1 . Kiawah Island Golf & Tennis Resort

Charleston, South Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 654 - 2924

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We’ve wondered why the area around Hilton Head Island is known so much for golf and tennis, though we suspect it has something to do with the climate or the carefully preserved natural beauty. Whatever the case, if anyone asks we just say this is the home of Kiawah Island Golf and Tennis Resort. Enough said.

Is this the finest place in the U.S. for golf? It’s hard to argue considering there are five championship golf courses here, with designer credits to Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Gary Player and Clyde Johnston. This is where you’ll find the famed Ocean Course, host of the 2012 PGA Championships. And each of these courses is an Audubon-certified bird sanctuary. Kiawah Island Golf and Tennis Resort also happens to be one of the world’s greatest places for tennis, with two tennis complexes, two pro shops and an endless supply of professional knowledge and equipment rentals. If you need more – or perhaps just some time to relax – the Sanctuary Spa is one of only three Mobil Five Star spas in North America!

Highlights

The Mobil Five Star Sanctuary Hotel is just one of the accommodation options at Kiawah Island Golf and Tennis Resort, along with villas and luxury vacation homes.

Related activities

Explore salt marshes, maritime forests, dunes and much more courtesy of the naturalists on staff at Kiawah Island Golf and Tennis Resort.

Getting there

We neglected to mention that Kiawah Island Golf and Tennis Resort is not actually on Hilton Head Island, although once you get here you won’t mind a bit. Charleston International Airport, follow International Boulevard for two miles. Follow the signs for Interstate 526 West and follow it for six miles. At the end of the interstate, turn right onto Savannah Highway/US 17 South. Continue on Savannah Highway/US 17 South for five miles and turn left onto Main Road. Continue on Main Road for 15 miles, you will arrive at a roundabout. Stay in the left lane as you enter the roundabout and proceed 3/4 way around to the Kiawah Island Parkway exit. Once on the island, pass through the security gate and the resort will be two miles past the gate.

2 . The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (843) 681 - 4000

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Many of the accommodations on Hilton Head Island are located within gated communities, but the surroundings at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa will give you an entirely different take on what a gated community is.

The resort is located within Port Royal Plantation, where the lush landscapes will make you feel like you’re on an island within an island. The swimming pools only add to the splendor, and it certainly helps that the plantation also happens to include three championship golf courses. Family time? No problem: The Westin features a kids’ program that makes full use of the pools, the beach and the island ambience. In the meantime, you can visit Westin’s Heavenly Spa or the WestinWORKOUT® Gym. And a selection of truly elegant rooms and suites combines with three restaurants and a light theme that recalls the classic Old South – a Hilton Head vacation that you certainly will never forget.

Highlights

Westin’s unwind(SM) program offers a chance to relax and socialize each evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and features drinks and a putting contest with prizes.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa has more than 28,000 sq. ft. of event space including a Grand Ballroom and two Executive Boardrooms plus the outdoor Oceanfront Pavilion, Pool Terrace and the Pool Deck.

Address

Two Grasslawn Avenue, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

3 . Crowne Plaza Hilton Head Island Beach Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 334 - 1881

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There are generally four good reasons to take a Hilton Head Island vacation – nature, golf, shopping and the beach. What we love most about Crowne Plaza Hilton Head Island Beach Resort – and what places it in our No. 1 spot - is that it incorporates all four.

Part of that is the resort’s design, which features the lush, green foliage and lagoons that you might imagine you’d find if you were on your own deserted island. Bridges and footpaths are strategically placed among the beauty for both utility and to add a little more authentic intimacy to the surroundings. No matter which direction you travel through the resort’s 13 acres, you’ll eventually end up at the beach – though we recommend taking the shortest route, a mere 100 yards from your door. Yet somehow, the Crowne Plaza Hilton Head Island Beach Resort is also the closest resort to Coligny Plaza, the most densely-populated collection of the island’s nightlife, shopping and dining. It’s also the closest branded resort to the famed Harbour Town Golf Links, where PGA pros play. And its 340 rooms and suites range from the colorful and dazzling to the spectacular and luxurious. You’ll love it here!

Related Onsite Offerings

Crowne Plaza Hilton Head Island Beach Resort has a tremendous array of indoor and outdoor venues and services for conferences and events, including the Crystal Ballroom, the Oceanfront Pavilion and the Oceanfront Shipyard Beach Club.

Highlights

The seasonal Camp Castaway at Crowne Plaza Hilton Head Island Beach Resort is an unending thrill for kids ages 3-12 years, along with the resort’s Kid’s Evening Adventures.

Getting there

From US I-95, take Exit 8 (Highway 278) and cross the bridge onto Hilton Head Island. Stay left onto the Cross Island Parkway until it becomes Palmetto Bay Road. Take Palmetto Bay Road to Sea Pines Circle. Exit the Circle onto Highway 278. Take a right into Shipyard Plantation.

4 . Palmetto Dunes Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 827 - 3006

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The thing about Hilton Head Island is that, for a place with slightly over 40 sq. miles of land, there’s so much to do and explore. What’s even more amazing is how much you’ll find on the 2,000 acres of beauty known as Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.

