Boutique hotel in works for Lowe's Wild Dunes Resort

The Wild Dunes Resort recently completed a three-year, $10 million update that impacted its public spaces, amenities and the Boardwalk Inn. Photo credit: Lowe Hotels

Wild Dunes Resort, a 1,600-acre oceanfront resort on South Carolina’s Isle of Palms, began development on a 153-room boutique hotel that includes meeting and event space, as well as new amenities.

“The new hotel and amenities at Wild Dunes builds on the attributes of this world-class property and allows us to offer a captivating new first-class hotel and meeting experience which will take advantage of the Charleston area’s continued growth,” Frank Fredericks, managing director of Wild Dunes Resort.

Wild Dunes Resort is located 30 minutes from downtown Charleston, S.C. The property’s new hotel will overlook a new pool and freestanding restaurant, and will be adjacent to The Village at Wild Dunes—a collection of rental properties located on the resort—as well as a retail plaza that was added to the resort in 2008. The development also will add an 8,000-square-foot ballroom and a 3,000-square-foot ocean view rooftop event space with an outdoor deck offering panoramic ocean views. Wild Dunes’ existing pool deck will be extended to include a new pool and a poolside café. A new spa with 14 treatment rooms and premier fitness center will also be added.


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As part of the property’s expansion, resort access will be reconfigured to create an exclusive entrance for residents and a separate arrival entrance and welcome center for resort guests. The new hotel and amenities are anticipated to open in early 2021.

Lowe Hotels and Dallas-based real estate investment and development firm Third Palm Capital acquired Wild Dunes Resort in 1990 following Hurricane Hugo. Since then the companies have restored the resort and have continued to expand Wild Dunes over the past 28 years, most recently completing a three-year, $10 million update to the property’s Boardwalk Inn and event spaces.

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