Wild Dunes - Destination Hotels & Resorts

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5757 Palm Boulevard, Isle Of Palms, SC 29451
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Located on the Isle of Palms, Wild Dunes is an oceanside oasis just 25 minutes from the charm & grace of historic Charleston. Guests can savor the Atlantic Ocean, resort amenities & the best of the lowcountry. read more
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The Wild Dunes resort is in a great location, along the ocean, in a fairly large gated community. According to the shuttle driver, 80% of the homes in that community are private homes and often empty, which makes the place not so busy even when the occupation rate is high. I found the booking confusing. Options are "Boardwalk Inn", "Village", and "Villa". The former two are hotels (next to each other), the later describes rentals (condos, throughout the resort). We booked a "1 bedroom villa, resort view", and ended up in a 1 bedroom apartment, with full kitchen, living room, large bedroom, bathroom with walk-in shower, and screen-in balcony facing the pool and the ocean. The place was great, very calm, ideal for relaxation. However, this is a rental so not daily cleaning or bed making (only bi-weekly for stays of a week or longer). Our condo was 1 mile away from the Boardwalk inn / Village, which is the "center" of the resort, where the 2 restaurants and shops are. Walking on the beach, it took us ~25 minutes to reach the Center from our place. Otherwise, they have a very efficient complimentary shuttle (we just had to dial 0 from a resort phone and a mini-van would take us wherever we wanted in the resort, from 7am to 11pm --we never waited more than 7 minutes). For those who come by car, each condo comes with their own parking spot, and hotels have a valet service. Overall, we had a great time and enjoyed our stay very much. However, we realized we did not know what accommodation we were getting until we got there. I don't think this is Hotels.com's fault (our friends booked through the official website for the same stay and ended up in the Village in a regular room with windows that can't open when they would have preferred a place like ours). “Villas” can be a short walk from the resort center, up to 1+ mile away (and vice-versa for golf courses...) I wish it would be easier to know in advance what we get and where. Fortunately, the shuttle system makes the location within the resort not such a big deal after all (I think it is better to be able to see or at least hear the ocean). For those who need a ride to/from the Airport, I would recommend to ask the resort staff: they got us a very good deal compared to what we found on the internet.
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Apr 9th, 2007