A Sure Bet For Your Family’s Summer Vacation

School’s out and long, hot days are lazily unfolding before you. It’s the perfect time to pack up your family and enjoy the leisurely pace of a summer vacation. According to the South Carolina Office of Tourism, approximately 29.5 million travelers choose the Palmetto State as their destination. One of the biggest draws to South Carolina is its coveted coastline, punctuated with bustling beaches and stunning barrier islands—like perennial family favorite, Kiawah Island.

The key to planning a family vacation everyone will love is finding a destination that delivers the right accommodations, an escape from the everyday and plenty of relaxation for the adults, PLUS a variety of recreation to keep the kids entertained. (After all, no parent wants to hear a whiny “I’m bored!” while on vacation.)

sanctuary-guestroomThe Right Accommodations | To determine the right accommodations for your family, you have to define your vacation style. Do you settle for nothing less than 5-Star oceanfront hotel rooms with endless views or do you prefer the privacy and convenience of a resort villa with a fully equipped kitchen? If your family is large—or you’re traveling with another family—your best bet may be a vacation-home rental that offers all the luxuries and comforts of your own home.

Escape From Everyday| “Less screen time” is a universal battle cry amongst parents, especially during summer break. So choose a destination that encourages your kids to get some fresh air and reconnect with nature (as well as pull them away from TV, apps, social media and texting). South Carolina’s Lowcountry boasts several bodies of water for thrilling adventures the entire family will enjoy. Want to go wild? Kiawah Island’s unspoiled surroundings are a haven for dolphins, Loggerhead turtles, alligators, bobcats, otters and more exotic creatures. You and your family can interact with some of the native species by visiting the island’s comprehensive Nature Center. But you’re also likely to witness them in their natural habitat while biking the beach, hiking the trails, kayaking the marshes or wandering the maritime forests.

Adult Relaxation + Kid Recreation | After spending together time exploring nature, tackling new adventures, biking on the beach (a “must-do” on Kiawah Island!) or simply splashing around the pool, it’s nice for everyone to indulge in a little “me” time. Family-friendly destinations like Kiawah Island Golf Resort offer fun activities custom-designed for young children, tweens and (those hard-to-please!) teenagers. While the kids are having a blast in these structured programs and making new friends, mom and dad can hit the resort’s highly acclaimed golf courses and tennis courts, unwind with pampering treatments in the 5-Star spa, share an intimate meal in one of the dazzling restaurants or dive into a great beach read — either stretched out on the sand or lounging by the pool.

sanctuary-aerial-horBonus! An Award-Winning Destination | Once you’ve checked all of the above boxes, industry accolades are the icing on the cake. In 2014, the readers of Conde Nast Traveler named Kiawah the #1 Island in North America. They also ranked Kiawah Island Golf Resort among the top resorts in the nation with its array of family-friendly accommodations including resort villas and private vacation homes, in addition to its luxurious 5-Star oceanfront hotel, The Sanctuary.

To discover more about this beloved beach and explore all there is for your family to do at this coastal South Carolina destination, visit KiawahResort.com. You can even win the trip of a lifetime when you join the resort’s e-Club.