Off the Beaten Path: The Daufuskie Island and Resort
have probably heard of Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. But not many
people have heard of Daufuskie Island, a discreet island just a mile off the
coast of Hilton Head Island. You can't get to the island by car. You have to
take a 45-minute ferry ride from Hilton Head. But it's worth the trip. The
island is virtually unspoiled; there are no major stores or gas stations.
There are no skyscrapers or police sirens. There aren't any cars worth
mentioning. Most people simply walk or use golf carts to navigate the
the island -- which is itself a rustic paradise where people paint their
houses blue to keep the island ghost away -- you will find the area's most
modern building, Daufuskie Island Club and Resort. The resort is accessible
via a private fleet of luxury passenger ferries that are provided by the
resort. The Daufuskie Island Club and Resort, with its antebellum-style
buildings, has 186 rooms.
you prefer more traditional accommodations, you can book your stay in the
resort's Melrose Inn, which has 52 ocean-view rooms. But if you really want
to leave reality behind and escape into yourself or into the arms of your
loved one, I recommend that you stay in a villa -- my personal favorite. The
two and four-bedroom villas resemble perfect little dollhouses set along the
beach. I stayed in a two bedroom canary yellow villa when I visited
Daufuskie last summer. I could
look out onto the ocean from my back porch.
If you enjoy the
outdoors, the resort has three pools, three miles of white sand, a pristine
beach, an equestrian center and a Stan Smith-designed tennis center. You can
rent bikes for two, order up massages and go horseback riding on the beach.
Those who prefer to stay indoors can rent videos and cuddle up for the
night. If you get hungry, there are four restaurants and lounges for both
casual and fine dining. The most formal of the resort's restaurants, the
Stoddard Room, is renowned for its stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. If
you prefer a relaxed dining experience, Jack's Place, named after Jack
Nicklaus, may be your restaurant of choice.
fall, from August to September, and winter, from November to March, are
probably the best seasons to visit the resort. Those months are considered
off-season. In the spring and summer, the resort is in a bustle with
conference attendees and golfers. Daufuskie has made a name for itself by
having some of the finest greens in the South. However, whenever you decide
to visit, you will feel as if you are in your own private world,
particularly if you choose to stay in the villas. Huge trees with hammocks
that are big enough for two, line the beach. And it is so very easy to hop
inside one, snuggle close, and sway your troubles away while with sweet
caresses from the ocean breeze.
more information on island by calling 843-842-2000. You can also visit http://www.daufuskieresort.com.
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Williams is a freelance travel writer. (More about