Palmetto Bluff seems like an isolated area of South Caroline but is only 30 minutes from Hilton Head or Savannah. The resort sits on a former hunting club and timber farm of 22,000 acres nestled along the May River, just inland from the coast. The surroundings are lowland marsh and forest. The resort area itself ("Wilson's Landing") is a compact village with a small "downtown" district surrounded by homes that you can rent. The sizes range from modest (where we stayed) to glorious (where the bride stayed). There also is a section of cottages which are smaller and a touch removed from the village. The Inn in in the heart of the village and overlooks the river.
There is boating, tennis, golf, two pools and fitness centers, fishing, hiking, bike riding, restaurants, stables, spa, and probably more I did not see. The landscaping is lush, the staff is unbelievable and seemed to outnumber the guests. The food is good, and the service perfect. I've lived in the area all my life and now find it silly that I've traveled all over and never realized this gem was just down the road.
I was there with a wedding party of 100 or so, which maxed out the seating in the small but charming chapel. The wedding arrangements were effortless and flawless, and the reception and rehearsal settings and refreshements were wonderful. Our friends and family had only good things to say, and many came from outside the US.
It is expensive, so the money is well spent only if you can be relaxed about it and plan on taking advantage of all Palmetto Bluff has to offer. Once on the property, there really is no shopping, nightlife, or other more urban activities. The houses all have kitchens and laundry facilities. Though there is a small store, it's not suited for feeding a family long term, but more for gourmet items. It's best to come with all the supplies you need, or plan on patronizing the restaurants. You'll need to rent a car, if you want to travel the area. The village is 4 miles from the entry gate, and the gate is a mile from the nearest highway.
The only potential sour note is that this area has been hit hard by the recession, and there are rumors the the developer may declare bankruptcy (info from a caddy on the golf course). It's hard to say how that would affect the resort itself. Most of the property seems designed around real estate development (private homes), and from looking around, there is a lot of empty land.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Montage 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 beautifully appointed cottages, cottage suites and resort rooms as well as luxury two, three and four bedroom home rentals. The Cottage 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. Multiple pool facilities, fitness centers and a movement studio with complimentary classes are available. Extensive activities are offered including: equestrian, boating, kayaking, 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and croquet and tennis facility. The resort also features a wealth of stunning and intimate locations for weddings and events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Inn At Palmetto Bluff, An Auberge Hotel Bluffton
- Hotel At Palmetto Bluff
- Resort At Palmetto Bluff