Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina

Travel: A Relaxing Stay at Palmetto Bluff

The weekend before Christmas, Brad and I decided to take a short trip to one of our favorite places, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, South Carolina. I wanted to do something before the end of the year because my busy season at work starts soon which means that there will not be any time for travel until the summer. I wanted to go some place where we could do nothing, relax and have no plans.

I checked Jetsetter, my go-to for last-minute inexpensive luxury travel. Palmetto Bluff happened to be running a special so I booked it. I highly recommend checking out Jetsetter if you haven’t already. We have used it many times before and it has exceeded our expectations every time.

Inn at Palmetto Bluff - a review of one of my favorite places on earth!

Palmetto Bluff is perfection. It is one of those places you think cannot possibly exist in the real world. I discovered it back in 2008 when I was planning our wedding. I saw a wedding at Palmetto Bluff featured in InStyle Weddings magazine and knew that it was the place I wanted to get married. The Inn is comprised of 50 guest cottages scattered throughout the property. When we stayed at the inn for our wedding back in 2009, we stayed in a river view cottage suite. For this trip, I wanted to stay on the lagoon side, so we stayed in a lagoon view cottage.

Inn at Palmetto Bluff - a review of one of my favorite places on earth!

Each cottage comes with two bikes to help you get around the property. You can also rent a golf cart, if desired. Everything you could possibly need is on property. There are three restaurants and a small marketplace.

Inn at Palmetto Bluff - a review of one of my favorite places on earth!

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I might be willing to give up my whole house to live in this bathroom. You can’t see the shower in this picture, but it functions as both a shower and a steam room with three shower heads and plenty of room.

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The things that make the Inn at Palmetto Bluff really stand out are the special touches and impeccable service. From slippers and bathrobes to complimentary snacks, wine and drinks, they have everything that you could possibly need. And if you don’t find it in your cottage, they will do whatever it takes to get it for you. Everything in the next two pictures, except the first bottle of wine, is complimentary.

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The weather was absolutely beautiful while we visited in December. Since we had never visited Palmetto Bluff in the winter, I thought it would be a great time to experience the low country. We rode bikes, visited each of the two treehouses on property and relaxed in hammocks. The Inn also has plenty of activities to keep you busy. Kayaking, boat tours, walking tours, horsebaking riding, two pools, tennis courts, fitness center, spa and world glass golf course offer plenty of options to keep you entertained. But, in all honesty, I could stay here for a week, do nothing, and never get bored.

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One afternoon they had hot chocolate, cider and cookies available for their guests. And every evening at dusk they have s’mores available by the firepits outside of the inn.

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One of the days, we rode our bikes down to Moreland Landing, a venue for outdoor entertaining. There was no event going on that day, but the view was absolutely gorgeous. We stayed a while, relaxed in the hammocks and climbed the five story tree house that wraps around a big live oak tree.

Inn at Palmetto Bluff - a review of one of my favorite places on earth!

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For meals, we ordered a pizza one night from Buffalo’s and then dined with them again the next day for lunch. Both were very good. On our last night at the Inn, we dinned at the Canoe Club and our entire meal was amazing. For breakfast, we just grab a few quick muffins and snacks at RT’s Market, a small market and gas station on property.

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The remainder of our time at Palmetto Bluff was spent exploring many of the beautiful sites on property. We stopped by the little chapel that we were married in almost 5 years ago. Everything about Palmetto Bluff is quaint, quiet and relaxing.

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Palmetto Bluff isn’t just a resort, it is also a community where people live. These are some of the houses in the village. A few are available for rent from the Inn. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to live in a place like this. I was relaxed and calm the entire weekend and I can imagine living in this dream place would be similar.

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The picture below is the adult fitness center and pool. It is heated in the winter but we did not use it on this trip.

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Here are a few pics from our stay and wedding back in 2009:

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*All photos below from Terri Smith Photo

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OVERALL THOUGHTS

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is worth every penny. In fact, it is my second favorite place in the entire world, second only to 30a (I’ll do a detailed review of 30a in the future). The staff is always courteous and they will bend over backwards to ensure that you have the best stay. I highly recommend Palmetto Bluff if you seek luxury, beautiful scenery and a relaxing stay. I could go on and on about this beautiful place, but you need to experience it for yourself. We are already looking forward to the next time we can experience this amazing property.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Palmetto Bluff or Jetsetter and am not being compensated in any way.  This post does contain a referral link for Jetsetter for new sign-ups that gives me a small credit towards my next trip booked on Jetsetter.