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Hilton Head offers an ideal seaside vacation in South Carolina with beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, outstanding golf, and much more. While you could just relax and enjoy the view, there’s a long list of recreational activities available in addition to golf on land and on the water. For the perfect base to enjoy it all, we offer a mix of options for everyone, from charming inns and resorts to vacation rentals available through both Airbnb and Vrbo.
Beach House is a Holiday Inn Resort located in one the most desirable spots on the island at Coligny Beach, providing an ideal base not only to the sand and sunsets but all sorts of restaurants and attractions. It has an oceanfront outdoor pool and three of its own dining options, including The Porch Southern Kitchen & Bar where you can dine in or out on mouthwatering southern comfort fare. Afterward, enjoy live music and cocktails at the Tiki Hut. The Shack offers quick meals at the pool or beach. The comfy rooms include flat-screen TVs and blackout shades so you can enjoy sleeping in without getting blasted by the sun.
One of the best oceanfront resorts in Hilton Head, the Omni Hilton Head is a destination in itself, with three ocean-view swimming pools, two oceanfront Jacuzzis, private beach access, a full-service spa and a fitness center. Golfers can enjoy 54 holes of championship golf, and there are 25 tennis courts too. The kids have a playground to enjoy and can also take part in the Omni Kids Crew program which includes milk and cookies delivered to the room on the first night of the stay, a pair of binoculars, games, and more.
The beachfront Grande Ocean Resort by Marriott is a collection of villas, all with two bedrooms and two baths plus the usual comforts of home like full kitchens with dishware and cookware and laundry facilities. All include private patios or balconies and incredible ocean views. There’s a ton to do right on the property, in fact, you can park and never get behind the wheel again until you’re ready to leave. There’s a putting green for practicing your swing, indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpools, bicycle rentals, lawn games and nature trails. While your villa includes all you need to prepare your own meals, a grille and pool bar is on-site when you’re not in the mood to put out the effort.
Often rated at the top of Hilton Head’s luxury hotels, The Inn and Club at Harbour Town offers a wide range of desirable amenities and a prime location for golfing, shopping, and dining. Bike rentals are complimentary for exploring the trails, and it includes a beautiful pool with comfy loungers overlooking a golf course, with food and drink service available. There are three championship courses on-site along with a large fitness center, yoga studio and tennis courts. Rooms include minibars and Nespresso machines, 37” flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations, and spa-like bathrooms with soaking tubs and rainfall showerheads.
The Westin Hilton Head Resort and Spa offers private oceanfront access with its own stretch of beach and provides complimentary shuttle service to nearby Port Royal Golf Club. There are multiple pools, including one that’s heated and covered if it isn’t warm enough out, and a seasonal kids’ club with a variety of supervised activities like nature walks and games. The adults can enjoy the spa which offers an extensive menu of services, a steam room, whirlpool, and relaxation lounges. Rooms include 42″ flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, coffeemakers, robes, and private balconies, some with views of the ocean.
This Sea Loft offers a unique treehouse-like stay with lots of privacy surrounded by the trees and the marsh, yet it’s close to dining, shopping, and activities in Harbour Town. Sea Pines Beach is an easy bike ride away. It includes an open-concept kitchen/dining/living area with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout showcasing the peaceful scenery and abundant wildlife, like egrets, herons and deer. Up to four guests can be accommodated in one bedroom with a queen-size bed plus a sleeper sofa and murphy bed in the living room. Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a washer/dryer are included too.
Great for a large group, this home can accommodate up to 10 with the beach accessed in less than 10 minutes on foot or under five by bike. It sits at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, providing a peaceful, private setting with the area behind the oversized pool and spa a green space. Inside are large TVs in every room, all with streaming cable, premium movie channels (HBO, Showtime, TMC, STARZ, and EPIX) along with Roku (Netflix, Amazon, Britbox, Apple+ and Disney+).
This 5-star treehouse offers lots of luxuries indoors and out, within walking distance to the shore, Harbour Town and the Harbour Town Lighthouse, an ideal spot for strolling along the water at sunset and then enjoying a bite at a local restaurant. It accommodates up to six guests in two bedrooms, with wall-to-wall windows surrounded by views. You’ll have a fully equipped kitchen and a private deck with the marsh, and a gas grill. Access to a pool is included too.
Marriott’s Surf Watch offers two- and three-bedroom villa rentals and a wide range of amenities on-site. The spacious villas have separate living and dining rooms, full kitchens, washers and dryers and private balconies. The oceanfront pool and poolside bar are a highlight and there are gorgeous saltwater pools along with a private beach, picnic area, lawn games and fitness center. There’s an on-site market when you need to pick up ingredients to make your own meals but when you don’t want to cook, local restaurants offer dinner delivery. A beauty salon and car rentals are available right on-site too.
A quiet, laid-back resort with a bit of a kitschy vibe as a Disney brand, with activities like singing around the campfire and rooms with lodge-like decor, Disney’s Hilton Head Resort is ideal for parents who aren’t looking for the total Disney experience but want to please the kids. It includes two outdoor pools, one at the beach and another with a waterslide, a fishing pier for casting a line, a game room and a playground. While rooms include kitchenettes and full kitchens for making your own meals, there are also two on-site eateries plus a grill for cookouts.
This two-bedroom villa accommodates five and overlooks the 15th fairway of the George Fazio Golf Course. It sits in a gated community, located less than a mile from the beach and comes with complimentary beach toys, beach chairs and umbrellas. You’ll have a full kitchen with a drip coffeemaker and a Kuerig coffee machine, fast-speed Wi-Fi, and multiple TVs, including a 65″ Smart TV in the living room with more than 250 channels, including Roku. Plus, enjoy access to an outdoor pool, tennis courts, pickleball courts, and bike paths.
Located right on the beach, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is spread across 11 acres and includes a zero-entry lagoon-style pool and lush, tropical gardens. There’s a full-service spa for pampering treatments like massages, facials, and salon services, including manis and pedis, along with five different restaurants and bars. It hosts the island’s most popular seafood buffet, while rooms come with Smart TVs, free Wi-Fi, private balconies or patios, and luxurious bath amenities.
This Vrbo vacation rental accommodates up to eight, located in Hilton Head’s Moss Creek Resort area. The 1,500-square-foot cottage has two bedrooms with fabulous indoor and outdoor living spaces, including a deck with a grill and a backyard for relaxing with wildlife and marsh views. It includes a full kitchen with new appliances, a laundry room and a living room with a fireplace too – and, just above it is a large flat-screen cable HDTV with a Sound Bar, Smart TV features, and a Blu-ray DVD player.