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Montage Palmetto Bluff

Montage Palmetto Bluff

Montage Palmetto Bluff's Main Inn, with its white clapboard exterior and manicured grounds, is a fitting entrance for what lies beyond. Freshwater lagoons surrounded by herons and oystercatchers are scattered throughout the resort, with cottages and guesthouses dotting their banks. Comprising of two separate villages, Moreland and Wilson, there are a lot of activities to take part in, from shooting clays at the Shooting Club, taking boat trips around the surrounding marshes on the May River, or strolling along the walkways of the nature reserve.

The resort isn't located directly on a beach, but we recommend getting out on the water if you can. Kayaks and canoes are available for you to use and there's also a boating club that runs a number of trips over to several beaches, as well as daily wildlife watching tours. You can also take a trip on Grace, a 1913 gas-powered motor yacht.

There are multiple dining facilities, ranging from fine restaurants to more casual cafes. Most have sweeping views over the river or the surrounding leafy landscape.

The hotel runs a culinary programme in the evenings. Fresh lemonade and homemade cookies are served on the porch at the River House in the afternoons, and after dinner, you can choose different marshmallows from the s'mores cart to roast over a fire-pit.

Our rating: First Class

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Rooms

There are a range of accommodation options at Montage Palmetto Bluff and they are spread out across the resort. Guests over 16 can stay in the rooms in the Main Inn, while families might prefer the cosy cottages. There are also suites. All rooms are spacious and furnished in a coastal Southern style with Wi-Fi, marble bathrooms and premium amenities. Some of the suites have fireplaces and balconies.

Location

Montage Palmetto Bluff sits on the banks of the May River just two hours’ drive from Charleston. A 25-minute drive will bring you to Bluffton, a small town with plenty of boutique shops and independent cafes. The resort isn't within walking distance of the town, but there are plenty of restaurants on site.

Food and drink

There are plenty of dining options for guests at the Bluff. Visit Octagon Porch for a taste of elegant Southern cuisine in a sophisticated setting, enjoy a pizza at Buffalo's for a more casual experience, or try local seafood at the Canoe Club while overlooking the May River. Cole's is the Bluff's version of a gastropub and The Canteen offers grab-and-go-style breakfasts and lunches. There are a number of bars and lounges guests can relax in as well, and in-room dining can be arranged easily.

Families

The hotel is family-friendly and caters well for young children. Please note, only those aged over 16 can stay in the Main Inn building.

Facilities and activities

The resort has a spa, a gym, a swimming pool and a number of restaurants catering to a variety of tastes on site. There's also a grocery store that sells hand-crafted gifts and an evening culinary programme. Sports-wise, you'll find a shooting club, bowling and games room, stables with horses, a canoe club, tennis courts, and golf courses. The resort also runs a number of wildlife-watching trips out on the water.

Our opinion

Encompassing a laid-back yet luxurious atmosphere, we think Montage Palmetto Bluff has perfected the balance of relaxation and exploration. We also like its prime location on the banks of the May River and its evening culinary programme is a great way to be introduced to Southern traditions.

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