29910 Travel Guide
We begin to droop and languish as the temperature rises. So we were happy to find that the signature spa, Auberge Spa at Palmetto Bluff at Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina rescues the wilted with an invitation to relax and enjoy a bath or a massage in gracious Southern style.
Fifty cottages and cottage suites dot the banks here along the May River in South Carolina's Lowcounty spread around the Inn's Main House. With restaurants, bar, meeting rooms and ballroom, this is a "swellegant" place to stay. Pair that with an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and tennis, bocce and croquet courts and you've got major fun, but it's the full-service Spa at Palmetto Bluff, located on a private island adjacent to the Inn, that embraces the laid-back Southern vibe for you.
Here's how your depleted selves can best utilize the spa:
If you can't head to India for a yoga retreat this summer, an alternative could be waiting for you in South Carolina. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff may be more known for its golf course, but it's offering a Lotus on the River wellness weekend that will get yogis all twisted—in a good way—outdoors. The hotel claims that South Carolina's naturally warm air and moisture will detoxify you as you strike a pose alongside the May River.
The three-day yoga getaway will include plenty of time for you to practice your flying crow pose. But the weekend will also include meditation, lectures from guest speakers and a full-moon kayak expedition.
Most people getaway to the Inn at Palmetto Bluff for the golf on a Jack Nicklaus-designed course.
But there's more to this place than just golf and sipping mint juleps on a front porch. The hotel allows its guests to participate in digging up the surrounding area for artifacts from the land's previous inhabitants, which include the Altamaha and Yemassee Indian tribes, African slaves who worked the plantations and the wealthy banking family who owned the place in the early 1900s.
Some guests have found arrowheads, ceramics, animal bones and even a bottle of 1899 Chateau Lafite.
Of course, you can't just tear up the yard for free. The cost of being an archaeologist for the day is $100 and the cottages at the place start at $450.