Summer at Kiawah 7

Kiawah-only experiences: sunset at the The Ryder Cup Bar, Pluff Mud Paddling for a lesson in salt marsh ecology, The Spa at The Sanctuary, breakfast at Jasmine Porch

If you’re anywhere near one of the golf courses you will likely find yourself in a sea of needlepoint belts and Gator Bite Margaritas as you might expect. 

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, is a Lowcountry mansion with the most beautiful antiques and walnut-plank floors that almost compete with the the 10-mile-long coast of Atlantic Ocean it frames.

When my husband and I were on the search for our babymoon destination our list of “must-haves” didn’t have a single point of intersection. His: an incredible golf course, a great steak with cocktails with a view. Hers: a renowned spa, a body of water and a relaxed dress code.

Today the hardest decision you’ll have to make is chair by the beach or chair by the pool. Or, if you’re really up for challenge, 18 holes at Turtle Point or Cougar Point. But here’s the good news: either way it’s going to be a fantastic day on Kiawah Island. If you aren’t an avid golfer or native Southerner there’s a chance you haven’t heard of Kiawah (KEE-a-wah), and honestly they’re okay with that. But this barrier island on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean has been a destination for relaxation since the Revolutionary War.  In fact, soldiers were issued passes allowing the sick and wounded junior offers to pass through the lines to get to Kiawah Island to recover and rest. The islands amenities have come a long way since then, most notably because of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, an oceanfront hotel and spa that boasts five championship gold courses (the most famous being The Ocean Course by Pete Dye), 500 stunning Southern-style homes and a 255-room luxury hotel.