The “Phase Two” project at the 1,600-acre beachfront resort complex in Isle of Palms, S.C., outside of Charleston, will complement its existing golf courses, lodging and rental homes and condominiums with new amenities for the entire vacation community. The project includes doubling meeting space to accommodate groups of up to 650, and adding a 153-room hotel with a 10,000-sq. ft. spa and new outdoor pool deck with a poolside restaurant and bar.
Expansion plans underway at the Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms, S.C., outside of Charleston will add guest rooms and revamp the visitor experience at existing accommodations, The Post and Courier of Charleston reported.
Construction of a new hotel at the 1,600-acre beachfront resort complex that includes golf courses, hotel rooms and rental homes and condominiums will incorporate amenities that will impact the whole vacation community, The Post and Courier reported, including ballroom and event venue additions that will double the amount of meeting space.
The expansion is expected to be completed and open to guests by April 2021.
The hotel is rising next to the Village, a condominium-style hotel and retail area that was built in 2008, The Post and Courier reported.
More than a hotel addition, the new development is like “Wild Dunes, Phase Two,” Amie Hammer, an Assistant Vice President and Construction Manager at the development firm Lowe, said during a recent tour of the construction site.
Lowe, which is headquartered in Los Angeles, bought Wild Dunes in 1990 and has updated and expanded the resort in the years since, The Post and Courier reported, most recently investing in a three-year renovation that included the resort’s AAA four-diamond-rated Boardwalk Inn.
The new hotel will fulfill a plan that was set out back when the Village opened a little over a decade ago, Hammer said. Areas like the new hotel’s spa, fitness center and pool deck are intended to be used by guests in the adjacent Village, too. Because of that, the 153-key hotel is coming with a suite of amenities that’s much larger than would typically be built at a lodging of its size, Hammer explained.
The existing spa in the Village is being replaced by a 10,000-sq. ft. facility with 14 treatment rooms in the new hotel, The Post and Courier reported. And the outdoor pool deck (shown in rendering above) that backs up to the Village will be expanded to include a new pool, whirlpool spas, a kids splash pad and a poolside restaurant and bar.
In total, the new hotel will add 30,000 square feet of meeting space, bringing the resort’s capacity for large groups up to 650 people, The Post and Courier reported. That square footage includes a grand ballroom, a rooftop ballroom, a terrace and a wedding venue with views of the ocean.
The entire Wild Dunes complex shares entrances, but guests at the rising hotel will arrive through a different gate that’s being built as part of the expansion, The Post and Courier reported. In addition to helping with traffic that will likely be generated by the new hotel, the entrance will have a welcome center and be equipped with staff and guest services that are catered to guests’ needs. Anyone coming into the resort area now has to check in with a security guard.