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Family-Friendly Getaway Steps from the Sand, Oceanfront, Limited Oceanview

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,250 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, accommodates up to 4 adults and 2 small children

Oceanfront, Limited Oceanview

2 Bedrooms: 1 King, 2 Queen Beds

2 Bathrooms

3 Balconies

Accommodates up to 4 Adults and 2 Small Children

Sunday-through-Sunday rentals during the summer

No Smoking, No Pets

The Treetops at Shipwatch

Certainly the updated furnishings and stunning hardwood floors are enough to turn heads in this 2-bedroom/2-bathroom quaint villa. But add the property’s limited but lovely oceanfront views from the living room wrap-around balcony, and its real treasure is revealed. Both bedrooms have their own private balconies as well offering calming views of the treetops.

Sounds of the Surf

With room for 4 adults and 2 children, this Kiawah Island retreat is well-suited for families and friends looking for the perfect combination of comfortable accommodations and ease of exploration. Located on the 4th floor at the end of a hallway, it is both private and quiet.

The kitchen is outfitted with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and all the cooking utensils and gear you might need, and you’ll find plenty of space to whip up a classic recipe from home or try something new. Easy access to the dining and living rooms means friends and family can easily gather and move around the villa.

Strike up a conversation from the kitchen, pull out a board game in the evening at the dining room table or bond over a favorite film in the living room, which features a huge Samsung flat-panel television with soundbar and a Blu-ray DVD player.

Step out onto the living room balcony and enjoy your cup of morning coffee or glass of wine in the evening to the sounds of the surf and the lovely view.

In the master bedroom, you will find a luxurious king-sized bed with thick memory foam mattress and heavenly linens, wall-mounted flat panel TV with DVD player and a private bathroom.

Down the hall is the second bedroom, which has 2 queen-sized beds both outfitted with pillow-top mattresses and quality linens. This bedroom, too, has it's own private bathroom.

Additionally, this vacation villa is also outfitted with a full-size washer and dryer and wireless high-speed internet access.

About Our On-the-Beach Location

Of course, the beach will surely lure you from your home-away-from-home – as it should! After all, a vacation to Kiawah Island isn’t complete without a stroll in the sand, an afternoon lounging in the sand or time spent splashing in the rolling waves. To reach the beach, simply take the elevator to the ground floor and walk right out from the breezeway onto the boardwalk.

Don’t forget to check out the other attractions and amenities nearby, including ample shopping, 5 world-class golf courses, local restaurants and tennis courts. Thirty miles of bike trails meander throughout the island as well, so renting a bicycle is a must.

And, if you’re up for a day trip, consider making the drive to historic downtown Charleston, which is only a 35 minute drive away.

If you love The Treetops at Shipwatch’s location, you might also be interested in the 2-bedroom Sandpiper or 1-bedroom Vista, both located in this same building.

Kiawah Business License: 008081

More Details

Shawn and Jeanette Lawson
Member since: 2003
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2018

About Shawn and Jeanette Lawson

About Property Managers, Shawn and Jeanette Lawson (Kiawah Island Getaways):

Shawn's family discovered Kiawah in 1978 and returned year after year for two-week vacations. In 1985 we drove our VW Bug convertible to Kiawah and Shawn introduced me to Kiawah. I remember stepping over the dune boardwalk out in front of the Kiawah Island Inn and seeing Kiawah's wide, sandy beach for the first time - it was so brilliant it practically danced before my eyes. It was during this vacation that the two of us decided to set our sights on moving to this beautiful and fascinating place permanently.

In 1988 our dreams came true and our U-Haul rattled across the Kiawah Island bridge (at that time it was nothing more than a wood-planked bridge). For the next four years we rented a 1-bedroom villa, 4251 Mariner's Watch. Shawn was so thrilled to be living on the island that he applied for the personalized South Carolina license plate 'KIAWAH' (which we still have today).

