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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina is a beloved getaway for families seeking beach time, golfers and couples in search of a quiet weekend. The island itself is nestled between Charleston and Savannah, but the closest town is Bluffton on the mainland. The area is full of resorts, including the The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa and Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort properties, but the Omni incorporates both the family-friendly experiences and romantic ones as well.
I stayed in a king bed studio suite facing the ocean, which included a large bed, pull out couch, balcony overlooking the pool and kitchenette with a microwave, mini fridge and essentials like silverware and glasses. It incorporated the best of a hotel room with the amenities of a condo, allowing you to store snacks and simple meals. The room also has a large flat screen television for cozying up to a movie. Other rooms include two bedroom studios and rates start at $130.
The bathroom had two sinks, ideal for multiple people getting ready, as well as a large shower and closet with their plush bathrobes, an amenity that is hard to come by these days. Omni Hilton Head also has a recently renovated area with three pools, including one just for adults. There’s direct beach access, bikes for rent, a giant chess board and a fire pit. As with other Omni properties, WiFi is free for members of their free loyalty program.
It’s easy to pamper yourself at the resort, which has the Ocean Tides Spa, offering facials, massages and salon treatments. Keep yourself in shape with the top-of-the-line gym, with a bar, treadmills, ellipticals and free weights. The nearby golf course has been ranked one of the top in the country. The resort also has access to tennis courts and a river for kayaking and canoeing.
The newly renovated lobby is bright and modern, incorporating the colors of the beach. When the renovations of the room are completed, they’ll have a similar theme. Omni Hilton Head has on-site restaurants, including the highly rated HH Prime. For more casual dining, try Palmetto Market or the Buoy Bar. The XO Lounge is open seasonally but is named one of the best hotel bars in the area. Outside of the resort, enjoy the dining at Lucky Rooster Kitchen & Bar and NEO HHI.
My stay at the Omni Hilton Head Island Resort was hosted, but all opinions are my own.