Turtle Point at Kiawah Island Golf Resort News

November 11, 2009

Forbes (formerly Mobil) Travel Guide and AAA honor The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort with coveted Five Star and Five Diamond Awards

South Carolina oceanfront hotel’s spa also gains top rating while The Ocean Room restaurant obtains Forbes Four star and AAA Four Diamonds

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC – Both the Forbes (formerly Mobil) Travel Guide and AAA have awarded The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort with their highest awards -- Five Stars by the Forbes Travel Guide and Five Diamonds by AAA. This is the third year in a row that Forbes/Mobil has bestowed its highest award and the fourth time for AAA since The Sanctuary opened in 2004.

In addition, the Forbes Travel Guide recognized The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort with Five Stars for the third year in a row, making it one of only 13 spas to achieve their highest designation.

The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort’s high-end steakhouse, earned both Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond awards. It is one of only two steakhouses nationally to earn Forbes Four Stars. There are no Five Star steakhouses.
“It is an honor to receive these distinguished and coveted awards,” said Roger Warren, president of Kiawah Island Golf Resort. “To win them year after year is a tremendous credit to our staff who has continued to maintain the highest standards of service making The Sanctuary one of the finest destinations in the world.”

The Sanctuary, which features 255 rooms and suites, also joins its sister properties The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA, and The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN, in achieving the coveted Forbes Five Star, creating an unrivalled portfolio of independent hotels. All three properties also hold the AAA Five Diamond rating. The Sanctuary’s other sister property, The Inn at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, earned Forbes Travel Guide Four Star and AAA Four Diamond awards.

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort is an oceanfront hotel and spa and is part of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, which features five championship golf courses, two tennis centers, nine restaurants and a variety of recreation and nature programs. It was named the No. 1 resort on the U.S. Mainland and Kiawah Island was named the No. 1 island in North America in the latest Conde Nast Traveler “Readers’ Choice Award.” Additionally, readers of Golf World magazine currently rate Kiawah Island Golf Resort as America’s top resort. It is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.

Forbes Travel Guide's 2010 Five and Four Star awards feature properties in destinations throughout North America, as well as our newest international ratings in Hong Kong, Macau and Beijing. The North American winners include 47 Five Star hotels. 21 Five-Star restaurants and 13 Five Star spas; Four Star winners include 147 hotels and resorts, 160 restaurants and 100 spas. The international winners include 6 Five Star hotels, 15 Four Star hotels, 5 Five Star spas and 9 Four Star Spas.


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