Kiawah Island Voted Among World’s Best in the U.S.

Travel + Leisure Names Kiawah Island & Charleston One of the World’s Best 


We are pleased to share Kiawah Island is No. 9 among ‘The Top 10 Islands in the Continental U.S.’

Due to votes by T+L readers, destinations rank for natural attractions, beaches, cuisine, culture, friendliness, and overall value.

“The best islands in the continental US share an ability to slow down the hands of time,” writes the magazine on its website, “to recall simpler times and slower, laid-back living.”

In addition, our hometown of Charleston, SC remains the No. 1 city in America. This makes the 5th consecutive year for the southern city. It is also the No. 2 city in the World. In 2016 Charleston became the first city in the US ever to be named the #1 City in the World. A historical moment for the city. We believe Charleston deserves every one of the “bests” bestowed upon it. A mere 21 miles away, you can spend the day in the Holy City and still make it home for sunset on Kiawah’s beach.

Kiawah is no stranger to the World’s Best

As a result, the Island coveted the No. 2 honor in 2016 and was also named the No. 1 Golf Resort in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure Golf. The Island is a proud host to several championships including the 1991 Ryder Cup, the 2012 PGA Championship, and the upcoming 2021 PGA Championship.

Most noteworthy, the Island is named a Top-Five Second Home Resort by Barron’s PENTA Magazine for the second straight year. This marks seven consecutive years the magazine ranks Kiawah on its list of America’s Best Places for Second Homes.

“We are thrilled to be one of the top 10 islands in the United States. The Kiawah Island Real Estate team certainly believes and ensures that Kiawah is the ‘World’s Best’ every day. We’ve worked closely with over 10,000 families to find their dream home or in many cases here, home away from home. I believe they would all very much agree that there’s no other island quite like Kiawah.” – Chris Drury, KIRE President and Broker in Charge

Due to this, Kiawah ranks at the top for lifestyle, golf, real estate and environmental stewardship. Read more about the Island’s impressive number of awards and accolades.

Kiawah Island Luxury LifestyleWelcome to the very best! Let us introduce you to our Island neighborhoods and the many advantages of property ownership on Kiawah. We would love to help you find the perfect property that will become a cherished home. Discover luxury property listings or contact a Kiawah Island Real Estate Sales Executive to arrange your private tour.


Top Chef visits Kiawah

Top Chef Comes to Kiawah

Hey Top Chef fans!

Tune in tonight (Thursday, January 26) at 9pm, when Kiawah will play host to a culinary competition during a brand new episode of the hit BravoTV reality show.

Kiawah’s premier culinary ambassador and Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio will play a featured role in the episode, which was filmed at a variety of spots on the Island.

“Chef Tom Colicchio has been making trips to Kiawah for many years,” says Chris Randolph, one of Kiawah Partners’ four partners. “As consulting chef for our signature clubhouse restaurant, Voysey’s, he visits regularly to design seasonal menus and collaborate with our culinary team. We’re excited to have him back in town for the filming of Top Chef and for the opportunity to show viewers the incredible beauty of Kiawah Island and Charleston.”

Marsh House served as the primary location for the episode. Kiawah’s newest amenity, Marsh House is a gathering spot located in Ocean Park where neighbors and friends can meet to enjoy conversation, food and drink, or a swim. Designed by the acclaimed Thomas & Denzinger Architects, Marsh House and its infinity pool serves as a window to the marsh, The Ocean Course golf course, and Atlantic Ocean beyond.

This Top Chef episode should prove a delight for both foodies and Kiawah Island fans. Don’t miss it!

Watch the teaser video on Bravo

One if by Land, Two if by Sea

Travel + Leisure Names Charleston the #1 City in the World & Kiawah the #2 Island in America

Each year, before bestowing its World’s Best Awards on the top cities and islands across the globe, Travel + Leisure magazine asks its readers to rank destinations on their sights and landmarks, culture, cuisine, friendliness, shopping, and value.

T+L readers have ranked Charleston the #1 City in the US & Canada for the past four years… but this year our hometown made history when it became the first city in the US ever to be named the #1 City in the World, up from #2 last year.

“Antebellum charm, excellent boutiques, and the beautiful waterfronts … make this city one of the most beloved in the US, and now the world,” wrote the magazine on its website.

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Captain Sams

Captain Sams Update

In light of the South Carolina House of Representative’s unanimous approval of Senate Bill 139, which will allow for one more baseline delineation as Kiawah Partners had been requesting, we would like to update you on our plans for Captain Sams and set the record straight on our lobbying efforts in Columbia.

Despite what some media outlets and our opposition would have you to believe, our efforts in Columbia were never intended to change the existing law nor delay the next baseline delineation. We just asked that the next required cycle of delineation that was written into law in the Beachfront Management Act in 1990 be completed before the legislature implemented a permanent baseline. Setting the line retroactively to 2009 would not have represented an up-to-date and accurate measurement nor would it have been fair to change the law at the 11th hour before the next delineation.

We believe that our constructive conversations with the members of the Legislature and the Department of Health and Environmental Control ultimately led to a fair and balanced bill that upholds the property rights of coastal land owners up and down the South Carolina coast and also protects and enhances our unique coastal environment.

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