The view from our balcony.
Last month my husband and I spent 5 nights on Hilton Head Island on our way home from Florida. It was our first trip to Hilton Head and we decided to stay at Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort. The reviews were all wonderful and it was supposed to be very quiet and peaceful. It lived up to our expectations. Sadly, the weather didn't. We had a perfect first week in Florida, but it rained every day on Hilton Head.
The resort has a fishing lodge theme. Our view was perfect, looking out over the marsh. It may be a Disney property, but there was no sign of Mickey Mouse. It couldn't feel more different than the Orlando Disney resorts.
We had a one bedroom villa. Do you see the octopus made of towels on our bed? I loved the huge porch off our unit. You could go out off the bedroom or the living room. It had 2 rocking chairs and a picnic table overlooking the marsh. It was nice during the cool, rainy week. If it had been warm and sunny, we might have spent all 5 days out there!
We had a full kitchen, although we only had breakfast in the room. You can see my birthday balloons. My silly Disney daughter called them and told them about my October birthday, so I got balloons and a birthday pin.
You can see the old fishing photos on the wall and
the colors and furniture really fit the theme.
The bath was two rooms, one with the shower, sink and toilet and the other large room with a sink and huge hot tub. We also had a washer and dryer in the room.
The pool area looked like a lot of fun.
Walking around the grounds, you didn't feel at all as if you were on an island. It seemed much more as if we were in the woods.
Of course Hilton Head is has a great beach! The Disney Resort sits on the marsh, but they own their own beach house just a mile from the resort. It was really impressive.
The beach house has a beautiful heated pool, snack bar and cocktail bar.
It has this water area for small kids and various game areas.
Keeping with the lodge theme, it also has an air-conditioned sitting area where you can read, or gather with family and friends. Best of all, it has miles of beach to enjoy!
We did have one clear day to sit on the beach and then go back and enjoy the pier at the resort. We actually had mixed feelings about Hilton Head. We had wonderful food (another later blog post) and great shopping. The beach was very nice and our resort was lovely. It is hard to form an opinion considering the weather wasn't good and the rainy days literally brought on headaches for both of us. We both left feeling glad we had visited, but not anxious to go back anytime soon. It was almost a little "too quiet" for us and a bit dark. Hilton Head has no signage that isn't at ground level. Everything is located on side roads back through the trees. At night, without a GPS it would be very easy to get lost. It was interesting and beautiful, but not on our short list of favorite places.
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