Lace Up Your Sneakers and Hit the Trails
Why slog away on a treadmill when you can get outdoors and walk, jog, or run paved trails that wind through maritime forest and take in marsh views? If you need motivation to kickstart your routine, sign up for the Kiawah Island Half or Full Marathon, which take place in December.
Take Bootcamp Outside
A tranquil beach setting and the sound of rhythmic ocean waves almost make burpees bearable. The Resort’s beach boot camps are designed to burn calories, build strength, and improve endurance. And the sandy surface targets important stabilizing muscles that often get overlooked. When class ends, you’re encouraged to cool off with a dunk in the ocean.
Get a Core Workout on the Water
A kayak or standup paddle board excursion through the South Carolina Lowcountry waterways delivers a killer abdominal and upper body workout while also allowing guests to take in the surrounding marsh ecology and wildlife. The ultimate balance challenge on a SUP: not toppling over when a bald eagle soars by. Beginners can sign up for lessons and the resort also offers two-hour, naturalist-led paddling tours that delve into marsh habitat.
Skip the Peloton and Explore on Two Wheels
Kiawah Island boasts over 35 miles of paved bike paths and the hard-packed sand on the resort’s 10-mile stretch of beach makes it possible to pedal along the shore. Seaside Cycles stocks cruiser bikes for children and adults, plus tandems, adult trikes, and tag-along attachments for kids. Rent in advance and they’ll deliver bikes and helmets to your residence prior to arrival.
By taking your yoga practice to the beach, you’ll challenge your balance on the sand, plus get an extra mood boost from the negative ion-rich salt air. The Concierge can arrange private lessons with a local instructor that compliment your preferred practice style (vigorous vinyasa, restorative yin) and experience level.
Members have access to five championship golf courses. Get in your steps on the Ocean Course, which is a walking only course except during certain times of the day in June, July, and August. Golf clinics and semi-private and private lessons from PGA-certified instructors help fine tune technique and ensure you’re engaging the correct muscles to maximize your stroke.
Hone Your Tennis Game
Kiawah is home to the world-class Roy Barth Tennis Center and the Barth-Hawtin Tennis Academy. The facility boasts 22 tennis courts, including ten new Har-Tru clay courts, and offers weekly adult drill sessions focused on perfecting your groundstroke, backhand, and net play. Want sport-specific training? The Academy offers strength and conditioning programs in partnership with the Kovacs Institute.
Embrace America’s Fastest Growing Sport
A hybrid of tennis, ping pong and badminton, pickleball has become a national obsession among people of all ages. The sport is a low impact and highly social alternative to tennis. It will raise your heart rate while also working single-leg and core strength. Never tried the funny sounding sport? The Roy Barth Tennis Center offers group and private instruction on its dedicated pickleball courts.
Try a Bespoke Workout
Break from your typical Zoom HIIT class and ask the Concierge to arrange a personal trainer for your stay. You’ll be able to connect with them one-on-one prior to your arrival to discuss your goals (maintenance, increased strength). They’ll get creative and utilize the Resort’s spectacular natural setting as an al fresco gym.
Elevate Luxury Through Well-Being
Life Force luxury wellness program is now available to Exclusive Resorts Members in the privacy of your residence. Customized experiences led by our dynamic team of yogis, nutritionists/chefs, and bodywork specialists will transform an already memorable Exclusive Resorts trip into a life changing event — take a step towards a sustained sense of balance, health, and well-being. Choose from a number of wellness services curated by a team of the most sought-after providers in the industry. Work one-on-one or as a family with masters in the disciplines of yoga, meditation, culinary arts, fitness, and spa treatments. With a wide variety of offerings ranging from contemporary wellness practices to ancient disciplines, there is no shortage of options to create the perfect custom experience for every preference.