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
We traveled to the Montage for a bonus getaway provided by the company I work for. It is a beautiful resort with so many activities including horse back riding, shooting, fishing, biking, site seeing and much more! We road bikes around for hours! Loved it!
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We had a lovely stay in a riverfront cottage over the summer. We loved biking the shady trails, kayaking with the dolphins, lounging by the river pool.
The cottage was beautiful with a great screened-in porch and fantastic bathroom.
The food was on site was meh so we typically drove off property and had some fantastic local seafood, bbq, etc.
We traveled as a couple but would love to return as a family.
Two days is not enough. There is too much to do that you really need at least four days. That being said, we jammed in a lot of experiences within our two-day visit. We stayed in a cottage with a lagoon view that had one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept on, with a bathroom that was enjoyably large – you can host a dinner party in the shower/steam room. The porch facing the lagoon was also a great amenity, but the gas fireplace was a true benefit when the temperatures dipped at night. We could have stayed our entire time in the cottage and would have been happy, but then we would have missed out on horseback riding – my first time on a horse – with Becca, who could not have been more friendly and accommodating, or the shooting range where Andrew helped break me of some bad habits; you could tell that he was pulling for you (no pun intended) to correct your mistakes. Even walking around the grounds closer to our cottage we bumped into turtles, alligators (just don’t feed them) and a variety of birds. We were a bit limited on dining options given the time of year and some ongoing renovations, but we ate at Octagon Bar a few times and over at Cole’s and always had very good meals, if not the healthiest options but that’s not what vacation is for. The hidden gem is the wine list that is held over from River House and available upon request no matter where you eat. It’s as impressive as anything I have seen in any major city and/or top-rated restaurant. You could spend years working through it; it’s deep and wide with full verticals for most producers listed going back 15-20 years across vineyards. Nick and Ali will guide you. The hospitality and service level are the real standouts – there is a reason I remember everyone’s name I interacted with – that includes the concierge/front desk, bellhops, restaurant bar/waitstaff, golf cart drivers and cleaning staff. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Next time we visit, and we will be back, we will plan our trip more accordingly to take full advantage of the property and amenities, including the spa.
This is one of the few places I can go and really relax. The staff is so friendly and helpful. They really look after your every need. Everyone you meet is so friendly.
We like the lagoon facing rooms in the Inn and guest houses. You can sit on your balcony and watch bald eagles . Amazing property.
Resort is dog friendly and our dog loves the place.
We like the Canoe Club, Coles and Octagon Porch restaurants.
The shooting club is awesome.
I like everything about this place.
We visited in January and it was very quiet. It is a place to go to really get away! Tucked away and set on the May River it is far from the maddening world. We had a beautiful room a little bit of a walk from the stairs and elevator but did not mind.There are many activities to do from Biking, Golf, Boating, Tennis Clay Shooting and Archery. There are plenty of things to do, at night they have a nice fire pit. We had visited Montage before for lunch a few times.while the food is good it is a little pricey. We always wanted to go to the Spa so we booked several treatments. The spa was one of the best. We will definitely return hopefully to stay in one of the guest sites or cottages. The town of Bluffton is just a few miles away and definitely worth the trip. It is a sleepy southern town that has been revived. it is charming with some good restaurants.