Conde Nast Traveler magazine names Kiawah Island No. 1 island in North America and No. 2 island in the world in latest “Readers’ Choice” poll.

In its newest “Readers’ Choice Poll,” the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine today named Kiawah Island as the No. 1 island in North America and the No. 2 island in the world, behind only Palawan, Philippines.  The same poll named nearby Charleston, South Carolina as the No. 1 destination city in the U.S. and the No. 2 destination city in the world behind only Florence, Italy.

Conde Nast Traveler magazine names Kiawah Island No. 1 island in North America and No. 2 island in the world in latest “Readers’ Choice” poll.

Roger Warren, the president of Kiawah Island Golf Resort, said that this reflects the high-quality experiences the traveling public gets when visiting the island’s resort.  “In addition to the world-class amenities that Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers, this ranking reflects the superior quality of our guest’s experience.  Many islands have nice amenities.  What sets Kiawah Island apart is the authentic southern hospitality that our staff extends to visitors.  They truly feel welcome,” said Warren. 

Kiawah Island Ocean Course Clubhouse 3139

This award is just the latest in a long list of accolades recently won by Kiawah Island and Kiawah Island Golf Resort.  In addition to achieving both Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings, Travel + Leisure magazine has named The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort the 3rd best family hotel in the U.S.  Conde Nast Traveler also named the Golf Resort as the 3rd best golf resort in the U.S.  For 7 of the last 9 years, the leading on-line tennis travel website,, named Kiawah Island Golf Resort as the No. 1 tennis resort in the world.  This ranking is based on Kiawah’s overall tennis program including instruction, teaching staff, and facilities, as well as other resort facilities such as lodging, cuisine, service and value. 

Kiawah Island Osprey Point

Golf Digest magazine named The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort as the 4th best public course in America while GOLF magazine has it as the 5th best public golf course in the U.S.  Famed “beachologist,” Dr. Steven Leatherman (aka, Dr. Beach), named Kiawah Island’s over 10 miles of beach one of the top 10 beaches in the U.S.

The Spa at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort has held Forbes Five Star status since Forbes started rating spas, and the resort’s recreation department has consistently been hailed as one of the top recreation and nature programs in the country.

Kiawah Island Beach Chair Umbrella

“While we are proud of these awards and accolades, we are by no means resting on our laurels,” said Warren.  “Plans are underway for additional improvements to the resort’s amenities and the staff constantly undergoes extensive training to improve our already exceptional service.  We look forward to providing award-winning vacation experiences for guests far into the future.”

See Kiawah Island’s ranking at Conde Nast Traveler’s website:

Kiawah Island dunes walkover

Located along 10 miles of pristine beach just south of Charleston, South Carolina, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is known as one of the top eco-friendly resorts in the U.S.  In addition to Forbes Five Star/AAA Five Diamond Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, the resort’s 255-room oceanfront hotel and spa, the resort also manages close to 400 private villas and luxury homes, nine restaurants, two tennis centers, a renowned recreation and nature program and has 5 championship golf courses, including the world-famous Ocean Course, site of the 1991 Ryder Cup, the 2007 Senior PGA Championship and the 2012 PGA Championship.

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