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The Draws of Wild Dunes

The lesser-known allures that turn first-time travels into beautiful traditions

We won’t lie, we love to brag about our returning guests. It means that something about their first stay was so special that it inspired them to come back for more. To us, that is everything. Some guests here feel like family, while all guests, new and returning, feel like great friends, Be it an annual reunion, romantic getaway, family vacay, girls’ weekend, or sporadic weekend away, the draws of a stay at Wild Dunes Resort are diverse and ever-changing – they also go far deeper than a renowned Resort and beautiful beaches.

Southern Hospitality & Sercy Sends

Even on your first visit, the staff at Wild Dunes Resort won’t let you stay strangers for long. You’ll be warmly welcomed to your home away from home and treated like family from the moment you arrive, from complimentary valet parking to your own dedicated housekeeper. Anniversaries and birthdays are extra-special occasions here, and even vacations “just because” are the perfect opportunity for a sercy – a Southern term for a small, possibly unexpected gift that’s ready and waiting for guests in their rooms after check-in. It’s a Lowcountry tradition that can include local snacks, beer, teas, cookies charcuterie boards, pimento cheese, and even champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries.

An Island Oasis with a City Twist

As the crow flies, Wild Dunes Resort is within a stone’s throw of the beautiful Holy City, home to Boone Hall Plantation, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Middleton Place, the USS Yorktown, Fort Sumter, and beautiful streets wroth strolling for hours. But in true Lowcountry style, the Resort won’t just send you on your way. However you want to experience Charleston, we have some great suggestions here at the Resort, form culinary and historic experiences to haunted and thrilling tours to take! And if you want to explore on your own, the Resort’s partnerships with local organizations like The Charleston Museum, South Carolina Aquarium, Gibbes Museum, Children’s Museum, and the Center for Bird of Prey ensure that your trip to the city is one-of-a-kind.

A Deep Love for the Sea

It’s not just visitors who fall in love with the Carolina coastline. The staff at Wild Dunes Resort are equally in love with the ocean and make sure it’s’ well taken care of. That’s why you won’t find any plastic straws at the Resort, but you will encounter scheduled beach sweeps in partnership with the South Carolina Aquarium to help maintain the pristine waterfront, protected turtle nesting areas, menus filled with local and sustainable food and beverages as often as possible, and kids’ learning activities that focus on protecting the planet. You’ll also find plenty of ways to adventure into the heart of the Isle of Palms waterways, like eco-tours, paddleboarding, and kayaking.

Humble Homage to Lowcountry History

The Lowcountry has a history, color, and reverence for tradition like nowhere else in America. Especially for visitors to Wild Dunes, the chance to immerse themselves into this rich culture is something that draws them back again and again. For artists, two Lowcountry traditions – sweetgrass basket sewing and traditional indigo dyeing – are taught on-site. For foodies, regionally inspired dishes abound at several of the Resort’s restaurants, including Coastal Provisions and Huey’s Southern Eats. You can even have a Lowcountry boil perfectly prepared and brought right to your vacation rental. It’s Southern hospitality, delivered.

Fun for the Little Ones

Wild Dunes Resort has always made it a priority to be ultra family-friendly, and it’s not just lip service. Its seven on-site restaurants offer quick bites and burgers aimed at satisfying even the pickiest palates. Accommodations range from one bedroom to seven, with plenty of room for the whole family. The Dune Bug clubs, for kids ages 5 to 11, includes science experiments, fort building, and more. The kids can even get in on some world-class golfing in the Little Birdies Golf Program for ages 4 to 6. And if you’re traveling with small kids, perhaps the best amenity you could ask for is the chance to leave the bulky gear at home. Thanks to a partnership with BabyQuip, baby gear is available for rent during your stay – delivery and setup included.

Plan Your Stay

Whatever your reasons may be for choosing Wild Dunes Resort, look to our expert concierge for help planning the perfect stay, or visit the e-concierge here.




By Valerie Zell

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