If you seek a tranquil, scenic, upscale retreat, consider the exquisite five-star resort called Montage Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina. Cited amidst 20,000 acres of a maritime forest in the heart of the low country between Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia, this picturesque locale is quite beautiful. From dramatic May River views and stunning moss-draped live oaks to a nature preserve and riverfront marina, this resort is the ideal haven for a solo getaway, couples escape, family vacay, or corporate retreat.

Inn Presidential Suite at Montage Palmetto Bluff

Select Your Ideal Luxury Accommodations

The estate offers many delightfully diverse options for visitors that include 200 spacious guestrooms and stunning suites. Reserve the magnificent 2,500 square feet Presidential Suite featuring dual living areas, a large dining room, kitchenette, beautiful master bedroom, and optional second bedroom. For the wonderful feeling of low country elegance, set the atmosphere by reserving one of the 48 cottages or 35 residences having two to five bedrooms. That includes the Montage Residences, Moreland Village Homes, Wilson Village Homes, or ADA-compliant accommodations. These dwellings feature sizable yards with lush greenery, front porches, screened-in back porches, separate living rooms, airy bedrooms, roomy bathrooms, high ceilings, and wet bars with sub-zero refrigerators.

Cookies Served at Porching Inn at Montage Palmetto Bluff

Discover Traditional Tastes of the South

Upon your arrival, as the attendant promptly delivers your luggage to your abode, partake in “Porching at the Inn.”  This is a Southern tradition of pressing pause in the afternoon and taking an opportunity to relax and reflect. The resort serves tasty cookies, refreshing lemonade, and chilled iced tea as you converse with your party and enjoy the magnificent views. Later in the evening, stroll over to the River House Lounge and enjoy toasting S’mores around the fire pit as you overlook the May River. Be sure to try handcrafted, locally inspired cocktails.

Canoe Club Restaurant at Montage Palmetto Bluff
Canoe Club Restaurant

Enjoy Superior Restaurant Dining

Dining at the beautiful Octagon Restaurant with its seasonally inspired cuisine is simply a must. For breakfast, enjoy sweet cream pancakes and smoked salmon bagel, among other menu selections. For lunch, try the seafood cobb salad, turkey avocado sandwich, and huckleberry cheesecake. And for dinner, feast on the delectable shareable appetizers, including oysters on the half shell, fried green tomatoes, and blue crab summer roll. For your entrée, consider the Shrimp & Anson Mills Rice Grits as well as Faroe Islands Salmon. An award-winning Sommelier is on hand to present a meticulously crafted wine list. Other exceptional on-site eateries include Buffalo’s, Canoe Club, Canteen, Coles, Fore & Aft, and Melt. Enjoy in-room dining as well. Private dining includes the Vine Dining Room at the Octagon and taking part in the traditional Low Country Boil and Oyster Roast at Moreland.

spa pool at Montage Palmetto Bluff

Unwind at Spa Montage and Salon Montage

Whether going solo, as a couple, with friends, or family, delight in the splendid offerings at Spa Montage. Signature treatments include the Carolina Kur Experience, Lavender Dreams, Ginger Renewal, and His or Her Kur. Massages encompass Heart of the Bluff, Palmetto Body Rescue, The Blissful Reflex, Warm River Stone Massage, and Pre Natal. Getting a facial is all-important. Their Tata Harper Facials include Organic Illuminating Facial, Hydra Oxy Glow Facial, and Ultimate Oxygen Facial. Other specialties are the Signature Lowcountry Lemon-Aide Nail Service, Valmont Collagen Enhancements, Valmont Facials Cellular Rejuvenation, and the Lovers Jubilee, which includes exfoliation, soak, and massage. In the spa, relax in the eucalyptus steam rooms, tranquil whirlpool, cold-plunge pool, and redwood saunas. Additionally, there are hairstylists on staff at Salon Montage to get you glammed up for your evening on the town.

biking at Montage Palmetto Bluff

Revel in the Recreational Wonders of the Estate

Leisure activities and wellness certainly abound at this beautiful property. Guests can relax on scenic cruises, wine cruises, and Sunday Brunch Cruises aboard the Grace yacht, which quietly meanders along 32 miles of riverfront. Other water-based activities include kayaking, paddleboarding, salt and freshwater fishing, canoeing, and waterskiing. There is also the Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club, Wilson Lawn & Racquet Club, Longfield Stables for equestrians, pools, biking, bowling, tennis, bocce, croquet, state-of-the-art fitness center, and movement studio. The May River Golf Club features a signature Jack Nicklaus 18-hole golf course and extends exclusive privileges to resort guests. The property, in partnership with Cadillac, offers a complimentary driving experience for several hours. Check-in with the concierge desk to secure a luxury sedan or SUV to ride around the local community or travel to nearby Bluffton, Hilton Head, Savannah, and Tybee Island.

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