In May of 2016, Joshua and I spent our honeymoon on Kiawah Island, SC! It was lovely and we had beautiful weather the entire time, despite a rainy forecast.
We stayed at the Andell Inn, which is a boutique hotel by Marriot. The hotel is gorgeous and great for couple or small families. It’s in the Freshfields Village area, right after the traffic circle that allows you to head to Seabrook Island or Kiawah Island.
Kiawah Island is notoriously known for being extremely private and exclusive. The island is best known, in my opinion, for the Sanctuary Hotel and Kiawah Island Golf Course that’s part of the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. You must have a reservation to enter through the gates unless you’re biking. That’s a little bit too rich for our blood so we were just fine staying down the street.
The Andell Inn has a variety of rooms and we stayed in a studio style, which had a kitchen and living room. The hotel is eclectically decorated, which I liked but was not Joshua’s style. Having a kitchen allowed us to get groceries in Freshfields Village instead of eating out for every meal.
When we first entered our room it was FREEZING cold so we adjusted the thermostat. It never warmed up but the thermostat read 212°F! We call the front desk and they came to look at it and called maintenance for us.
Joshua and I enjoyed the pool and just hanging out around the hotel but the front desk lady kept following us everywhere giving us updates on the maintenance or if they were going to switch us to another room. More than once I thought, “leave us alone!”
That night it NEVER warmed up and I was crying in bed because I was so COLD! Awkward.
The hotel has a really nice breakfast spread with a mimosa bar!! The hotel has a bar in the lobby with a porch area that overlooks the pool. There are these huge swings on the porches and those are really relaxing if you can nab one. The pool was good for families or adults.
The second day, Joshua and I explored the island and went to the beach. You have to pay to enter the public beach area, Kiawah Beachwalker Park, because it’s a protected park. The parking lot limits how many guests can enter here. It was $10 for us since we were there in June, but during the summer it’s $15 on the weekend. We really liked the beach because it was left mostly alone and very quiet. There are lifeguards and changing areas.
There’s a small store on Kiawah Island with the gas station. I don’t really recommend it because Freshfields is just down the street, but if you were in a jam there is that store.
You cannot enter Seabrook Island without a reservation, we learned that the hard way. But we did visit the Bohicket Marina in both the day and evening. During the morning it was a little sleepy but peaceful and it’s fun to look at all the boats. In the evening, it was really hoppin’. There was a live band and people were dancing, kids were playing in the grass, and everyone was lingering to watch the sunset. We ate dinner at Red’s Ice House and their fried fish is AMAZING! Joshua and I both agreed it’s the best we’ve ever had and we want to go back. I had the lobster mac and cheese and that was good too. The sunset was beautiful and it was just a really fun place to be.
I shopped at all the boutiques in Freshfield Village. There’s a Lilly Pulitzer store, Roberta Roller Rabbit (beautiful prints but pricey), a book store, a souvenir shop, a toy store, an outdoor store, and a cute little old timey pharmacy (Vincent’s) with a beautiful Essie nail polish display.
We ate at Le Tela Pizzeria on our third night and it was just alright. We weren’t thrilled. We did have ice cream at the little ice cream parlor though and we just loved the Freshfields community feel. I know they have events during the week for families. It appears some of the places open and close in Freshfields Village quite frequently, as less than a year later there are different options from May 2016.
Kiawah Island is an easy drive to or from Charleston and that was nice too, as we were able to stop on the way to Kiawah. We ate at Sesame, which is a burger place that we are obsessed with! Sign up for the emails to get a free appetizer each month!
All and all, I would recommend the Andell Inn and Kiawah for a sweet little get away!