Montage Palmetto Bluff

An idyllic Lowcountry hideaway
Surrounded by rivers, marshes and maritime forests, Montage Palmetto Bluff is the bucolic, Spanish-moss-draped setting for a picture-perfect getaway.

What Montage noticed in Palmetto Bluff aligned with what previous innkeepers saw — stunningly green landscapes, abundant waterways and screened-in porches that look like they sprung right from a Margaret Mitchell novel.

In the fall of 2016, the resort debuted a massive expansion that included a 74-room inn, a 13,000-square-foot spa, a lobby lounge and pool. Of course, these fresh amenities are to be enjoyed on top of already-established dining options, charming boutiques and a multitude of activities.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The May River Golf Course is an Audubon-certified layout that keeps golfers and nature always at the forefront of its mind. Two resident bald eagles (and, yes, the occasional gator) prove as much.
  • Miles of Mother Nature-friendly paths span the property. Of course, if you want to learn even more about the whitetail deer or birds in the area, the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy can organize guided tours.
  • One splendid feature birthed from the hotel brand’s entry into Palmetto Bluff is the 13,000-square-foot Spa Montage. Opt for one of the tranquil treatments like the Tata Harper Ultimate Organic Facial and Warm River Stone Massage.
  • Montage Palmetto Bluff has a partnership with Cadillac, which means guests can take amazing cars out for the day in Savannah or Hilton Head, or just to run errands.
  • Montage Palmetto Bluff is situated in South Carolina's Lowcountry, between Savannah and Hilton Head Island. Despite its central and convenient location, the property is amply secluded and quite idyllic.
Things to Know
  • The South Carolina resort has its own mascot: the gators that float along the waterways of the Lowcountry. Don’t worry if you see one of these critters; Montage Palmetto Bluff ensures that guests are well informed about their scaly neighbors while the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy does an exceptional job of monitoring the reptiles’ behavior for everyone’s safety.
  • Paths surrounding the picture-perfect accommodations almost beg for you to hop on a bike and go for a leisurely trip around the inland waterways throughout property.
  • Should you need a closer look at the local bottlenose dolphins or largemouth bass, reserve your spot on the restored Grace, an antique motor yacht that Captain Ed uses to take guests out on the May River two or three times a day.
The Rooms
  • Once you step inside one of the inn’s rooms, you’ll find many of the creature comforts you’ve come to expect from the Montage name, like freestanding tubs and beautiful verandas.
  • Units have a coastal-chic feel that’s only enhanced by neutral tones, fabric chairs and footstools.
  • Hallways and public spaces’ walls are filled with images of the Wilson Mansion and paintings from beloved South Carolina artist West Fraser.
  • The cottages and cottage suites provide even more privacy with varied scenic views — lagoon waterways, wooded forests and the iconic May River. A Southern relaxed essence continues to shine through with screened-in porches, fireplaces and vaulted ceilings.
The Restaurants
  • Octagon serves as Montage Palmetto Bluff’s signature restaurant. The simple space isn’t necessarily fine dining, but its polished service and fresh, seasonally inspired food selections command respect.
  • Buffalo’s is a 10-minute walk away in Wilson Village. A relaxed Italian eatery with an all-day menu (note: the restaurant does close between 3 and 5 p.m.), Buffalo’s shows its dedication to Italian simplicity with pastas, sandwiches and fresh market salads.
  • A poolside lunch option is Fore & Aft, a Lowcountry cantina. Expect lighter fare (fish tacos and southern melon ceviche) that’s tastefully paired with a Pretty in Pink Frosé (refreshing rosé and grapefruit-infused vodka help this frozen cocktail take the sting out of a hot Carolina day) or a glass of pinot.
  • Boasting the best of the region, Canoe Club features coastal cuisine with ingredients and inspiration drawn directly from the May River. Think seared scallops, fish and fresh oysters. By partnering with area farms to source fresh vegetables, beef and poultry, those who aren’t self-proclaimed seafoodies also can enjoy a meal that honors the bounty of the Lowcountry. 
  • Cole’s is a nod to the South, offering comfort foods and housemade barbecue in a casual setting with stunning marsh views. Start the meal with a warm buttery biscuit and then move onto a bucket of fried chicken.
Getting There
477 Mount Pelia Road, Bluffton, South Carolina 29910
HHH (35 min)   CHS  
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