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The Inn at Palmetto Bluff
an Auberge Resort

Bluffton, South Carolina

Quick Specs


  • Bluffton, South Carolina

Number of units

  • 50 Cottages including 8 cottages suites, 45 Village Homes

Number of guests accommodated

  • 100 guests in cottage, 200+ guests in village homes

Number of staff on property

  • 225 Staff members

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When David first visited The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, his car's GPS system took him the back way via "Alligator Alley," through the beautiful South Carolina backwoods and swamps. He knew he was headed to some place special, but just wasn't sure what to expect. Then he turned off the "main" road toward The Inn and was treated to what is called the "world's largest decompression chamber:" a five-mile drive through one-hundred-year-old Live Oak trees dripping with Spanish moss and punctuated with gas lanterns. The road opens up to a bridge that crosses into a charming town and leads the way to The Inn at Palmetto Bluff. Put simply: this property is a chameleon. It is a bucolic Southern town complete with a charming wedding chapel and gospel choir. It is a fishing village with your own private summer cottage reached only by bike or cart. It is a nature preserve with miles of kayaking and hiking to explore. It is a foodie's paradise with haute cuisine, wine tasting aboard the boat "Grace," or an authentic "Low Country Boil". Most importantly it is a place where the world's cares can be left behind. The staff at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff has the ability to keep even the most "citified" guest relaxed, at ease, or occupied to the point of absolute contentment.

Frequently Asked Questions

On property meal opportunities

RESORT DINING: In the Auberge tradition, the 90-seat River House Restaurant overlooking the May River places an emphasis on offering exceptional cuisine in a sophisticated, but unpretentious setting. The cuisine is unique to the chef with an emphasis on the bounty of fresh local seafood. Buffalo's, located in the center of the Village, offers patrons picturesque views of the May River and the chapel in a warm country setting. With fare ranging from country-style to tapas, Buffalo's signature brick oven, artisan breads are baked daily. The chefs create local favorites in this comfortable café atmosphere; there is also a selection of fine wines by the glass or bottle, as well as a number of exotic coffees.

Nestled alongside the pristine fairways and stunning live oaks of the May River Golf Club, the May River Grill at the Clubhouse is the ideal spot for casual dining or a post-round meal in a relaxing atmosphere. Guests and members can enjoy breakfast, lunch and cocktails indoors or while checking out the action on the links on the outdoor terrace. The Canoe Club restaurant is available Thursday through Saturday evening for dinner. The Canoe Club Restaurant is a casual dining facility with views of the May River on one side and the Palmetto Bluff Water Trail on the other. The menu features classic low country favorites.

Flying time from New York City

  • 3 direct flights on Delta Airlines
  • 1 direct flight on US Airways
  • 2 hour flight

Nearest airport?
Is there an available hotel transfer?

Savannah Hilton Head International, SAV, is approximately 35 minutes from the resort. Hilton Head Airport, which is a much smaller airport, is also 35 minutes from the property. The hotel can setup transportation for guests via private sedan for a fee.

Optional or unique methods of transportation to arrive at your property (Boat, sea plane, etc)

  • Boat
  • Old Fashion Trolley

Buyout availability


Family friendly status and features

The resort is definitely family friendly. We have village home accommodations for families and pet friendly accommodations as well. We have a family pool facility and adult only pool. Golf, Lawn and Racquet games, fishing, boating, biking for all ages, nature hikes/walks, equestrian, family activities throughout the summer and holiday weekends.

High season dates

  • March – June
  • October - November

Low season dates

  • December – February
  • July – September 3

Best time to travel here

  • Spring and Fall

Sister properties

Auberge Resorts – Auberge du Soleil, Calistoga Ranch, Esperanza, Encantado, Rancho Valencia, Solage

Awards and Travel Magazine Features

  • Travel + Leisure, #1 SpaResort in the Continental U.S. and Canada, 2010
  • Travel + Leisure, #1 Hotel in Service, in the Continental U.S. and Canada, 2010
  • Travel + Leisure, 500 World's Best Hotels-'2010
  • Condé Nast Traveler Gold List – '2010
  • Travel + Leisure, World's Best Awards, Rated Number One in Continental U.S. and Canada and
  • Number 14 in the World – '09
  • Condé Nast Traveler, Top Spas – '09
  • Travel + Leisure Golf, Number Two Golf Community in the United States – '09
  • Mobil Travel Guide, Mobil Four-Star Award, Resort and Spa – '09

Epicurean, cultural or adventure opportunities in your area

Music to your mouth food and wine festival,

We are immersed in the low country and Gullah traditions. We have special musical groups, historical tours, food and menus, that involve the low country and Gullah traditions. We also have 22,000 acres of trails, scavenger hunts, team building, private islands to explore and discover.