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Best Hotels in Hilton Head Island, SC and Fun Things to Do

shutterstock_1245516883Hilton Head Island, nestled along 12 miles of unspoiled Atlantic coastline is a popular resort town in Beaufort County South Carolina. It lies 95 miles southwest of historical Charleston and is less than an hour's drive to Savannah, GA.


Captain William Hilton gave his name to the island in 1663, after sailing from Barbados to the headland at the passage to Port Royal Sound. The island opened to automobile traffic in 1956 when a two-lane toll bridge at the cost of $1.5 million connected the island to the mainland.


Tourists have been gravitating to Hilton Head Island for decades.  This resort town offers pristine sandy beaches, multiple golf courses, fine dining, shopping, and superb lodging with premium views.


Stay at one of the best hotels or condos in Hilton Head!


The Inn & Club at Harbour Town - Sea Pines Resort

Hilton Head in all its splendor, caters to visitors and tourists, offering several luxurious hotels. These properties include the Inn & Club at Harbour Town, Sea Pines Plantation - Ketch Court Villas, Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, Marriott's Grande Ocean and Ocean Oak Resort by Hilton Grand Vacations.

Do you require a stylish hotel offering a premium golf experience? With easy access to the island's three incredible golf courses, the view from the Inn & Club at Harbour Town is gorgeous as it overlooks the golf Man placing golf ball at the tee box .jpegcourse and coastline. Rooms here are decorated in a coastal palette complementing the island's charm and include Italian linens and Hypoallergenic pillows in each guestroom. Plus, in-room you'll enjoy a mini-bar, Nespresso machines and a complimentary selection of beverages, high-tech electronics and blackout window treatments. Slip into plush robes and slippers and appreciate the satin clothes hangers, walk-in shower and large soaking tub. With complimentary shoe shine services, bottled water and a selection of daily newspapers and magazines the staff pays attention to every detail.  Guests here  experience a rejuvenating and relaxing Hilton Head escape and  understand why this hotel consistently receives high accolades.

  • Honored in the Carolinas section of the 2017 Golf Digest Editors' Choice Awards - Best Resorts in the Americas
  • Received Platinum status in GOLF Magazine's biennial Premier Resorts list for 2016-2017
  • Ranked No. 5 in Travel + Leisure's 2016 World's Best Awards List of World's Best Family Beach Hotels

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Hilton Head Island is the the perfect getaway for people of all ages and TravNow offers a variety of condominiums to suit your family's lifestyle  Consider a rental at Springwood Villas offering a 2 bedroom condo with 2.5 bathrooms and comfortably sleeps six. You'll appreciate the full kitchen, in-unit washer and dryer, swimming pool and bike racks onsite with bike rentals close by.  Enjoy access to the Van Der Meer Tennis Center in Shipyard Plantation and the Players Club in South Forest Beach.  Plus you are only located about 1/2 mile from Coligny Beach!


Horseback riding tours, boutique shops, live entertainment, and the famed candy-striped lighthouse at the Harbour Town Yacht Basin are among Hilton Head Island's popular attractions and activities.  There is so much to see and do on this beautiful island and we know you will love it as much as we do!


TNHHI199 Hero PhotoIn fact, for a limited time only, stay 3-nights/and 4-days Sunday-Wednesday in a two-bedroom condo with a full-sized kitchen and washer and dryer for just $199. 


Hurry - Only 5 packages available at this price!  Retail value = $675


Traveler ResponsibilitiesAll travelers must be in good standing with TravNow membership rewards. Travel is available for Sunday through Wednesday now through March 4, 2020 in a two bedroom condo which comfortably sleeps six people. Offer ONLY available to TravNow members. Limit one stay at this reduced price per membership or group.  Any additional rooms can be booked at the prevailing retail rates reduced by standard reward credits to be found on the TravNow page Hilton Head Island, SC Condos page.  Bookings and stays must be completed by March 4, 2020. Not available during the week of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day and President's Day.

