ORANGE COUNTY, CA—Montage Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with Crescent Communities and The Athens Group, is embarking on the final phase of expansion and debuting its first East Coast resort. The $100-million newly expanded resort is set within the 20,000 acre Palmetto Bluff community, in the heart of South Carolina’s Lowcountry.
Montage Palmetto Bluff now includes a total of 200 guest accommodations, six dining experiences, three distinctive pool venues, Spa Montage, Paintbox children’s program, 35 private Montage Residences and over 16,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space.
“We are thrilled to debut the complete expansion of Montage Palmetto Bluff and bring our signature style of service and Montage programming to the inspiring and culturally rich destination of Palmetto Bluff,” said Alan J. Fuerstman, founder and CEO, Montage Hotels & Resorts.
The largest undertaking of the expansion was the development of a new Inn, which sits along an expanded lagoon waterway and was inspired by the R.T. Wilson, Jr. mansion built on the property in the early 1900s. Developed by The Athens Group and designed by Hart Howerton, HKS Hill Glazier Studio and Wilson & Associates, the Inn includes guest accommodations, a lobby lounge, the new Jessamine restaurant and the Octagon Bar & Gathering Place.
The Inn is also home to Spa Montage, which features outdoor relaxation areas that include both hot tubs and cold plunge pools, eucalyptus steam rooms and redwood saunas. The backyard of the Inn features two new pools and lagoon-side dining at Fore & Aft. The design throughout the Inn is coastally inspired, and the furnishings, art and accessories reflect the subtle colors and natural surroundings of the resort, according to the company.
Resort accommodations include cottages, guestrooms and suites with waterfront views or views of a maritime forest. All accommodations feature photographs by Eric Horan and paintings by local artist West Fraser, a native of Hilton Head. The resort is accessible to surrounding community amenities such as the May River Golf Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club, Wilson Landing Marina, Longfield Stables and the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy.
“Montage Palmetto Bluff authentically represents the heritage of the destination and we are excited to bring it to life as we welcome visitors from both our local community and around the world,” said Fuerstman.
The expansion also includes the new Montage Residences Palmetto Bluff. Montage will offer a limited collection of 35 single-family homes ranging in size from 2,200 to 4,200 sq. ft. and two to five bedrooms.