Island gate is Freshfield Village, a shopping area with numerous boutiques, restaurants and a grocery store. In addition, just 21 miles from Kiawah Island is beautiful and historic Charleston, S.C., with outstanding antique stores and boutiques.