Mix 20,000 acres of protected land with a luxurious five-star resort and you have one of the best eco-friendly properties in the world: Palmetto Bluff. While going “green” is not necessarily a new concept in the travel industry, it is becoming more popular with each passing day. Palmetto Bluff is proudly at the forefront of the growing environmental movement, as they have demonstrated for decades that eco-awareness and sustainability can unequivocally coexist in a positive way with tourism. The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to natural resource protection, fiercely safeguards the resort’s massive grounds. They are responsible for educating and collaborating with every developer, construction contractor, and homeowner on the property. All of the homeowners are required to become a Conservancy member and each home sale funds the conservation’s vision for a brighter and cleaner future.
One of the first things that you notice in this ecological haven are the abundance of trees. My favorite are the moss-laden Spanish oak trees, which are such an incredibly emblematic symbol of the South.
Eco-friendly properties defy generalization, as they can range from thatch-roofed huts on a beach to a grand mountain estate. Although they differ by design, what they do have in common is that they are committed to preserving nature and improving the well being of locals. As the result of Palmetto Bluff’s environmental integrity, visitors today are still able to enjoy the exquisite, untouched beauty of Bluffton with its winding tidal creeks, lush archipelago of salt marshes and fresh water lagoons, and ancient Maritime Forest.
Let your desires guide you each day: perhaps you will want to do nothing more than enjoy a drink next to the heated, horizon lap pool or maybe instead you will play a round of golf on the Jack Nicklaus course. One thing is for certain: You will always have something to do and see at Palmetto Bluff. If adventure is more your style and you would rather explore via land and sea, there are hiking and biking trails all over the grounds. You may also rent a kayak or take a guided boat ride along the rivers. Upon your return, it is time for a visit to the Spa or an evening stroll through one of the gas-lit neighborhoods where you can make plans for the following day.
During dusk and dawn, a special trip to the Bird Island, which is located in the property’s freshwater lagoon, must be made. This piece of land was intentionally left by the developers as a roosting spot for the Federally Endangered Woodstork. It is also teeming with a variety of other species such as egrets and herons.
Every evening Palmetto Bluff sets out complimentary ingredients for s’mores, as well as lights up several fire pits as a thank you to its guests. In my opinion, it is a perk that every hotel should offer.
Demand for more eco-friendly hotels in the luxury-travel sector will continue to increase, which provides a win-win situation for everyone. Even the most environmentally conscious consumers still travel, however supporting hotels like Palmetto Bluff is the best way to be responsible for the future. Unforgettable, serene, and exclusive, this property will stir your soul and awaken your senses.