St. Phillips Island

St. Philips Island - South Carolina

St. Phillips Island, situated off the southeastern coast of South Carolina, is a 4,680-acre private island destination that is vastly different from any other Ted Turner Expeditions property. This rare jewel set among the barrier islands features a subtropical forest and long, white-sand beaches stretching along the Atlantic Ocean. Completely protected under a conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy, and registered as a natural landmark by the Department of Interior, St. Phillips is an oasis of pristine land, untouched and undeveloped. Accessible only by boat, St. Phillips is ideal for family gatherings, small executive retreats, and romantic getaways where guests experience the utmost in privacy.

Located near Hilton Head, St. Phillips is a brief 10-minute boat ride from its departure dock on St. Helena Island; and is completely self-sufficient with its own water and solar power supply. Ted Turner purchased the Island in 1979, and has enjoyed, along with family and friends, the unique activities and unparalleled privacy this Island offers.  Ted is delighted to add this remarkable coastal retreat as the newest accommodation offering within Ted Turner Expeditions!


Guests experience a number of amenities while staying on Ted Turner Expeditions’ private Island.  A St. Phillips Caretaker* will be present on the property, and available at all times for any need that should arise.

Included in your stay are:

  • Groceries and non-alcoholic beverages**
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Boat transportation between the mainland and the Island
  • Non-guided activities (depending on season) such as dock & surf fishing, cast net shrimping, crabbing, bicycling, trail hiking and general exploration on the Island’s all-terrain vehicles, are just some of the activities available to enjoy

Your private island awaits!

*The Caretaker’s home is located on the Island within walking distance of the main house (Ted’s home).
**Guests have the option to choose either 1) a fully-stocked kitchen (curated shopping list from which to choose options provided prior to arrival), and prepare their own meals; or 2) for an additional fee, a private chef to prepare meals during their stay on St. Phillips (menu options provided prior to arrival).


An extraordinary private island, St. Phillips offers guests complete privacy and peaceful tranquility.  Ted’s home (the main house) is positioned to take advantage of the marvelous ocean views from both its expansive screened porch and boardwalk dock.

The first floor of the main house is comprised of a large living area with flat screen television and dining area, master king bedroom with en suite bathroom, queen bedroom with en suite bathroom, fully-equipped kitchen, and billiard room. The second floor of the main house includes four bedrooms and three full bathrooms.

Naturally punctuated with both historic and personal Ted Turner and St. Phillips Island memorabilia, this home is a perfect fit for a private, romantic holiday; a profoundly memorable family vacation or executive team-building hideaway; or for anyone simply searching for an exquisite island destination, absent distraction or complication.  St. Phillips is a true, South Carolina oasis, a private island experience designed specifically for relaxation, recreation and the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the unequivocal beauty of the Carolina coast.

Accommodations Breakdown

First floor

  • Master bedroom (King bed) with en suite full bathroom and flat screen television
  • Queen bedroom and en suite bathroom

Second Floor

  • King bedroom with en suite bathroom
  • King bedroom with bathroom across the hall
  • Two twin bedrooms with shared bathroom

2016 Rates

All stays include:

  • Toiletries
  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Boat transportation between the mainland and the Island
  • Seasonal non-guided activities:
    • Dock and surf fishing (including all bait and tackle)
    • Cast net shrimping and fishing
    • Crabbing
    • Trail hiking and running (trail-only)
    • Off-road exploration via all-terrain utility vehicles
    • Bicycling
    • Beach activities
Winter Season (Nov – Feb)* Additional Guests Spring, Summer & Fall Season (Mar – Oct)* Additional Guests
Stocked Kitchen $1,000** $200/adult
$100/child under 12 yr old
Free/child under 2 yr old
$1,500** $300/adult
$100/child under 12 yr old
Free/child under 2 yr old
Private Chef Experience $1,750** $250/adult
$150/child under 12 yr old
Free/child under 2 yr old
$2,250** $350/adult
$150/child under 12 yr old
Free/child under 2 yr old

*Excludes Holiday periods
**Rates are priced nightly for up to 4 guests


Located approximately 1 hour 15 minutes from Savannah, Georgia; and 1 hour 45 minutes from Charleston, South Carolina; St. Phillips Island is a short 10-minute boat ride from St. Helena Island outside of Beaufort, South Carolina.  Accessible only by boat, St. Phillips guests are shuttled to the Island by one of the Island Caretakers. Those traveling by car will park their vehicle(s) in the grass lot adjacent to the dock. All transportation to and from the island and mainland is included in your stay.*

*Transportation to and from the airport (commercial and private) can be provided for an additional fee.

Nearby Airports


Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV)
400 Airways Ave, Savannah, GA 31408
Driving distance from airport boat pickup location: approximately 55 miles

Charleston International Airport (CHS)
5500 International Blvd, Charleston, SC 29418
Driving distance from airport boat pickup location: approximately 80 miles


Beaufort County/Lady’s Island (ARW)
39 Airport Circle, Beaufort, SC 29907
Driving distance from airport to boat pickup location: approximately 10 miles

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