The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels and Villas to Book on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Enjoy the wealth of amenities at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island without leaving your four-legged friend behind
Enjoy the wealth of amenities at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island without leaving your four-legged friend behind | Courtesy of Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island / Expedia
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14 December 2021
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With dozens of miles of walking trails and 12mi (19km) of beaches, Hilton Head Island is primed for an outdoorsy break with your four-legged buddy. Here’s our pick of the best pet-friendly accommodation in this perennially mild corner of South Carolina, including one with access to the renowned Port Royal Barony Golf Course, bookable with Culture Trip.

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, for balcony views

Upscale pool and jacuzzi area dotted with lounge chairs and offering ocean views at Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
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For a getaway geared towards soulful coastal walks with your furry companion, bag a room at this Hilton. All of its beach-themed accommodation features kitchenettes with mini-refrigerators and balconies with views of the resort, courtyard or ocean, situated just a few steps from reception. Unwind in the beachside hot tubs before heading to XO Sports & Spirits – one of four on-site bars and restaurants – for a critically acclaimed burger.

The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, for restful nights

Upscale king room with sliding door to ocean-view balcony at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa
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Both canine guests and their chaperones will sleep soundly at this four-star resort, situated on the northeastern extremity of the island. Deluxe rooms boast Westin’s trademarked Heavenly beds (plus matching ones for dogs upon request) as well as floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto ocean-view balconies. Soak up the island vibe from a furnished poolside cabana, complete with fridge and TV. You’ll also have access to the Port Royal championship golf course next door.

Holiday Inn Express Hilton Head Island, an IHG Hotel, for families on a budget

Chain Hotel
Modern two-bed guest room with sliding door to balcony at Holiday Inn Express Hilton Head Island, an IHG Hotel
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This budget-friendly base is set in six acres (2.4ha) of gardens with dog-walking trails, a picnic area with grills and a cornhole pitch by the outdoor pool. Great for families, it’s positioned between the Coligny Beach Park and the Low Country Celebration Park, the latter of which features a pirate-themed play area, an interactive kids’ museum, more dog-friendly trails and outdoor fitness installations. The complimentary hot and cold breakfast makes a stay here even better value-for-money.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Hilton Head, for self-catering

Comfy king suite in blue and yellow hues with couch at Home2 Suites by Hilton Hilton Head
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Pet-friendly rooms and a play area for pooches make this hotel a superb option for animal lovers. Breakfast is included, plus there are plenty of restaurants – from barbecue houses to Thai joints – on the William Hilton Parkway outside. Self-catering is also made easy, thanks to in-room microwaves, fridges, dishwashers and, if specially requested, induction burner cooktops. Other benefits include an outdoor pool, a gym and a shuttle service that connects you with nearby beaches and golf courses.

Cassina Palms, for easy beach access

Luxe spacious outdoor deck with comfy light-blue chairs and ottomans and ocean views at Cassina Palms in Hilton Head
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Pets will have ample space to play in the expansive gardens of this five-bed, five-bath villa. It’s set just back from the sand, a five-minute walk from Coligny Beach Park. Inside, there’s plenty of room to accommodate multi-generational families, including three living rooms, an outdoor pool and a circular day bed for sunbathing or stargazing at night. Make sure you nab the master bedroom, which features a walk-in closet and an oversized bathtub.

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island, for an abundance of amenities

Aerial view of pool area and lagoons at sunset at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
Enjoy the wealth of amenities at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island without leaving your four-legged friend behind | Courtesy of Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island / Expedia

Watch the sun dip below the palmetto trees at this chic resort on Shipyard Beach. There are a wealth of amenities on offer – from a plush spa to bicycle rental, as well as neighboring tennis courts and Shipyard Golf Course. Book an ocean view studio suite for a stylish pad featuring a living/dining room with a wet bar crying out for early evening martinis. After your sunset tipple, head to Heyward’s restaurant on site, a specialist in Atlantic seafood and locally reared meat.

For more places to stay in Hilton Head Island, check out our guide to the best vacation rentals in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, bookable on Culture Trip.

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