The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

A South Carolina golf haven
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, a Five-Star resort, resembles a grand seaside mansion. Set in the heart of a 10,000-acre barrier island within a private community, The Sanctuary provides a spectacular beachfront setting, distinctive dining and a Five-Star spa.

The gorgeous lobby with gleaming walnut floors and handcrafted rugs is reminiscent of an elegant yet relaxed living room, with intimate seating areas arranged around two massive limestone fireplaces. A bank of oversized windows looks out to the perfectly manicured Grand Lawn and the beach just beyond. Two large staircases feature original hand-painted murals depicting the island's wildlife.

The spacious guest rooms (most of which provide ocean views) and suites have a breezy yet traditional feel with coastal colonial-inspired furnishings and art, large soaking tubs and balconies. The airy Lobby Bar, decorated in a refined nautical style, is the perfect gathering place for a cocktail after a day on one of the resort's five championship golf courses or partaking in the island's outdoor, nature or wellness activities. Once you experience all of this plus The Sanctuary's genuine Lowcountry hospitality, you won't want to leave.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • 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.
  • Every guest room has a balcony or terrace where you can enjoy the view and breeze off of the water. The balcony is the perfect place to enjoy your morning cup of Joe or just listen to the peaceful music of the slamming waves.
  • Don't worry about your shoes getting scuffed on the golf course or your loafers looking worn for your meeting; the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island gives out complimentary shoe shines to all guests.
  • The luxury hotel has a separate adults-only pool where you can have a quiet, relaxing tanning session or swim. Meanwhile, rowdy children can frolic in the family pool and play around with the hotel's water toys.
  • When you arrive at the luxury South Carolina hotel, you'll find notecards containing artwork by local artists as a special memento to take home.
Things to Know
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Your destination wedding is about to get even dreamier with the addition of The Sanctuary Chapel. Debuting in summer 2019, the stately new space will offer seating for up to 150 guests and will be connected by a courtyard garden to the hotel's elegant 6,000-square-foot Grand Oaks Ballroom.
The Rooms
  • The guest rooms at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island are stunning. When you enter, you’ll notice a foyer with tiled floors that feel as if you’re walking into your own private, luxury apartment.
  • Dark wood furnishings and a soft color palette create a calming sanctuary that reflects the hotel’s name and mission.
  • Every room at the Five-Star hotel has its own balcony with either a garden, ocean or premium ocean view.
  • The spacious bathrooms have a stand-alone shower with a rain shower head and a large soaking tub.
The Restaurants
  • The Four-Star Ocean Room serves dinner Tuesday through Saturday nights in a romantic, formal dining room. The restaurant is known for its steaks, with the adjacent bar known for its sushi.
  • Jasmine Porch is a popular place for breakfast in a gorgeous, dramatic room with large curtains and an extensive menu. The restaurant also offers lunch and dinner with a heavy Southern influence on its menu offerings.
  • Loggerhead Bar & Grill is a poolside bar and grill that offers poolside and beachside food and drink service directly to your lounge chairs. Easy bar food like sandwiches and wraps make up most of the menu.
  • Beaches and Cream is a cute, small grab-and-go coffee, baked goods and sandwich shop that offers a quick bite and sweets most of the day, with a few scattered bistro tables to sit at.
24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Getting There
1 Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455
CHS (50 min)  
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