Daufuskie Island Resort & Spa
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Very relaxing time
My mother and I took a few days off to relax at Dusfuskie Island. We were upgraded to a villa at no extra charge. We also had the use of a golf cart through out our visit. It was VERY peaceful, quiet, and beautiful. It was just what we needed. The food at the three resort restaurants was great. We liked the atomsphere of the Beach club best for dining.
It is close to Charlotte but a world away from everything!!!
Its a Dump
Its unfortunate that such a nice location is the home of a low end resort. Where to begin? Rooms are filthy and in poor condition. Food served in a unprofessional manner especially considering how much you are being charged! call me fickle but when you get charged $7.00 for a house wine plus the automatic Service Charge of 20% I would hope its done in a professional manner. The staff is obviously not trained and apparently having to work there in the first place. The Spa screwed up our reservation. No nightlife. The shuttle is an old diesel bus. Check in and out took forever. Everything is dirty dirty dirty. Throughout this I had a hard time believing how much we were paying until I spoke to another couple and found they were pay $60 a night LESS ($109.00). OUCH!
We found the rooms and atmosphere good. Hard to get a golf cart while there. Food at all places was horrible and found that going back into Hilton Head for good food was a negative. The only thing really enjoyed was that our pet was acceptable.
Wonderful time at Daufuskie!!
Visited the week of Aug 23 and we had a wonderful time. There were 2 adults and 3 kids in our party. The area was beautiful. The ferry ride was nice and loaded with dolphins. The resort was well kept and the staff very friendly. The use of a golf cart for the week was a lot of fun too. The golf courses were very nice. I enjoyed Bloody Point more than Melrose. Only complaints were the fishing equipment was just about useless, no lures or reels. All in all, I would go back in a heartbeat!!! Also, go to Marshside Mama's to eat....
A Great Spot To Get Away
My wife and I went to the island to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. We loved it so much we are planning to go back next year.
It is such a wonderful place to relax and get away from it all. Bloody Point golf course was one of the toughest courses I have ever played and I loved it. My wife went to the spa and she had a wonderful time.
Traveling by golf cart made the experience even greater. We traveled around the property doing a little sight seeing on our own. We got to see a little local wild life in the form of an alligator on the Melrose golf course. The service at the Inn was great, the food was adequate.
The ferry ride was a little long but it was worth the wait. We are looking forward to going back next year.
Daufuskie is the place
What can I say--unique and relaxing. No place is perfect but we have found our favorite family vacation. Inn rooms are huge and cottages even better. Alligator, deer, falcons, whole sand dollars, starfish and huge shells. I'm hooked.
Most relaxing vacation ever!
We are a family of 5 - three children ages 7, 8 & 10. We have been to many resorts - Disney, Myrtle Beach, Hawaii, Texas, Arizona, etc. We always manage to have a good time. But, we always come home from vacation exhausted! The best thing about Daufuskie for us is that we came home completely RELAXED!
I've read different opinions about the island that can be both positive or negative based on what you are looking for. The 45 minute ferry ride to and from the island was a treat for us. We saw dolphins, parasailers etc. on the ferry trip. Not having a car on the island was great (otherwise, I know we would have wanted to go shopping, or find some other type of entertainment-always wanting to go go go!). Here, we were almost forced to relax. We layed in oceanside hammocks, read books, searched for the easy to find seashells and just hung out! We booked our reservation at a very low price for an Inn room. They upgraded us to a cottage (which I would recommend). The Inn rooms ARE extra large.
The cottages are run down, but they are large and some are being updated I think (a little peeling wallpaper, old appliances, etc.) You can tell they were at one time just fabulous. But, you still get the fluffy towels, spa toiletries, and lots of space.
We took horseback riding lessons, went golfing on both courses and went to the Spa. All were excellent. The children did the pay-as-you-go childrens activities and enjoyed them. The pools were all well maintained. We walked on the beach often, but it's not really set up for laying out. Water sports are at Hilton Head (takes a while to get there but you can see Harbor Town just across the way). The game room was being renovated, but was quite small anyway. The lawn bowling, croquet, pitch & putt golf, and billards at the Inn were great. The whole place is very spread out, but we had fun getting around in our golf cart. Again, all relaxing family stuff.
I would recommend planning on bring food - the few restaurants are nice, but not excellent. And, they are expensive - especially for kids.
No other place really to buy things - no great grocery store or gift shops. The spa, Bloody Point Golf Course and houses (not the cottages) are all quite far from the main area.
All in all, I wouldn't give the ammenities a four star rating as is listed (it does have great potential). We have stayed at much more luxurious resorts with a 4 star rating. But, I would give the resort a five star rating in relaxation and friendliness. We would go back without hesitation!
Needs some clean up
We stayed at the resort in Mid-July, 2003. The grounds are in excellent shape, but the main building (Melrose) is in need of serious refurbishing, painting, carpet cleaning, and room tidying-up.
Friends of ours stayed in the cottages which are situated between the main inn (Melrose) and the Beach Club (pool/restaurant). The cottage (two bedroom and four bedroom) was in dire need of repair, carpet was beyond dirty, kitchen loaded with rust on appliances and the unit had several cockroach sightings.
