Kiawah Island Golf Resort – Kiawah Island, South Carolina
The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
The ocean has always occupied a special place in my heart. My childhood vacation memories are of going to Ocean City, New Jersey with my mother. When I was older, I spent time on the ocean fishing with my father. Growing up in Philadelphia, it was a short car ride to the beach and we did it often in the summer. I continued that tradition until age seventeen when I left for college.
Every time I return to the beach or some place near the water, I am exhilarated. I love the smell of salt water, sunsets over the beach and the waves crashing over my feet. To me, there is nothing that compares.
It had been almost ten years since we last visited Kiawah Island. Much of it is just as I had remembered with its natural beauty, glimmering white beaches and stunning views. On this trip, we traveled to Kiawah to work with Chef Robert Wysong and his culinary team, however there is so much more to share about this very special place.
The Kiawah Island Golf Resort is located on a barrier island of coastal South Carolina, just 21 miles south of Charleston. This resort boasts one of America’s Top Beaches with ten miles of pristine coastline situated on the Atlantic Ocean. With the property’s theme of “keep it natural”, the developers of Kiawah have worked hard to preserve nature’s beauty.
This 10,000-acre island is home to indigenous wildlife such as egrets, alligators and loggerhead turtles. Dolphins swim along the coastline and you may even catch a glimpse of them Strand Feeding. There is a real commitment to preserve the ecosystem and natural habitat for the original inhabitants of this island, the birds and animals.
This enchanting island lures you in and you never want to leave. Peaceful, tranquil and natural beauty; an awareness of your surroundings. So, when I say “magical” to describe this place, you might understand.
The one hotel property on the island, The Sanctuary, is a stunning Southern gem. The sweeping staircases, grand foyer and public rooms are reminiscent of a more elegant era. This luxury property is the recipient of the Forbes Five Star Award, it is the #1 U.S. Resort Hotel in Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report and is the #1 Family Resort in U.S. and Canada by Travel + Leisure Family.
What a spectacular place! The beach is calling my name, and that looks like the perfect place to spend a lovely holiday.
Kiawah is a perfect place to spend a vacation. It offers so many activities in addition to being able to just relax and enjoy the beach. If you decide to plan a visit, I would be happy to answer any questions you have about dining, etc.
Thought for sure there would be a photo of Mr. B with his driver, but love the photo of you and the chef strolling down the beach together. Pretty place!
There was no time for golf on this trip. Guess we will have to go back so Mr. B can play a round on the Ocean Course. 😉
Looks like a very beautiful place and love the photos.
Thank you and yes, Kiawah is a beautiful island.
I LOVE KIAWAH ISLAND! My family and I are visiting in late June and early July. It is one of the most beautiful vacation areas I have ever been to.
I agree. Kiawah is one our favorite places we have traveled to. Enjoy your vacation!
I’ve only been to Kiawah Island once but I’ll never forget it.
I grew up in Maine and have wanted to be near the water ever since. We live 5 minutes from the beach and I love it. Best decision we ever made.
You are fortunate to be able to live so close to the water. It is definitely something we hope to do some day. I am always reminded how much I miss being close to the ocean when we travel to places like Kiawah.
I went to college near Phillie at Lehigh University and spent many a weekend hanging out at the Jersey shore relaxing with friends. I grew up on the coast of Maine and spent my childhood summers on Cape Cod, so I know exactly what you mean about the ocean. It’s such a calming place for me and someplace I return to again and again.
I always thought it was interesting that everyone in Philly and New Jersey called the beach “the shore”. You can always tell where someone is from when they say that. 🙂
Parts of Cape Cod are very pretty, too. I lived in Boston for 5 1/2 years, so I enjoyed visiting Cape Cod, in particular, Provincetown, and the coastal area of Maine. Love those lobstas!
Kiawah Island. is GORGEOUS! What a beautiful resort too. It’s now on my bucket list. The photos are just breathtaking! Love the first photo, it’s like a magazine shot for a movie called ‘Reconnecting with The Chef – My First Love’ l)
LOL! That is a great title. You never know…
If you make it to Kiawah, I will meet you there!
Thanks for the pictures. I love Kiawah. It is TRULY a beautiful spot.