Luxury abounds in Kiawah for the holidays

10/18/2013 12:00 AM

09/13/2013 3:27 PM

Kiawah Resort (www.kiawahresort.com), less than 30 miles from Charleston, features varied accommodations (from The Sanctuary full-service resort to a wide range of villa and house rentals), lots of dining options, shopping, golf, tennis, miles of wide beachfront, and much more.

Golf and tennis on Kiawah Island are simply amazing. With five championship layouts and more than 20 tennis courts with varied surfaces, it’s a great place to bring your clubs and racquets. Helpful instruction programs are offered throughout the winter in both sports. Kiawah’s Golf or Gourmet Escape Package, available Nov. 3-Feb. 26, includes two nights and two rounds of golf or two dinners. There are a variety of packages to choose from.

Whether it’s casual barbecue or creative and sustainable seafood in upscale setting, dining on Kiawah Island is always special. The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary remains the island’s premier dining destination thanks to Chef Jason Rheinwald’s cuisine and a wine list with more than 1,000 selections. Other options include golf clubhouse dining, Southern Kitchen (specializing in Lowcountry classics) and Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House.

Kiawah visitors can check everything off their holiday shopping list on Kiawah Island. The possibilities include Beaches & Cream (ask about The Sanctuary seasonal gift basket), Straw Market Shops and Turtles’ Nest Art Studio.

Events on Kiawah Island this winter include Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz (Nov. 7-9; www.weekendofjazz.com) and the 36th Annual Kiawah Island Golf Resort Marathon (Dec. 14).

And then there are special occasions linked to the holidays. (Details: www.kiawahresort.com.)

The long weekend of Nov. 28-Dec. 1 brings a Thanksgiving Feast at The Sanctuary, a special five-course tasting menu in The Ocean Room, a Thanksgiving buffet at The Atlantic Room, the Mingo Point Oyster Roast & BBQ, a Turkey Trot, a Fall Festival, Santa’s Lowcountry Arrival, the tree-lighting ceremony and other events.

Christmas on Kiawah Island runs through all of December and includes cookie decorating, Holiday Storybook Tea with Mrs. Claus, Holiday s’mores, and special Christmas Eve and Day dining.

New Year’s Eve and Day on Kiawah Island entails a New Year’s Eve Family Celebration, special dining, and a new Polar Bear Plunge.

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