Wunderground® Travel Planner: Charleston, SC
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The Club at Savannah Harbor
(2 Resort Dr., Hutchinson Island. Tel. 912/201-2007. www.theclubatsavannahharbor.com) is an 18-hole course with a pro shop, spa, locker rooms, putting green, and driving range. This is the resort complex of the Westin Hotel, which is a free ferry ride from Savannah's riverfront. This championship course has unparalleled views the river and of historic downtown Savannah as it winds through wetlands. Green fees, including cart, run $60-$120.
With fewer golfers than in Hilton Head, the courses around Charleston have more choice starting times available. Nonguests can play at private island resorts, such as Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, and Wild Dunes. There you will find breathtaking ocean views within a pristine setting. They offer enchantment and escape from the stresses of the workaday world. Don't be surprised if a white-tailed deer is grazing a green or if there is a gator drinking from the water holes. For the top courses like Kiawah's Ocean Course, nonguests can expect to pay $240 to $350 (peak season spring and early fall). Municipal golf courses are a golfing bargain, from $29 to $37 for 18 holes. Somewhere in between are the Shadowmoss Golf Club, West of the Ashley for $45 to $86, and The Links at Stono Ferry in Hollywood for $45 to $86.
The public Charleston Municipal Golf Course
(2110 Maybank Hwy., James Island. Tel. 843/795-6517) is a walker-friendly course. Green fees run $29 to $37. TheDunes West Golf Club
(3535 Wando Plantation Way, Mount Pleasant. Tel. 843/856-9000) has great marshland views and lots of modulation on the greens. Green fees are $45 to $92. There are three championship courses atKiawah Island Resort
(12 Kiawah Beach Dr., Kiawah Island. Tel. 800/576-1570) : Gary Player-designed Marsh Point; Tom Fazio-designed Osprey Point; and Jack Nicklaus-designed Turtle Point. All three charge the same greens fees: $175 for resort guests, $219 for nonguests.Links at Stono Ferry
(4812 Stono Links Dr., Hollywood. Tel. 843/763-1817) is a popular public course with reasonable rates. Green fees are $45 to $86. The prestigiousOcean Course
(1000 Ocean Course Dr., Kiawah Island. Tel. 843/266-4670), designed by Pete Dye, was the site of the 1991 Ryder Cup. Unfortunately, its fame translates to green fees of $298 for resort guests, $350 for nonguests. (It is a walking-onlyfacility until noon.)Seabrook Island Resort
(Seabrook Island Rd., Seabrook Island. Tel. 843/768-2529) has two championship courses: Crooked Oaks, by Robert Trent Jones Sr., and Ocean Winds, by Willard Byrd. Green fees are $95 to $150.Shadowmoss Golf Club
(20 Dunvegan Dr., West Ashley. Tel. 843/556-8251) is a well-marked, forgiving course with one of the best finishing holes in the area. Green fees are $28 to $52. Tom Fazio designed the Links and the Harbor courses atWild Dunes Resort
(10001 Back Bay Dr., Isle of Palms. Tel. 843/886-2180. 5881 Palmetto Dr.Tel. 843/886-2301). Green fees are $140 to $165.
1 Resort Dr.
Savannah, GA 31421
Within its own fiefdom, this major high-rise property lords it over small Hutchinson Island, five minutes by water taxi from Factors Walk. It has more resort amenities than any other property in the area, including tennis courts, and most importantly, a golf course. Its professional, full-service spa is affiliated with the Greenbrier's in West Virginia. The island's adjacent Savannah International Convention Center is what keeps the hotel at high occupancy levels almost year-round, since many meeting attendees stay here; leisure guests predominate on the weekends. The lobby is swanky and upscale. The Savannah Harbor Golf Course is open to the public and is best bet for golfers staying in the Historic District. The island's ferries or water taxis dock at the Savannah Belles Ferry Dock in front of the Hyatt Regency. The first one departs from the hotel at 7 am; scheduled runs are every 20 minutes, with the last one leaving downtown at midnight. If you miss the last ferry, you can still take a taxi for about $7. Pros:
dreamy bedding; outdoor pool is heated; rooms can come with Pilates and fitness equipment for an extra charge.Cons:
you are close, but still removed, from downtown; this is a major chain hotel, not an atmospheric, historic inn; hotel charges an expensive and annoying resort fee. www.westinsavannah.com. 390 rooms, 13 suites. In-room: safe (some), kitchen (some), Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, golf course, pool, tennis courts, gym, spa, children's programs, business center, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: No meals.
