In 1948, there was little tourism in Charleston. A brochure for the Festival of Houses that year listed five places to stay. The most expensive hotel cost $3.00 a night. As one of our Spoleto Festival jazz greats said one night “….this town has some of the best cribs I’ve ever seen”. And it’s true. There is something for every taste and budget. Most places are within walking distance of what you want to do. Some are destination hotels close to the city. You can spend days and evenings on the Peninsula and then retreat to your hotel or inn and spend the next day in a beautiful settingaway from the city. Plus, they are very romantic; if that is of any interest to you and your travel companions.
Kiawah is a sea island, or barrier island located 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Charleston and it is operated today largely as a gated beach and golf resort—the Kiawah Island Golf Resort—with spacious villas, beaches, large and acclaimed golf courses, and other attractions. As of the 2010 census, Kiawah Island's population was 1,626, up from 1,163 at the 2000 census. The island is part of the Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan area. Alternative spellings and variants of the name itself include "Kiawa", "Kittiwar" (in DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy), and "Kittiwah" (in George and Ira Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess).
Kiawah was named for the Kiawah Indians who were led by their head chieftain or cassique. In the year 1670, the cassique of the Kiawah led English colonists to settle at Charlestowne Landing.
Long held by the Vanderhorst family, Kiawah Island was purchased by C.C. Royal in 1950 for logging and timber; he went on to develop the first summer home neighborhood in 1954 along the beach and named the street Eugenia, after his wife. In 1974 Royal's heirs sold the island to Kuwait Investment Corporation; soon after, a thorough environmental survey is conducted, and a master plan for Kiawah's development is produced. Two years later, in 1976, real estate sales commenced and the Cougar Point (formerly Marsh Point) golf course was opened.
The 1980s saw the opening of two of the seven golf courses associated with Kiawah-Turtle Point in 1981 and Osprey Point in 1988. 1988 also saw all resort assets and amenities, along with Kiawah's undeveloped lands purchased by the development group, Kiawah Resort Associates (KRA), owned by Charles P. Darby III and Patrick W. McKinney, et al. The Town of Kiawah was also established in the same year. Buddy Darby's vision and charisma brought the famed PGA Ryder Cup to Kiawah in 1991 and established the island resort as a national attraction. Today, Buddy and his son Charles P. Darby IV are developing the resort Christophe Harbour on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. www.christopheharbour.com
Following the impact of Hurricane Hugo in 1989, KRA sold resort assets to Landmark Land Co., who would then sell the assets to William H. Goodwin of Virginia in 1993. The 90s saw the establishment of the Kiawah Island Club in 1993 and the addition of three more courses: the Ocean Course in 1991, designed by Pete Dye and the home of the Ryder Cup that year, the River Course in 1995, and Oak Point in 1997. The final of Kiawah's associated golf courses, Cassique, was opened in 2000 with a grand clubhouse and the course designed by Tom Watson . Freshfields Village, a town-center type mix of shopping, dining, and services saw ground broken in 2004. That same year, The Sanctuary hotel opened on the island. In 2013, Darby and associates sold Kiawah Partners to the South Street Partners for an estimated $350 million. This transaction included Kiawah Island Club, Kiawah Island Real Estate, Freshfields Village, Kiawah Island Utility, and other domestic and international holdings such as the famed links course and clubhouse Doonbeg, in Southern Ireland.
The Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island. This is but one of the true barrier island destinations that can only be described by a visit. World class amenities are close. A spa. Dining experiences. 11 miles of beach. Grand swimming pools. Concerts on the beach. Every recreation imaginable at your disposal. It is a Paradice
The Charleston Peninsula Hotels & Inns
In the heat of the summer and Fall in Charleston you will need to know where the best swimming pools are located. The average temperature in August * is fierce. In September in Charleston it is ** beginning to cool a little and the secluded pool at the Inn is one of the best amenities of your stay. It is one of Charleston's favorite local weekend getaways to go to the close by country and spend the weekend at this architectural gem. The Inn is sixteen miles from the Peninsula and faces the Ashley River. The long manicured walks along the river are exquisite. And the celebrated Middleton restaurant is a short walk from the Inn.
*Average weather in August in Charleston is characterized by gradually falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing by 3°F, from 89°F to 86°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 94°F or dropping below 81°F during the day. The average low is 72°F
** Average high in September is 85°F and the average low is 68°F