The top manager of one of the most luxurious hotels on the South Carolina coast is stepping down.

Vijay Singh, general manager of the oceanfront Sanctuary on Kiawah Island, is leaving to pursue other, unspecified opportunities, said Roger Warren, president of Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

Singh, who previously was with Ritz-Carlton for 13 years, started as food and beverage manager at The Sanctuary in 2003. He replaced Vikram Sood as general manager in 2006.

Also stepping down at the resort is longtime executive Theresa Silo, human resource director. She also is leaving to pursuing other opportunities. Silo has been with the property for more than 13 years, resort officials said.

"Both Singh and Silo have helped the Kiawah Island Golf Resort to attain the reputation as one of the great golf resorts in the world," Warren said in statement Tuesday. "The experience each has gained at Kiawah will serve them well as they advance to the next stage of what are already very successful careers. We wish them all the best."

An internal search among resort staff members is currently underway to replace the two executives, Warren added.

The 255-room Sanctuary is rated a Forbes Five-Star property in the lodging and spa categories. It also has a Five-Diamond rating from the AAA travel club for lodging. The $125 million hotel opened in 2004.

The Sanctuary and resort next summer will play host to the 2012 PGA Championship, one of professional golf's four annual major tournaments. The event will take place at The Ocean Course.