The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is a plantation-style resort nestled on a nature preserve along the glorious May River. Each of the 50 cottages on the property have either a view of the river or the lagoon, both surrounded by century-old oak trees. The Inn, now under the operation of the luxury Montage Hotel Group—its Montage Deer Valley and Montage Laguna Beach properties are two of the best in the country—is just a 40-minute ride from the Savannah/Hilton Head Airport. That makes the hotel the perfect spot for a weekend getaway, whether romantic or with the kids.
With several onsite restaurants (Buffalo’s for breakfast and lunch, and the Canoe Club, River House and the May River Grill for dinner), a massive pool, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course (rated second in the state) and The Cottage Spa, there are lots of attractions to keep you busy. And that’s without all of the recreational activities on the scenic May River: stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, fishing and dolphin tours.
The property is also about to unveil major improvements and enhancements, including a slew of new rooms, a vast spa, event spaces, a second chapel and more. So clearly there are lots of reasons to return to the resort in the near future.
Below, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff’s general manager Marcus Jackson tells us about the most sought-after room on the property.
The most requested room:
Our cottage suites are currently the most requested rooms.
What makes it so special:
There are only eight cottage suites and they are a spacious 1,150 square feet of indoor living space with a separate living room, bedroom and spa quality bathroom complete with deep soaking tub and steam shower. All of the cottage suites have beautiful views of the May River from the 400-square-foot screened-in porches. The sunrise over the river is one of the most incredible sights to see on property and we have native Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin that can be seen year-round in the waters.
Cottage suites run between $950 and $1,400.
Your personal favorite:
I personally love the lagoon view cottages.
While all of our cottages are incredible and have the same luxurious amenities, the views are what make them distinct. The lagoon view cottages look out over our internal waterway and bird sanctuary. The diversity of wildlife at Palmetto Bluff is one of the most unique aspects and the bird sanctuary is home to heron, egrets, wood storks and the occasional bald eagle will fly over this area or stop by in one of the trees to survey the area. It also happens that our lagoons have incredible large-mouth bass living in the waters and I’m an avid fisherman, so I enjoy looking out over this area for many reasons.
The property’s commitment to the wildlife and the environment is incredibly unique. With over 20,000 acres of land and both fresh and saltwater bodies of water, the diversity of wildlife present is quite uncommon. The property has an on-site archaeologist and conservancy team that work to cultivate this property, maintain the diversity of life and educate our guests with authentic programming such as historical walking tours, wildlife excursions and a history center that displays artifacts found in the surveying of the land. Even our golf course logo was naturally derived from the environment, we call it the “living logo” and it can be seen when looking out from the clubhouse at the 18th green. There is a giant live oak with a palmetto tree in front of it and that was the inspiration for the club’s tree logo that you see today.