It is impossible to imagine a more romantic Southern getaway than Palmetto Bluff. This luxurious property, which is a part of the prestigious Auberge Resorts collection, literally takes your breath away from the moment you arrive at its private entrance. Once you have checked yourself in, you are given a CD that contains a wealth of audio information regarding the history of the estate and its grounds. My husband and I listened intently as we drove along the four-mile scenic driveway that is lined on both sides with giant moss-laden Spanish oak trees.
Nestled between Charleston and Savannah, Bluffton is the very essence of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Palmetto Bluff is the main attraction in this charming city and its vast expanse of pristine land is bound by the May, Cooper, and New Rivers. The eco-friendly property consists of 20,000 acres of natural, wild beauty that is fiercely protected by The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy.
There are fifty cottages and cottage suites to choose from and the most difficult decision you will have to make during your stay is whether you prefer yours with a picturesque waterfront or forest view. Each accommodation is appointed with exquisite details and designed with a classic Southern style. We stayed in Cottage 25, which has a sweeping view of the May River marsh and comes with vaulted ceilings, a cozy fireplace, a decadent changing room, and a screened in veranda.
The bathrooms at Palmetto Bluff truly are in a class by themselves. They are so spacious and elegantly designed that it is nearly impossible to want to leave them. Not only is there a freestanding soaking tub and a rainforest shower, but there is also an amazing steam room — a feature that sets this property apart from all others!
To make things even more special, there are custom-blended organic bath and body products for use.
Each room has its own iPad, which serves as a virtual compendium. Its features enable guests to request assistance from the bellmen, browse through restaurant menus, make dinner reservations, and explore the various Palmetto Bluff attractions and activities.
The wet bar with a sub-zero refrigerator and Keurig coffee brewer is stocked with snacks and beverages free of charge (minus the alcohol).
Why It Is Andi’s Pick
Although we did not get the chance to spend an enormous amount of our time on our veranda, we did enjoy breakfast and watch the sunset both days that we were there and it simply added to what was already an unforgettable experience.