This was our first visit both to Hilton Head Island and to the Waterside by Spinnaker resort. We were extremely pleased with both, and definitely look forward to returning.
The unit was very spacious, and was the largest two-bedroom timeshare I have visited. There was a very large comfortable living area with a flat panel TV and DVD player. The dining table was large enough to seat 8. The appliances were not new, but in good condition and worked well. The kitchen was the best equipped that I have seen in a timeshare. There were at least 8 place settings of dishes and silver, and about 20 large glasses. In this extremely hot weather, we also appreciated the very effective icemaker. It kept up with our high demand on ice. We cooked all of our dinners in the timeshare except one. There were plenty of pots and pans.
The bedrooms had old CRT type TVs, but they worked fine. The bathrooms were fairly plain, but decent sized. There was an ample sized balcony with a table and 4 chairs, and it had a great view overlooking a lagoon. There are several lagoons and "green belt" areas around Waterside, which add to the beauty. This is also the case for the entire island.
We had one minor maintenance problem (a hair dryer wouldn't work), and it was fixed within 30 minutes of reporting it. The staff was very friendly, and check-in was fast and efficient. We were never bothered with any type of sales pitch. There was a fairly extensive schedule of activities, and they were well attended and well led. Each day there was some type of craft activity, which my daughter and her friend enjoyed. There was a free wine and cheese reception one evening, and we arrived early expecting it to be gone in a few minutes (as we have experienced at other resorts). Not the case here. They kept bringing out more wine and cheese and had leftovers they were trying to give away at the end of the event.
There are 3 pools on the premises, and we primarily used the main pool that was in front of our unit. This pool has a large fountain running continuously, and we noticed that it actually cools the water a few degrees. We were in 4 other pools on the island during our trip, and the others felt like warm bath water (not very refreshing). But the Waterside pool felt much more comfortable due to the fountain. You could actually feel cool water running out at the base of the fountain as if the water was being refrigerated. There is also a children's pool, and this appeared to be a great place to vacation with small children. There are several gas grills around the pools that were popular with guests cooking their meals.
The absolute MUST DO when visiting HHI is to rent bikes for your stay. We got bikes from Bike Doctor for $25/week with an internet discount. They were delivered to the unit and picked up after our stay. HHI has over 50 miles of bike trails, and we explored much of the beautiful island using these. You can also bike along the beach itself. We were impressed that there are several large parcels of land that are set aside and protected from development by the town of HH.
Waterside is a short bike ride from the beach (or about a 10 minute walk). Conveniently nearby is the Coligny Plaza shopping district, which has a fascinating array of shops and restaurants. If you rent bikes, it is really not necessary to have a car during your visit, as there is so much to see and do nearby. We got our groceries at Publix, which was about a mile away. It had great selection and prices.
The only fees we had at checkout were for the arts and crafts activities. All in all, it was a fabulous vacation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fulfill your leisure desires and access all island activities from the preserved setting of this vacation resort just two blocks from the beach. Walk to the beach or hop on the seasonal shuttle. Dry off long enough to enjoy golf, tennis and proximity to beach restaurants and shops. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Waterside By Spinnaker Hotel Hilton Head