Summer Vacation at Kiawah Island

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Garden ViewA Family That Plays Together…

Summer vacations made simple at South Carolina’s Kiawah Island Golf Resort by Colleen Troy.

There are certain vacations that just cry out for five-star hotels, room service and dive-quality details. Then, there are those that beg for all the comforts of home — turned up a notch.

Whatever you desire, idyllic Kiawah Island is your destination. The Sanctuary is a five-star oceanfront retreat with stunning Atlantic views and the welcoming ambiance of a grand Southern seaside estate, perfect for a romantic escape or upscale beach vacation.

For family vacations, the Resort’s villas are a popular choice year-round. Located in beautiful natural settings, Kiawah’s spacious one- to three-bedroom villas feature full kitchens, all the comforts of home and the kick-back qualities travelers crave.

What grandmother could resist cuddling on a screened porch with a pajama-clad toddler, serenaded by birdsong? What teen wouldn’t jump at a vacation where complete freedom beckons down the bike path? And what parent wouldn’t want to create memories of their young ones basking in the sun, the sea and the love?

A natural, verdant escape, Kiawah Island has captured the imaginations of writers from international travel magazines such as Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler and Conde Nast Traveler. In fact, Travel + Leisure Family ranks Kiawah as the #1 Family Resort in America. The resorts five-championship courses have earned their own accolades and fame, especially the windswept Ocean Course, host of the 2012 PGA Championship.

Find many unforgettable ways to take the family vacation to the next level. Here are a few reasons Kiawah is set to become your favorite island, ever.

Three pool complexes at Kiawah Island Golf ResortTruly cool

The Resort’s three pool complexes feature thrilling water features and cool, sparkling fun for all. Teen parties are a big hit at Night Heron Park during the summer, and “dive-in” movies are one of those summer treats your entire group is sure to love. The big kids take to tube slides and water cannons, while the kiddie pool has fun spray features and slides as well. Slide down a flume with the kids, or escape to some me-time at the adult pool. (We advise you to a little of both!)

Never-boring boards

Hang 10 with surf lessons on one of the East Coast’s best beaches for catching a wave. (Dr. Beach ranks Kiawah Island’s pristine ten-mile beach a top 10!). Or work your code and do some dolphin watching atop a Stand Up Paddle Board. Surf and SUP lessons are available all summer long.

Get art smart

Spend some quality time together painting or crafting in the resort’s dedicated studio space. Summer classes focus on pottery, glass fusing, candle making and more. Let’s just say these are souvenirs you’ll cherish forever. Check out the full lineup of artsy events scheduled in the Turtle’s Nest Art Studio.

Foodies and picky eaters welcome

We know some five year-olds crave the exotic, and some 60 year-olds choose chicken fingers above all else. No worries — we’ve got every palate covered at more than a dozen island restaurants that span from toddler-worthy to life-list contenders. However your family rolls, find plenty of popular eateries for a quick bite by the pool, breakfast all day long, nice sit-down family meals and ice cream socials.

Kiawah Island's Junior Naturalist Aquatic StudiesGet up a creek

Kiawah is a great place to explore and get to know the neighbors (deer, bobcats, gators, etc.) by canoe, kayak, and bicycle or on foot. Check out the resort’s junior naturalist program for outdoorsy types age 7-12. For all ages, guided tours provide a trained set of eyes, and the Nature Center provides loads of interpretive exhibits about this unique Lowcountry setting on the coast of South Carolina.

Join Our e-Club

Join Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s e-Club to stay up to date on events and receive special offers on vacation rentals and other amenities. When you join the e-Club, you’ll automatically be entered to win a weekend getaway for two with golf.