Note: This is a private residential townhouse. Linens are provided. Guests are recommended to bring their own toiletries and beach equipment.  Entrance to the townhouse is on the second floor, up a flight of stairs (no elevators). Once inside the unit, there is a living room with a sleeper sofa, dining, full kitchen and a half bath on the first level.  Two bedrooms and 2 full baths are up a flight of stairs on the interior level. This unit is not recommended for guests with mobility issues. We reserve the right to cancel this promotion at any time.  Promo Code TNHHI199   



Sea Pines Plantation - Ketch Court Villas

shutterstock_1312553366When you stay at Hilton Head Island's Sea Pines Plantation - Ketch Court Villas, you'll discover our unique condominium resort is in a prime location to explore the infinite opportunities for adventure, indulgence, and relaxation. From unparalleled golf at three championship courses to award-winning tennis programs, enjoy one of America's most enchanting retreats.  Situated on a 600-acre forest preserve, enjoy the beautiful bike paths and walking trails, and enjoy direct access to five-miles of white sandy beach surrounding the property.  


Venture just steps away to Harbour Town for the ultimate dining experience and choose from family-style seafood meals, casual outdoor cafes, and captivating on-the-water restaurants.  Shopping in Harbour Town is an undeniable pleasure with gentle sea breezes carried from the Calibouge Sound, and create the perfect atmosphere for browsing and buying.


Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort

948904480_804480Enjoy a taste of Disney at Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort. This family-friendly resort is full of fantastic amenities and replicates a 1940's hunting and fishing lodge. Room offerings include studios, one bedroom villas to sleep five and two bedroom villas accommodating up to nine guests. Each moderately priced villa offers a DVD player, full kitchen, dining area, stacked washer and dryer, private balcony, and a whirlpool.


Situated perfectly on the beach, your family will appreciate the many recreational options this lovely resort offers. Swim in the Big Dipper pool with a wrap-around water tower slide or watch your toddlers splash in the Little Dipper Pool with water-spitting frogs. Take a stroll along Atlantic Beach or venture out on a guided nature walk through the marsh and look for a variety of oysters, mussels, crabs, birds, and wildlife. The hotel partners with local dolphin cruise tours, rents bicycles and fishing equipment.  As the sun sets, close your memorable day with storytelling, sing-a-longs, and campfires at this delightful family resort.


The Marriott Grand Ocean

948578339_804480Bolster your visit to Hilton Head Island with a hotel offering luxurious accommodations. The Marriott Grand Ocean, a beachfront resort, is a great option for business and family travelers. Accommodations offer separate spaces for sleeping and living, and includes upgraded linens, a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and a balcony,


Enjoy two pools, a well-equipped fitness center, and an on-site restaurant. Families will appreciate the putting green, table tennis, and shuffleboard court. In addition to the ideal location in Hilton Head Island's Forest Beach area, the resort allows for easy access to the beach and is near many shopping and dining establishments.


The Ocean Oak Hotel by Hilton Grand Vacations

39799043_804480The Ocean Oak Hotel by Hilton Grand Vacations is another fine option catering to business travelers and families alike. The facility has a business center offering a fax and complimentary printing service, plus a multilingual staff to support travelers.


Guests will enjoy the large sparkling pool, fitness center, children's videos, playpens, and high chairs, along with special activities geared toward youngsters.





Are you bringing your furry friend?  Consider staying at one of these pet-friendly hotels on the island:


Sonesta Resort

Not only is the Sonesta Resort family-friendly but allows Fido to come along. Check into the first-floor room of this pet-friendly hotel, walk out to the patio and exercise your pal. Outdoor clean-up stations are adjacent to patios for easy in/out access. While staying here, indulge yourself with a massage, facial, pedicure, or reflexology treatment at the Arum Spa. And, if traveling with children, make use of the 'Just for Kids' program. It's an entertaining and fun supervised kids club offering beach adventures, swimming, arts and crafts, and games. Younger children may attend half-day sessions, and older kids aged 6-12 may choose a full or half day. 


Check out these happy young family in white clothing have fun and play with beautiful dog at vacations on beautiful beach-1.jpegother Hilton Head Island pet-friendly hotels

Note: Some local beaches are off limits to four-leggeds between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend from 10 am to 5 pm so be sure to check info first!

  • Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront - Pets under 50 lbs. stay with a non-refundable cleaning fee of $150.
  • The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa - Dog beds, provided upon availability. Contact the hotel for pet policy details.
  • Best Western Ocean Breeze Inn - Most pets are accepted. Please call the hotel for full details.


