ideal-LIVING Magazine Honors Dataw Island as one of “The Best of the Best in Planned Communities”
Beaufort, SC – Dataw Island was honored by ideal-LIVING magazine in its third annual “Best of the Best” issue which features the Top 100 Planned Communities, which named Dataw Island one of the “Best Wellness Environments.”
“The ‘Best of the Best‘ feature honors those areas and communities which deserve special recognition for their outstanding qualities, facilities, and programs,” said ideal-LIVING’s Editor and Associate Publisher Kelly Godbey. “We hope that this special feature in our Summer 2018 edition will serve our readers by focusing on the places that offer the lifestyle enhancements that are the most important to them.”
Online, ideal-LIVING has published the following explanation of why Dataw Island was recognized for the “Best Wellness Environment” designation:
Health & wellness is more than a passing fad at Dataw Island. While many members do enjoy the Fitness Center (complete with licensed trainers and physical therapists – convenient for those sports injuries!), the ever-popular yoga classes (for both men and women), water aerobics, and many sports offerings (golf, tennis, croquet, bocce), Datawites consider the broader interpretation of health and wellness to include a life balanced with social activities and volunteer work. The community of 870 homes is host to about 35 Clubs, and members volunteer well over 200 local organizations. An active body, mind, and social calendar is key to health and happiness at Dataw Island!
Hundreds of nominations from across the country were submitted to ideal-LIVING earlier this year. A special editorial committee assembled by the publication reviewed the qualifications of each nominee and selected the winners in nine categories.
“Members of the Dataw Island Club are a very active group,” says Dataw Island Community Center Director, Kevin Ennis. “They take part in many physical activities from kayaking to hiking the Appalachian Trail. To complement their social lifestyle, many members participate in group fitness activities as well as individual workout programs to keep an active body and a sharp mind.”
Tallying an average of over 56,000 encounters annually (about half of which are fitness visits), it is clear that the Dataw Island Community Center is an important part of members’ health and wellness, along with being an integral part of the island’s social fabric.
Director of Tennis, Warren Florence, says he finds that having fun is as important as being active. “At Dataw, Tennis is as much about enjoying being active and social as it is about the game itself. While we do have many USTA teams, we also welcome players of all levels who just want to enjoy being outside and being active.”
Offering golf, tennis, croquet, and bocce clinics and programs to accommodate the array of skill levels allows members many opportunities for organized sports participation. Those called by the water enjoy a robust kayaking group and indoor and outdoor pools, while others take to the island’s miles of walking and cycling paths.
While we can’t claim to have found the elusive Fountain of Youth, Ennis does add that “A healthy active lifestyle is paramount to feeling younger for longer, allowing members to fully enjoy their golden years.”
Congratulations, Dataw Island, on being named a “Best Wellness Environment”!
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Dataw Island is a gated golf, tennis and boating lifestyle community located fifteen minutes outside of historic downtown Beaufort. The island features two recently-renovated golf courses by designers Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills, a tennis center, a community center with workout and massage facilities, three restaurants and impeccably-maintained croquet lawns, plus bocce quarts, kayaking, a fitness center, art studio, and more. The community has also been named a USTA "Outstanding Tennis Facility," ranked the number one best retirement destination in South Carolina by Best Retirement Destinations and is the recipient of the 2017 Bliss Award for “Happiest South Carolina Community.”
For more than 25 years, ideal-LIVING magazine has been a leading national publication for readers who are nearing retirement age or who are interested in the benefits of relocating their families or businesses. From its headquarters in Wilmington, North Carolina, each edition of the quarterly publication is currently delivered to more than 100,000 homes. The magazine’s parent company, RPI Media, also distributes other publications like the comprehensive ideal-LIVING Choose Your Ideal Place Guide and sponsors the company’s signature ideal-LIVING Real Estate Shows each year. For more information, go to the website at www.ideal-LIVING.com.