Excited to experience South Carolina’s Low Country for the first time, my family and I escaped for a long weekend to the family-friendly resort, Wild Dunes. This sweeping property is located on the Isle of Palms about 15 miles from historic Charleston.
Upon our arrival, it was evident that the property was expansive and diverse (1600 acres of property to be exact), which seemed to have something for everyone, from golf to tennis, biking and a breathtaking beach for long walks and relaxing in the warm breeze.
At the center of the property is the Village Plaza, which hosts resort check in, a fitness center, resort shops, and several restaurants. The property offers several types of accommodations, from traditional hotel rooms at the Village Plaza to the newly renovated, Boardwalk Inn, which completed a major redesign in 2016. Four pools adorn the grounds. This property has 93 luxury rooms, beach views and is a quick walk to the sand. Wild Dunes also offers a variety of private condos, villas and beach house rentals.
Thrilled with our accommodations, we stayed in one of the charming and colorful boardwalk homes which line the Grand Pavilion pool. And from our fourth-story balcony had amazingly breathtaking views of the ocean and dunes. Staying true to the historic feel of the area, the Boardwalk homes were designed with a pastel color palate to reflect rainbow row, the famous street in Charleston. These homes are fantastic for large families or several families vacationing together.
For golf and tennis enthusiasts, the property boasts two Tom Fazio-designed courses. With 18 tennis courts, Wild Dunes is one of the top tennis resorts in the world. And for families with kids, the property has day camps, kids and family golf and tennis, life-size board games, outdoor movies, and s’mores kits which can be purchased at Hudson’s Market to enjoy at the large fire pit in the Village Plaza.
We had the pleasure of dining at the new restaurant inside the Boardwalk Inn, Coastal Provisions where Chef Brett Sparman and Sous Chef Read cooked up delectable low country dishes with an elegant twist. Our favorite dish was the sunchokes, roasted and flash fried with creamy aioli. Delish!
And after a lazy day on the beach, we set out on a wonderful sunset dolphin cruise with Coastal Expeditions. We slowly cruised the Inter-coastal waterway lined with tall grassy marsh, and stopped at Capers Island to explore and hunt for giant shells. The staff allowed the kids on board to assist pulling up crab traps and shared knowledge about marine life. And yes, we also got to see a few graceful and friendly dolphins swimming along side the boat.
Since the property is only a short 45-minute ride to historic Charleston, for us there were two must do’s in the city: take a horse-drawn carriage ride tour and eat at S.N.O.B.(Slightly North of Broad). The restaurant decor is eclectic, yet holds old southern charm in a fantastic 18th-century warehouse with an open kitchen serving up reinvented low country cuisine. Known best for having the best shrimp and grits in town, S.N.O.B serves and the most delicious and largest piece of apple pie I’ve ever eaten. The lovely establishment serves up southern cuisine and is very proud to have a loyal clientele, returning time after time, when they visit Charleston.
After four days at the resort, we understood why so many return to Wild Dunes for the warm hospitality, the wide array of luxury amenities, the world-class tennis and golf and the warm sandy beach that beckon.