In 1992, we built our first home on the island at 134 Conifer Lane. During construction, I gave birth to our first son Benjamin - he arrived 2 months early in an ambulance outside of the Kiawah Island Fire Station.

In 2001, we purchased our first villa, a 1-bedroom, beachside Seascape and Kiawah Island Getaways was born. Once we got our feet wet with the villa rental business, it was a like a fever for us. We both really enjoyed furnishing, decorating and maintaining the villas - not to mention the new found fun of meeting and talking to all sorts of people about Kiawah. Because we really enjoy what we do, other Kiawah property owners noticed and we started managing their properties as well.

Our whole family loves Kiawah and running Kiawah Island Getaways is a true family-run business. We personally prepare each villa prior to your arrival - because we want your stay to be perfect. We want you to fall in love with Kiawah too...and we know you will.

Shawn and Jeanette Lawson purchased this villa in 2003

What makes this villa unique

From vibrant wall décor to bold splashes of color, the Treetops at Shipwatch combines luxury with charm at every turn.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Although we saw pictures on the internet, we were still taken aback by the villa. We so appreciate the care you took to detail, especially in the kitchen. It was stocked so well; and the appliances and tools of the trade were top of the line. The villa was spotless, liveable, comfortable and smelled great!! The beds were the most comfortable we've EVER slept in.
Jun 2006
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation villa rental in West Beach, South Carolina

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • Dining Room
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 1 King, 2 Queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
High-Speed Internet Access, Linens provided (Feather pillows, Duvet comforters, ooo la la!), Full size Washer/Dryer, Lots of touring information on Charleston & Kiawah provided within the villas, No Pets, No Smoking


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average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews
Charlotte, NC

Perfect condo - we can't wait to return!

  • 5 of 5

We've come to Kiawah every year for the past 7 years (and will continue to do so for many years to come), but this was our first time staying in this particular condo. Having stayed at Ship Watch before, we knew what to expect as far as location, but we were so impressed with the level of detail and attention we received having booked with Kiawah Island Getaways. The view from the condo was so beautiful - my husband and I enjoyed sharing a bottle of wine out on the balcony at night after we put our girls to sleep. There were fresh flowers upon arrival, the condo was immaculate and beautifully decorated, and the beds were amazing. The kitchen had everything we needed, and the bathrooms came well appointed with luxurious towels, shampoo and body wash, makeup remover wipes, and even beach towels and a small beach cooler in the master closet. We have two young daughters (3 years and 1 year), and the family DVD library was a nice touch as well for the one rainy day we had during our stay. Honestly, if we owned a condo at Kiawah, it would be just like this one - it felt like our own home from the moment we walked in. We will absolutely stay here again, and cannot wait to come back! Thank you for everything, Jeanette!

  • Submitted: 11-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to write your review - we greatly appreciate it! You and your family were a delight to host! We hope to have you as return guests on Kiawah for many, many years.
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beautifully decorated and very clean. Easy walk to the beach and amenities.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect condo for a small family. Comfy beds and beautifully decorated. Easy walk to the beach and nice views of the water from one of the balconies. Recommend bringing a collapsible cart or stroller to load all your Luggage and groceries to and from the car.

  • Submitted: 8-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charlotte, NC

Will be return customers

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the apartment! It was clean and organized. Everything you could need for a perfect vacation was include - beach towels, games, books, chairs, etc! They even included a book full of suggestions for dining out, activities, and day trips. The location was such a short walk to the beach and we were able to ride our bikes everywhere! It is very close to fresh fields and about 30 mins from Charleston! The beds were so comfy and check in/check out was a breeze. We loved everything about this apartment, especially the porch area, and will definitely be coming again!

  • Submitted: 5-Oct-2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Annapolis, MD

As good as it gets.....

  • 5 of 5

Although our first time to Kiawah, my wife and I have travelled extensively. In our experience, this was as good a rental experience and as nice a property as you will find. Although it would probably be tight for 6, we had our 2 teenage sons, and found the place nearly perfect for four.

