Hilton Head, SC

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island

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Why We Love It

  • Expansive family resort with two restaurants, a spa & direct beach access
  • Great for visiting nature reserves & outdoor activities such as tennis, cycling and golf
  • Family-oriented amenities include a kids club, play area & heated pool with a no-steps entrance
  • Rooms were fully renovated in 2013 and all have private patios or balconies

"Set in a luxuriant garden" -- Fodor's

95% (19 Member Ratings)

"Grounds were beautiful. Easy access to beach. 3 different options for dining right on the resort."
Oct 09, 2016
Columbia, SC, United States


Map & Directions

The hotel is a 45-minute drive from Savannah and about an hour and a half from Charleston. The nearest international airport is in Savannah and is about an hour's drive from the hotel. Parking at the hotel is included in the resort fee, but valet parking costs extra.

Rooms & Rates

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Extensively renovated to the tune of $30 million and completed in May 2013, Sonesta Resort Hilton Head is a laid-back family resort set on 11 acres of the Shipyard Plantation, with hammocks on the grounds and a classy maritime theme. It’s a great destination for outdoor activities -- the hotel provides direct beach access and on-site bicycle rental (extra charge applies). Nearby water sports range from kayaking to charter fishing, and there are 200 tennis courts and 24 golf courses on the island.

There are plenty of dining options on site, including Heyward’s Restaurant (steak, seafood and breakfast) and Seacrest Terrace and Patio for small plates and live music (Friday & Saturday, 7-10pm). There’s even a poolside dining service at the outdoor pool and hot tub, and happy hour is a regular feature at both of the hotel’s bars (Monday-Thursday, 4-6 pm). If you feel like getting out and about, the cafés, snack shops and restaurants at Coligny Plaza shopping center are a 10-minute drive away. There is also shuttle service that ferries guests around the Shipyard Plantation, a 24-hour fitness center, a spa, a child-friendly heated pool and a kids program for 3- to 12-year-olds.

Contemporary rooms have carpeted floors and floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that lead out to a private patio or balcony. Most rooms overlook the lush gardens; however, some have views of the pool with the ocean in the distance, and the best have full ocean views. Opt for a corner room for extra space and a fold-out sofa bed.

There is a $16 per-room, per-night resort fee, which covers self-parking, island-wide phone calls, Wi-Fi, shuttle transfers within the Shipyard Plantation and daily newspapers (on request).

From the press:
  • "Decorated in a classy nautical theme and set in a luxuriant garden, the Sonesta is the centerpiece of Shipyard Plantation, which means guests have access to all its amenities, including golf and tennis" -- Fodor's



  • Bar
  • Kids' club
  • Pool bar
  • Tennis courts
  • Pet-friendly
  • Spa


  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Outdoor space for some rooms
  • Safe
  • Video games on request


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer


  • Complimentary parking
  • Valet service (fees apply)

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 4pm

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm

Pets: Pets allowed

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets allowed Check-in time starts at 4pm Check-out time is 12pm

You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed.Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

Know Before You Go

  • Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.
  • Up to 2 children 18 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 5.00 and USD 35.00 for adults, USD 5.00 and USD 30.00 for children (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 10.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet deposit: USD 150.00 per stay
  • Pet fee: USD 150.00 per accommodation, per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 25.00 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Mandatory Fees and Taxes

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the hotel:

  • Destination fee: USD 2 per accommodation, per night
  • Resort fee: USD 20.00 per accommodation, per night
The hotel resort fee includes:
  • Pool access
  • Beach access
  • Health club access
  • Fitness center access
  • Internet access
  • Newspaper
  • Phone calls
  • In-room coffee
  • Self parking
  • Parking

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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19 Member Reviews
(95% Positive)
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Enjoyed Most: Grounds were beautiful. Easy access to beach. 3 different options for dining right on the resort.
Other Comments: The room that you got using the Travel Zoo voucher had a slight view of the ocean. Most of the view from the room was of the roof of the conference area that is attached to the hotel.
Lorraine Oct 09, 2016 Columbia, SC, United States
Enjoyed Most: Beautiful resort friendly staff
Nancy Oct 06, 2016 Apex, NC, United States
Enjoyed Most: Very nice grounds. Many places to relax both indoors and out. All staff members were friendly and knowledgeable and eager to help in any way.
Paul Oct 05, 2016 Knoxville, TN, United States
Enjoyed Most: The service and the grounds. Beautiful! Easy access to the beach.
Eugena Oct 05, 2016 West Simsbury, CT, United States
Enjoyed Most: Great resort and location.
Timothy Oct 05, 2016 Stillwater, MN, United States
Enjoyed Most: Room was very nice, clean, quiet and comfortable.
Other Comments: Great front desk service.
Patricia Oct 05, 2016 Wrightsville Beach, NC, United States
Enjoyed Most: The resort and accommodations. Also food is wonderful!
John Oct 04, 2016 Seymour, TN, United States
Enjoyed Most: The property is beautiful. The staff is very friendly!
Other Comments: The only thing that needs to be repaired is the door to the adjoining room. The door was locked but opened at the bottom due to being warped!
Dana Oct 02, 2016 Lexington, KY, United States
Enjoyed Most: Nice property. Convenient location.
Leonard Sep 28, 2016 Aiken, SC, United States
Enjoyed Most: The pool, The beach, The pool bar! Nice clean rooms the grounds are fantastic and you can feed the turtles. It was a great Travel Zoo deal!!!
Other Comments: Had a great time. Steve at the pool bar makes the best bloody Marys. Pool guy brought us cool towels. Asian woman at the front desk I forgot her name was very friendly and upgraded us. The whole staff was friendly with smiles. We are locals and just needed a couple days off. Thank you
Tiffanie Sep 28, 2016 Bluffton, SC, United States

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