In the fall of 2014, The Athens Group commenced construction of a 150-room expansion of the legendary Inn at Palmetto Bluff within the award winning 20,000-acre master planned resort in Bluffton, South Carolina. Montage Palmetto Bluff opened for business in October of 2016 bringing additional scale to the award winning low country Inn and highly acclaimed Jack Nicklaus Golf Course. Set upon a landscape of live oaks and Spanish moss, the Montage Palmetto Bluff ranks among the top southern resorts in North America. The design of the resort is low country plantation style reminiscent of the original R.T. Wilson mansion that occupied the grounds in the early 1900’s and whose architectural ruins continue to grace the square within Wilson Village. This architectural style is representative of the southern low country settings and is woven throughout the finest manors throughout the south. The property sits upon the May River and has spectacular views up, down and out to the big water. Each guest room in the hotel has views of the May River, inner waterway or great lawn. The resort includes the award-winning 13,000 square-foot Spa Montage with an adult lap pool, a stand-alone River House Bar and Restaurant, Jessamine restaurant, a family pool complex with an adjacent bar and grill, two quintessential southern chapels and 16,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space. Resort guests and residents also have access to greater Palmetto Bluff including manicured clay tennis courts, bocce ball and croquet lawns, an equestrian compound, docks for boat access, kayaking and paddle boarding, miles of walking, running and biking trails and a shooting range.
In addition to the resort hotel, Montage Palmetto Bluff includes an adjacent residential enclave of branded residences which sit on the inland waterway or great lawn. The 2,3,4 and 5-bedroom residences range in size from 2,200 SF to 4,400 SF. Each of these low country designed homes have access to all resort amenities and services including access to the swimming pools and spa, concierge service, room service, housekeeping, laundry and valet service. Carefully designed residential guidelines preserve the southern ambiance keeping with the traditional design integrity of the entire resort enclave. Athens' partners in this project include Crescent Communities and CrossHarbor Capital Partners.
In its first year after opening the expanded inn, Montage Palmetto Bluff has already been recognized as one of the Best New Hotels in the World by Travel and Leisure and is listed as one of the Most Luxurious Accommodations in North America by AAA Five Diamond.