Bluffton, South Carolina: Day 1

September 2, 2013

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.

Palmetto Bluff

Palmetto Bluff

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.

Palmetto Bluff
Palmetto Bluff
Palmetto Bluff

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.

Palmetto Bluff

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.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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69 thoughts on “Bluffton, South Carolina: Day 1

  1. Anwar

    You had me sold with the photographs. Looks gorgeous. its good there are more eco friendly lodges coming to the US. I think the US needs to really push them more instead of more of the non ecofriendly ones.

  2. Devon

    I love all the pictures. I have had quite a few fantasies about the southern part of this country, after all, but I love the reflection ones most. They are really emotive.

  3. Gray

    Those are beautiful photos, Andi, you really make me want to visit. I’m a sucker for the Spanish moss too. Such a romantic symbol of the South.

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