Hilton Head and its award-winning beach coastline is only minutes away

Hilton Head Island must have been created for relaxation and rejuvenation: Its 42 square miles are lapped by the gentle waters of the Atlantic Ocean, edged with breathtaking ivory beaches and enfolded by fertile salt marches of spartina grass.

And on this raw canvas of striking natural beauty sits championship golf courses {more than 40 open to the public}, 300 tennis courts, yacht harbours, cultural activities, fine art, music and acclaimed theatrical venues, restaurants and shops that would be the envy of any big city - all coupled with a small-town hospitality as warm as the Lowcountry sun.