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Fripp Island Resort
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Reviewed 2 June 2011

When our plans changed for the Memorial Day weekend - we had the chance to take off from Atlanta for a few days. After calling and calling down around 30A in the Gulf - there was NOTHING. We decided to go to East coast instead. Having been to Hilton Head 100x we very much wanted to try "something else." We settled on Fripp solely due to availability for the nights we were going to be gone. Not knowing what to expect - we were very pleasantly surprised to find an island that was relaxing, had lots to do, and was very much enjoyed by ALL members of our family.

Details: After searching on VRBO - it was simply easier to call Fripp Island Resort's main 800 number. They were fast and efficient and I can not say enough good things about how nice they were. We dealt with the same lady both on the phone and in person on the island. She was a true joy who seems to have a love for the island and her job. It was a nice change to deal with someone so excited about helping a family have fun.

We booked a room at the Sunsuites Studios - which is attached to the Beach Club. It's right in the middle of the island [best place to stay IMO]. The Sunsuites are just that - studios. All one room with full kitchen. All sleep four - either with pull out couches but mainly with built in bunk beds. For our family - 2 adults and 2 teens - this worked well. The place itself appears like an old motor inn that's been redone room by room. For this reason the INSIDE of the accomodations vary widely. You MUST check them out on VRBO or by clicking into the pictures via Fripp Island's page. Some are straight out of a Pottery Barn catalog - while others are stuck in the 60s complete with shag carpeting. All run right on average about $125 a night.

You are litterally one complex off the beach [there is a one row complex in front of the Sunsuites]. 1 minute walk across the parking lot and on the beach. It's easy and cheap to rent umbrellas and great beach chairs there. All are $6 for the day - so $18 for a full beach set up. There's also food, drinks, etc. right at the beach club. We enjoyed several days on the beach - walking, sunning and playing. All perfect. There's also one of the three large pools located adjacent to the Sunsuites.

Included with our room were the much needed amenity cards + for booking we got a promotional deal of $50 in FRIPP bucks. We could use these as a credit - you charge things on your amenity cards and then settle up at the end. The FRIPP bucks were like having a $50 bank to begin. We used ours to rent a golf cart at the marina. We got a daily discount rate since we had rented through Fripp Island Resorts. We used the golf cart as our main transportation - as EVERYONE does. The island is only 6 miles long.

Things not to miss:
- Sunset at the inlet point at the South end of the inland. Drive your cart down there for a sunset cocktail.
- Swimming at the lagoon pools on the South side. Best pools in our opinion.
- Driving or biking around the island to see the beautiful wildlife/plants. There are deer everywhere.

Important:
- You must bring all your groceries with you. There's a great Publix or Super Wal-mart in Beaufort. There really isn't anywhere to buy groceries on the island.
- Only 3 restaurants - just to keep in mind.
- This isn't a place to party. It's laid back - sports-minded with golf and tennis - and lots of outdoor/relaxing activities.

We very much enjoyed this get away and will return if given the chance. It's low country at its best.

Room Tip: Get a room on the second level - ocean facing.
  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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9  Thank ASwee
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Reviewed 30 December 2010

We stayed in one of the Sun Suite efficiencies that face the beach and had an amazing time! We were there 3 nights in mid September and the place was practically deserted. The island is immaculate: completely private, full of deer walking around, gorgeous houses, everyone drives golf carts or bikes. Do NOT come here if you're looking to party. There is one restaurant on the island and it closes early :) Great place to relax, fish, walk on the beach, kayak/raft, bike, and sleep in late.

My husband keeps begging me to book another stay or, better yet, move there!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank vtbrooklyn04
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Reviewed 13 July 2010

So, I read all the reviews and ended up renting a Villa ( from a private owner) right on the beach ( Captain John Fripp Villas) next to the Beach Club. The island is lovely, with lots of areas for privacy ( even on the week including the 4th of July). We cooked all our meals in the villa and beyond that the biggest decisions we had to make each day was whether we wanted to lounge at one of the pools or on the beach. When we were not doing one of the above, we were riding around the island in a golf looking for deer or riding bikes on the many bike paths. I agree with others who say that the amenities on the island could be updated ( pools for example) but they were very clean.. just older. Sometimes less is more and in the case of Fripp that was definitely the case. If you are looking for quiet laid back family time this is the place for you. If you are looking for a place with arcades, water parks, and lots of dining options then you really should head to Savannah, Hilton Head or Mertyl ( spelling) Beach. We will be going back next year as we have a one year old and it was perfect for him.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled with family
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4  Thank rbarnwe
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Reviewed 24 June 2010

Do not rent through Fripp Island Resort. They are a major rip off. You can save tons of money by renting houses through private owners, which there are several websites available including homeaway.com and others. Fripp Island Resort charges a 3% NON REFUNDABLE "damage fee" as well as a 7% "Island Fee". They tack on fees to everything, and the rental units are more expensive and without golf carts. A lot of private rentals include a golf cart in the package.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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8  Thank LLNC2010
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Reviewed 1 April 2010

Staying at a house on the canal that runs through the center of Fripp Island called Lunaseay. The house is great, center island with easy access to Bonito boathouse and marina, and the beach club.
The marina was helpful getting our boat (17' Sea Ray) in the water and giving directions for a difficult trip through the marshes to get to the canal. Boating from a house on the canal is ruled by the tides. Coming and going from the canal must be within 1-2 hours of high tide, which can be pretty limiting. Might we worth the money to dock the boat in a wet slip at the marina if you want to go out on the water any time. If you want easy access to your boat, and don't mind your boat sitting on the ground when tide goes out, then canal front homes may work for you. It varies from home to home, but you should ask.
Some of the houses for rent say that the resort pools are heated, and that there are hot tubs. Not true. None of the pools at the cabana club or the beach club are heated. At the end of March 2010 they are C-O-L-D! So, if you are planning to come and swim in the pools for spring break, be prepared for the chilly temperature of the water.
Most of the restaurants on the resort are not running on weekdays at this time, including the sand bar, the beach club, and wet willies.

We like it better than Hilton Head because we like being away from it all in a nice house. But if you are planning to use aminity cards to enjoy the resort amenities, better hold out until the summertime.

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with family
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2  Thank sodstrip
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