Absolutely incredible getaway, on an amazing property with such rich history. From the moment we drove onto the premises and were greeted warmly at the gate by the attendant, until we left three days later, nothing could have been done better.
At the gate, the attendant gave us a CD to listen to on the four mile drive into the property. The audio commentary provided a perfect introduction to the philosophy surrounding the property's development plan.
As we pulled up to the Inn, we were surprised by the "Welcome to the Inn, Mr. and Mrs. Whistman." How did they know it was US?! Oh, the gate attendant called ahead, describing our vehicle and giving our name. THAT was a classy touch.
A beautifully appointed cottage with a view of the May River, with fireplace already lit and chilled champagne waiting, was our lodging for the stay. A bellboy took us and our bags by electric cart to the location, and gave us a VERY thorough tour of the amenities of the room, down to where light switches for each feature was located. An electric golf cart and two nice bicycles were also staged outside our cottage for our exclusive use during our stay.
We loved the immaculately groomed property,with its isolation from the main road (with the four mile drive into the property down tree-lined paved driveways surrounded by meadows, golf courses and woods). The fact that no gas powered vehicles are used off the main roads adds to the peaceful tranquility of this amazing resort--bicycles, people walking, or quiet electric carts get you around.
We did dine at two of the locations--The Canoe Club for dinner, and Buffalos for breafast. Both continued the same high level of service and quality we experienced elsewhere on the resort.
Fire pits, lit each night outside the main Inn, overlooking the river and boat dock, with seating around them, were a wonderful way to end the night. This was made better only by the fact that the resort also provides long sticks, marshmallows, graham crackers and a very high quality milk chocolate square for making s'mores. The area is so dark at night, you can see every star.
We went off property for dinner one night, and took advantage of the resort's relationship with Mercedes-Benz; just call the concierge and if a car is available, you can take a nice new Mercedes for FREE off property. We went to Richard's Pour House in Bluffton for our anniversary dinner--also a wonderful and energetic location with amazing food.
We'll definitely be back--my wife and I both agreed that this resort was the most amazing location we've visited in the U.S. It's not cheap, but we took advantage of a winter special and it's definitely true--"you get what you pay for." Prepare to be pampered at this resort!
- 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 resort has beautifully appointed cottages, cottage suites and resort rooms as well as luxury two, three and four bedroom home rentals. Spa Montage is one of the top-rated spas in the United States. 6 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