Back in 2014, my colleagues at the AJT and I were invited to enjoy a weekend at the newly renovated Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, where all 416 guest rooms, six dining outlets, and over 37,00 square feet of banquet and event areas were completely redone.

We were thrilled to enjoy an oceanfront getaway with our children in Hilton Head Island, the No. 1 beach destination of the South, just four hours’ drive from Atlanta.

At the time, the resort boasted a renovated, two-story, lush garden and conservatory, a panoramic ocean-view lobby, which overlooked the resort’s three prominent beachside pools (one completely shaded for sun protection), three 18-hole championship golf courses, and Heavenly Spa, named the best spa in South Carolina, where guests can enjoy complete salon services as well as a variety of rejuvenating treatments.

With over 10,000 square feet of private, oceanfront event space, the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa (843-681-4000) aspired to be the premier beach wedding and event venue in the Southeast, as well as the No. 1 resort destination for families and golf lovers.

My colleagues and I, with our four teenage boys, enjoyed the resort’s amenities, dining and breathtaking views so much that we could not find any reason to leave the resort.

For three days, we soaked up the sun and enjoyed drinks on the beach, poolside meals and revitalizing spa treatments. Each room had a private balcony, heavenly beds and a heavenly shower — a treat in itself.

The boys spent the days running back and forth from the pool to the beach to the hot tub, playing ping-pong and delighting in the fresh air.

It was no surprise that when the Westin invited me back for the unveiling of the final piece of its $40 million renovation, the Grand Ocean Terrace, a new, all-glass, oceanfront event venue, I dropped everything and ran.

I had been back to the resort a few times since my 2014 visit, but, knowing how the resort’s sales and marketing team pays attention to every detail, I had to experience this unveiling event and see the full potential of the venue.

I was amazed.

The Grand Ocean Terrace sets the standard for beachfront receptions as the largest enclosed oceanfront event venue along the Carolina and Georgia coast.

Seating up to 220 guests, the Grand Ocean Terrace enjoys unobstructed ocean views elevated above the beach dunes with over 5,000 square feet of space. Glass walls slide open and disappear into a full-length, covered balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Glass doors can be removed to provide easy access to a deck overlooking the ocean.

Imagine hosting your upcoming bar mitzvah, wedding, anniversary or corporate event overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, starting with a cocktail reception on the resort’s picturesque Oceanfront Deck, just steps from the Grand Ocean Terrace, with a wrap-around, ocean-view balcony. It’s a venue you and your guests will never forget.

I recommend the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa for any celebration and getaway needs. I hope I am lucky enough to celebrate my upcoming 25th wedding anniversary, my husband’s 60th birthday and my 50th, which all fall in the same year, at the Grand Ocean Terrace surrounded by family, friends, and my favorite place on Earth, the ocean.