It was appointed in a high quality and tasteful manner rarely found in rentals. The unit and the complex is quiet and relaxing. The unit is on the end of the complex, and the view of the beach is narrow, (between the adjacent unit wall, and the treetops) but charming, and enough to enjoy while relaxing on the terrace, and to allow "surf report".

Plenty of towels, linens, etc, all comfortable, nice quality, and clean. Kitchen is very thoroughly equipped, but small and limited in dry food storage - not a problem if you're planning on dining out a lot.

Building lacks ground level storage for beach gear - chairs, umbrella, etc. but we simply carried the up and down and stored them on the balcony. I wouldn't rent them - the rentals are always set up at the dune, which at lower tide is very far from the surf. Bikes will also be exposed - kind of a drag, but common.

Shawn and Jeanette, who we met in person as we were leaving, really care about the properties and the guest experience. You won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: 7-Aug-2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toledo, Ohio

Another fabulous vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This was our third time visiting Kiawah. When we were looking for a place to stay few years ago we found Kiawah Island Getaways, and we were happy to rent the property through Shawn and Jeanette. They are wonderful. They thought of every single detail. The property is tastefully decorated. The kitchen is fully equipped, beds are comfortable and linens/towels are great quality. The property also has a washer and dryer which was great when traveling with kids. We are planning on visiting Kiawah next year. It became our family's favorite place.

  • Submitted: 5-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alcoa, TN

An INCREDIBLE vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife researched a great deal to find this property. We were not at all disappointed! Let me first brag on Shawn and Jeannette Lawson who are the property managers. They were responsive to all of our communications and when we arrived we were instantly greeted with very nice touches that made us feel at home. The villa is very clean with great amenities. Fully functional kitchen, great bathrooms and extremely comfortable beds. The entire complex is very quiet and upscale. The beach access has a nice boardwalk and the beach itself was never crowded during our week. Some other things you should know: I personally wouldn't classify this property as Oceanfront. You only see a sliver of the ocean from the main balcony because of tree obstruction and the rest of the buildings. If you are looking for a vista of the ocean, it won't be this property. The 55-inch TV is nice, but I'd like to make a plea to the owners to upgrade to an HD cable service! You are provided a door code on the property for check-in so there is no need to stop by a rental office - that made it so easy!! Lastly, we are generous tippers when it comes to anyone who provides service to us. I never felt compelled to tip the young workers who provided the umbrella and beach chair service. The guys were not overly friendly and most mornings our chairs had quite a bit of sand in them and had been setup where dead seagrass had settled from the tides. I felt like they could've made a better effort to clean the area and chairs. Despite those few minor things I stand by my 5-star rating of this property and the vacation we had.

  • Submitted: 6-Jun-2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Charleston International Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
Tennis Courts
Nearest Point of Interest
Community Pool
Nearest Point of Interest
Cougar Point Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
The Shops at Straw Market
Nearest Point of Interest
The General Store
Car: recommended

Kiawah Island has it all for a family or golf vacation, Beach, Swim in the calm waters of the Atlantic or simply stroll Kiawah's incredible 10-mile long unspoiled beach from one end to the other even at high tide, Watch the seagulls fly overhead and the pelican dive for their dinner while the dolphin play in the water and the shrimp boats troll in the distance, Hiking and Wildlife Viewing, Kiawah has over 30 miles of safe, paved paths which meander through woods and past lagoons, These are home to alligators, turtles, deer, egrets, herons, and a host of other shore birds, Kiawah is ranked among the top golf resort destinations, There are five world-class championship courses, Kiawah was rated America's #1 Tennis Resort by Tennis Magazine, Visit Bohicket Marina for boat rentals, deep sea fishing, Enjoy local canoeing, crabbing, shrimping, and fishing in the nearby tidals marshes and creeks


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