The Best American Beach Resorts 

By David Jefferys - 2014-06-04T16:28:32Z

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The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island

Kiawah Island, SC

Ranking: 95.5

Barely ten years old, The Sanctuary already feels like a classic resort—surrounded by towering live oak and facing the Atlantic (nine out of ten rooms face the water and have balconies). Off the ten-mile stretch of beach, five championship golf courses, 24 tennis courts, and six pools keep guests active while rooms retain a calm, sophisticated Plantation style ambiance.

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