Located on the tip
of the Isle of Palms, off South Carolinas barrier coastline and 20 minutes
from Charleston, Wild Dunes is a 1600-acre private oceanfront resort
surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intercoastal Highway.
So named because
of its two miles of pristine beaches and its wildlife, the island is home to
a variety of animals including raccoons, squirrels, deer, birds and alligators.
Between May and August Loggerhead Sea Turtles weighing 300 pounds crawl out
of the water to lay their eggs on the beach. Dolphins and sand dollars can be
seen from the shore. Sea oats strengthen and stabilize the dunes by protecting
small plant life. Boardwalks also help preserve the fragile environment.
Wild Dunes boasts
two world-class 18-hole golf courses, both offering PROLINK, a personal electronic
service in each golf cart. PROLINK displays the distance to and the layout of
each hole, provides tips from professionals on how to play each hole and pin
location for accurate shot placement. Individual as well as group instruction
is available during three seasons. Instructors use video analysis and the latest
technology in their personalized teaching.
The tennis center
features a stadium court with 350 seats to host major tournaments and 17 Har-Tru
courts. "Tennis Magazine" included Wild Dunes in its list of the 50 greatest
U.S. tennis resorts.
Wild Dunes Yacht
Harbor is a full service marina from which guests can launch a sailboat, take
a fishing excursion or go on a sunset cocktail cruise. The recreation program
includes other water sportsparasailing, jet skiing and banana boat rides.
|The Wild Dunes Resort, Charleston, South Carolina
The resort offers
several types of accommodations. Boardwalk Inn with 93 rooms and suites
is housed in the Grand Pavilion complex, the focal point of Wild Dunes. About
250 one-to-four bedroom villas and three-to-six bedroom houses with views of
the ocean, fairways and the lagoon are scattered throughout the property. Some
villas and homes have interesting architectural details such as cathedral ceilings,
skylights and arched windows. All are bright and attractively decorated.
many fine restaurants are close-by, if you do not wish to travel to the city
after a long day of golf, tennis or just relaxing on the beach, you can select
from several dining options located within the resort.
Guests have a choice
of three restaurants. The most formal one, The Grill, in the Boardwalk
Inn serves seafood and steaks, which are prepared using regionally inspired
recipes. The more casual Edgars specializes in Low Country cuisine
and the Dunes Deli and Pizzeria is the spot for on-the-run dining.
takes guests through the marsh eco-systems on half- and full-day kayaking trips.
Kayakers discover a wide range of local fauna and flora and learn
how local history and inhabitation have affected the area.
"CEO Traveler" covered
Charleston in its summer 1998 issue. Historic buildings and even entire districts
are well preserved and remain much as they were at the time of the Revolutionary
and Civil Wars in which the city played a key role.
Since the last time
we visited, a new attraction has been added, the South Carolina Aquarium,
home to a great variety of sea and fresh water creatures. Exhibits are organized
by region and habitat and are designed to showcase the states diverse
plants and animals. The Mountain Forest exhibit includes salamanders, toads
and bog turtles, while the Coastal Plain features swamp snakes and alligators.
With its focus on
recreation and the charm of Charleston close at hand, Wild Dunes makes for a
Wild Dunes Resort, 5757 Palm Blvd.,
Isle of Palms, SC 29415. Tel. 888-845-8926, 843-886-6000. Rates begin at $109.