The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

A grand seaside sanctum
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort's The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island resembles a grand Southern seaside mansion with its bright and airy atmosphere. Inside, the hospitable staff greets you with herbal tea and fresh fruit before leading the way to one of 12 rooms for nature-based treatments, which feature botanical extracts, natural enzymes and a signature Southern touch.

If exercise is on your mind, head downstairs to the fitness center, which features latest cardiovascular and resistance equipment, a 65-foot-long indoor pool and Pilates and yoga studios.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The philosophy of this luxury spa centers on health and wellness by providing services that help to actually heal, rejuvenate and restore your body, using extra-luxe products from renowned brands like Natura Bissé.
  • Specialized services for injuries and health issues keep the spa's goal in mind and get you back to your balanced, healthy state.
  • The spa is known for its Southern-inspired treatments and palatial facilities. Allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy all of it.
  • A wide range of the spa’s services can come to your hotel room, with the exception of treatments that require special equipment. For in-room services, the staff at the spa will work with you to customize treatments to fit your needs and expectations.
  • Satisfying treats like citrus-infused water, hot herbal teas, homemade granola bars, nuts and dried and fresh fruit can be enjoyed in the relaxation lounges.
Things to Know
  • This is a popular spa, so the earlier you book your appointments, the better, especially if you want to enjoy some weekend pampering. 
  • In-room treatments are an alternative for children under 18, as they’re otherwise not allowed in the spa facility.
  • If you’re looking to swim a few laps, you’ll have to be a guest at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star resort to enjoy the nearby fitness center’s indoor lap pool or one of the two outdoor pools.
  • Don't worry about tipping; a 20 percent service charge is automatically added to your bill.
The Treatments
  • The avocado coconut wrap aims to give you total body hydration to make your skin silky, soft and beautiful. While in the wrap, you’ll also receive a mini facial and scalp massage to further relax and rejuvenate you.
  • Another treat that should not be missed is the mint julep hydrating facial. This Southern-inspired facial uses plant-based products to help restore your skin to its best state by detoxifying and soothing.
  • Add a little extra to your typical facial experience with the Southern hospitality facial. Brief face, scalp and foot massages add to the classic facial treatment to give you a total body experience and soft, dewy skin.
  • CranioSacral therapy is a unique offering that is highly recommended if you experience migraines, chronic fatigue or stress-induced tension. The goal is to restore your body to a state of balance and optimal performance.
  • Signature massages employ traditional Swedish massage techniques, but also use heated grain-and-herb-filled wraps by DreamTime on areas of your body that are not being massaged at the moment, allowing every area of your body to experience attention, even while your therapists’ hands aren’t directly working on them.
The Facilities
  • The tropical spa actually has two waiting areas; one is a standard sitting area with a few chairs, cucumber water and coffee tables with newspapers and magazines, while the other is a more relaxing and inviting space called the solarium.
  • Designed to evoke a Southern mansion’s back porch (think heavy greenery and chaise lounges), the treatment rooms feature soothing colors, hardwood floors and quaint ivory-shuttered windows.
  • Housed in one large room known as the “aqua retreat,” the sauna, steam room and whirlpool with waterfall area sit under a cove ceiling that looks as if rulers of the Roman Empire could have designed and enjoyed back in ancient times.
  • The locker rooms are intimate but more than adequate for storing belongings. Stone-tiled floors, two private changing rooms and a palette of soft, earthy tones give the space a calming ambience.
  • The shower and bathroom areas provide everything you would need to pamper and primp after your services. From shampoo, conditioner and body wash to shaving gel, hair products and deodorant, you’re guaranteed to feel fresh before you leave.
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Getting There
1 Sanctuary Beach Drive, Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455
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