A Day in the Life of a Kiawah Resident
How to Live Like a Kiawah Resident
The beauty of being a Kiawah resident is that you get to choose the lifestyle you want to live. Each day is an adventure filled with natural beauty, luxury, and high-end amenities — especially for those who are a Kiawah Island Club Member.
Every new day brings the excitement of knowing there’s so much to do, see, and experience, which is one of the many benefits of living on this captivating Island.
Mornings on Kiawah
Mornings offer cool weather that is perfect for exercising. In terms of working out, you have several options across the Island to choose from. If you are interested in taking a yoga or barre class, head over to the Sports Pavilion at Cassique for a fun workout to get your day started on the right foot. This private, Member-only state-of-the-art fitness facility offers residents the opportunity to work with personal trainers, train under private tennis and squash professionals, and enjoy complimentary group fitness classes led by certified instructors.
On the other hand, if you prefer to start the morning at a slower pace, take a stroll on the trails that connect the entire Island. With 30 miles of trails to explore, they offer a wonderful opportunity for viewing wildlife. Keep an eye out for bobcats, sea turtles, bald eagles, and yellow songbirds on your walk.
After you have spent some time sight-seeing and exercising, stop by Freshfields Village for a morning of shopping and errands. The area offers over 30 shops ranging from local boutiques to major retailers. You can find everything you need here and more. Pick up your dry cleaning, a bottle of wine for dinner from FortyEight Wine Bar, and get your nails done — all in one stop.
Afternoons on Kiawah
As the day begins to warm, head over to one of the Island’s many resort-style swimming pools. You can choose to lay under the sunshine and soak it all in, or bring the kids if you want to spend the day playing. As most Kiawah residents already know, the Island’s pools are an experience within itself and each one is unique.
There’s no better place to relax than the Members-only Marsh House. Vast views frame the gorgeous pool while providing serene vistas of the long marsh that resembles the African Serengeti. If your kids are interested in swimming, they will have the most exciting afternoon at the Sandcastle Pool. A true children’s paradise, this magnificent facility features two pool areas specifically designed just for kids. Another local favorite, the private Members-only Beach Club, offers three oceanfront pools perfect for a day of family fun.
After you and the family have worked up an appetite, Voysey’s and B-Liner are sure to deliver the best post-swim meal you have ever tasted. Both restaurants are another Kiawah Island Club exclusive that only Members are able to experience. Featuring two award-winning local chefs, Tom Colicchio and Mike Lata are the backbone behind the restaurants. Members can look forward to trying seasonal, local dishes that can’t be found anywhere else.
If you haven’t noticed, golf is a large part of the culture here and any local will tell you why they prefer one course over the other. Resort Courses including The Ocean Course, Osprey Point, Oak Point, Turtle Point, and Cougar Point are open to the residents and Island visitors. Each year, these top-rated courses host several professional-level tournaments such as the Ryder Cup and PGA Championship. In fact, The Ocean Course will be hosting its second PGA Tournament in 2021. After playing golf with some friends, it’s tradition to head over to the Ryder Cup Bar for a round of celebratory drinks!
In addition to the public courses, Club Members enjoy access to the Islands premier private courses, the Cassique and River Course. Cassique is the Island’s only Scottish links-style course, whereas the River Course meanders alongside the Kiawah River and reflects the surrounding landscape. As a Kiawah resident, the choice is all yours on where to play.
If golf isn’t on the agenda for today, rejuvenate your mind and body at the Sasanqua Spa. Club members flock to the spa when they’re looking for some much needed R&R. Restorative massages and facials will revitalize you and help you recharge.
Evenings on Kiawah
Now that the day is winding down, it’s time to think about dinner. There are many incredible dining options to try on the Island, but why not try catching your own!
Crabbing on Kiawah is an exciting family-friendly activity you can do right here on the Island. To get started, gather your supplies and find a spot on a river bank or inlet. You will need a cooler with ice, fishing line, bait, and a net. It’s no secret that the best crab bait is raw chicken, so make sure you bring some with you. To catch the crabs, gently lower your bait into the water and once you feel a tug, slowly pull the crab out of the water. Before the crab reaches the surface, have someone scoop up the crab from underneath, just in case he decides to let go! Back home, enjoy fresh cooked crab with your family and try some traditional Southern sides like fresh corn and roasted potatoes.
Other delicious dining options include The Ocean Room for incredible seafood, Jasmine Porch at The Sanctuary Hotel for Lowcountry favorites, or Hege’s for casual French cuisine.
Once you have finished your meal, we always recommend taking one last stroll down the beach. Use this time to unwind after your fun, eventful day. Then, take a moment to appreciate how special and momentous life truly is as a Kiawah resident.
Becoming a Kiawah Resident
With all the perks that come with living on the Island, the most notable is a Membership to the Kiawah Island Club, a private entity that offers access to exclusive events, venues, amenities, and more.
While all Club Members are required to be a resident on Kiawah, not all Kiawah residents are given the opportunity to become a Member. There is incredible value in being a Member, however, only certain home purchases qualify for a Membership. If you are interested in becoming a Member, contact us for assistance in finding the perfect home that includes a coveted Membership to the Kiawah Island Club.