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Wild Dunes Resort – A Weekend Getaway to South Carolina

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Wild Dunes Resort – A Weekend Getaway to South Carolina

On a recent trip to South Carolina we spent a weekend at the Wild Dunes Resort on the Isle of Palms.  The expansive and lushly landscaped property felt much more like its own homey community as opposed to what comes to mind when I hear the word “resort”.   The atmosphere is very low key, creating an environment suitable for couple’s getaways to family vacations and anything in between. The amenities were all perfectly appointed, creating a village-like style.  On a casual stroll you could find yourself at any number of pools, the quaint boardwalk leading to the beach, immaculate tennis courts, or the beautiful golf courses known for their challenging design by Tom Fazio.

The Village area, where we stayed, was just that, a little village.  The bottom floor was lined with shops, restaurants, a mini grocer, a spa, the activity center and an outdoor amphitheater.  The courtyard had enormous terra cotta planters filled with palm trees and hibiscus and sets of white rocking chairs generously placed about.  The building entries to get to the guestrooms were nestled between shops and were actually cozy little courtyards behind charming wrought iron gates with beautifully flowering landscapes.

The accommodations are just as plentiful as the amenities.  In addition to the main hotel and the Village that are made up of standard guest rooms and connecting suites, there are beautiful condos and multi-bedroom houses as well.

On our short daily walk down to the beach everyday we witnessed family bike rides, wedding ceremonies, private cocktail parties, tennis lessons and golfers heading to the courses. The beach is beautiful and we experienced the best of both worlds.  During the day it’s lined with umbrellas, chairs and vacationers playing in the surf and catching rays.  At night it was all ours to lie under the sky counting the stars to the sound of the waves or to go on a long romantic walk while occasionally chasing ghost crabs back into the water.

I can see Wild Dunes as a destination perfect for a family vacation, a girl’s weekend with my tennis team or a romantic getaway.  It’s a quick four and a half hour drive from Atlanta, which is fabulous for a long weekend on a whim.  Not that it would be possible to run out of things to do or places to eat on the property, but downtown Charleston is a fast hop over the bridge for a day of shopping or evening on the town.  The staff at Wild Dunes was more than helpful and knowledgeable and gave personal recommendations for places to eat and things to see and do.

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