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The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Hotel Contact:
One Sanctuary Beach Drive
Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455
United States
Main: 843-768-6000
Email: Email Hotel Chris Long
Director of Midwest Sales: Chris Long
Website: www.kiawahresort.com
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 4.9
Chain Independent
Opened 2004
Guest Rooms 255
Kings/Suites/Doubles 107 / 13 / 135
Room Rates High $399-549 Low $225-369
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Max Group Size 600

Fees/Taxes

Resort Fee n/a
Room Tax 12.5%
Sales Tax 6.5%

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 6,050ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 18,000ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 36,000ft²

Airport Proximity

Charleston International Airport
45 min 32 miles (51 km)

Business:

Business center with workspace for planners
wired and wireless Internet access
state of-the-art audiovisual technology
professional meeting managers
and a destination services team
Eco friendly

Recreation:

Spa
Fitness center
Three pools
Five championship golf courses
Golf academy
Two tennis centers (24 courts)
Nature center and tours
Children’s programs
Beach
Kayaking
Canoeing

Nearby:

Historic Charleston
Charleston Harbor
Plantation tours.
Onsite Dining: Capacity
Atlantic Room
125
Seafood
Beaches & Cream
8
Ice Cream, Coffee, Candy
Cherrywood BBQ and Ale House
63
Southern BBQ
Inn Side Scoop
12
Ice Cream, Coffee, Candy
Jasmine Porch
132
Casual Southern Fare
Loggerhead Grill
100
Seasonal Poolside
Night Heron Grill
120
Poolside Drinks, Burgers & Sandwiches
Ryder Cup Bar
50
Pub Food
Southern Kitchen
130
Classic Country Breakfast & Lunch
The Ocean Room
128
Steaks & Chops
Tomasso
96
Italian
Town Market
80
Soups, Salads, Sandwiches

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet $30 Cont. $23
Lunch Buffet $39 Plated $46
Dinner Buffet $112 Plated $90
Coffee Break $22
2-Hour Open Bar $22+
Elite Overview Planner Ratings & Reviews
Elite Rating Average Planner Rating
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4.9
2 reviews
Arrival Experience:
5.0
Accommodations:
5.0
Food & Beverage:
5.0
Guest Service Experience:
5.0
Conference Services Staff:
5.0
Meeting and Function Facilities:
5.0
Activity or Recreation Options:
4.0
Planner-to-Planner Recommendation:
5.0
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Capacity Charts
Room Name Total Square Meters Room Size(meters) Ceiling Height (meters) Total Square Feet Room Size (feet) Ceiling Height (feet) Classroom Theater Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square 10 x 10s
Ballroom 562 N/A 0 5,940 N/A 0 250 400 330 440 0 0 84 0
Ballroom Foyer 360 N/A 0 3,870 N/A 0 0 0 0 410 0 0 0 0
Ballroom Salon A 169 N/A 0 1,815 N/A 0 105 200 144 189 0 0 0 0
Ballroom Salon B 225 N/A 0 2,420 N/A 0 108 208 150 200 0 40 48 0
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Property News
Conde Nast Traveler magazine names Kiawah Island No. 1 island in North America and No. 2 island in the world in latest “Readers’ Choice” poll
Posted October 20, 2014
--Latest in long list of accolades for Kiawah Island and Kiawah Island Golf Resort
KIAWAH ISLAND, SC – In its newest “Readers’ Choice Poll,” the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine today named Kiawah Island as the No. 1 island in North America and the No. 2 island in the world, behind only Palawan, Philippines. The same poll named nearby Charleston, South Carolina as the No. 1 destination city in the U.S. and the No. 2 destination city in the world behind only Florence, Italy.

Roger Warren, the president of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, said that this reflects the high-quality experiences the traveling public gets when visiting the island’s resort. “In addition to the world-class amenities that Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers, this ranking reflects the superior quality of our guest’s experience. Many islands have nice amenities. What sets Kiawah Island apart is the authentic southern hospitality that our staff extends to visitors. They truly feel welcome,” said Warren.

This award is just the latest in a long list of accolades recently won by Kiawah Island and Kiawah Island Golf Resort. In addition to achieving both Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings, Travel + Leisure magazine has named The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort the third best family hotel in the U.S. Conde Nast Traveler also named Kiawah Island Golf Resort as the 3rd best golf resort in the U.S. For seven of the last nine years, the leading on-line tennis travel website, TennisResortsOnline.com, named Kiawah Island Golf Resort as the No. 1 tennis resort in the world. This ranking is based on Kiawah’s overall tennis program including instruction, teaching staff, and facilities, as well as other resort facilities such as lodging, cuisine, service and value.

