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The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   1 Village Park Square, Bluffton, SC 29910   |  
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Saint Charles, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Best. Vacation. Ever.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

My husband and I enjoyed 6 wonderful nights at this fabulous resort. I really cannot explain how much we enjoyed our stay. First, the property itself is absolutely beautiful. It is meticulously maintained and as beautiful a place as we've ever been - U.S. or abroad. We stayed in a cottage that had every amenity you could want, plus some that were unexpected treats, like the Keurig and steam shower. We enjoyed our screened porch every night.

Service at the resort is second to none - the staff makes every effort to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. All of the folks who were working seemed wonderful, but a few deserve special recognition, including Pat the concierge, Captain Boo with Outside Palmetto Bluff, Jeff at the stables, and Blue with the bell staff. These dedicated people made our vacation more special than it would have been without meeting them!

We enjoyed horseback riding, a guided tour to Daufuskie Island, a day trip to Savannah in one of the resort's convertible Mercedes, and a wondeful Independence Day/fireworks cruise on the Grace, a 100 year old restored yacht. Captain Herb was awesome as well!

The spa is absolutely the best I've ever visited and I went twice because it was so special! The staff there could not be more attentive - Jen, my massage therapist, was great.

We had good food, great adventures and cannot wait to return next year to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary! We hated to leave but have great photos and memories of this fantastic vacation. This is a must-visit destination!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PalmettoBluff, General Manager at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
LilCricket,
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts on the property and recognize several of our staff members. We are very fortunate to have them on our team. I am pleased to hear that you were able to experience so many of the wonderful activities that we offer on property. We truly look forward to welcoming you back to celebrate your 15th anniversary next year!
Sincerely,
Marty Wall
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

Pros- nightly turnover service came with chocolates and list of activity schedule for the following day. This is just one of those special touches that really makes it feel homey.

The wildlife/ecosystem is intriguing. They have everything from baby crabs, dolphins, to a wide variety of birds (including eagles), and friendly geckos.

The cottages are hands down amazing. It's almost nicer than our own home.. There is a real quality of craftsmanship in the cottages.

The spa is among the worlds best... Don't be afraid of the prices, it's worth it.

Cons (if you can even call them a con):

If you're looking for nightlife, you will have to travel into Hilton Head or Savannah (luckily they are close by).

Was nervous driving to the complex, it's located off a "beaten path" type road and then you drive a few miles into resort which was described by my husband as a "Jurassic park" like entrance (referring to the scenery/wildlife).

In room dining has limited options.... That's probably only a con for all the honeymooners :)

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PalmettoBluff, General Manager at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
lmscowcroft,
We appreciate that you shared your thoughts regarding our property on TripAdvisor. Thank you so much for the wonderful comments. The wildlife here on our property is one of the most special aspects of this place and we are glad to hear that you enjoyed it. While we have an abundance of unique creatures, I do promise you that no T-Rex has been sighted on property in recent years ☺. We hope to welcome you back to the property again, soon.
Sincerely,
Marty Wall
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

We stayed for one night on our way to Charleston. This is a very first rate resort as well as the price. We had a cottage that was one of the nicest rooms we have stayed at, It was right out of Restoration Hardware. It had an entry foyer with compilmentary items, a large vaulted wood ceiling bedroom, a dressing area then a wonderful bathroom with a stand alone large tub, very large walkin shower with steam and three heads, one a ceiling rain shower. It also had a full length screened in porch with ceiling fan and chaise lounges. They had two bikes at each cottage for use as well.
The way the resort works is that you check-in at the main house, they valet the car and then run you out to your room on a golf cart. In retrospect, we should have rented a cart so that we could have more time to view the resort. Overall this is a very noce place to vist. But, beware of the high humidity this time of year.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

We stayed for four nights in a Wilson Village three bedroom home with our sons, 7 and 8. This was much more space than we needed, but it was fun to spread out and enjoy. The homes are very nicely done and appointed. The resort itself is extraordinary- literally something for everyone to do. The fishing, spa, pools, bikes, golf carts, nightly smores, and general staff service was excellent. We look forward to returning. The restaurants are also great- we did not even think of leaving the resort during our stay.

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Green Features: Nature abounds at this resort- whether you're into birds, fish, turtles, dolphin, alligators, or trees- you will find it here. No asphalt roofs here- all metal, slate or shake to prevent runoff. They are taking care of this land nicely.
  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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new york, ny
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31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 325 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

The atmosphere is wonderful for relaxing as a couple and also stellar for kids - A rare combination. Everything has already been said by other reviewers. The staff are well trained, polished, and anticipate needs. The amenities are abundant. The bird island is amazing! The trails are never-ending! The bikes, golf carts and complimentary Mercedes vehicles are fun. The pools and gyms are solid. The cottages are truly decadent, with every detail considered. Beauty is evident wherever you look. The steam showers and eucalyptus spray make you truly relax! No detail goes unnoticed. The spa is heavenly. The food is solid and appropriately priced. We can't wait to return!

Stayed June 2013
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Was here w/ adult family of four for a long weekend and wedding (in Bluffton). We stayed at one of the 3 bedroom Wilson Village homes. Could not have asked for a better stay. The home was beautiful, spacious with huge bedrooms, great bathrooms and too many porches to count. We played golf at the May River Golf club and course was beautiful. Also spent some time at both pools and work out facilities -- fantastic.

Want to go back ASAP!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

Came to this exceptionally lovely resort for a long weekend birthday celebration. The Inn acknowledged the event in a number of thoughtful ways. We had a cottage on the May River, lovely, comfortable appointments and a screened porch for relaxing. We opted for a golf cart making getting around easy and pleasant. The staff is very professional, always helpful and interested in making certain your stay is perfect.
The dining facilities are excellent-well prepared and presented good food with good service. Pat,our concierge, was extremely helpful making sure we were able to do and see everything we were interested in. She arranged a guided tour through a lagoon in an electric boat-saw a huge rookery filled with local water birds. Saw alligators and turtles.
The highlight of the trip for us was a boat trip on the May River to see dolphins with Captain Andrew"Boo" Harrell. He was knowledgable and enthusiastic explaining about the history of the area, the Eco system and of course the dolphins. A trip with Captain Boo is not to be missed by anyone with an interest in or love of the low country-so fun and informative.
We will definitely return to this impressive resort when we need some pampering and would look forward to taking another dolphin trip with Captain Boo!

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1 Village Park Square, Bluffton, SC 29910
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Bluffton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Bluffton
#1 Business Hotel in Bluffton
#1 Romantic Hotel in Bluffton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, A Montage Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a prestigious luxury inn with gracious South Carolina cottages and village homes, is located along the May River. Just 30 minutes from nearby Savannah, GA and Hilton Head, SC, the Inn has 50 beautifully appointed cottages and cottage suites as well as luxury two, three and four bedroom home rentals. The Spa at Palmetto Bluff is one of the top-rated spas in the United States. 4 on-property restaurants and a gourmet food shop all provide for an array of dining options from casual to exquisite. A large pool area with multiple pools, fitness center and movement studio with complimentary classes are available. Extensive activities offered including: equestrian, boat rides, kayaking, 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and lawn and tennis facility. A wealth of stunning and intimate locations for weddings and events. ... more   less 
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Inn At Palmetto Bluff, An Auberge Hotel Bluffton
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