421 Squire Pope Road
It may require a little preplanning, but do not miss Daufuskie Island when you visit Hilton Head. While you are enjoying the Daufuskie Island Resort or the Breathe Spa, you will also enjoy their beach, play golf, go bike riding or go sight seeing. (You can still enjoy these pastimes as day visitors) There is also a private community nearby, Haig Point. Weddings and receptions are often held on Daufuskie Island. The island remains in a state of "Lowcountry" culture that is captured nowhere else.
Be sure to plan ahead if you decide to tour Daufuskie Island. You must make reservations to lay golf or use the luxurious spa. Making reservations will also give you a fare on the ferry at no cost. Yes, you will have to get to the island by ferry. The Daufuskie Island Resort Ferry (843-341-4870) departs the Embarkation Center on Squire Pope Road (near the back entrance of Hilton Head Plantation). Its about a 45 minute ride.
Other interesting items offered on Daufuskie Island are the Bald Eagles nest at Bloody Point, the Old Silverdew Winery Ruins, and the shops of local artisans. You can also visit the First Union Baptist Church, the local school house where Pat Conroy taught.
You can rent a boat to Daufuskie Island so be sure to have your drivers license. Most water sports companies on Hilton head offer boats for rent. There are marinas at Daufuskie Island awaiting you.
The Melrose Golf Course, a Jack Nicklaus-designed signature course, with three finishing holes on the Atlantic Ocean
Bloody Point Golf Course, a par-72 course running along the Intracoastal Waterway
Driving ranges and Pitch-n-Put, offering hours of fun for the family
Breathe Spa, specializing in customized body and facial treatments, embracing a wellness center approach promoting balanced health
The Equestrian Center, allowing families to enjoy horseback riding, with pony rides, private and semi-private lessons, children's clinics, and carriage rides
The Melrose Tennis Center, offering eight Har-Tru courts - two lighted for night play - nestled among towering pines and live oak trees; and two additional Har-Tru courts across from the Bloody Point Clubhouse, offering captivating views of the Atlantic Ocean
Melrose Landing, a marina selling fuel and providing dockage, overnight accommodations, a power hookup, a dock house with marine supplies, and dining
Bocce ball, croquet, and horseshoes, providing hours of fun
The Beach Club & Fitness Center, offering two oceanfront swimming pools, separate children's pool, deluxe fitness center, men's and women's locker rooms, and a casual dining restaurant
Bicycle rentals, so you can explore the island at your own pace
How do you get there?
The resort is accessible only by private passenger cruise from Hilton Head Island on Squire Pope Road.
Florida's Yemassee Indians once used Daufuskie Island, translated as "Land with a Point", as a resting place before and after raids on the English settlement of Charles Town. The English became eager to protect themselves from the Indians so they began patrolling the coastal islands. The two foes would battle twice in the place now known as Daufuskie Island's Bloody Point. Later the residents would be under complete control of England and the people would also run into pirate problems.
later in the 19th Century, Daufuskie Island residents produced cotton, lumber, indigo, and oysters. The plantation owners hosted great parties to boast their lifestyles. In the 1950's most island industries had closed down and only the descendants remained including slaves. The slaves isolated themselves and formed what is presently called the Gullah Country.The land is unspoiled and is considered Hilton Head as it once was 50 years ago.
Reservations required Calibogue Cruises - 843-342-8687 (TOUR)