130 Shipyard Dr.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Decorated in a classy nautical theme and set in a luxuriant garden, the Crowne Plaza is appropriately resplendent. It's the centerpiece of Shipyard Plantation, which means guests have access to all its amenities. It also has one of the more elegant lobbies and public spaces; however, this resort has the fewest oceanfront rooms of the majors and is the farthest from the water. Its latticed bridge and beach pavilion have seen many an island wedding. Pros:
it is the closest hotel to all the restaurants and nightlife in Coligny Plaza and Park Plaza; parking is free, although valet parking costs $10.Cons:
Wi-Fi and cell service problematic due to low-rise, older concrete structures; large and sometimes impersonal. www.ichotelsgroup.com. 331 rooms, 9 suites. In-room: Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, golf courses, pools, gym, children's programs, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: No meals.
1 Tarpon Blvd.
Fripp Island, SC 29920
This resort sits on the island made famous in Prince of Tides,
with 3½ miles of miles of broad, white beach and unspoiled sea island scenery. It has long been known as one of the more affordable and casual of the island resorts. It is private and gated, a safe haven, where kids are allowed to be free, to go crabbing at low tide, bike the trails, and swim, swim, swim. Families love the narrated nature cruise and love Camp Fripp, the nature center, not to mention all the teen activities. Most residents are retired and happily tool around in golf carts. Golf carts, mopeds, and bikes can be rented. This is no swinging-singles destination, but it is a good getaway for sporty couples who like to kayak and canoe. Of course, you can play highly-rated golf or tennis and go fishing out of the marina as well. There are more than 200 individual villas here insead of a hotel, though there are a variety of small efficiencies. There's a pavilion with shops and a choice of restaurants often with live entertainment, from the rollicking Bonito Boathouse to the sophisticated Beach Club. www.frippislandresort.com. 210 units. In-room: kitchen. In-hotel: restaurants, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, children's programs, laundry facilities, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: No meals.
1 Hotel Circle
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Marriott's standard rooms get a tropical twist at this palm-enveloped resort: sunny yellow-and-green floral fabrics and cheery furnishings are part of the peppy decor. All guest rooms have private balconies (spring for an oceanfront room), writing desks, and down comforters. The tallest granddaddy of the island's resorts, it's looking good after a major renovation in 2008 that includes revamped pool areas and restaurants, notably Conroy's. To take in the sea views, you can lounge by the pool or lunch at the fun, outdoor snack bar. On rainy days and at dusk, the indoor pool under a glass dome is a great alternative. Kids love Dive-in Theater nights and the real sand castle in the lobby. Hammocks have been added to the sandy knoll adjacent to the pool area. A new spa is also a must-do. Pros:
the multicultural staff has a great spirit; a full-service Marriott, it is one of the best-run operations on the island.Cons:
rooms could be larger; in summer kids are everywhere; in-room Wi-Fi costs $9.95 a day. www.hiltonheadmarriott.com. 476 rooms, 36 suites. In-room: safe, kitchen (some), Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, beach, water sports, children's programs. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: No meals.
23 Ocean La.
Hilton Head Island, SC
There's a Caribbean sensibility to this five-story chain hotel; the grounds are beautifully landscaped with deciduous and evergreen bushes, and palms run along the beach. This resort is far more casual, laid-back, and more family- than business-friendly. The smallest accommodations are large, commodious studios with a kitchenette; they go on up to two-bedroom suites. Many rooms face the ocean, and all are decorated with elegant wood furnishings, such as hand-carved armoires. A new, urbane lounge called the XO is a happening nightspot. HH Prime is the steak house, and the excellent deli/breakfast restaurant is being expanded at this writing. The resort has three pools, one strictly for little children, another for families, and an adults-only pool overlooking the ocean. Prices span a long range; online deals can be the best, with outdoor cabana massages, breakfast, and a bottle of wine included in some packages. Pros:
competes more with condos than hotels because of the size of its accommodations; lots of outdoor dining options.Cons:
boisterous wedding parties can be too noisy; problems with cell reception; minimum stay is two nights during summer. www.hiltonheadhilton.com. 303 studios, 20 suites. In-room: kitchen, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, golf courses, pools, gym, water sports, children's programs. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: No meals.
