When my Barrett and I were on the search for our babymoon destination our list of “must-haves” didn’t have many points of intersection. His: an incredible golf course, a place to have a great steak and cocktails with a view. Hers: a renowned spa, a body of water (Zika free, of course) and a relaxed dress code.
We planned no less than five completely different trips across the US in a span of three months. Nothing felt right. Then, on a whim, I decided to actually take his list of “must-haves” into consideration (something I hadn’t really thought to do with any kind of true intention) and a google search brought me to Kiawah. We pulled the trigger within an hour. Kiawah Island Babymoon
If you aren’t an avid golfer or native southerner there’s a chance you haven’t heard of Kiawah (KEE-a-wah), and honestly they’re okay with that. I think they like being a poorly kept secret.
So here’s how it went:
The drive from Atlanta is a very manageable five and half hours, but we decided to stop and spend one day in Charleston on our way down. If I’m being honest, Kiawah’s proximity to my favorite southern city – about 20 miles south – was a huge selling point for selecting the resort. If the resort only ended up being a lackluster backdrop to the challenging Ocean Course and a great place to ride bikes and kayak, none of which my seven months pregnant self was able to do, the trip would not have been a bust. Luckily, I had nothing to worry about.
Once we arrived at the resort I parked myself in a beach chair – and basically didn’t move for the next four days (except to visit the spa for the best maternity massage EVER.)
We stayed at the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island, a lowcountry mansion with the most beautiful antiques and walnut-plank floors that almost compete with the the 10-mile-long coast of Atlantic Ocean it frames. I felt right at home walking through the lobby with my flip flops and beach bag as I did in my fancy dress for our dinner at The Ocean Room, a fantastic New American style steakhouse (order the french fries…trust me.)
The rooms are spacious and thoughtfully designed in a way that makes them feel like more of a traditional South Carolina guest room and less of a hotel. We opted for a Ocean View that gave us a sidelong vista, but if you’re looking for the complete experience grab an Oceanfront room for fantastic morning coffee panoramic views.
Kiawah Island Babymoon
Not to be Missed Kiawah Experiences:
- Grab a cocktail (or a mocktail) and a sunset view at the The Ryder Cup Bar
- Book a nature tour and go scouting for sea turtles and alligators or go Pluff Mud Paddling for a lesson in salt marsh ecology
- Choose a treatment at the The Spa at The Sanctuary – but plan extra time to enjoy the amenities
- Breakfast at Jasmine Porch – ideally in a comfy wicker chair looking out on the gardens
- Take a lesson at The Barth Tennis Academy under the guidance of an instructor formally ranked top 40 in world
- If you are a golfer it goes without saying that you need to play the Ocean Course…at least once
The Kiawah crowd is different depending on where you are looking. If you’re anywhere near one of the golf courses you will likely find yourself in a sea of needlepoint belts and Gator Bite Margaritas as you might expect. But the great thing about the vibe is is it’s not trying too hard, and neither are the guests. Everything and everyone is relaxed. Expect to find families on bikes cruising though the well manicured streets or on the flat, well-packed beaches and honeymooners with boat drinks by the adult only pool. The only prickly groups to watch out for are the alligators, bobcats and snakes that roam the grounds. But what’s a babymoon without a little excitement? K
See more about our trip in Johns Creek Lifestyle Magazine