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Romantic Retreat with Sweeping Ocean Views

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Oceanfront, Sweeping Oceanviews

1 Bedroom: 1 King Bed

1 Bathroom

1 Balcony

Accommodates up to 2 Adults (no children)

Sunday-through Sunday rentals during the summer

No Smoking, No Pets

The Vista at Shipwatch

A beachfront rental with a sweeping view of the Atlantic Ocean, this one-bedroom/one-bath villa is the perfect place to sneak away with your loved one for a romantic weekend or longer.

For Late Mornings and Fun-Filled Days

Drenched in rich colors and outfitted with sumptuous bedding, don’t be surprised if you have the urge to linger in the bedroom late into the morning. With an antique reproduction Tuscan bed, exquisite bedding and memory foam topper mattress, the room is both comfortable and beautiful.

Your private balcony opens from the bedroom, so feel free to step outside and watch the beach awake from its slumber with your first cup of coffee – or second or third cup – in hand.

The bathroom, appointed with a wide, 2-sink vanity topped with granite, awaits when you need to rinse sand from toes or prep for a night out on the town. No detail is left untouched with the Tuscan-tiled tub, original art and framed mirrors.

Make your way into the quaint kitchen to craft a meal you’ll both remember.

Whether you’re putting the finishing touches on a favorite seafood dish or trying your hand at a new, elaborate creation, the Vista’s kitchen lets you cook in style with granite countertops, Tuscan tile floors, a farm sink and an oversized bar facing the view.

Get cozy in the Vista’s living room, which is punctuated in high-tech details and designer décor such as a 50-inch Samsung television and fully stocked DVD and book library. Relax on the sofa for an evening in, and make sure to take advantage of the 2 swivel rockers, which are placed in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows.

An Elevator Ride from the Beach

When you’re ready to venture out and create memories from this special destination, simply ride the elevator right to the beach, where you can spend the day splashing in the waves or walk hand-in-hand as the setting sun paints the sky at dusk.

Beyond the beach, take your time over a long dinner at a nearby restaurant, pop in and out of the local shops, check out the Kiawah golf courses or take a day trip to historic downtown Charleston, located just 30 minutes away by car.

Of course, all getaways need to come to an end in time, but for a short while, The Vista at Shipwatch promises to be the ideal hidden retreat from the moment you check in to the last footprint you leave on the beach.

More Details

Shawn and Jeanette Lawson
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Shawn and Jeanette Lawson

About Property Managers, Shawn and Jeanette Lawson (Kiawah Island Getaways):

Shawn's family discovered Kiawah in 1978 and returned year after year for two-week vacations. In 1985 we drove our VW Bug convertible to Kiawah and Shawn introduced me to Kiawah. I remember stepping over the dune boardwalk out in front of the Kiawah Island Inn and seeing Kiawah's wide, sandy beach for the first time - it was so brilliant it practically danced before my eyes. It was during this vacation that the two of us decided to set our sights on moving to this beautiful and fascinating place permanently.

In 1988 our dreams came true and our U-Haul rattled across the Kiawah Island bridge (at that time it was nothing more than a wood-planked bridge). For the next four years we rented a 1-bedroom villa, 4251 Mariner's Watch. Shawn was so thrilled to be living on the island that he applied for the personalized South Carolina license plate 'KIAWAH' (which we still have today).

In 1992, we built our first home on the island at 134 Conifer Lane. During construction, I gave birth to our first son Benjamin - he arrived 2 months early in an ambulance outside of the Kiawah Island Fire Station.

In 2001, we purchased our first villa, a 1-bedroom, beachside Seascape and Kiawah Island Getaways was born. Once we got our feet wet with the villa rental business, it was a like a fever for us. We both really enjoyed furnishing, decorating and maintaining the villas - not to mention the new found fun of meeting and talking to all sorts of people about Kiawah. Because we really enjoy what we do, other Kiawah property owners noticed and we started managing their properties as well.

Our whole family loves Kiawah and running Kiawah Island Getaways is a true family-run business. We personally prepare each villa prior to your arrival - because we want your stay to be perfect. We want you to fall in love with Kiawah too...and we know you will.

