Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
What We Love
- Spacious rooms with balconies
- Oceanfront location with beach amenities
- Very family-friendly, with a playground, splash zone, arts and crafts and outdoor giant chess
What To Know
- Some activities, such as golf and tennis, are not on the property itself but are located nearby
- Nonsmoking resort
- Beach umbrella and chair rentals are an additional charge
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located in the Palmetto Dunes neighborhood of Hilton Head, this 323-room resort offers private access to sugar-white sand and is fresh off a $17 million renovation in 2014. The rooms and suites are extremely spacious (550 square feet, minimum) and feature balconies overlooking the courtyard or Atlantic Ocean, kitchenettes and tropical decor. Guests can play beach volleyball, catch some rays by one of three oceaniview pools, take a soak in one of the Jacuzzis or relax in the full-service spa and salon. For kids there’s a playground, splash zone, arts and crafts, outdoor giant chess and ping-pong. Adults can sip a Cosmo at the trendy XO Lounge or a casual beer at the Buoy Bar. The highly acclaimed restaurant HH Prime serves hearty dinner entrees such as beef medallions with cherry chutney, and sweet potato ravioli with mushrooms and spinach.
In the Area
Palmetto Dunes is home to 11 miles of lagoon, making it ideal for kayaking and canoeing. Hilton Head Outfitters rents equipment and also provides fishing charters, bike rentals and surfing lessons. For golfers, Palmetto Dunes Golf Club is just a stone’s throw from the resort and has three championship courses. Families can check out the Sandbox, an interactive children’s museum, or the Coastal Discovery Museum to learn about the natural history and cultural heritage of the region. Shoppers can visit Coligny Plaza and explore the more than 60 shops and restaurants, or for fabulous fresh seafood nearby, head to Alexander’s Seafood and Wine Bar, which is within walking distance of the resort.
How to Get There
Kids had a blast (and that's all that really mattered). We stayed in room 254 in the South Building. Room included 2 beds and a kitchenette area. The room was comfy and spacious. Bathroom area was clean, although the lighting in the shower area was quite dim. The bathroom included a heat lamp which brightened the area. But after spending the day in 90 degree heat, the last thing I wanted to do was turn on a heat lamp. Only real issue is that there is alot of noise in the courtyard at night. No fault to the other guests having a good time, but wish the balcony doors were a little more sound proof.
The room was super close to the main building. It was very convenient to head downstairs to the main building for anything we needed. The shack with all the towels and rental equipment was located right outside the opposite side of the building. I was surprised that they never checked our wristbands to make sure we were guests. We left them in our beach bag, and never wore them once. The close proximity to the beach was perfect for us. It was nice to spend the day at both the pool and beach, just hopping between the two. We opted to rent the chair/umbrella equipment from the beach lifeguards instead of thru Omni directly. This was just out of pure laziness, as we didn't feel like trekking the equipment up/down the short trail. It costs us $38 for the whole day to use the equipment already setup on the beach.
I certainly would have given a better rating but there are a few issues to get out first.
Our arrival went well. The staff is very courteous. The drawback starts with the on-site pricing. Make sure you buy at a local grocery store the commodities you are familiar with. If you decide to use the services there be prepared for a major bill at the end.
Then there are the amenities. First the wireless connection was worthless. I’ve had a bunch of time in dealing with this and found it better to shut theirs off and use phone data. Secondly if you want a shade spot at the adult pool get there early or bring your own umbrella. There could be a better setup. The last item is to check you luggage before leaving. You may have some hitchhikers in there. I found a large bug by the sliding door in the morning.
We had an amazing time at the Omni with exceptional service. 5 star service from arrival to departure. Can't wait to go back! Room was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed. Pools are amazing. Food and beverages were top of the line.
We left today and are already trying to figure out when we can go back. That pretty much sums it up. This is my fourth trip to HHI, but our first stay at the Omni. We will never stay anywhere else. This resort caters so perfectly to kids and adults-the whole family was so happy all week! And the staff...I can’t remember the last time I stayed somewhere that every single staff member was so friendly and and so willing to help us. Especially those working the recreation desk. The room was comfortable and pretty with a gorgeous view. Perfection all the way around!!!
We have been going to the Omni Resort on HHI for the past 21 years. Although, there have been changes the consistency of the service and overall resort is very positive. The location is ideal and centrally located for most needs and activity.