Meetings and Group Activity Options on Hilton Head Island
South Carolina’s Hilton Head Island is a world unto itself when it comes to meeting destinations. “America’s Favorite Island® offers 12 miles of pristine beaches, 32 golf courses and a variety of outdoor activities and cultural experiences.
Explorations into the culture of the Gullah people, in particular, offer a fascinating look into the region’s history. Spend a day at Mitchelville Freedom Park learning about the first town built by formerly enslaved people or visit the Gullah Museum.
The Gullah culture has strongly influenced the Lowcountry’s cuisine, with local favorites being shrimp and grits, fried okra and oysters. These dishes can be sampled at many of the destination’s 250-plus restaurants.
Hilton Head Island has also recently poured millions into improving its infrastructure and adding new options for visitors.
"With more than $50 million being invested in hotel renovations, new-builds and recreation, our island continues to improve the visitor experience,” said Seth Richardson, director of sales and partnership management for the Hilton Head Island–Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and VCB.
Hilton Head Island offers a total of 3,000 guest rooms for groups, ranging from four-star, full-service resorts to select and limited-service properties. Convention properties include the Marriott Hilton Head Resort & Spa; Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort; The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa; Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island; Beach House Hilton Head Island; and The Sea Pines Resort.
The destination also created a Path Forward Readiness Plan that features uniform protocols at all of its facilities, and offers special incentives for groups who book between October and March, just in time for golf season.
As a haven for golfers, Hilton Head Island’s many course options are highlighted by The Sea Pines Resort’s Harbour Town Golf Links, home to the RBC Heritage PGA TOUR golf tournament.
4 Fantastic Offsites
Operated by Destinations DMC and only accessible by boat, Page Island is actually a series of eight connected islands, each offering unique teambuilding and reception options, such as a Lowcountry boil or oyster roast under string lighting while enjoying live music and gorgeous sunsets.
Located between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, Daufuskie is a great day-trip option for groups to partake in dolphin tours and teambuilding programs. Numerous restaurants on the island offer private event space and afford beautiful sunset views.
At the destination’s first craft distillery, groups can indulge in tours and tastings in its 7,500-square-foot facility, including hands-on mixology classes, and can also hold large events in its outside space shadowed by stately Lowcountry oaks and pines.
Offering a comprehensive Lowcountry experience under a canopy of 300-to-400-year-old Virginia live oaks draped in Spanish moss, this historic 68-acre property contains a variety of unique offsite options, including a 4,000-square-foot covered pavilion.
Hilton Head Island is accessible via Hilton Head Island Airport (HHH), which offers 16 direct flights on United, Delta and American. Located a little more than 30 miles away, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) offers more than 30 direct flights via American, Delta, Southwest, United, Allegiant, Silver, Frontier, Air Canada, Jet Blue and Sun Country.