Shawn and Jeanette Lawson purchased this villa in 2004

What makes this villa unique

With a chilled glass of chardonnay in hand, the gentle tumble of waves in the background and breathtaking ocean views from the deck of your Kiawah Island vacation, let a magical moment take over.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed in your Vista villa the week of July 5th-12th, and had a wonderful vacation. Kiawah is definitely somewhere we would return to, and your villa surpassed our expactions. My husband couldn't get over how well stocked the villa was, anything you need was right there. Your attention to detail is impressive. The supplies, the decor, the views, the location everything was top notch. Literally the only problem the entire week was the fire alarm for shipwatch going off for hours late into Friday night. Hopefully that was a glitch that they were able to fix.

Thanks for providing such a fabulous spot for vacation.
Jul 2008
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West Beach Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Room
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • 1 King
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
High-speed internet access, Cable TV (2), 2 TV/DVD/VCR's, Cooking Utensils provided, Washer & Dryer located within the villa (unique feature for a Shipwatch villa)


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Romantic Retreat with Sweeping Ocean Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 53 reviews

Our stay at this property was wonderful! perfect!!

  • 5 of 5

This condo was wonderful! Very well stocked, didn’t need anything that wasn’t there. Warm and hospitable, pretty decor and a fab view! Lovely flowers greeted us and the location was great. We’ll be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rental that felt like home!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved every moment in this Kiawah rental. Cozy, comfortable, convienent, chic... etc, etc. I’ve been going to Kiawah for years and this was by far the best rental. Beautiful sunrise views right from the comfort of the bed or the cozy accent chairs from huge living room windows. The condo is very clean and included everything we needed for the 3 days. We’ll definitely be staying in a Kiawah Island Getaways rental again!!

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Villa, and Breathaking Ocean View

  • 5 of 5

walking into the villa the night we arrived, seeing the oeanview from the entrance was awesome. the villa was staged perfectly, met every standard for cleanliness, appointments, location, romance, view and getaway that we had. we will return, hopefully sooner than later. villa hosts were exceptional at answering our questions and providing what was needed. Kiawah itself is a new found love and someplace we hope to become very familiar with. love this place!

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for leaving this review. Kiawah Island is a beautiful, relaxing island, and the Vista villa the perfect sanctuary. Both allow us to slip away from the busy lives we each live and relax in nature's glory. You were wonderful guests and we were fortunate to host your stay.
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property was exceptional. appointed very wel, clean, great location!

  • 5 of 5

We will recommend and we will return. Jeanette and Shawn are amazing hosts and provide all that is needed. They are responsive and prompt.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Same Time Next Year

  • 5 of 5

This is the best rental that we have ever stayed in! From the minute we walked in the door, I wanted to stay for a month not just four nights! The amazing views of the ocean, the balcony off the bedroom, the large glass wall in the living room. No matter where we were in the condo, we had beautiful views of the ocean! Even cooking in the kitchen, making our nightly cocktails, I could see the beautiful ocean! The furnishings, the art, the amazing library of books, the cookware and dishes, even the beautiful Waterford crystal wine glasses give this condo a five star rating! Lastly, the owners of Kiawah Island Getaways took care of all of our needs. Nothing was overlooked! We loved getting to know them and look forward to coming to this condo many times in the future months!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mount Pleasant, SC

Elizabeth D.

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully decorated, luxury linens and view of the ocean. Highly recommend staying in this condo!

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Charleston International Airport
Car: recommended

Kiawah Island has it all for a romantic escape, Beach, Swim in the calm waters of the Atlantic or simply stroll KiawahGÇÖs incredible 10-mile long unspoiled beach from one end to the other even at high tide, Watch the seagulls fly overhead and the pelican dive for their dinner while the dolphin play in the water and the shrimp boats troll in the distance, Hiking and Wildlife Viewing, Kiawah has over 30 miles of safe, paved paths which meander through woods and past lagoons, These are home to alligators, turtles, deer, egrets, herons, and a host of other shore birds, Kiawah is ranked among the top golf resort destinations, There are five world-class championship courses, Kiawah was rated America's #1 Tennis Resort by Tennis Magazine, Visit Bohicket Marina for boat rentals, deep sea fishing, Enjoy local canoeing, crabbing, shrimping, and fishing in the nearby tidals marshes and creeks




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