I normally stay in a studio unit at DVC Hilton Head and they are pretty spacious, but missing a few amenities that you will find in the larger units. So if you would like a washer and dryer in your unit and a full kitchen, be sure to book at least a 1 bedroom. The studios are equipped with a kitchenette.
Bedding is exactly like what they have at DVC in Florida so the mattresses and pillows are terrific. I’m not quite sure how to describe the theming — maybe cottage rustic?? Disney’s own website claims it is themed as a hunting and fishing lodge, so I guess that works. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures because I never thought to take any last time I was there, but this photo from Flickr should give you a good idea of what to expect.
While Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort is not located on the beach, DVC has their own beach house that is only 10 minutes away. I believe during peak visiting periods they have a shuttle bus that picks up in front of the resort every half hour to bring folks over to the Beach house, but if you have a bicycle you can get there yourself quickly. During the off season, which is when I usually stay, you can just go the the shuttle stop and call for the shuttle and someone will be along shortly to take you over. I found it very convenient and I really like the DVC beach house because you can either enjoy the pool, or take a walk down to the beach for a brisk walk along the Atlantic Ocean.
If you don’t prefer the beach, the Hilton Head resort has plenty of activities to keep you busy. You can go kayaking or fishing, go on a Dolphin excursion or the kids can spend some time doing crafts and enjoying storytelling. There is also a nice pool located at the resort itself, so you don’t need to travel to the beach house to go swimming.
For meals, the Disney resort at Hilton Head has a quick service snack bar at the resort and a snack bar at the Beach house, but I highly recommend you explore your food options on Hilton Head Island. You can easily walk to several restaurants from the Resort since it is right next to the Marina, and there are lots of restaurants a short drive away too. If you like to grill, there are also barbecue grilles located at the resort.
If you are looking to stay at the Disney Hilton Head Island resort and you own DVC, you will find that the points are pretty good value. I often stay here in January or February and can really stretch my points out, especially for a January visit. If you don’t own DVC and would like to stay here, it is easy enough to book directly through Disney, but Disney timeshare rentals by owner are usually a better deal and not significantly more work than booking directly with the Mouse!