Many hotels and resorts go out of their way to accommodate families, but one in particular, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, goes above and beyond to ensure your kids get a camp like experience and you get some much needed R&R.
Situated in the low country of South Carolina just between Charleston and Savannah lies the Auberge Resort which ranked #4 on Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Hotels for Families in 2012. There are a huge number of activities aimed at bringing the family together as well as a variety tailored towards alone time, a balance that General Manager, Marty Wall cites as the key to success.
“We have scheduled dolphin tours on the May River, group kayaking, bocce, croquet, golf, equestrian, tennis and even historical tours. Most of those activities can be done with a group or on your own. All of our accommodations come with bicycles, which is another great activity to enjoy on your own or with your family. The property is vast and there are so many places to go and enjoy quiet time; sitting along the May River, walking through the historic River Road preserve or taking in the view from the top of one of our tree-houses. The property lends itself to encourage exploration and connections, both inward and outward.”
There’s also canoeing, golf, and a 9,500 square-foot spa you can relax at while your kids partake in one of a number of adventure programs aimed at those between ages 5 and 17.
“Explorers and Pioneers” (ages 5-13), provides arts and crafts, team sports and various daily recreational activities while teens (ages 11-17) have the ability to travel to “Adventure Island” where a leader guides them through rope courses, kayaking and inner tubing. There are also evening adventures complete with campfire stories, shrimping, crabbing, and fireside snacks.
“Our Kids Camp allows children to experience positive group interaction in a safe and fun environment,” says David Smiley, Director of Guest Services. “We place an emphasis on cooperation, teamwork, participation and fun. Through arts and crafts, sports, daily recreational activities, and special events, we give children an opportunity to develop teamwork skills, experience fun adventures, and create new and lasting friendships.”
Occassionally, getting the little ones to leave your side can be a challenge, but Smiley says that’s something this AAA Five Diamond Resort specializes in.
“From time to time, the little ones don't wish to leave Mom and Dad so we invite the parents to start camp with us. This allows the children some time to adjust and more importantly make friends in camp. Once they are playing with their new friends, Mom and Dad give them a kiss and wish the fun for the day.”
As for family friendly accommodations, The AAA Five Diamond Resort offers 50 individual cottages including eight cottage suites ranging from 1,340 to 1,140 square feet. Bathe in the warmth of fireplaces, wide screened porches and vaulted ceilings while your kids appreciate the fact that “old world charm” comes complete with Wi-Fi, plasmas, and a CD/DVD player.
There’s also two, three or four bedroom homes with full kitchens for those on a reunion trip with extended family. Specialists in team building and togetherness, the Inn’s staff will even plan full day activities based on your family’s preferences from low challenges to friendly competitions.
For more information, be sure to visit their website.