What are the top fun things to do in Hilton Head?


Activities are plentiful, and there is something for everyone! Enjoy swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, feel the sand squish between your toes while building sandcastles on the beach, or play a round of tennis. Renowned golf courses are widely available, and most hotels offer a plethora of high-energy watersports and bicycle rentals.

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For those who love cycling and wish to explore the Lowland region, there are plenty of bike  trails on the 5-mile wide and 12-mile long island. See the ocean for many miles when pedaling along 6 miles of bike lanes and 14 miles of planned pathways. Nearly a quarter of the arterial streets here have paved shoulders or dedicated bike lanes.  Locate rental information, maps, and cycling tips by visiting www.hiltonheadisland.org


Golf, Golf, and More Golf!

The Sea Pines Resort offers three incredible golf courses and is one of  the finest golf destinations in the Southeast. Enthusiasts can pick from over 30 world-class courses in the Lowcountry area including nearby Daufuskie Island and Bluffton, in addition to those on the island. Golfers will take delight in public and private golf courses created by legends including Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Pete Dye.  And, if you'd like to improve your game, check out one of the area golf schools!


Boat Tours

Boat tours in Hilton Head are plentiful and offer great activities for children, families, and adults. While sailing on a custom pirate ship with the Pirates of Hilton Head, kids have an opportunity to become a pirate. Donning pirate sashes, tattoos and face paint, youngsters are given a pirate name and search for a treasure during the cruise. Book in advance, as tickets sell quickly.

Looking for something a little less 'Aarrr' while on vacation? Check out the Live Oac Outdoor Adventure Company. They offer a variety of top-notch tours and watersport activities including:

  • Eco Tours - Hop on a specialized boat and enjoy a grand island tour, beachcombing, Eagle-watching adventures, shallow water birding, dolphin tours, and sunset or dinner cruises to name a few.
  • Fishing - Live Oac offers shark fishing, deep sea fishing, mud flats fishing, cast netting and shrimping, crabbing, trolling, off-shore and several other variations of sports fishing.
  • Watersports - Whether you enjoy (or just want to try) tubing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding or ZUP™„ Boarding, Live Oac offers it!


Coastal Discovery Museum

bigstock-Gullah-Basket-Weaving-45028168.jpgSaunter through grandiose Live Oaks, enjoy colorful butterflies, marshes, and more at the Coastal Discovery Museum, located on 68 picturesque acres.  Watch Gullah basket makers sew Sweetgrass baskets, one of the Lowcountry's revered art forms during the plantation era. Try your hand at a basket making class while learning more about the historical culture. Tour the horse barn, pole barn, supervisors house and Discovery House, which dates back to 1859.


The museum offers a selection of tours to help you learn more about Hilton Head Island. The beach discovery tour is excellent for exploring sea shells, shorebirds, tide cycles and finding little beach creatures like horseshoe crabs. Additional activities include bird-watching at Pinckney Island for guests 12 and older, sea turtle talks for ages 5+, and an exploration of the Forts of Port Royal for ages 7+.  Finally, as your visit to the museum concludes, stop by the gift shop and pick up a hand-made Gullah sweetgrass baskets, postcards and jewelry crafted by local artisans. Looking for regionally produced food to savor when you return home?  Find a well-stocked pantry of stone ground grits, gumbo, rice and local jams/jellies for a reasonable price.


Go to the Beach!

Head to Coligny Beach and enjoy swings on the boardwalk, perfect for relaxing under the sun. This public beach is protected by lifeguards, although it already offers calm waters and provides spectacular views of the ocean. It is a carefree way to spend time with your family and dining and shops are adjacent to the beach. Amenities include:

  • Beach Access
  • Beach Matting (wheelchair and pedestrian beach access)
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Restrooms
  • Seasonal Beach Rentals
  • WI-FI

Continuing with the beach trend, another top thing to do in Hilton Head Island, SC is to visit Folly Field Beach Park. The beach tends to be less crowded, families can bring pets, and there are no tent or shade restrictions. Amenities are similar to those at Coligny Beach.

So, now that you know more about visiting this beautiful island destination start planning your stay with TravNow.  Soon you'll be on the beach or playing golf and filling your days with fun and your heart with fond memories of Hilton Head Island!


Topics: South Carolina