The Sanctuary, Kiawah Island — A Relaxing Retreat

The Santuary

The Sanctuary

My husband had a business trip to The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, SC, and I accompanied him. A long quiet palm and pine-tree-lined road brings you to The Sanctuary. Large cream columns, shuttered windows and black mediterranean wrought iron balcony railings make you feel like you arrived at a plantation. Smiling doormen welcome their guests.

Jasmine, butterfly bush, wave petunias and various other flowers and bushes line the pathways throughout The Sanctuary. Their sweet fragrance scents the breeze.

The Sanctuary atmosphere is quiet and relaxed. We visited in late April, but I heard that the pace picks up in the sweltering summer months. Many families arrive for summer vacation.

The 2012 PGA Championship is scheduled for August at The Ocean Course at The Sanctuary. Can you imagine the celebrities that will attend? My husband played golf on The Ocean Course, and it will be interesting to hear his perspective while we watch the PGA (as long as he doesn’t get carried away).

Ocean View

Ocean View

During our visit, we rode bikes on the beach. It was a crystal clear day with a slight breeze. The best part was enjoying the ocean scenery without dodging people and cars.

I also took a tennis lesson, and I learned more from one lesson than many previous lessons. The pro gave me great visual images that I will use when I am playing a match. He noted that they are rated the #1 tennis resort in the world for another year by www.tennisresortsonline.com.

The resort staff provided great customer service from the bellmen to the wait staff. Various staff members asked about our stay. Of course our response was that we had a wonderful time.

The only down side for me was the alligators. I saw numerous signs warning about dangerous alligators. I saw a few and believe me, I was watchful!

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Ocean City Tennis Center in Ocean City, MD – Fun and Competitive Tennis

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Do you loaf while on vacation and call it exercise? Do you drag your chair to the beach like a slug and pass out from overexertion? Is swatting green flies, and killing one, the highlight of your day? Are you on a see-food diet like me? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then go play tennis! If you don’t know how, you can take lessons. Wouldn’t it be great to return home from vacation more fit? That is my goal. What is your vacation goal?

The Ocean City Tennis Center offers activities, for all ages, from May through September. They are located at 61st Street, on the bay side, in Ocean City, Maryland. Their phone number is 410-524-8337.

There are 6 hard courts and 3 Har-Tru clay. (Those clay courts are great for my old, wobbly knees.) The Ocean City Tennis Center offers clinics, tennis camps, lessons and leagues. There are activities for all ages 4 years old and up. This is their website: http://tennis.ococean.com.

The women’s-doubles tennis games, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., are fun and competitive. The minimum play level is intermediate. Of course, there are many levels of intermediate. Thank goodness, I fit in somewhere. Players must sign up in advance. The cost is $10.00.

Ladies return yearly to play doubles. Some live in Ocean City, or the surrounding areas, and some players may visit for only a week or two. New players are welcome by the players and staff. It is great meeting and playing with new people.

I love playing in the Tuesday and Friday league. It forces me to rise early, exercise and socialize. After tennis, I can enjoy the beach and snack without guilt.

Marie Thomas coordinates the schedule. She ensures that the players are well matched, but they can also play with different levels. You meet people from Maryland to California.
The players make you feel comfortable no matter what level they play. It is competitive and fun. You sometimes hear someone laugh loudly if they make a great shot or a bad mistake. There is always laughter on the courts. That is another reason I love it!

During the busiest season, Marie adds tennis days, such as “Wild Card Wednesdays” to accommodate the many people who want to play. She also promotes “Tennis Flings,” which include a luncheon and prizes. It is a wonderful opportunity to socialize.

Last year, Marie had a “Housewives of Ocean City Fling.” The gaudy outfits and jewelry were hilarious. She is creative and ensures an enjoyable tennis experience. She also does her best to get players in the Tuesday and Friday lineup whether they are regular or new players.

I have met many new friends at the Ocean City Tennis Center. Playing tennis adds a new dimension to my summer vacation. Tennis anyone?