Where to Hold a Small Retreat This Year

Set in the heart of South Carolina’s low-density Lowcountry, Montage Palmetto Bluff provides an ideal setting for intimate corporate retreats.

In late 2016, about two-and-a-half years after Montage Hotels & Resorts took over management—and following a substantial expansion project that exceeded $100M—the Montage Palmetto Bluff unveiled its new identity. Nestled along the May River, the resort resembles a quaint, Lowcountry town and offers 152 guest rooms and suites, 48 guest cottages and cottage suites, and 35 village homes and Montage-branded residences.

Montage Palmetto Bluff is set between Hilton Head Island and Savannah.

The resort is a nature lover’s paradise that boasts a portfolio of dozens of outdoor activities, including kayaking and paddleboarding, fishing and boat tours, horseback riding, and Palmetto Bluff Conservancy–led tours of the conservation property. Avid golfers will be drawn to the Jack Nicklaus Signature May River Golf Course, which also serves as a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, while shot makers of a different type will want to check out the Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club, where a network of 13 sporting clay stations is set up across 40 acres of forest.

The Palmetto Bluff community is on 20,000 acres.

While Montage Palmetto Bluff attracts discerning vacationers (not to mention those who are looking to retire or retreat to a second home set in an idyllic Southern locale), the resort also excels as a venue for business retreats. With meeting rooms as large as 4,500 square feet and ballrooms that exceed 6,600 square feet, the resort is equipped to handle just about any gathering. It takes a village, as they say, and that’s what Montage Palmetto Bluff delivers—a quaint village teeming with Southern charm.

Rooms feature classic Lowcountry touches.

Location: Set within a 20,000-acre community in Bluffton, South Carolina, only 45 minutes from Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

Keys: The resort offers 200 guest accommodations across inn rooms and suites, cottages, Montage residence, and village homes.

Meeting Spaces: More than 16,000 square feet of internal meeting space is available, spread out across two ballrooms, two executive boardrooms, seven meeting rooms (many of which can be combined to form larger rooms), and a private wine cellar. A few of the resort’s restaurants can also be reserved for private events, as can a riverfront event pavilion and numerous outdoor areas.

Dining: Eight venues offer a vast array of cuisine and artfully crafted beverages, including Octagon, an upscale restaurant serving modern interpretations of classic Carolina fare; Buffalo’s, a casual eatery specializing in Southern Italian cuisine; Fore & Aft, a lunch spot branded as the resort’s “Lowcountry cantina”; and Cole’s, a restaurant that focuses on Southern smokehouse-inspired comfort food.

Amenities: Business may be the main focus of most corporate retreats at Montage Palmetto Bluff, but guests can spend their downtime playing rounds on the resort’s Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course; casting for various species of fish on fresh and saltwater fishing charters; paddleboarding; shooting sporting clays; enjoying various boat tours; participating in a Palmetto Bluff Conservancy tour; rolling for strikes at the resort’s four-lane bowling alley; or enjoying some R&R at Spa Montage, which includes a wellness center, salon, and boutique.

Price: From $325/night

Contact: montagehotels.com