We decided, rather spur-of-the-moment I might add, to go up to Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort for the weekend. I must say that I’m so happy we did as it’s only an hour from our house and it was absolutely magnificent there! The resort is off the beaten path of the main drag going out to the coast. Even the signs pointing you to the resort blended in with the scenery. But, once we drove through those gates, we knew we were HOME!!
Bambi and Thumper were right there to welcome us!
One of my favorite touches was the brass door pulls leading into the main lobby! They looked like a Mickey Head when both doors were closed! Love it!
One of the things I fell in love with immediately was the decor. It gave me a lodge sort-of-feel and I felt like I had been transported back to the Pacific Northwest somehow! There are plenty of indoor games going on to keep you and your family busy in case the weather is not-so-great during your visit. They also had DVD rentals available at their store!
We found some pretty awesome spots as we explored the property. This boardwalk went around a beautiful marina. I really loved checking out all the different boats that were docked there.
We spotted their very cute Mickey-enhanced mailbox just before crossing the bridge.
The pool was designed to have the look of a water hole where you just jump right off the dock and into the lake! It was pretty cool! Never mind the *hidden* water slide!
The kids were REALLY scouring the place for Hidden Mickeys and found this one by the pool.
There was even a dock that extended way out and we could spot sand crabs and all sorts of fun creatures from there. My husband was out there one of the nights and saw a blue heron that was about six-feet tall (didn’t have the camera with him though!)!
I thought it was a cute touch to have directional signs pointing toward the other Disney Vacation Club Resorts!
I was excited to see this campfire area with all the benches where they have s’mores on select nights throughout the week. We were there on Friday and Saturday nights but didn’t get back for it in time on Friday and it wasn’t being held on Saturday. We’ll have to catch it for sure on our next visit!
My husband was pretty excited about the number of hammocks that were all over the property. Great place to enjoy a good book!
There is only one restaurant on property and it has your basic burgers, sandwiches, and salads. They do serve breakfast as well. I would compare it to the quick service restaurants that are available on Walt Disney World property. If you want a nice sit-down meal here, you’ll need to go off property. There were two restaurants just over the bridge, within walking distance. The front desk has some great recommendations, so be sure to check with them because sometimes they offer discounts too.
Again, little touches of Mickey here and there…
I was surprised at the number of things to do at Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort! They had lots of options for children of all ages!
Lots of things to rent also…
We had a studio reserved for Friday night and a two-bedroom for Saturday night. Totally loved our towel animal! Here’s a look at the studio…
Nice sized kitchenette…
Our two-bedroom villa was amazing. Yup. I could have moved in and been perfectly content.
We had our very own picnic table and two rocking chairs out on the HUGE patio overlooking the swimming pool.
This is the hallway between the living room and the 2nd bedroom…there was a washer and dryer in the closet directly across from the bench. Again, I just loved the decor!
We had the standard king-sized bed in the master bedroom. Here’s a look from the bedroom into the master bath.
We saw Shadow’s dog house on our way in when we first arrived and we were lucky enough to catch him there on our way out! We probably spent half an hour with him. Our kids, especially the littlest one, love animals!
We didn’t get a chance during our visit to go to Disney’s Beach House, so on our way home, we decided to go see what it was all about. Private beach access! I was wondering where the beach came into play here!
Just a couple of small things that I would change here if I was the boss. One was that I had put on our reservation that it was our first visit there and they gave us Walt Disney World First Visit buttons. It was definitely NOT our first WDW visit! It would be cool if they had their own buttons. Then, there was a message on our phone congratulating us on our first visit to Walt Disney World. I think it would be a really nice touch for them to change that recording so that it welcomes you to Hilton Head Island for your first visit there. I just felt like it should be treated differently since it’s not actually on Walt Disney World property.
That said, we couldn’t have had a better time at this resort! It felt just like home from the minute we arrived and we were able to get our (well, MY) Disney fix in! We decided to rent a movie on Saturday night and much to my surprise, they sold MICKEY BARS at their store!!!!!! Two thumbs up!!