Every morning our day began with a bike ride to the beach and then a long walk in the sand. Every sunset would end the same way. Our morning and evening discoveries would also reveal welk shells, sand dollars, shark eye shells, and sea foam bubbling along the shore. The kaleidoscope of colors that sunrise and sunset would cascade across the sky were reason alone to fall in love with Kiawah Island.
Here, the air is a little thicker, you can smell the salt water in the breeze, and the topography sinks beneath sea level – this is South Carolina low country. Of all the culture, beauty, and tradition that the area offers, there is one place in low country that has made it a priority to cater to families while preserving the natural beauty of the land. That place is Kiawah Island Golf Resort.
A 45 minute drive from bustling Charleston, Kiawah Island is a world all in its own, offering a variety of accommodations from the 5 star Sanctuary Hotel, resort villas, or premier homes. So whether you are looking for a romantic weekend, a trip with the kiddos, or a trip the whole family including grandparents can enjoy- Kiawah Resort is ideal.
Known for its world renowned Ocean Course, Kiawah Resort is a golfer’s heaven. The immaculately groomed course that sits right on the ocean as the waves crash against the shore is a sight to behold. But The Ocean Course isn’t the only course to enjoy – Kiawah is home to 5 golf courses also including Turtle Point, Cougar Point, The Osprey, and Oak Point.
As unforgettable as the golf may be, the activities for children are equally unforgettable. Kiawah Resort offers Kamp Kiawah every season; classes for youth in surfing, kayaking, archery; art classes; poolside crafts; magic shows; scavenger hunts; walking, paddle boarding, and kayak tours; bicycle rentals; movie nights; and a Junior Naturalist Program for those children wanting to learn more about nature and wildlife.
Even a day at the pool is an adventure with the Night Heron Children’s Pool having beach entry, 2 flume slides, and an array of other water features. The Night Heron Family Pool is a Jr. Olympic size pool with large sundeck. Kiawah guests also enjoy poolside service for beverages and meals.
No matter your mood there is no shortage for dining. The Atlantic Room offers gorgeous sunset views of The Ocean Course as well as incredible seafood by Chef Jonathon Banta. On Thursdays enjoy their raw bar offering selections of oysters, crab, shrimp, and lobster.
The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary specializes in steak and sushi while Jasmine Porch offers creative American cuisine in a more casual atmosphere. If you are looking for very casual there are plenty of options like Loggerhead Grill, Night Heron Grill, Cherrywood BBQ, Southern Kitchen, and West Beach Cantina. Grab and go at Beaches N’ Cream at The Sanctuary or The Market at Town Center.
Perhaps the one dining experience that will forever be embedded in my memory is the Mingo Point Oyster Roast – a low country tradition for almost 40 years. A lively gathering with music, fresh oysters, a spread of delicious food, and even naturalist shows and crafts for the children, the Mingo Point Oyster Roast is held once a month and worth planning your trip around. Shuck oysters and enjoy your time with family and friends all while watching the sunset over the beautiful estuaries of the low country.
When it comes to beach travel, so often we think of sitting on the beach, but the beauty of Kiawah Island is that it is truly an experience beyond sunbathing. Kiawah offers something for everyone to enjoy. It is a destination where you can build memories that will last a lifetime.