Opening Date:March 1, 1996
Deed Expiration: Jan 31st, 2042
2020 Annual Dues per Point: $9.10 (See Dues History)
Direct Cost (2020): $121 / point
Average Resale Cost (2020): $65 - 75 / point
Next Expected Refurb date: 2021
Hilton Head Island (HHI) Resort is the third Disney Vacation Club resort that was opened. Along with Vero Beach, HHI was planned as part of an intial three away-from-theme-park resorts, only the two of which were ever built. This 123-unit resort opened on March 1, 1996. This property built on a 15-acre island adjacent to Shelter Cove Harbour along the intracoastal waterway, it was designed as a 1940s Carolina Lowcountry vacation lodge. Because of land availability, the resort is not built directly on the beach, but instead there is a separate building known as Disney’s Beach House in Palmetto Dunes, featuring private access to the beach.
The resortis made up of 21 buildings and the resort has a total of 1,368,962 points, making it the second smallest resort in the system, with only the Grand Californian being smaller. There are no ground level rooms - everything is elevated because of the local building ordinances. The studios and 1-bedrooms are all lock-offs (split 2-bedrooms) and most (16 of 21) are located in buildings 11 & 12, with the remaining 5 located in the buildings that also have the five Grand Villas (bldgs# 16,18,19, 28 and 30). The rest of the resort is made up for 2 dedicated two-bedrooms. The resort has an end to the lease in January 31, 2042. There are no views to select as there is pretty much only the marsh, the trees, or the pool to choose from. HHI also has the second smallest number of units behind the Grand Californian, with only 102 units.
Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort:
22 Harbourside Lane
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29928
Front Desk: (843) 341-4150
Fax: (843) 341-4130
Like most DVC resorts, studios have a kitchenette which containers a small coffeemaker, toaster, microwave, small sink, and dorm-sized refrigerator. Paper plates/bowls and plastic utencils are usually provided. All DVC 1-bedroom and larger have a complete kitchen with full-size refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher and sink. Also provided are dining ware and cook ware in basic amounts. DVC 1-bedroom and larger also have a free washer and dryer in the room, while studios have free access to a common laundry facility.
1 Bedroom Villa:
2 Bedroom Villa:
3 Bedroom Villa - First Floor:
3 Bedroom Villa - Second Floor:
Due to local building codes there are no ground level villas - all are elevated above the ground with steps to get into the vills. There are no dedicated 2BR villas or Grand Villas that are handicap accessible. No other building besides number 11 and 12 have elevator access. Building numbers 23, 25 & 26 have pool view balconies. Building numbers 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 27, 29 and 31 have Marsh (Broad Creek) views. Building numbers 16, 19, 20, 21, 28 & 30 have interior (Island) views of nothing in particular (mostly wooded areas and other buildings).
Grand Villas are located in building numbers 16, 18, 19, 28 and 30.
All Lodge (Building numbers 11 and 12) accommodations are lock off 1BR and Studios. There are a total of 16 1BR and 16 Studios in the lodge. The remaining 5 1BRs and 5 Studios are located beneath the Grand Villas in building numbers 16, 18, 19, 28 and 30.
While the HHI resort is on the main island with a lot of local dining options, the resort itself is fairly limited in options.
The resort offers a wide variety of activities for all ages and has a large recreational staff. While there is no full service restaurant on-site, there is a snack bar near the pool and another at the Beach House. The resort does offer buffet style meals (shrimp boil and BBQ) at times. There are about 300 restaurants to choose from at Hilton Head and several are within easy walking distance of the resort.
Other activities are canoeing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, crabbing, crafts, cooking, wine/cheese, golfing, tennis, shelling, water skiing, wake boarding, parasailing, horseback riding, Kid's Night Out, Dolphin Cruises and others. Many are offered year round. There are also many outlet stores nearby, as well as an assortment of boutique shops on the island.
Right from the resort, in the nearby marsh, Dolphin have been seen feeding with the changing tides, river otter play in the sea grasses and manatees have been sighted feeding behind the resort.