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Luxury Resorts of the Southeast USA

Book a suite, a massage, and tee time at these luxurious Southeast USA resorts

February 16, 2024

It’s not always necessary to travel overseas for a luxury vacation. The United States is awash with high-end resorts where you can switch off without renewing your passport. If it’s the balmy climate of the Maldives you’re seeking or the legendary golf courses of the Mediterranean coast, cast an eye over these luxurious resorts of the Southeast United States. 

Sea Island Resort

The Sea Island Resort is a private, gated island within a barrier chain on the Atlantic coast of Georgia. This five-star island hotel has received guests since 1928. Only resort guests and club members are permitted on Sea Island to maintain the highest level of exclusivity. Most of the accommodation is confined to the Cloister, the Lodge, the Inn, and the Sea Island Cottages. Once a hunting lodge, Broadfield is now a secluded compound of multiple rental units that accommodate up to 18 guests in total. Couples and smaller families will appreciate the serenity of the oceanside cottages. 

The 15-restaurant dining portfolio includes a classic grill, a cigar lounge, poolside service, and European bistros. That ample selection will feel welcome after spending the day horseback riding, biking, birding, boating, and – the hotel’s headliner activity – golfing. 

The scenery of Sea Island is divided across golden marshlands and pristine coastline. This provides a stunning backdrop for the three signature golf courses: Retreat, Seaside, and Plantation. The topography and difficulty vary across the courses but you can anticipate challenging conditions across these manicured fairways and sweeping dunes. 

It’s worth considering a trip around major events and holidays as the resort puts on quite the show. 

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Montage Palmetto Bluff

Experience Southern comfort at its finest at this five-star hotel in South Carolina. The Montage Palmetto Bluff is staged on 20,000 immaculate acres on the banks of the May River between Hilton Head Island, SC, and Savannah, GA. This area was once used for rice plantations. In the mid-20th century, the area was developed as a vacation destination. The Montage Palmetto Bluff was established at the turn of the century. 

Comprising an extensive nature preserve, two dining villages, and a riverfront marina, it feels like a community. Rooms encompass self-contained cottages, village residences, guest rooms, and suites. These are professionally decorated with wooden flooring, marble bathrooms, open fireplaces, and state-of-the-art amenities. Some units have an enclosed Carolina room while others have large porches. 

Octagon is the signature restaurant where classic South Carolina cuisine is served with wine selected by an award-winning sommelier. Head to Hush for craft cocktails served by knowledgeable mixologists using only the most premium spirits. A trip to Buzz for freshly brewed coffee and a pastry fresh from the oven will straighten out a sore head. 

Golfers will delight at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. Kayak fishing, archery, tennis, and yacht cruising are other activities to ensure all members of the family are entertained. Crucially, Spa Montage has a plump menu of indulgent treatments for teenagers and adults. 

Contact Darby at Darby’s Destinations to plan a luxury staycation in the southeastern states. 

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