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Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina’s Ultimate Private Luxury Retreat

Away from the bustle of city life, connections thrive inside The Cottages at The Ocean Course and The Sanctuary

Drone shot of Kiawah Island Golf Resort / Photo: Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Perched along ten miles of pristine beach on a gated, unspoiled private island, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is more than a meeting destination. It’s a coveted experience; a place for intimate gatherings and laid-back conversations with an energy that’s more curated than conference.

It’s where attendees are greeted with Southern hospitality, unfiltered natural beauty, and five championship golf courses, including The Ocean Course, a mainstay on every golfer’s must-play list. Close to Charleston International Airport (CHS) and Charleston Executive Airport (JZI), the resort is convenient for private planes and other air travel, making it as accessible as it is enviable.

Upon landing, the exclusive journey begins with less than an hour’s drive to South Carolina’s coast down winding roads flanked by 100-year-old oaks delicately draped in Spanish moss. Continuing under this canopy leads to quaint bridges surrounded by tranquil Lowcountry marshland. It’s there, inside the main entry gate, that guests get a first look at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Aerial view of Kiawah Island Golf Resort / Photo: Courtesy of Kiawah Island Golf Resort

A second gate on the island reveals the outermost tip of the property, one of the most cloistered enclaves on the East Coast. A striking and serene peninsula home to the PGA-famed Ocean Course golf course, the distinguished clubhouse and The Cottages at The Ocean Course.

These four exclusive Cottages are exceptionally positioned on both the course and the sea. Far removed from the rigors of the everyday, they offer the optimal setting for those seeking a truly immersive golf outing, undisturbed meeting or retreat. The Cottages at The Ocean Course Experience is the pinnacle of elite adventure.

For those who wish to be closer to the heart of the resort, just inside the main gate lies the property’s luxury hotel, a haven aptly-named The Sanctuary.

Kayaking at Kiawah Island Golf Resort / Photo: Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Elegant, yet welcoming with keynotes of traditional Southern style intertwined with distinguished sophistication, the four-story, 255-room hotel is impressive on every level. The Sanctuary is one of only five hotels nationwide and one of only fourteen globally to garnish a triple Forbes Five-Star rating for accommodations, The Spa at The Sanctuary, and dining in The Ocean Room.

Inside the spacious hotel, a tapestry of hand-planked walnut flooring leads to myriad world-class amenities, epicurean masterpieces and cozy furnishings. Floor to ceiling windows delivering sweeping views of white sand and rolling surf keep things light and enjoyable, hinting at escapades to come.

The Ocean Room at Kiawah Island Golf Resort / Photo: Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Also resting inside the main entry gate, just steps from ocean, is the stately West Beach Conference Center. With 23,000 square feet of meeting space, ranging from intimate to grand, indoors and in the open-air, it is regarded as the ideal location for every group, from confidential meetings to gatherings of 1,000 attendees.

Outside of gathering for business, bicycling on hard-packed sand along the shore comes naturally here, as does chatting with a resident dolphin or two. Naturalist tours, an acclaimed tennis center with pickleball programming, and wide-ranging watersports add to the ways camaraderie soars. As do quiet times sharing ideas and exchanging visions overlooking a crackling fire or an expansive sea.