We should have known things may not be in such great shape since the boat used to ferry passengers from Hilton Head to the Island had a huge cracked window which was taped up and was not fixed between our arrival and embarkation.
Food was acceptable and there is an automatic 18% service charge added to all purchases. Waitstaff personnel were generally worthy of the policy, however for an island situated in a coastal ocean environment, we could not find any fresh, locally caught seafood. A real disappointment.
A sandwich served at the pool had mold on the bread, with rancid sour cream on the nachos; we wonder if the method needed to transport perishables from the Hilton Head Dock may be flawed in the respect of food preervation?
At one time, we understand this resort was operated by Club Resorts (Pinehurst, NC, Barton Creek, Texas, etc) and was closed down for a period of years and recently reopened by a new company. It appears they did not take the time to go through and properly tidy up or clean the buildings. The pretense of a four star experience lies beneath the grungy interiors. We wish them well in their efforts to bring the resort back to at least a two star level, which it falls short of at this juncture.
What a fantastic destination!
What a fantastic destination! An island away from the rest of the world is all you need to rest and relax. The property is a bit spread out but that only begins to tell you how exciting it is to travel by golf cart, bicycle or horse to get to the wonderful amenities this property has.
The new spa is quaint and enticing. The conference space is state-of-the-art. Why wouldn't a group want to come and take over an island for their corporation. What great team building. I would absolutely recommend this destination to not only families but corporate organizations as well!
All of Daufuskie Island not so great!
Don't go to Daufuskie unless you plan on staying at the very small resorts of Melrose Plantation or Haige Point. The remainder of the islands three resorts is Bloody Point. Bloody Point houses the small spa and with the exception of a pretty Beach (the prettiest in our opinion) and golf course, that is just about it. The rest of the resort is bare. The few buildings are run down and need repairs and paint.
Same goes for the Melrose properties. The grounds of Melrose are beautiful along with the golf course and stables. The tennis courts need to be weeded. The food at the Beach Club is excellent and the service as a whole was pretty good. The pool area is also nice. The beach was a disappointment as there was not much of a beach before dropping of to a wide area of pluff mud before reaching the surf.
Cabanas can be rented for $20 a piece. We were unfortunate in that we rented a private home which was outside of the resorts area. The island is very poor and our "luxury" home was secluded in a wooded area near an abandoned swimming pool, pool house and cottage. It also bordered a slave burial ground. The house itself was large and had the potential to be really nice, however, it was a little run down and was dark and spider filled. EeeeK! The biggest problem with the house location was the distance and time it took to reach the resorts. The resorts require that only golf cars be used on the properties. We had the use of two golf cars, but the drive anywhere took at least 15 minutes. That was a lot of driving back and forth (to the beach, the pool...back home for lunch and out again). Our children were out in a golf car one evening when the car broke down. They were stranded in the middle of nowhere, but had a cell phone and were able to call a security guard and our house. The security guard was nice enough to bring them home after a two hour wait at 2:00 am! The real draw back to the island is the fact that it is a ferry only island. There is no bridge connecting the island to the mainland. This would not be too bad if it was a short boat ride, however, the ride took 45 minutes. You were required to get to the ferry landing 30 minutes early and had to make reservations each time you wanted to use it. No large grocery stores or shopping. All your food needs to be brought with you. If not for the negatives, I would go back to Daufauskie in a heart beat! The grounds of Melrose were really pretty.
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... now have my Manhattan Uncle Jack and Aunt Louise, made your way! Cheers!
And yes, for our family this will be a great place for a family vacation. They all will appreciate this calm, and yes if the son-in-laws want to take a break there are bicycles and helmets ready. This pleases me because I know they will set out and "check out the neighbourhood" while they are here. Tony will be occupying the third cycle!
Friday November 15th: Another day at Hilton Head. Today is supposed to be much warmer; in the 60's. I hope it really warms up. We are taking The Calibogue Cruise and Dolphin trip to Daufuskie Island. We will board in Hilton Head at the Broad Creek Marina this morning and spend the entire day on the island- come back in time to see the sunset.
We'll catch you up later on how the ...
... and maneuvering the kayaks and then launched us into the water... off we went. This was a lot of fun, with a very slow current, almost none and a really good upper body workout. Cindy caught up with us at one of the bridge crossings and snapped pictures.
We got back to the hotel and got ready for the pool. I headed on down and got three chairs under the trees (partial shade) and waited on Cindy ...
... Layne came along behind us running. On our way back, Layne and I stopped by the bike/kayak rental shop to investigate the kayaks. We decided to rent some on Friday morning for a tour of the river ways around the island. When we returned to the hotel we decided to head to the workout room for some weightlifting. Then back to the room for a quick change and to the pool ...
We headed back to the hotel to go to the pool. We found chairs in the shade, that's where I wanted to be and chilled out the rest of the day. Cindy and Layne went for a run and workout while I found the chairs. We brought lunch down and stayed at the pool until around 4 when we went up the get ready for dinner.
We originally decided to go to "Sea Shack" for dinner, but when we arrived ...