ResortQuest Hilton Head Island offers vacationers much more than a place to sleep

By Lisa Allen, Contributor

From one-bedroom villas to eight-bedroom mansions, ResortQuest Hilton Head Island can book it for you on Hilton Head Island.

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ResortQuest Hilton Head Island can help you enrich your trip with tee times on any of the top golf courses in the area.
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The company has under exclusive contract 450 villas and homes all over the island, but with a large portion in Sea Pines Resort, which features some of the best golf anywhere: the iconic Harbour Town Golf Links; one of Pete Dye's latest designs, Heron Point; and the classic Ocean Course.

"Our purpose is to provide an excellent experience for our guests," said Robert Stenhammer, general manager.

And ResortQuest Hilton Head Island puts a lot of action behind Stenhammer's words.

For example, the company offers guests:

• High-speed wireless Internet access at every property.

• Free DVD rental via three vending machines at its Pope Avenue office. Vacationers can check out two DVDs at a time, as often as they like.

• Book now, pay later. For just $250, which can be refunded, vacationers can reserve a specific property for a specific time. It's ideal for planning next year's vacation. Payment of the first half isn't due until Dec. 1.

• The Recommends program. ResortQuest Hilton Head Island has arranged discounts with more than 100 entities in the area, from fishing tours and restaurants to photographers, shops and golf courses.

"We pick the best of Hilton Head. It's free for our partners to participate and they want to. For example, we have 2,000 guests staying at our properties this week. We just ask for an exclusive deal that we can pass onto our guests ...(our program) is exceptionally rich," Stenhammer said.

Discounts through the Recommends program cover the gamut, from golf at more than a dozen courses, to lessons you'll never forget at the Golf Academy at Sea Pines Resort or the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy.

ResortQuest Hilton Head Island also uses electronic keys. Vacationers receive all of their paperwork and a code in the mail before they arrive so they can go directly to the property without having to check in at a central office first.

"That way, they can get started right away on their vacation," Stenhammer said.

And like many tourism-related companies that endured the recession, ResortQuest Hilton Head Island has become more nimble. "In the past, our biggest booking month was January. Now it's April and May," Stenhammer said.

ResortQuest is an international company headquartered in Fort Walton, Fla., and has 100,000 vacation rentals all over the world. What that brings to the Hilton Head office is a well done Web site that includes many photos of each property, some with videos. It lists all of the amenities, which include full kitchens, flat-screen TVs and comfortable furniture. An informative video about Hilton Head in general emphasizes the island's well protected natural beauty and its stellar golf courses, tennis facilities and beaches.

There's nothing sight unseen about booking through ResortQuest.

Whether you book online or phone ResortQuest Hilton Head Island, they can find the right place at the right time. But more than that, the company can help you enrich your trip with tee times on one of the 24 golf courses in Hilton Head, or on one of the hundreds of tennis courts, be they paved, grass or clay. Want to know where to eat? ResortQuest can steer you to the best of the 200 restaurants on the island.

Think of the time and money you'll save.

Lisa AllenLisa Allen, Contributor

Lisa Allen is a golf, travel and business writer based in Beaufort, S.C. She has edited newspapers, magazines and books in Michigan, Indiana and South Carolina. Follow her on Twitter @LAllenSC.

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