The Sonesta Resort offers a wide range of facilities and amenities so guests can have the perfect stay on Hilton Head Island.
The Arum Spa is the newest full-service spa on Hilton Head Island. Guests can visit the nail salon to get a manicure or pedicure or stop and relax in private treatment rooms while they receive signature massages, body treatments or facials.
Whether guests need a massage or body treatment, Arum Spa has it covered. Offers include massages such as Relax, a classic Swedish massage that relieves tension, and Revitalize, a hot stone massage that gets all the results of a deep tissue massage without all the pressure. Their body treatments smooth and hydrate skin with warm coconut milk and oil. Guests can choose from The Tropical Escape Sugar Scrub, Un-done Sun, Hydrating Indulgence Wrap or Arum Sensory Journey. An aromatherapy enhancement, warm oil scalp treatment, sugar rub foot exfoliation can be added onto any treatment and guests can ask for hot stones with any massage.
If visitors want more than a quick stop, they can purchase packages, such as the Arum Signature Spa Day (4 hours), Hilton Head Island Escape (4 ½ hours), Georgia on my Mind (3 ½ hours) or Lowcountry Classic (2 ½ hours).
Refreshing, Regenerator and Arum Signature Facials are all available to get hydration back and prevent aging. And if you’re on the go, then the Refresh Facial might be the best option. It provides a deep cleanse and exfoliation.
Brow, lip, chin, full face, bikini, Brazilian, half leg, full leg, back, chest, underarm, half and full arm waxing options are all available.
Reservations are recommended and credit cards are required to schedule appointments. To schedule an appointment, call 843-341-2786.
Just Us Kids
The Sonesta has a supervised kids club for children ages 3 to 12 years old. They have all kinds of fun activities from board and pool games to beach time and arts and crafts.
“Kids have a great time and the parents can have a little free time as well,” Braken said.
Kids ages of 3 to 5 can attend one half-day AM or PM session, while kids ages 6 to 12 can attend a half or full day, which is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Lunch and snacks are provided while kids are at the club.
One of the most exciting activities is when the kids get to see the turtles at the lagoon. At one o’clock about 30 turtles surface to eat their food where everyone can see.
“The kids love it,” said Braken. “It’s really a memorable experience for the entire family.”
There are special events every week. On Kids Nite Out, children eat dinner, go swimming, play games and watch a movie. Kids Nite Out is on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Another fun activity on Wednesdays is the search for Blackbeard’s Treasure, where kids play as pirates, walk a plank and make their own parrots. There is a Friday beach party with relay races, water balloon tag, paper plate turtle and water games in the covered pool, and a Saturday Slumber Party, where kids can decorate pillowcases, play Wii and swim before they snuggle into their pajamas and watch a movie.
Parents can purchase multiple day passes, pay for one session or the hourly rate. Visit Sonesta.com/hiltonhead for more information about the prices.
Event and meeting space
The Sonesta has up to 23,000 square feet of function space with over six rooms for meetings and events. They can accommodate up to 1,100 guests with a catering team and event staff.
Hilton Head Monthly Magazine didn’t vote the Sonesta the “Best Hilton Head Island Wedding Venue” for nothing. Their 7,000 square feet oceanfront Pavilion is the perfect place for a reception after a ceremony on the beach. They have event planners ready to assist any guest to help plan the perfect party. With a variety of options and packages, they can tailor everything to guests’ wishes.
“We really cater to our guests and listen to their needs, make sure we are taking care of them and personalizing their stay,” Braken said.
They also have meeting space available for conferences, dinners, galas—any event guests might have in mind. There are three ballrooms to accommodate different sized parties. The Santee Ballroom is the largest with 9,880 square feet; the Savannah Ballroom is medium-sized with 2,600 square feet and the Beaufort Ballroom is the smallest with 264 square feet. There are other rooms available for more private meetings, such as the Charleston, Dorchester and Jasper, which are all 700 square feet and there is also the Berkeley, 560 square feet.
The Sonesta has a 24-hour fitness center equipped with a variety of exercise machines so guests can keep to their workout routine. They have treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, dumbbells and other machines to lift weights. Each stationary bike, treadmill and elliptical machine has its own monitor. Changing rooms and restrooms are available as well as towels and water.
The Sonesta has two heated pools that are open year-round. The first is an outdoor zero entry pool that’s perfect for kids to run out into. Instead of jumping in, guests can walk right into the water—just like in the ocean. This pool features a poolside bar, called Sweet Cane. It’s a seasonal bar and grill that has weekly entertainment.
There is also a covered pool right just a few steps away. It’s tucked into the corner of the hotel so it provides a safe place for kid’s activities.
If you’re looking to relax, there are plenty of places to tuck yourself into. From chairs and chaises by the pool to hammocks and cabanas on the lagoon, the Sonesta has an array of lounging options perfect to soak up the sun.
One of the most popular ways to see the Island is to rent bikes and the Sonesta has a place just to do that.
“The bike rentals is huge,” said Braken. “We have the bikes right here for our guests and people love it—it’s a great memory.”
Their bike rental is on a path next to the pools and offers different sizes for kids and adults. There is even a baby bicycle trailer so small children can enjoy the ride with parents. Trails span the entire plantation and stem off throughout the rest of Hilton Head Island.
“It’s really a great experience to relax and enjoy,” said Braken. “It really makes for a nice family afternoon.”
The guest store and gift shop, Pearls Market, is open Wednesday – Sunday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and stocks a variety of items.
Not only do they have the greatsouvenirs—from shirts, jackets and jewelry to toys, key chains and island trinkets—but they also have everything a convenience store should. If guests forget sunscreen or need Aloe Vera, then they can just stop and buy it in the hotel. Gum, candy, sodas, water and magazines are all available here.
Some of the locals on the plantation will even stop by to run in and buy something they might need. And if visitors are not looking to shop around in-store, Pearls Market will take orders over the phone or and mail them to guests or take them to their suite.
Right off the lobby, there is a technology area. With high-speed wireless and wired Internet, guests have the best Internet connection. There are computer stations with USB ports and outlets to charge laptops as well as a scanner and printer available for use. And guests can use all these amenities while watching the news or a show on the 47” flat-screen television on the wall.
For more information about the hotel and rooms, visit the Sonesta’s page.
For information about the dining options at the hotel, visit the Sonesta’s dining page.