Hilton Head Island is primarily known for resorts, PGA golf courses and walkable beaches with tightly packed sand. Resources and development have been closely monitored, preserving the marshes and abundance of trees, giving this low country South Carolina destination a natural, lively feel.
About 20 miles north of Savannah and a bit south of Charleston, Hilton Head is fabulously situated on a prime east coast spot. Finding a resort that adapts to your lifestyle and traveling entourage is effortless, because our list of the top ones cater to everyone from the honeymooning couple, to the Brady Bunch-sized families.
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First things first, Sonesta is right on the beach, and in Shipyard Plantation, a coveted community in the area. In addition to several spots to munch within the resort, Heyward’s Friday seafood buffet offers southern ocean fare done right—seafood on the lower east coast is typically golden fried with appropriate fixings such as hush puppies and grits. With a kids area, the pool is a standout feature with partially shaded portions. Warm aromatic footbaths, massages, other luxurious body treatments and champagne are available at the relaxing spa. The natural surroundings bring an even deeper sense of serenity, and there’s a great top-notch golf course and high-end tennis facilities at your disposal.
Omni hotels always come through in fulfilling one’s need for a relaxing, elegant stay. Also well known for their lavish spas, like the stunning cavernous retreat in the line’s historic Asheville location, Hilton Head is no exception. Food wise, the Buoy Bar has excellent crab cakes, and chef-prepared peach tarts and champagne await you in the lobby. Perfect for grown-up getaways is the adult only, lavish pool.
Lovely tropical grounds make for picturesque walks through the beach resort with private oceanfront access. Three modern swimming pools and special access to the Port Royal Golf & Raquet Club allow for plenty of exercise and recreation. Rooms offer a little more than the typical, with double vanities in the bathroom, and an extra plush bed.
Rooms have more detailed aesthetic touches, like intricate wall designs and classic, homey furniture, which have helped the resort score a AAA Four Diamond and Forbes four-star ranking. You feel like royalty with a personal butler, valet parking and turn down service. Overall, it’s an intimate, partially golf-centered escape.
Incredible pool areas are front and center at this Marriott branch, with flowing shapes and crystal clear waters. Google and TripAdvisor guests highly praise the pool bar and frosty drinks and tasty snacks that are served. Somehow managing to be so immaculate they look new, rooms feature an uncluttered design with clean lines and a warm modern look.
When Mermaids meet with your kids for a play date by the pool, you know it’s going to be a pretty cool vacation—there’s even a splash pad and water slide. While seemingly a kid’s paradise, the high end nature of the resort is supreme for adult relaxation, too. The rooms are more than what you’d expect, with elegant five star touches—the general environment of the grounds is lushly tropical with easy beach access.
A zero entry beach-style pool with mushroom water fountains is convenient for families with kids a bit too small to brave the ocean waves. Numerous rooms have premium ocean views from spectacular balconies, and there’s nothing like chilling outside at night, as those waves crash and the breezes blow. Suites look as if they’ve jumped right off a magazine page with luxuriously tiled bathrooms, wood-style flooring and marshmallow soft beds. Another handy feature is the onsite market offering basic essentials and snacks— the resort is also very close to shops and restaurants.
A casual island feel and a curvy, winding, river-like pool are the focal piece of this updated island retreat. Outdoor movies and a kiddie pool add to the family appeal, and the rooms are spacious enough for small groups to spread out. On certain nights, a live band will hit the tiki hut, and it’s a great place to sip a drink and kick back. The chill vibe, yet seamless decor create a wonderful retreat.
Disney flare, along with iconic delicious food, converges in this adorable Hilton Head family getaway. Hilton Head’s Disney location is completely fitting for parents who’d rather skip the full-blown Disney experience, as the vibes here are very subtle, but exciting for the kids none the less. So there you have it, the island has so many resort facilities that you can even stay at Disney!