To start with, there are not one but three championship golf courses, including the Arthur Hills Course, the exquisitely challenging George Fazio Course and the completely renovated Robert Trent Jones Course, which features one of only two oceanfront holes on Hilton Head Island. Palmetto Dunes is equally serious about tennis, with 25 courts and a variety of world-class instructional programs. There’s also a marina – the largest on Hilton Head Island, in fact – along with the casual yet upscale shopping and dining of the Mediterranean-style Shelter Cove Harbour village. And speaking of a village, that’s what you’ll find in Hilton Head resort accommodations at Palmetto Dunes – a dazzling selection of villas and luxury homes with style to spare and locations for anything your heart desires on your Hilton Head Island vacation.

Related activities

Hilton Head Island contains 11 miles of lagoons, perfect for kayaking, that wind through the resort property. Kayaks are available through partner outfitters and at Shelter Cove Marina.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Dunes House at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort is an 800-sq.-ft. venue a huge deck, perfect for Hilton Head Island weddings and groups of up to 200 people.

Fun facts

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort was voted the No. 1 Family Resort in the United States and Canada by Travel + Leisure Family.

5 . Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 295 - 5998

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If the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa isn’t an island beach paradise, we’re not sure what is. Keeping in mind that Hilton Head Island is carefully managed to preserve its natural beauty, it’s amazing to find a resort that’s this close to the sand and surf.

Also keeping in mind that your Hilton Head vacation is about more than just sand, sun and a spectacular beach view from the private balcony of your stylish room or suite, the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa lets it all unfold with spectacular indoor and outdoor pools, a Jacuzzi and five indoor and outdoor dining establishments. It’s modern in a wide-open, let-the-sun-in kind of way, and at no point do you forget that the beach is never far away. Of course, the new Soleil Spa offers an escape from everything with white algae body wraps, hot stone and signature massage, a variety of facials with names such as Sea of Life and much more. This is just what you’ll find on the property. Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa is surrounded by golf courses, tennis courts and three miles of inland lagoons for kayaking and wildlife watching.

Highlights

The Presidential Suite is the largest at Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa. On the 5th floor of the hotel’s South Wing, it features a Jacuzzi, a private sauna, and private balconies for both bedrooms and parlor areas.

Related Onsite Offerings

Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa offers 17 meeting rooms totaling more than 30,000 sq. ft. and including the Leamington Grand Ballroom.

Getting there

From US I-95, take Exit 8 to Hwy. 278 East to Hilton Head. Travel 18 miles and cross the bridge to Hilton Head Island. Stay to the right and take Business 278 – William Hilton Parkway. Proceed for 8-1/2 miles and turn left into Palmetto Dunes. Contine for one mile along Queens Folly Road. At the guard gate, bear to the left to a stop sign and continue straight into the entrance to the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa.

6 . Beach Properties of Hilton Head

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 671 - 5155

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One thing we’ve noticed about Hilton Head Island is that there’s so much to see and do here. That’s a big reason why Beach Properties of Hilton Head Island makes the No. 4 spot in our list – this selection of vacation rentals ensures the ideal accommodations no matter what you visit for!

At Beach Properties of Hilton Head Island, vacation accommodations include villas and spectacular vacation homes with up to eight bedrooms. If this sounds good, wait until you see them – immaculate, stylish and surrounded by your favorite amenities. We’re talking about private outdoor swimming pools, imaginative landscaping, marble floors, flat screen TVs and more. And the locations are second to none, placing you on the fairway, near tennis courts (including free hours of tennis), on the beach path and, of course, oceanfront. Naturally, all of this is augmented by spa services, catering, bike rentals and much more, easily arranged through Beach Properties of Hilton Head Island. You know it’s your perfect Hilton Head Island vacation when you can choose every detail!

Related activities

Families on a Hilton Head Island vacation can visit the Sandbox, a hands-on interactive museum featuring Captain William Hilton's ship of discovery, an international airport terminal with a plane ready for little pilots to fly and much more.

Related Onsite Offerings

Beach Properties of Hilton Head Island provides crib and stroller rentals, grocery delivery and much more for your Hilton Head Island family vacation.

Address

5 Bow Circle Road, Palmetto Bay Office, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938

7 . Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 561 - 8802

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There are many reasons why Sea Pines Resort is a distinguished Hilton Head Island destination, but let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. The resort, divided into four distinct neighborhoods, spans 5,000 acres – nearly a third of Hilton Head Island.

The beauty of this is most evident when you consider that Sea Pines gives you access to a varied world of landscapes, including the beach, the classic South Carolina Lowcountry and even a 605-acre forest preserve. In other words, it’s a showcase of a truly unique vacation destination. For every pursuit, there’s a world-class facility for it at Sea Pines. If tennis is your passion, you’ve come to the right place – there are 23 courts here, including an 1,800-seat stadium court and a racquet club under the direction of the legendary Stan Smith. The resort has an equestrian center for horseback riding. And, of course, there are three championship golf courses including the famed Ocean Course, Harbour Town Golf Links and the new Heron Point course designed by Pete Dye. If you can’t find what you need on your Hilton Head Island getaway, you’re probably not at Sea Pines Resort!

