Montage Palmetto Bluff
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Winner: Best For Families
- Just 38 individual cottages set on 20,000 acres of rural South Carolina
- Free access to fitness facilities (court time at the Lawn and Racquet Club, use of bicycles and the pool and fitness centers)
- Jack Nicklaus–designed golf course, a spa and water activities for families
What To Know
- All cottages were refurbished with new rugs, reupholstering and TVs in 2012
- For the Lagoon, Forest View or River View Cottages, a $30 resort fee per cottage, per night, will be collected upon purchase on Jetsetter; for the three-Bedroom Village Home, the resort fee is $45 per night
- Savannah is about 45 minutes by car; Hilton Head is about 35 minutes
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Retro and timeless, the charming Inn at Palmetto Bluff takes inspiration from its namesake hometown, a sleepy South Carolina town surrounded by a watercolor canopy of draped oak trees. A brick-lined path connects the inn’s 38 cottages to the restaurants and spa, but the surrounding 20,000 acres lend a natural air of seclusion.
Bed and Bath
The cottages and suites have a classic Southern style, with pine-planked floors, vaulted ceilings and screened-in verandas. The comfy beds are dressed in down duvets and luxe Italian linens, and working fireplaces up the cozy factor. LED TVs, DVD players and WiFi supply the modern comforts, while the spacious bathrooms have deep soaking tubs and separate steam showers, plus organic amenities.
Golfers make a beeline for the Jack Nicklaus–designed course at May River Golf Club that sprawls across the property, while non-golfers can take advantage of the spa’s soothing treatments that use local lemon balm, jasmine, fresh cucumber and mint. Water babies should drop a fishing line in the various rivers, ponds, salt marshes and remote streams, or just take a turn in the readily available kayaks, skiffs, yachts and more. And all guests should enjoy the fresh South Carolina fare at the May River Grill at the Clubhouse.
How to Get There
This 4 day trip was a golf outing with friends in a senior golf prganization. We stayed in the Inn and played 3 rounds of golf at the May River Golf Club on the resort property. The Inn is only a few years old, but there are many small cottages that have been there for many years.
First of all, if you stay at the Inn, don't be surprised if valet parking, service fees, occupancy taxes and sales tax add $100 to your room rate. Rooms are nice size and well appointed.
Breakfast the first morning in the Octagon Porch took 45 minutes and no refill of my coffee cup. Service did get better the next mornings.
There was ice in the room upon arrival and the bellman said it would be refilled every afternoon or we could call for more ice if needed. We needed to call for ice each afternoon as we returned to the room after golf. Service took between 15 and 45 minutes.
Upon returning to the room about 3:30 after golf and lunch on the third day, the room had not yet been made. It took two calls to the front desk and finally a personal visit to the manager to get the room cleaned by 4:30. Totally unacceptable.
Upon checking out, I found a large error on my invoice which our tour director was able to get corrected after I left.
Overall impression - although the Inn is trying to be as good as other golf resorts I have played, it is not ready for prime time. I would likely wait a few more years before returning.
In contrast, the golf course, staff, caddies and grill were outstanding and made the trip worth while.
Pretty resort. We stayed in a cottage by the river. Very nice accommodations and plenty of room for our family of 4. Kids enjoyed riding bicycles around and renting a golf cart. Cute shops and the food was good. Need a little more variety (or keep all of the restaurants open every day), and especially a place for the kids to get ice cream. Bowling was fun to do after dinner at Cole's. S'mores were a nice treat for the kids, and the woman who runs the s'mores cart is great. Everyone was very nice and accommodating. Great place for a long weekend. My only real complaint is that the screened in porch on the cottage was kind of useless since there were gaps where the bugs were able to get in anyway.
This resort is absolutely stunning! The cottages where we stayed were luxurious and perfect for a relaxing stay. The screened in porch and the steam shower were the most pleasant surprises. The resort is surrounded by the beauty of low country. The cottages come with two bikes which was our mode of transportation during our stay. This definitely is one of the nicest places I’ve ever stayed.
But....yes there is a but.
The service part of this resort left a lot to be desired. Upon our arrival our room was not ready until after 5:00 and on more than one occasion our room wasn’t made up until after 4:00. Also, the dining choices were extremely limited, many of the restaurants were closed and those that were open had limited menus. The restaurants seemed to be understaffed and although the wait staff tried their best to give us good service it was an impossible task. Having said this everyone we met was friendly and helpful.
Despite some little frustrations, we had such a memorable time. This is a place that must be experienced.
Just a word of caution....the bugs in March can be unbearable so consider this when planning your visit.
I have NEVER been at a resort that was so kind and so understanding. No matter how many times I called them. They never acted like I was inconveniencing them. The resort is beautiful. Extremely relaxing and laid back. So much to do and felt I didn't have enough time to explore everything that I wanted too. The rooms were clean and very comfortable. The bathroom was stunning. I will forever long for that bathtub.
Plantation Style Resort surround by lots of land, water and wildlife. Greg was very charming and kind enough to text us once our room was ready while we sat at The Octo bar waiting. Lisa was super sweet and made us some tasty drinks. We had a very enjoyable time at the spa, the cookies are yummy! Several casual restaurants on property. Wish they had at least one fine dinning restaurant as it would of been nice to have a reason to get all dressed up. They do have a really cute s’mores cart set up with different flavor marshmallows, 😋
While in the hotel gift shop I mentioned how much I loved the cute glasses the door men were wearing. By the time I got back up to my room I found a gift bag with the same glasses inside with a note from Rachael. I was impressed how within 5mins of me just mentioning how I “wished” I had a pair. She someone how like magic made it happen. Awesome gift 😎
I didn’t plan to stay at Montage Palmetto Bluff I just happen to come down for a family thing but now that I know this place exist I will definitely be back.