Golf Digest magazine named The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort as the 4th best public course in America while GOLF magazine has it as the 5th best public golf course in the U.S. Famed “beachologist,” Dr. Steven Leatherman (aka, Dr. Beach), named Kiawah Island’s over 10 miles of beach one of the top 10 beaches in the U.S.

The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort has held Forbes Five Star status since Forbes started rating spas, and the resort’s recreation department has consistently been hailed as one of the top recreation and nature programs in the country.

“While we are proud of these awards and accolades, we are by no means resting on our laurels,” said Warren. “Plans are underway for additional improvements to the resort’s amenities and the staff constantly undergoes extensive training to improve our already exceptional service. We look forward to providing award-winning vacation experiences for guests far into the future.”
See Kiawah Island's ranking at Conde Nast Traveler's website: http://www.cntraveler.com/galleries/2014-10-20/top-30-islands-in-the-world-readers-choice-awards-2014/29

Located along 10 miles of pristine beach just south of Charleston, South Carolina, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is known as one of the top eco-friendly resorts in the U.S. In addition to Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort’s 255-room oceanfront hotel and spa, the resort manages close to 400 private villas and luxury homes, nine restaurants, two tennis centers, a renowned recreation and nature program and has five championship golf courses, including the world-famous Ocean Course, site of the 1991 Ryder Cup, the 2007 Senior PGA Championship and the 2012 PGA Championship.
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Awards & Recognitions
Posted August 22, 2012
One of the Top Resorts in the Country and the World!
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort:

Five Diamond Award – American Automobile Association
Five Star Award – Forbes Travel Guide
Top Resorts on the U.S. Mainland (#3) – Conde Nast Traveler (2012)
Top Continental US and Canada Resorts (#11) – Travel + Leisure (2012)
Top property in the world (#37) Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Award (2012)
Top Beach Resort in the world (#4) (#1 on the U.S. Mainland) – Andrew Harper Readers’ Choice (2011)
Top Family Resort in the world (#2) – Andrew Harper Readers’ Choice (2011)
Top Golf Resort in the world (#4) – Andrew Harper Readers’ Choice (2011)
Gold List Award – Conde Nast Traveler (2012)
Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary – Audubon International (2012)
Kiawah Island Spa (at The Sanctuary)
Five Star Award – Forbes Travel Guide (2012)
Best Hotel Spas in America (#11) – Travel + Leisure (2011)
Top 100 Resort Spas-U.S. Mainland (#18) – Conde Nast Traveler (2012)
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Platinum Resort – Golf Magazine (2012)
Top U.S. Golf Resort (#3) – Conde Nast Traveler (2012)
10 Best Resorts for Family Reunions (#2) - Family Vacation Critic (TripAdvisor's family travel site)
Conde Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence-Most Excellent Golf Resort (2011)
Travel + Leisure’s Top Family Hotels in the U.S. & Canada (#13) (2011)
Best U.S. Golf Resort (#2) – Global Traveler magazine (2011)
Top U.S. Resort (#1) – Golf World magazine (2010)
Kiawah Island Golf

Rankings:

#1 Golf Course in South Carolina (The Ocean Course) – Golf Digest (2012)
America’s Toughest Course (The Ocean Course #1) – Golf Digest (2012)
America’s Toughest Course (The Ocean Course #4) – GOLF Magazine (2012)
Top 100 You Can Play (The Ocean Course #4) – GOLF Magazine (2011)
Among America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses (The Ocean Course #4) –
Golf Digest (2011)
Top 100 Modern Courses in America (The Ocean Course #19) – GolfWeek (2012)
Among Top 100 Courses in America (The Ocean Course #26) - Golf Digest (2011)
Top 100 Courses in the U.S. (The Ocean Course #27) – GOLF Magazine (2011)
Top 100 Courses in the World (The Ocean Course #45) – GOLF Magazine (2011)
Course Ratings: (2010)
5-star rating (The Ocean Course) – Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” guide
4 ½ -star rating (Turtle Point, Osprey Point and Oak Point) – Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” guide
4-star rating (Cougar Point) – Golf Digest’s “Best Places to Play” guide
No. 14 (Osprey Point) – Golf Digest’s “Top 50 courses for women”
Tournament Golf:
The Ocean Course, host:
1991 Ryder Cup, 1997 and 2003 World Cups, 2001 UBS Warburg Cup, 2007 Senior PGA Championship
The Ocean Course, future host:
2012 PGA Championship

