The Spa at Charleston Place celebrates five years of “I Will Reflect” Melanoma Awareness Initiative

I Will Reflect A Melanoma Initiative
We love the sun; it’s a way of life here in Charleston! But with those beach days, boat trips and time spent outdoors comes the very real threat of skin cancer. In its fifth year, The Spa at Charleston Place leads the annual “I Will Reflect” {IWR} Melanoma Awareness Initiative, striving to educate the public about the importance of safe sun habits and the dangers of melanoma. Since 2008, the campaign has raised more than $30,000, every cent of which is donated to the MUSC Foundation for skin cancer research through special events, IWR bracelet sales and monetary donations.

Some scary stats:
Every hour, one American dies of melanoma. It is the most common form of skin cancer among 25-29 year olds. Indoor tanning increases melanoma risk by 74%. If detected early, melanoma is almost 99% curable. However, for advanced cases the survival rate is only 15%. While prevention is key, early detection is the next best thing.

Some tips on how to “reflect” on being sun smart and safe
• Avoid the sun during its most glaring hours, 10am-2pm
• Always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen, minimum of 15 SPF…apply liberally
• Wear protective clothing, broad brimmed hat, sunglasses, etc
• Avoid sun tanning beds
• Schedule an annual full-body mole check with a dermatologist

Make small adjustments in your life such as, run late, walk your dogs early, tee off at 7am instead of 11am, to help you prevent sun-related skin damage that may lead to skin cancer.

I Will Reflect BraceletThe ‘I Will Reflect’ initiative began as part of a worldwide cause founded by SpaFinder, Inc. in 2007. Gaining momentum around the globe, the initiative seeks to educate the public about melanoma detection and prevention. The campaign encourages residents to pledge “I Will Reflect” and join the movement to help reduce the impact of melanoma, which is the most serious, often deadly form of skin cancer. For more information, check us out on Facebook or visit

Download and save the ABCDEs of Melanoma and The Spa’s “IWR” guidelines to safe sun practice.

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Family Friendly Fun

As summer winds down, it is a perfect time for the whole family to get away before the school year begins. The promise of great weather makes Charleston the perfect destination for a family getaway. There are stingrays to touch, otters to watch, pirate ships to climb and fly balls to catch. Visits to the South Carolina Aquarium, Charles Towne Landing, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcounty and the Charleston RiverDogs are the perfect way to fill your Charleston getaway with family-friendly activities for kids of all ages. 

SC Aquarium The South Carolina Aquarium
Located right on Charleston Harbor, The South Carolina Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 plants and animals. Its newly opened Toddler Cove play area features life-size aquatic play structures, perfect for those toddlers that like to jump and climb. The largest exhibit in the Aquarium, the Great Ocean Tank which extends from the first to the third floors of the Aquarium, is the tallest in North America and contains more than 300 animals. The Aquarium’s newly renovated exhibit, the Saltmarsh Aviary, features a Touch Tank where guests can touch horseshoe crabs, stingrays and other marine animals.

Charles Towne LandingCharlestowne Landing
Charles Towne Landing, a state park that was once the site of the first permanent settlement in the Carolinas, has a natural habitat zoo featuring animals indigenous to the Carolina Lowcountry including bison, bears and elk. The newly opened Otter Exhibit features a viewing area that provides a look at the animals’ movements underwater. Programs are also held regularly on The Adventure, a replica trading ship moored at the park.

Children's Museum of the LowcountryThe Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
Take a visit to The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Charleston’s only hands-on learning environment designed just for children ages three months to 12 years and their families. The museum’s eight interactive exhibits range from a full-scale pirate ship to a Medieval Castle to an area just for infants and toddlers. And the museum is within walking distance of Charleston Place Hotel.

Charleston RiverDogs Riverdogs Baseball
Or bring the whole family to a Charleston RiverDogs baseball game. Games are held every week at Joe Riley Jr. Park downtown. Each night, the RiverDogs have a variety of family-friendly activities. From face painting to kids running the bases, to kids eat free and fireworks displays, there is entertainment for everyone.

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The Cooler Side of Charleston

Summer in Charleston brings beautiful sunny, blue skies, along with high temperatures. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to stay cool and take in the sights of the Lowcountry, whether it is visiting one of Charleston’s beautiful surrounding beaches, taking the family to an adventurous water park or indoor attraction or retreating to our rooftop pool.

Charleston BeachesLocated just 15 minutes from historic downtown Charleston, Folly Beach offers the biggest surf in Charleston. Enjoy six miles of beach, as well as a picnic area, marina, and several small shops and restaurants. Across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge towards Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island provide a laid-back and family-friendly atmosphere. Also the site for Fort Moultrie National Park, Sullivan’s Island is a wonderful spot for historic tours of the famed Civil War battlegrounds.
Kiawah Ocean Course
For the golf enthusiast, try the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, home to the 2012 PGA Championship. There are several golf courses in the Charleston area, designed by legendary golf course architects including Pete Dye, Gary Player, Tom Fazio, and Jack Nicklaus. Request an early tee time to enjoy the cool morning breeze and save time to enjoy the picturesque beaches.

Waterfront Park Fountain
Visitors of all ages can enjoy Charleston’s several water parks including, Splash Island Waterpark and Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark. Or take the family on a stroll through historic downtown Charleston to Waterfront Park where you can find shaded park swings and water fountains perfect for children to splash and play.

For an indoor adventure, retreat to the South Carolina Aquarium and check out the a new exhibit.

Visitors interested in enjoying a cool meal can retreat to Belmond Charleston Place, for breakfast in the shaded courtyard at the Palmetto Cafe or lunch while lounging at the covered, rooftop infinity pool. These are just a few of the many ways to keep you and your family cool during your visit to Charleston.

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