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South Carolina beaches are beautiful with plenty of gorgeous spots and a lot to do.  So, it’s not surprising the best hotels in nation list includes two South Carolina resorts.  The State reports U.S. News & World Report mentions the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf resort near Charleston along with The Inn & Club at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island on a top 10 places to stay list.  In putting the list together, three categories helped with the rankings.  For each location, reviewers looked at past recognition, data from travel review site Tripadvisor and “hotel class” or star ratings.  The report indicated the higher ranked hotels usually receive positive marks from experts and users when it comes to “exceptional quality.”  Between the two South Carolina resorts making the grade, Kiawah Island Golf Resort finished higher at number 4.  The beautiful Sanctuary hotel is home to a spa along with an oceanfront setting.

And, according to reviews on Tripadvisor, visitors remarked about the “manicured lawns” and nearby sea creatures.  The resort website calls it a “casual but elegant building, reminiscent of a grand seaside mansion.” Next, we move to The Inn & Club at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island.  This resort finished right behind the Sanctuary at number 5.  Visitors to this resort mentioned the top hospitality and Lowcountry decor.  And, Tripadvisor reviews bragged about the rooms and golf course views.  The spot’s website boasts about the decor reminiscent of the coastal palette and island charm.  Taking the number one spot in the nation was Acqualina Resort & Residences near Miami.  Check here for the rest of the list.  However, maybe you can plan a stay at one of the best hotels in the nation close to home in South Carolina.

10 Best Resorts In South Carolina For Your 2023 Vacation

Craving the perfect weekend getaway? I just got back from vacation but what I wouldn’t give for another relaxing weekend. And lucky for us, some of the best resorts around are right down the road in South Carolina. Travel & Leisure recently ranked their Top 10 South Carolina Resort Hotels. All ten of these are the epitome of luxury and relaxation. The list was based on reader votes in the publication’s World’s Best Awards. The hotels were rated on facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. South Carolina has miles of coastline so it’s no surprise that the vast majority of hotels included are waterfront. Nine of ten are located on the water to be exact.

Hilton Head was the leader with four of the ten hotels located on the island. Other locations represented include Kiawah and Bluffton. Whether you are traveling with the family or just a relaxing adults-only getaway you’ll be sure to enjoy these resorts. They feature all the amenities you could hope for with golf, spas, beaches, restaurants, and more. All of these reasons keep visitors coming back year after year to enjoy the South Carolina Lowcountry.

There are so many spots I’d love to travel to, though looking at photos of these gorgeous resorts may have catapulted several of them to the top of my list. Have you stayed at any of them? Which is your favorite?

Read Travel & Leisure’s full article here or keep reading to see the 10 best resorts in South Carolina.

  • 10. Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island

    The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort is located on sugar sand beaches off the coast of South Carolina on one of the most beloved islands in the United States. The Omni is part of the prestigious Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort community which features an 11-mile lagoon system with bike trails, tennis courts, and three championship golf courses. Of course you’ll also find incredible pools and delicious, elegant dining,


  • 9. Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach

    The Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes is the only AAA-rated Four Diamond hotel on Myrtle Beach, SC. It’s home to championship golf courses at Grande Dunes. Visitors can discover all-day dining and delicious international cuisine right on the ocean at our on-site restaurants and bars. There is also beach access, indoor and outdoor pools, the Hibiscus Spa, and a complimentary health club. 


  • 8. Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, Hilton Head Island

    You don’t have to go to Florida to experience the magic of Disney. Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort is located on the picturesque coast of HHI South Carolina. This elegant, relaxing resort has the feel of a 1940s hunting and fishing lodge. It offers the perfect combination of local, Southern charm, and outdoor fun the whole family can enjoy. The resort features 12 miles of heavenly beaches as well as a huge pool and waterslide.


  • 7. The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Hilton Head Island

    The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa is a stimulating experience for guests in South Carolina. This oceanfront resort in Hilton Head features “farm & sea to table” dining at multiple restaurants and three outdoor pools.  You are steps away from the beach and have the option to partake in rejuvenating treatments at the spa.


  • 6. Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms

    Self-proclaimed as “Charleston’s Island Resort” Wild Dunes is a beach resort unlike any other. On the property, you will find multiple hotels and vacation rentals all with unique views, the best in amenities, and easy access to Isle of Palms beach. Wild Dunes Resort offers something for everyone: Award-winning golf and tennis to sparkling pools; delicious on-site dining to memorable outdoor adventures.


  • 5. The Inn & Club at Harbour Town, Hilton Head Island

    Experience the height of luxury at the only Forbes Four-Star hotel on Hilton Head Island. This boutique hotel offers guests elegant furnishings, stylish décor, premium amenities, and legendary personalized service. Discover first-class dining, legendary golf, and superior hospitality at this boutique hotel.


  • 4. The Willcox, Aiken

    Guests of The Wilcox in Aiken, SC feature luxury accommodations, an award-winning restaurant, the Lobby Bar which is the “Place to See and Be Seen,” and a full service Salon and Spa.


  • 3. Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton

    Montage Palmetto Bluff is nestled along the scenic May River in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.  It is between Hilton Head Island and Savannah. The resort encompasses an extensive nature preserve, two picturesque villages featuring an array of inspired dining options, a riverfront marina, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.


  • 2. The Beach Club at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, Mount Pleasant

    This one-of-a-kind waterfront hotel in Charleston, is home to 92 guestrooms and all the luxury amenities you need for a relaxing getaway. Step out on the porch to enjoy a handcrafted cocktail and light fare crafted from locally sourced ingredients, while taking in gorgeous views of the marina, historic sites, and Charleston skyline. The Beach Club delivers an authentic Charleston experience.


  • 1. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island

    Located just 21 miles from Charleston, this South Carolina luxury beach resort hotel delivers Forbes Five-Star service along with unequaled accommodations. Every detail has been prioritized, offering guests distinguished service and unparalleled luxury in a truly sumptuous setting.


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