Kiawah Island Tennis:

No. 1 Tennis Resort in the World – tennisresortsonline.com (2012-Six of the last Seven years)

Kiawah Island Meetings:

Pinnacle Award – Successful Meetings (9 years)
Gold Key Award – Meetings & Conventions (9 years)
Gold Tee Award – Meetings & Conventions (12 years)
“Stars of the South” Award – Meetings South (8 years)
Golden Links Award – Corporate Meetings & Incentives (11 years)
Planners’ Choice Award – Meeting News (10 years)
Greens of Distinctions – Corporate Meetings & Incentives
Kiawah Island Dining
Best of Award of Excellence (Ocean Room) – Wine Spectator
Best Down Home Cookery (Jasmine Porch) – Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report
Restaurant of the Year (Ocean Room) – Charleston Post and Courier (2010)
Only Forbes 4-star/AAA 4-diamond steakhouse in the U.S. (Ocean Room) (2012)
Kiawah Island
No. 1 island to visit in the U.S. mainland (#3 in the U.S. including Hawaii) – Conde Nast Traveler (2012)
Happiest Seaside Town – Coastal Living (2012)
Top 10 beaches in America (#9) – Dr. Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach) – www.drbeach.org (2012)
No. 4 island in North America – Travel + Leisure (2012)
Forbes (formerly Mobil) Travel Guide and AAA Honor The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort with Coveted Five Star and Five Diamond Awards
Posted November 17, 2009
South Carolina Oceanfront Hotel's Spa Also Gains Top Rating While The Ocean Room Restaurant Obtains Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamonds

Kiawah Island, SC - November 2009 - Both the Forbes (formerly Mobil) Travel Guide and AAA have awarded The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort with their highest awards|-|Five Stars by the Forbes Travel Guide and Five Diamonds by AAA. This is the third year in a row that Forbes/Mobil has bestowed its highest award and the fourth time for AAA since The Sanctuary opened in 2004.

In addition, the Forbes Travel Guide recognized The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort with Five Stars for the third year in a row, making it one of only 13 spas to achieve their highest designation.
The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort's high-end steakhouse, earned both Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond awards. It is the only steakhouses nationally to earn both Forbes Four Stars and AAA Four Diamonds. There are no Five Star or Five Diamond steakhouses.

"It is an honor to receive these distinguished and coveted awards," said Roger Warren, president of Kiawah Island Golf Resort. "To win them year after year is a tremendous credit to our staff who has continued to maintain the highest standards of service making The Sanctuary one of the finest destinations in the world."

The Sanctuary, which features 255 rooms and suites, also joins its sister properties The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA, and The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN, in achieving the coveted Forbes Five Star, creating an unrivalled portfolio of independent hotels. All three properties also hold the AAA Five Diamond rating. The Sanctuary's other sister property, The Inn at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, earned Forbes Travel Guide Four Star and AAA Four Diamond awards.

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is an oceanfront hotel and spa and is part of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, which features five championship golf courses, two tennis centers, nine restaurants and a variety of recreation and nature programs. It was named the No. 1 resort on the U.S. Mainland and Kiawah Island was named the No. 1 island in North America in the latest Conde' Nast Traveler "Readers' Choice Award." Additionally, readers of Golf World magazine currently rate Kiawah Island Golf Resort as America's top resort. It is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.

Forbes Travel Guide's 2010 Five and Four Star awards feature properties in destinations throughout North America, as well as our newest international ratings in Hong Kong, Macau and Beijing. The North American winners include 47 Five Star hotels. 21 Five-Star restaurants and 13 Five Star spas; Four Star winners include 147 hotels and resorts, 160 restaurants and 100 spas. The international winners include 6 Five Star hotels, 15 Four Star hotels, 5 Five Star spas and 9 Four Star Spas.

For more information about The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, visit www.KiawahResort.com and additional information about Forbes Travel Awards can be found at, www.ForbesTravelGuide.com.