Hilton Head Island, SC
This high-rise, on one of the island's busiest beaches, is within walking distance of major South End shops and restaurants. Standard rooms are spacious and furnished in a contemporary style, recently renovated in bright and bold color schemes. It attracts a diverse crowd, from budget-minded vacationers, mainly families, corporate travelers, and meeting groups and those liking the fun, social aspects of the beach scene. Golf and tennis packages are available, and rates with breakfast included are the better deal. A resort fee is charged, $8.95 a day that includes Wi-Fi and parking. The two-bedroom suites with ocean views usually have to be booked a month in advance, particularly in summer. The outdoor Tiki Hut lounge, a poolside bar, is hugely popular at one of the island's most populated beaches. Pets are allowed, but not during peak season. Pros:
the price is a good value for Hilton Head, particularly for families; strong professional management and corporate standards; microwaves in rooms.Cons:
if you are looking for posh, it is not; in summer, the number of kids raises the noise volume; small front desk can back up. www.hihiltonhead.com. 201 rooms. In-room: Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, children's programs. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: No meals.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
The most buzz-worthy of Hilton Head's properties is this European-style boutique hotel. A proper staff, clad in kilts, pampers you with British service and a dose of Southern charm. Butlers are on hand any time of the day or night, and the kitchen delivers around the clock. The spacious guest rooms, decorated with neutral palettes, have luxurious touches like Frette bed linens, which are turned down for you each night. The back patio with its upscale furnishings, landscaping, and brickwork is enviable and runs right up to the greens of the fairways of the Harbour Town course. The lobby isn't a lobby per se; it just has a concierge desk for check-in. The Harbour Town Grill serves some of the best steaks on the island. Parking is free and easy, and valet service only costs $10. Pros:
a service-oriented property, it is a centrally located Sea Pines address; unique, it is one of the finest hotel operations on island; complimentary parking.Cons:
some concierges give you too much information to digest; no water views; golf-view rooms are $20 extra. www.seapines.com. 60 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, golf courses, tennis courts, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: No meals.
476 Mount Pelia Rd.
Bluffton, SC 29910
Fifteen minutes from Hilton Head, this is the Lowcountry's most luxurious resort. This 22,000-acre property has been transformed into a perfect replica of a small island town, complete with its own clapboard church. As a chauffeured golf cart takes you to your cottages, you'll pass the clubhouse, which resembles a mighty antebellum great house. All of the cottages are generously sized—even the one-bedrooms have more than 1,100 square feet of space. The decor is coastal chic, with sumptuous bedding, gas fireplaces, surround-sound home theaters, and marvelous bathroom suites with steam showers. Your screened-in porch puts you immediately in touch with nature. New is the Canoe Club with its restaurant, family pool, and bar. The spa puts you close to heaven with its pampering treatments. Dinner at its River House Restaurant is definitely worth an excursion from Hilton Head even if you do not stay here. Pros:
the tennis/boccie/croquet complex has an atmospheric, impressive retail shop; the river adds both ambience and boat excursions; pillared ruins dotting the grounds are like sculpture.Cons:
the mock Southern town is not the real thing; not that close to the amenities of Hilton Head. www.palmettobluffresort.com. 50 cottages. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, golf course, pools, water sports, business center. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: No meals.
2 Grass Lawn Ave.
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
A circular drive winds around a metal sculpture of long-legged marsh birds as you approach this luxury resort. The lush landscape lies on the island's quietest, least inhabited stretch of sand. Guest rooms, most with ocean views from the balconies, have homey touches, crown molding, and contemporary furnishings. If you need space to spread out, there are two- and three-bedroom villas. The service is generally efficient and caring. A new spa opened in 2007 and has become the big buzz on the island. This continues to be one of the top resorts on Hilton Head, particularly for honeymooners. Pros:
the number and diversity of children's activities is amazing; a good destination wedding hotel, ceremonies are performed on the beach and at other atmospheric outdoor venues; the beach here is absolutely gorgeous.Cons:
in the off-seasons, the majority of its clientele are large groups; the hotel's phone service can bog down; difficult to get cell-phone reception indoors. www.westin.com. 412 rooms, 29 suites. In-room: Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, beach, children's programs. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: No meals.
