Refined Family Fun in Kiawah Island
This upscale travel destination off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, offers something for everyone—especially families.
Kiawah Island, a barrier island located 25 miles from Charleston, is known for its world-class golf courses, spectacular beaches and miles of natural terrain. It’s also home to a sumptuous spa, unique shopping and an array of fine-dining choices. It’s an easy trip from the New York Metro area and especially spectacular during the summer months. Our family was looking forward to our second visit– me, my husband, our two children, as well as my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and her family. The island certainly appeals to all types of travelers, but I found it ideal for our family and others.
We stayed at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Gold Resort, a five-star beachfront hotel that radiates Southern charm. You can also choose to rent villas or even private homes on the island. We stayed in a one-bedroom suite with a lovely terrace that we shared with our children, who stayed in their own room next door. Although the property is luxurious and the service exemplary, its ambiance is incredibly warm—there’s nothing stuffy about it. We felt cared for and comfortable.
We spent our days relaxing at the beach, swimming in the calm ocean water and biking and hiking around the island, which boasts thirty miles of paved bike trails. We loved exploring the coastline and discovering creeks, salt marshes and endless coastline views. Even my five-year-old niece enjoyed biking on the beach, which is flat, spacious and easy to navigate.
The highlight of my daughter’s trip was a chartered shark fishing adventure with her father. It’s a 2.5 hour excursion on a small boat that sits about 6 passengers. She raved that there was nothing scary about it, and she came back boasting about the hammerhead and stingrays their “crew” had caught.
At the end of the day, we’d head down to the hotel’s great lawn, lined with rocking chairs and sprinkled with children playing Frisbee and other lawn games. We enjoyed a glass of rose while the children played as the sun set. In some ways, it felt like we’d traveled back in time. The Sanctuary has a great energy—it’s both relaxing and upbeat—and this pre-dinner stop became a bit of a ritual for us. Then we’d take a hotel shuttle to one of the island’s many restaurants. Nearly every establishment had a children’s menu and allergy-friendly options. We’d often top off the night with ice cream from the hotel’s local shop. Truly, our time on the island was idyllic and to my family’s delight, we are already planning our return trip next summer.
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