Isle of Palms was originally named Hunting Island by the Seewee Indians who first discovered it and used it for fishing, hunting, and farming. In the seventeenth century, it was renamed Long Island and then changed again to Isle of Palms to attract more tourists. Today, Isle of Palms motels and hotels host thousands of tourists looking for a little piece of paradise. The number of hotels on the Isle of Palms has grown exponentially to accommodate demand. On the island, time is eclipsed by the striking natural beauty and wonderful attractions, both manmade and naturally existing.
The charm of the Isle of Palms transfers over to many Isle of Palms hotels. At The Palms Hotel (pictured), guests awaken each morning to the sound of waves lapping at the shore and pelicans and other rare birds greeting the morning. Only minutes from historic Charleston and the famous Wild Dunes Golfing Resort, guests also enjoy an easy approach to miles of sandy beaches, Old South Plantations and incredible dining choices. Spacious guest rooms offer well equipped private getaways while the world outside awaits with an outdoor pool, large sun terrace, and expertly manicured gardens. The Palms is one of the top hotels on the Isle of Palms and it has affordable rates.
The Wild Dunes Isle of Palms Resort is one of the most renowned on the east coast. It is as ideally equipped for golfers as it is for families with children of any age. Award-winning tennis and golf are the main attractions for many while the choice backdrop and exciting activities is the major draw for others. One of the most exceptional features of Wild Dunes, and one that fosters their commitment to guests, is the incredible choices available in accommodations. Private vacation homes, exclusive condos, luxurious villas, and one of the best isle of Palms hotels around create abundant options. Wild Dunes is a city within a city. For starters, the Grand Pavilion is created with self sufficiency in mind, boasting an oceanfront pool, cafes, a boardwalk and many other facilities. The Isle of Palms Resort also offers a multitude of tours, an expansive recreation program, a business center, and free transportation to anywhere within the resort.
Isle of Palms hotels also include the Seaside Inn, a cozy retreat flanked by a meandering boardwalk, soft, powdery sand, and some of the best views on the coast. Guest suites feature splashes of vibrant color, local artwork, and private balconies, and boast a homespun feel. The rooftop pool and terrace overlook the Atlantic and offer a genuinely private area to relax with no interruptions. Guests can also access fishing charters, plantation tours, dining reservations, shopping information, and nightlife through the hotel's concierge. This is one of the better of the smaller hotels on the Isle of Palms.
Peak seasons see the population rise from 4,500 residents to more than 25,000 people. During the summer, hotels on Isle of Palms are often completely booked, leaving little choice for last-minute travelers. A majority of travelers head to the island specifically to stay at the Isle of Palms Resort. Only a few minutes by car separates the Isle of Palms from Charleston, making it a summer refuge for city residents. Pristine South Carolina beaches, exceptional Isle of Palms hotels, and a wealth of things to do together create an exciting destination for people from all over the world.