The Kiawah Island Lifestyle
Kiawah Island, South Carolina is a place of timeless values where a deep connection with nature and a love of unique resort living have captivated residents and visitors for generations. In this serene coastal setting, Kiawah residents enjoy life surrounded by preserved marshlands, ancient forests, ten pristine miles of beachfront – all the while enjoying close proximity to the 21st century amenities and services needed to indulge in a discerning and ever-active lifestyle. Kiawah is also just minutes away from charming and historic Charleston.
Life on Kiawah is composed of equal parts sophistication and simple pleasures: world-class cuisine, spa facilities and championship golf at both the exclusive Kiawah Island Club and award-winning Kiawah Island Golf Resort, and shopping and entertainment are balanced with days at the beach, casting a line in the river, family dinners on the screened porch, and evenings with friends.
Playing On Kiawah
Amid Kiawah Island's uncommon beauty, The Kiawah Island Club is an exclusive private membership club for property owners with an unmatched collection of amenities and distinctive venues. Its ‘crown jewels’ are its two championship golf courses, offering Kiawah’s only private golf experience. The River Course, which was designed by one of today’s premier golf architects, Tom Fazio, weaves through maritime forest and along the oyster banks and marsh grasses of the Kiawah River and Bass Pond.
The Club’s second course, Cassique is the first solo-designed course in America by five-time British Open winner Tom Watson. The course is positioned along the Kiawah River where it meets the Atlantic Ocean, representing an exceptional marriage between its combinations of a classic British Island links course with an extraordinary Carolina Lowcountry setting.
Kiawah is also home to five more award-winning golf courses including The Ocean Course, which will play host to the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah. Known to be one of the toughest courses in North America, the Ocean Course is located on the eastern-most end of Kiawah, and boasts more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere.
The Kiawah Island Club Amenities
From its complex of pools at The Beach Club to its rubico tennis courts at The River Course, The Kiawah Island Club provides a full complement of exercise facilities. Lap swimming and organized water aerobics are available, and a state-of-the-art Sports Pavilion features today’s leading exercise machines and free weights, along with the services of a certified fitness trainer. Sasanqua, the Club’s full-service spa, offers signature treatments and products derived by indigenous ingredients.
With 2010 James Beard Foundation award-winning Tom Colicchio as Consulting Chef, The Kiawah Island Club's restaurants provide the finest of dining. Cassique's private restaurant and pub, Voysey's, and The Beach Club's Tides offer Members unique and delectable culinary experiences.
Residents don’t have to worry about making the trek into Charleston to enjoy the city’s famous shopping and dining. Freshfields Village is a perfect mix of shops, businesses and restaurants in a timeless and peaceful setting designed to evoke an era gone by. So much more than a spectacular place to shop, Freshfields Village is where Charleston residents and visitors, alike, meet to find the perfect gift, enjoy fine and casual dining and share unique cultural events like outdoor concerts, art exhibits and festivals.
The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is a Forbes Five-Star, exquisitely designed oceanfront hotel that captures the spirit, history and charm of the beautiful south. This world-class getaway boasts numerous restaurants, including the Five-Star Ocean Room, an award-winning spa and golf, and beautiful accommodations
Living On Kiawah
Visiting Kiawah is an experience all of its own but owning a home on Kiawah takes it to an entirely new level. Whether it’s a breathtaking oceanfront escape, a deepwater retreat with private dock or a home near a championship golf course, the residences available are one-of-a-kind. Villas and cottages offer easy living and close proximity to all of the Island’s amenities, and homesites here are ready and waiting for the right individual to come along and build the perfect Island getaway. Among these diverse lifestyle options, there are a number of new neighborhoods available that offer something for everyone.
In Cassique, residents enjoy close proximity to the Kiawah Island Club and amenities, including golf course and breathtaking Clubhouse, Voysey’s restaurant, with consulting chef Tom Colicchio at the helm, and the state-of-the-art Sports Pavilion.
The architecture and planning of Cassique were highly influenced by the English Arts and Crafts movement of the early 19th century. The homes, Clubhouse, and gardens within Cassique represent the movement’s emphasis on art’s relationship with the environment. Reminiscent of English countryside homes, the residences emphasize quality craftsmanship through use of natural materials, coordination and contrast of color, consideration of artificial and natural light, harmonious spatial relationships, and proportionate scale. From homesites with lagoon, golf, or maritime forest views to Garden Cottage courtyard homes and estate residences, there’s a property in Cassique to fit any desire.
The Cypress Point neighborhood is centrally located on the island, nestled within the verdant foliage of Kiawah. The Cottages at Cypress Point is a stylish, eco-sensitive enclave where 23 built-for-sale homesites boast wooded and golf views, each floor plan embraces a private courtyard and neighbors gather at the tranquility garden pool for a mid-summer dip or evening socials. Homes here are thoughtfully placed to preserve the natural landscape and gracious living is in-sync with its natural surroundings.
Under construction now, Indigo Park is Kiawah’s most recent addition and the Island’s first entirely environmentally friendly neighborhood. Secluded among the forests and marsh, all of the 16 homes will be built according to Platinum LEED standards. The neighborhood will also include its very own private community park. Once completed, Indigo Park is anticipated to be the first Platinum LEED Certified community within a luxury resort.