If Montage Palmetto Bluff feels less like a resort and more like a gracious community, that's because it's part of a residential enclave in Lowcountry South Carolina. The gated 20,000-acre preserve on the banks of the May River has a genteel hotel and vacation cottages, suites and homes for visitors, as well as privately owned houses in leafy neighborhoods.
Guests appreciate the property's peace and quiet and small-town charm – kids can roam free, strangers smile and give directions – along with its luxury amenities and spectacular golf course. Here's a look at what makes this relaxing family-friendly destination so ideal.
The plantation-style retreat, located near Bluffton and about 35 minutes from the Savannah/Hilton Head airport, offers beautifully appointed accommodations of all sizes. Rooms at the 74-room Inn fit up to four people and a baby (courtesy cribs are available). There are also a variety of standalone residences on site, starting with three-person guest houses and four-person cottages, each with a view of the lagoon, river or forest. The five-bedroom homes, meanwhile, take up to 16 people making them ideal for multi-gen trips or even family reunions.
For sumptuous stays, book one of the Inn's speciality suites. The Presidential Suite, a 2,500-square-foot one-bedroom abode, complete with estate furnishings, is the most deluxe. It can also be connected to an adjoining room for a second bedroom.