1 King Cotton Rd.
Edisto Island, SC 29438
Looking for resort amenities in a get-away-from-it-all escape? You've found it here, at the only resort on the island. This is the former Fairfield Ocean Ridge, which was taken over by Wyndham in 2006. It is a time-share, so all of the attractive units are individually owned and decorated according to the owner's taste. Non-owners can still rent these units, but, alas, the number available is smaller than in the past, so reserve as far in advance as possible. There is a two-day minimum stay in-season (April 1-August 30), and you will pay a $25 reservation fee. Summers are solidly booked, especially weekends; in the off-season the major holidays find few available units. Although few of the accommodations (efficiencies to five-bedroom villas and houses) are on the beach, most are just a short walk away from it. Pros:
family-oriented staff knows how to keep kids amused; shuttle transports guests to the resort's beach cabana; admirable renovation on the Plantation Golf Course.Cons:
no daily maid-service (nor can you pay extra for it); few accomodations directly on the beach; rental options are limited. www.wyndhamoceanridge.com. 38 units. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, golf course, pool, tennis courts, beach, children's programs. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: No meals.
12 Kiawah Beach Dr.
Kiawah Island, SC 29455
Choose from one- to four-bedroom villas and three- to seven-bedroom private homes in two upscale resort villages on 10,000 wooded and oceanfront acres. The decades-old inn complex is no longer open, but a number of the smaller two-bedroom condo-villas are still fairly affordable. Or you can opt to stay at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, an amazing 255-room luxury waterfront hotel and spa. Its vast lobby is stunning, with walnut floors covered with hand-woven rugs and a wonderful collection of artworks. When a pianist plays in the lobby lounge it is dreamlike. The West Indies theme is evident in the guest rooms; bedposts are carved with impressionistic pineapple patterns, and plantation-style ceilings with exposed planks are painted white. The Ocean Room has incredible architectural details—wrought-iron gates and sculptures and a stained-glass dome. Its contemporary cuisine is of an international caliber. Along with the 10 mi of island beaches, recreational options include kayak and surfboard rental, nature tours, and arts-and-crafts classes. Pros:
one of the most prestigious resorts in the country, it is still kid-friendly; the Ocean Room is an ideal venue for an anniversary or a proposal.Cons:
not all hotel rooms have even an angular view of the ocean; it is pricey and a substantial drive from town. www.kiawahresort.com. 255 rooms, 600 villas and homes. In-room: safe (some), Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, beach, water sports, children's programs, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: No meals.
3772 Seabrook Island Rd.
Seabrook Island, SC 29455
The most private of the area's island resorts, Seabrook is endowed with true Lowcountry beauty. Wildlife sightings are common: look for white-tailed deer and even bobcats. Going to the beach is as popular as playing golf or tennis, but erosion has whisked away a lot of the sand. About 200 fully equipped one- to six-bedroom homes are available, but the smallest units are often priced as cheaply as a hotel room. The Beach Club and Island House are centers for dining and leisure activities, and there is a quality equestrian center that is just inside the gates and open to the public. As each villa is individually owned, the Internet capabilities will vary accordingly. Pros:
physically beautiful, relatively unspoiled island; the pool complex has ocean views and is immediately adjacent to the clubhouse; great safe haven for kids and biking.Cons:
beach has eroded despite the seawall in front of the club; accommodations consist only of villas, with no regular hotel rooms. www.seabrook.com. 200 units. In-room: kitchen, Internet (some), Wi-Fi (some). In-hotel: restaurants, bar, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, beach, water sports, children's programs, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: No meals.
Palm Blvd. at 41st Ave.
Isle of Palms, SC
This 1,600-acre island resort has as its focal point the plantation-style Boardwalk Inn. It sits among a cluster of villas that have been painted in pastels to resemble Charleston's Rainbow Row. The guest rooms and suites on the fourth and fifth floors have balconies that overlook the ocean. You can also choose from one- to six-bedroom villas that sit near the sea or the marshes. Guests have a long list of recreational options here, including Tom Fazio golf courses and nationally ranked tennis programs; packages including golf and tennis are available. Nearby is a yacht harbor on the Intracoastal Waterway. Chef Enzo Steffenelli reigns over the highly-rated Sea Island Grill. A new complex, the Village Condos (135 units) opened next to the inn in 2008 and has a family-friendly restaurant serving three meals daily. In the adjacent plaza there are music performances, family bingo, and (in the summer) musicians and jugglers. Pros:
golf courses and marina are appealing; free shuttle runs from 7 am to 11 pm to wherever you need to go within the complex.Cons:
in peak summer season the number of kids in the pool areas and the boardwalk is high indeed; a congested, high-density feel in all the main facilities. www.wilddunes.com. 560 units, 93 rooms. In-room: safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, water sports, children's programs, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: No meals.
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