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Recent Kiawah Island reviews
"We have rented this condo several times as we love Kiawah and feel this is a great value. This time we rented it for our son and his family and my husband and I stayed in a condo in the same building that the owner had recommended. The condo was perfect for my son, his wife and two small children. They really enjoyed the screened patio in the evening and the close proximity to the beach. We rented bikes with a child carrier on the back and enjoyed exploring the island seeing many deer and alligators. We had a great time at the Night Herron pool and water park! The grand kids just loved it. We hope to bring our family back again next year and my husband is already talking about when he wants to come back next winter and rent this condo to escape the Ohio snow. Thanks for a wonderful stay from my son and his family!"Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 18, 2014View listing
"This villa is a great getaway...very enjoyable for our family of four. It was tastefully decorated with attractive furnishings...the master bedroom was serene and had a bed that was extra comfortable. The newly remodeled master bath was an added bonus, it exceeded our expectations. It truly is a five minute walk from the beach...very convenient. The owners made themselves available before, during and even after our stay when I lost my keys. Because they personally use the villa, it was clean and well kept...everything you need! We would definitely stay here again and recommend it to our friends. The tree canopy over the bike trails provides shade that makes riding pleasant all day...our favorite past time! We were very happy to discover that Harris Teeter had taken over the previous market, there is no need to buy groceries elsewhere, the prices were quite reasonable. Nice wine selection as well. Kiawah is one of our favorite vacations!"Guest: Paula Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 18, 2014View listing
"This was our first visit to Kiawah. I sure hope that it will not be our last. We loved the cottage. Everything was exactly as advertised. We loved the location also,we were just a few steps to the pool, and the dock. The Cottage was very clean and well stocked. The owners were very nice and helpful. Looking forward to another stay in the future."Guest: Tammy Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 12, 2014View listing
"While the pictures are great, they do not do justice to the spaciousness of this wonderful home. Our family of 10 - 2 daughters, their husbands, and their daughters, ages 8 & 11 and 9 & 12 - had lots of room to spread out and share conversation and fun. The kitchen was perfect for multiple cooks; the living room was great for our crowd enjoying the World Cup and all the windows provided great opportunities to enjoy the beautiful landscaping, the 12th hole of Cougar Point and our "neighbor", the alligator(s). The owner was great about answering questions before our arrival and responding to a call while we were at his home. The location was excellent - close to the beach and close to shopping at Fresh Fields. We rented bikes from Alligator Bikes and found the bikes (and adult trike) delivered to our doorstep when we arrived. None of our 4 granddaughters wanted to leave on Saturday. The 12-year-old said she loved "all the activities". They had fished with their dads, kayaked with their moms, played in the surf, ridden their bikes along the trails, flown kites on the beach, enjoyed the Thursday night "dive-in" at The Sanctuary, devoured meals at Chez Fish, the Oceans Clubhouse, and the Loggerhead Grille. The quiet cul-de-sac where the house is located provided a great spot for the girls to ride their bikes while they waited for the next activity. My only reservation about the home had been its lack of a screened porch. I need not have worried. The deck was a great spot for relaxing with a drink before dinner - it was mosquito free - and had beautiful views of the natural setting, with blue heron, egrets and alligators to entertain (as well as a possible bobcat sighting). I would definitely recommend this property."Guest: Dianne S. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 22, 2014View listing
Kiawah Island Travel Tips
About 21 miles from exciting Charleston is the lovely oasis of Kiawah Island, known for its natural beauty and welcoming hospitality. It's a wonderful spot for a romantic getaway for two or a fun-filled adventure for the whole family.
Golf lovers will find five championship courses on the island, so there's plenty of opportunities to practice your swing and challenge others to a friendly game.
Kiawah Island is also known for its pristine 10 miles of beaches that will make you want to spend as much time as possible soaking up the sun and relaxing in the surf. Whether you're ready for some high-energy fun while frolicking in the waves or looking for some peace and quiet as you catch up on your reading, there's plenty of beach for everyone to enjoy. The Travel Channel has honored the island as one of the "Top 10 Beaches for Families," while national Geographic Traveler called the island the "Second Most Romantic Beach in America." The rest of the natural scenery is a treat as well, including the maritime forests and marshes where you might catch a glimpse of a turtle, seabird or whitetail deer.
There's also plenty to experience indoors with a variety of dining options to suit all tastes and lovely shops lining the streets where you can enjoy some retail therapy picking out the perfect souvenirs.
Things to Do
- Heron Park Nature Center: Nature is abundant on Kiawah Island and a great place to experience it is at the Heron Park Nature Center. Take yourself on a tour down the miles of trails or set out on a kayak journey through the waters. You're bound to see not only lovely foliage but many animals that call this place home. You can also make reservations for a guided tour like a bird walk, an alligator walk, a butterfly walk and more. Unplug and leave the phone and computers for while to reconnect with nature!
- The Sanctuary Spa: A vacation is the ideal time to really let yourself relax and unwind. What better place to do so than a spa? Give yourself to the ultimate treat to rejuvenate your body and mind. Ease tired, aching muscles with a hot stone, classic or deep tissue massage, or pamper your skin with a facial or body treatment. You can even make an afternoon or day of it with spa medleys that include various different treatments to calm you from head to toe.
- Kiawah Beachwalker Park: The beaches are a must-see on Kiawah Island and Kiawah Beachwalker Park is a great option. You'll find it on the west end of the island, giving you with amazing ocean fronts as well as river views. The park is open year-round and provides picnic areas with grills where you can cook up a delicious meal, and depending on the season, the beach features lifeguards for your safety as well as a snack bar and outdoor showers so you don't have to wander around town full of sand. When the weather is warm, take advantage and jump into the water for a refreshing swim,enjoy a game of frisbee or get creative and building the most interesting sandcastle you can think of.
- Kiawah Island Ocean Course: Ranked the No. 4 public golf course in the U.S. and 25th of the 100 greatest U.S. golf courses by Golf Digest, Kiawah Island Ocean Golf Course is perfect for any golf enthusiast. The course hosted the 2012 PGA Championship, was designed by Pete Dye and spans 2.5 miles of ocean front. The Ocean Course is located in the eastern-most end of the island and all 18 holes offer panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. It's easy to enjoy the beautiful sights as you play.
Dining on Kiawah Island
- Southern Kitchen: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and you'll find a delicious and hearty one at Southern Kitchen. This eatery serves up classic country dishes like biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles, omelets and a variety of pancakes. There are also lighter options like steel cut oatmeal and smoothies. Top it off with bottomless mimosas or bloody marys to really start the day off right.
- Jasmine Porch Restaurant: This dining establishment was named best down home cookery by Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, and it's outfitted with Charleston brick and oak-plank floors. Seafood is a highlight here as well as the organic local produce, all of which can be enjoyed under the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. Chef Ryley McGillis works with local farmers to specially tailor the menus according to the seasons. Try the excellent shrimp and grits or crab bisque. Jasmine Porch also offers a signature brunch that can be enjoyed with mimosas.