Turtle Point at Kiawah Island Golf Resort News

January 22, 2009

Mobil Travel Guide honors The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort with coveted Five Star Award for second year in a row

South Carolina oceanfront hotel's spa also gains top rating

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC - For the second year in a row, the Mobil Travel Guide today bestowed upon The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort the coveted Mobil Five Star Award. Also for the second year in a row, Mobil recognized The Sanctuary's spa with its separate Five Star rating for hotel spas, making it one of only eight spas to achieve this designation.

"It is an honor to receive these distinguished and coveted awards for the second year in a row," said Roger Warren, president of Kiawah Island Golf Resort. "They are 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."

Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the only property in North America to have both a Mobil Five Star hotel (The Sanctuary), and a golf course rated five stars by Golf Digest (The Ocean Course).

The Sanctuary, which features 255 rooms and suites and opened in 2004, also joins its sister properties The Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA, and The Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, TN, in achieving the coveted Mobil Five Star rating, creating an unrivalled portfolio of independent hotels. All three properties also hold the AAA Five Diamond rating, placing them on an elite list of 33 hotels, resorts and inns in North America and Mexico to hold AAA's and Mobil's highest 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. Readers of Golf World magazine currently rate it as America's top resort and the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine ranks The Sanctuary as the No. 3 resort in America. It is a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.

Since its inception in 1958, the Mobil Travel Guide has used an objective set of criteria, unique among leading travel books, that sets national standards yet allows for regional and individual preferences. A carefully selected team of hospitality experts anonymously evaluates the establishments listed in the Guide. Properties must offer a level of experience appropriate to the cost, based on the quality of such items as décor, comfort, amenities, and services.


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