Recent Hilton Head Island reviews
"For starters, the Spa on Port Royal Sound is absolutely lovely and a wonderful place to have fun and relax. The indoor pool was perfect for days it was too cool to be outside. On warm days, the beach was very nice. I saw a couple of bald eagles on our beach 2 days in a row in addition to dozens of other wildlife! Having trees right up to the beach made for such a different beach experience for our entire family. This particular villa was a fantastic size for the 4 of us, with plenty of room for more. We had a great view of the center pond as well as the beach from our screened-in porch. Breakfast out on the porch was perfect-no bugs and there was a delightful sound from the water feature in the pond. Inside this villa, there are many amenities you do not normally see: linens were included, washer and dryer are included, beach towels are available in case yours aren't readily available. The place was spotless. Decor was relaxing and tasteful. Additionally, the information provided with this villa about things to do and places to eat was very helpful. We loved the Crazy Crab place for dinner. Also, the variety of shops and eating places in the Main Street plaza was good for us. What else can be said? This will be the first place I ask about whenever we go back on vacation! Thank you for being so thoughtful and organized in your preparation of this villa!"Guest: PaigeT Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: May 7, 2014View listing
"We stayed at this condo for a week, and it was a wonderful vacation. The condo was clean, nicely decorated and very comfortable-it had everything you need. It was close to Coligny Circle with all the shops and restaurants. Enjoyed looking at the ocean view every day. We hope to be back here one day. Thank you Jennifer."Guest: Laura & Rich Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 4, 2014View listing
"We stayed here the week of 5/31/14 through 6/7/14 and had the best time ever. My wife and I renewed our wedding vows on the beach in celebration of our 30 year anniversary. The place was perfect for all 6 of us. The walk to the beach was just minutes away and that was good since we spent much of our time at the pool, a very short walk from Abbington. We totally loved the deck in the back by the lagoon which was very quiet and peaceful since it was an end unit. Palmetto Dunes was a fantastic place for people like us with families. The bike trails were awesome. We will be making a visit back here real soon and will be sure to stay at Abbington Villas again. Thank you for allowing us to share your place, The Gannons"Guest: Debbie G. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: July 2, 2014View listing
"My family and I just returned a couple weeks ago from a fun and relaxing vacation on HHI!! This beautifully maintained condo was exactly what we were looking for, and more!! After an unfortunate experience four years ago staying at another condo which we had found on vrbo, we were hesitant to say the least about renting through vrbo again. However, after finding this beautiful listing and speaking with Rich, my worries were quickly diminished. This condo is fully equipped for all your needs for enjoying a week away. The kitchen is clean and fully stocked and we cooked several meals when we wanted to stay in for an evening. I can't say enough about the beautiful view of the lagoon from this unit!!! We enjoyed watching the alligators and various birds each day from the large windows and from our private deck. Lots of natural light in this unit!! We have a 1 year old and were concerned at first as to where we would have him sleep as my parents slept in the guest room. Rich had mentioned how very large the master bath is and that a pack-n-play could easily fit in the bathroom in front of the bathtub. It fit perfectly and still allowed us plenty of room! We rented bikes and enjoyed riding to the beach each day, as well as exploring all the bike paths in and out of Shipyard. We loved the close proximity the condo provided to the beach and Coligny Plaza. I could go on and on about this unit...everything was just perfect and we can't wait to return!!! Thanks so much Rich!"Guest: Krista K. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 17, 2014View listing
Hilton Head Island Travel Tips
Hilton Head Island is a popular vacation spot on South Carolina’s southern coast. Whether you’re traveling with kids or as a couple, there’s something for everyone here.
What to Do
There’s plenty to do in and around Hilton Head for travelers of all ages:
- Hit the links! Hilton Head is famous worldwide for its excellent golf courses. Two of the most popular are Harbour Town Golf Links at Sea Pines and Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes. Both are very busy, so reserve your tee time well in advance. If you want to walk in the legends’ footsteps, play at Harbour Town, which hosts the PGA RBC Heritage tournament each year and was ranked number two in the state by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel. Other notable courses are Long Cove Club and Haig Point Club on nearby Daufauskie Island.
- Relax at one of the island’s famous spas. One of the best is Ahh Green Spa near Coligny Circle, which uses only organic ingredients in facials, massages and body treatments. Another is The Art of Massage, directly across from The Village at Wexford shopping center. Come here for a relaxing massage to work out your knots from a day filled with tennis or kayaking.
- Take the kids somewhere fun! Some of the best activities for kids include taking a cruise from Pirates of Hilton Head, renting bikes or kayaks from Hilton Head Outfitters, visiting Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf and going horseback riding at Lawton Stables.
- Hit the beaches. Hilton Head offers 12 miles of perfect shoreline. Some of the best are Coligny Beach, which has excellent facilities, and Singleton Beach, where you’ll find sand dollars, few waves and plenty of peace and quiet.
What to See
Hilton Head Island also has some great nature preserves and museums that are perfect for families:
- Take a walk on elevated boardwalks in the swampy 400-acre Sea Pines Forest Preserve to see turtles, birds and other wildlife.
- Take a peaceful stroll through the 50-acre Audubon Newhall Preserve, which has many walking trails and a pretty pond.
- Visit the one-of-a-kind Coastal Discovery Museum, located off of Honey Horn Drive on the inner island, to see and learn about the Loggerhead Turtles, visit many sophisticated exhibits and check out the cute interactive Kidz’ Zone in Discovery House.
- Catch a show at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, which features various Broadway shows by an expert cast.
Hilton Head Island has an excellent variety of festivals and events for all visitors.
- The Hilton Head Island Art Festival is held during one weekend each May at Shelter Cove Harbour. Visit the booths in which more than 150 artists from across the country sell their original work, including paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry and more. There’s also live music to keep you entertained.
- Buy tickets in advance and head to the Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival, one of the most popular events in the South. Sip on local coastal wines at the public tasting, participate in a grape stomping competition a la “I Love Lucy,” which includes a Lucy look-alike contest, and enjoy Lowcountry foods at the Great Chefs of the South wine dinners. The festival is held in early March.
- If you want to see golf pros up close and personal, come to Hilton Head in mid-February for the annual RBC Heritage golf tournament, which has hosted big names like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Nick Price. Spectator tickets can be pricy, but golf lovers ages 15 and under can attend the event free of charge with an adult.
- If you’re a classic car fanatic, you won’t want to miss the Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance, which is held on one weekend in early November. The idyllic natural beauty of Hilton Head serves as a spectacular backdrop for the shiny Rolls-Royce Driving Tour. See everything from well-preserved early 20th century vehicles to modern English sports cars during a walk through the Port Royal Golf Club.
- If you are in Hilton Head at the end of February through the beginning of March the Hilton Head Island Gullah Celebration, a festival that celebrates and honors the area’s Gullah culture and history, is a must-do event. The Gullah are descendants of slaves along the southeastern coast who have preserved their heritage. Celebrate by dining with a traditional oyster roast and Lowcountry boil, viewing Gullah art at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and learning the process of indigo-dyeing.