Southern Luxury, Adventure & Style at Montage Palmetto Bluff

Last updated January 18, 2024

Montage Palmetto Bluff is a luxury Southern resort on the May River that spans 20,000 acres of nature to explore, a marina, golf course and even two charming villages with eight different restaurants. 

One can find casual elegance around every corner, from the luxury spa to the unique bike rides past the Canoe Club overlooking the river to a dolphin tour on an antique yacht.

Mornings at Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina are best on a bike. Guests can rent custom-designed bicycles to explore the scenic vistas, maritime forest and pathways winding through the grounds. 

Plan a pedal picnic with a basket full of low-country brunch treats, such as deviled eggs and some bubbles. The concierge can point out the best trails and scenic settings for the picnic of a lifetime. 

Palmetto Bluff’s Lowcountry splendor is the perfect place to pedal the days away. Venture out with a bottle of the finest Veuve Clicquot bubbly and a picnic of your choice to explore on Signature Veuve Clicquot Bicycles. 

They’ve mapped out all the best trails and picture-perfect settings to spread out your blanket and enjoy the view.

Or head to the on-site restaurant, the Octagon, and grab a healthy breakfast, like the Skin Repair Smoothie with a collagen add-on. This tasty smoothie has everything (avocado, ginger, apple, spinach, lime) your skin needs to start the day off right and keep the rest of you happy, too. 

There is also an Antioxidant Smoothie, which includes blueberries, green tea, banana and almond milk. Additional add-ons are items like creatine and whey protein.

Also, it comes with a paper straw, which to some is the most important ingredient of all. Protecting the environment is always on mind here at this coastal resort.

If the specialty smoothies, time immersed in nature and the stress-free atmosphere aren’t enough to fulfill your wellness adventure, the Montage Palmetto Bluff also offers a large variety of active adventures. 

Get Active, Then Spa

Go kayaking, ride horses, paddleboard on the water, toss out a fishing line and make sure you spend quality time exploring the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy. Book a tour to learn about the research initiatives taking place right on site, such as watching bald eagle nests and surveying turtles.

For more action, there are eight tennis courts, two bocce courts, a basketball court, a bowling alley, six pickleball courts and the golf course. Work out at the state-of-the-art fitness center, swim in the outdoor pool, take a spinning or yoga class and, of course, reduce your cortisol and relax your body and mind at the spa. 

The 13,000-square-foot Spa Montage offers “wellness rituals” inspired by the region’s traditions and nature. For example, try the 90-minute Valmont Summit of the Cervin Facial, which lifts, sculpts and reduces signs of aging. A plumping collagen mask tops off the treatment.

If you’re looking to create a once-in-a-lifetime memory, book a Dolphin Discovery Cruise, which will take you past hidden waterways and untouched islands. Witness wildlife in its natural habitat. Yes, that includes dreamy, jumping dolphins.

The Art of Porching

Afternoons at Montage Palmetto Bluff are spent either at the spa or on the porch. “Porching” is an actual activity at this retreat—an authentic Southern tradition. As the resort explains, “in the South, we take a break in the afternoon to relax and pause the day.” 

Proper porching involves cookies, lemonade or ice tea, and as little effort as you would like to put out. Chat with friends and take in the views.

No getaway is complete without treating your taste buds. Montage Palmetto Bluff excels in this area, with nine different dining options (including in-room dining). A favorite is the farm-to-table meals at Octagon, with a wine list that would be approved by the pickiest sommelier. 

On a hot summer day, order a refreshing glass (or bottle) of the Sancerre wine. Octagon offers seasonally-inspired, locally built dishes served with unmatched Southern hospitality.  Or take advantage of the coastal cuisine at Canoe Club.

End these relaxing, South Carolina days with childhood nostalgia (and create new memories for others in your group) with some nighttime S’mores by the river fire pits. 

Wandering along a riverbank may be just what you need to rediscover the adventure and beauty of the world. 

Head back to your guest accommodations in a room, cottage or suite to wrap up the healthy day in Southern luxury and style.

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