Related Onsite Offerings

Sea Pines Resort offers award-winning ecotours where you can explore the unique Hilton Head Island environment on foot, by hay wagon, in a kayak, gazing at the stars and more.

Highlights

Sea Pines Resort combines golf, tennis and endless outdoor adventure with extensive indoor and outdoor event space and a VIP conference center plus full catering and support teams.

Address

32 Greenwood Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

8 . Bluewater Resort and Marina

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 777 - 9633

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It turns out that the whole Intracoastal Waterway experience – kayaking, sailing and plentiful plant and wildlife to witness in waters of varying depths – is privately accessible. And it’s only thus at one timeshare resort, that being Bluewater Resort and Marina.

It also turns out that Bluewater Resort and Marina is the newest timeshare resort on Hilton Head Island, and along with four phases of beautiful two- and three-bedroom villas it proudly features a private dock along with eight single kayaks and four doubles. If you like, you can take a guided water adventure – right from the dock – courtesy of two Lowcountry adventure specialists. If you’re in the mood for some land action, most of the Bluewater Resort and Marina rentals include golf and tennis privileges at a number of locations around Hilton Head Island, which is legendary as a haven for both sports. To top it off, there’s even an onsite Activity Center with an indoor pool, a sauna, a fitness studio, a game room and more.

Related activities

Visit the nearby Harbour Town Marina restaurants and shops or choose from Forest Beach, Coligny Beach, Burkes Beach, Driessen Beach and Folly Field Beach.

Related Onsite Offerings

Rentals at Bluewater Resort and Marina include golf privileges at Golden Bear golf course and The Country Club of Hilton Head.

Highlights

The interior design and décor of Bluewater Resort and Marina timeshare villas are inspired by Key West and feature open concept living areas.

9 . Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (843) 341 - 4100

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Given Disney’s tropical East Coast beginnings, it’s almost natural that there would also be a subtropical version. Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort features everything you’d expect from a Disney wonderland, all brimming with recreation and carefully blended into the natural surroundings.

At Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort, the allure is pure Hilton Head family fun, with onsite activities for kids of all ages. That includes Longview Arts and Crafts, Kids’ Night Out, Disney Discovery Club and more. There are special resort adventures for teens, as well as organized campfires and wildlife activities. There’s even a theme here, though not to the extent that you’ll find at Disney’s Orlando counterpart. The beachfront Hilton Head Island resort takes the form of a 1940s hunting and fishing lodge, if a 1940s lodge had swimming pools, bike rentals, five restaurants and one-, two- and three-bedroom accommodations with features like washers/dryers, full kitchens and even whirlpool tubs. If it sounds like Hilton Head Island family vacation, it is. And if it sounds like Disney, rest assured – it’s that too!

Highlights

The Big Dipper and The Little Dipper swimming pools at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort feature a water tower slide, water-spitting frogs and much more.

Related activities

Additional fun for all ages includes the Big Buoy Arcade, nature tours, treasure hunts and more, all available at the Disney Beach House on Hilton Head Island about one mile from the resort.

Address

From Charleston International Airport, follow Route 17 South. Follow Route 21 through Beaufort. Turn right onto Route 170 for about four miles. Turn right onto Route 278 toward Hilton Head Island. Drive eight miles, cross the Hilton Head Island Bridge and continue on Route 278 East Business (William Hilton Parkway). After about eight miles, turn right into Shelter Cove Harbour and follow the road straight back to the harbor. Veer right and follow the road across the bridge to Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort.

10 . Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

CALL DIRECT: +1 (800) 475 - 2631

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We love it when the name of a resort tells you so much about what you can expect once you arrive. Such is the case with Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort, and you’ll quickly discover that there’s much more here than even the name describes.

First, the beach: that’s you in a private beach villa, spreading out among either one or two bedrooms and surrounded by first-class features like full kitchens, bunk beds and up to 850 sq. ft. of space. At any time, it’s just a few steps to the beautiful island beach – the resort rests on 55 oceanfront acres - through any of four well-adorned entrances to the sand. The tennis: ten lighted courts, with a pro shop and a full staff of tennis pros ready to help you with your swing, plus a selection of two-bedroom tennis villas. Everything else: where to start? The largest oceanfront pool on Hilton Head Island is a good place, along with the indoor fitness center, playground and picnic area. And the activities for kids at Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort never end, whether it’s mini golf or hitting the waterpark on the island or participating in dozens of planned ice cream socials, tie-dye, sandcastle contests and much more.

Related Onsite Offerings

Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort features a 12,000-sq.-ft. conference center for groups and conventions of up to 2,000 people.

Related activities

Your vacation at Hilton Head Island Beach and Tennis Resort can also include day trips to Daufuskie Island, Charleston and Savannah, GA.

Address

40 Folly Field Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

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