Pack a Bag and Head to Hilton Head Island
By Debbie Diamond
Looking for a quick weekend getaway that requires minimal preparation, but promises loads of relaxation and fun? Look no further than Hilton Head Island, a stone’s throw from Atlanta and a destination filled with possibilities – whether you fancy shopping, boating, dining or simply lying on the beach.
The Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is a stylish, contemporary oasis situated on 11 acres within Shipyard Plantation. Last year, the resort underwent a $30 million renovation. The result: a beautiful destination with a welcoming environment from the moment you arrive at the front door.
The renovated lobby features a five-story open area dotted with orange interiors, an up-to-date technology lounge and numerous dining options. The enticing outdoor pool deck offers a shaded lap pool, a zero entry heated lagoon pool, cabanas, lounges, outdoor beds, oversized umbrellas and a bar/restaurant. For spa lovers, select from an array of massages, facials, body treatments, manicures and pedicures at the tranquil Arum Spa.
The Sonesta Hilton Head is located directly on the beach. Poolside, oceanfront and ocean view rooms are available. Daily beach set-ups are provided for guests who prefer to spend their days oceanside.
Speaking of the beach, yoga enthusiasts will enjoy “Beach Yoga,” led by Jiva Yoga Center instructors and held at Coligny Beach each morning at 8 a.m. The center also offers Paddleboard Yoga sessions upon request.Beach Yoga at Coligny Beach
While enjoying a day in the sun, check out the many boat trips offered by Island Water Sports. The sunset cruise on the Carolina Moon catamaran takes place under full sail, and chances are likely you will spot more than a few Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins swimming by the boat. The captain narrates the sail, pointing out Dafuskie Island and other points of interest. The sunset cruise is relaxing and a perfect way to wind down your day.
Hilton Head is never in short supply when it comes to dining options. Those with special dietary needs will find it easy to locate a restaurant willing to accommodate their just about any request. Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana, one of Hilton Head’s top restaurants, hosts a hands-on cooking class with guest chefs each Thursday. After “mastering” the recipes, participants sit down to enjoy their gourmet creations.
Whether picking out t-shirts at Jamaican Me Crazy or perusing island fashions at Fresh Produce, shoppers will be delighted with the quality and quantity of shops. Coligny Plaza and Harbour Town offer just about any type of store your heart desires. Also, Pearls Market, located in the lobby of the Sonesta Hilton Head, is a perfect place to purchase original gifts for children, pet sitters, family and friends.
When considering your next vacation, remember to keep Hilton Head Island in mind. Though sometimes overlooked in favor of more distant, exotic destinations, a fun-filled, memorable vacation may be closer than you think.