Wellness

Resolutions For Every Charlestonian (or Charleston Visitor)

As we close the chapter of 2018, we start 2019 with a clean slate and a fresh start for new resolutions.  Charleston’s mild winter climate and abundance of historical and legendary landmarks, make it easy to fulfill bucket list desires.  Whether you prefer to focus on overall wellness or trying new cuisines, the Lowcountry is the place to conquer a variety of goals. Work your fitness routine into the outdoors—Charleston provides a beautiful natural backdrop for running, walking, and biking.  Ditch the treadmill and hit the pavement on the Ravenel Bridge for breathtaking views of the city and harbor. Or, head to Sullivan’s Island or Isle of Palms for a walk on the beach.  If you’re looking to mix history with fitness, try a walking tour or rent a bike and explore the historic district.  For those who love to run, our masterful concierge team can arrange a jogging route for you to enjoy the sites and history while burning calories.        Experience new dishes and flavors—It’s no secret that Charleston is home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the country.  The diverse culinary scene has provided visitors and locals the opportunity to indulge in daring dishes.  A great way to explore new restaurants is to partake in Charleston Restaurant Week.  But, if you’re looking for a truly unique experience, we suggest the tasting menu with wine pairings at Charleston Grill.   Discover historical sites outside of Charleston—A change of scenery does the body and mind good.  Hop in the car and wander the exquisite gardens found merely 20 miles away at Middleton Place or Magnolia Plantation.  Or, for a one-of-a-kind experience, visit the only tea plantation in North America at Charleston Tea Plantation.  If you’re without transportation, our team can arrange a private driver for you to enjoy the sites at your leisure.     Indulge in taking care of yourself—Self-care is more than just a buzzword, so be sure to schedule in some time for yourself.  Plan a spa day and indulge in a restorative treatment at The Spa, or schedule a staycation and find your inner-peace in a private yoga session or bask in our rooftop horizon edge pool or Jacuzzi.  Whatever you choose, rest and relaxation can always be found at our hotel. This year, vow to conquer your resolutions in Charleston.  If you’re lucky enough to live in the Lowcountry, explore what’s in your very own backyard.  And if you’re a visitor, we invite you to bask in all we have to offer. From historical landmarks and picturesque views to culinary experiences and overall wellbeing, we are in the center of it all.
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Wellness

Melt Your Worries Away with our Top Spa Treatments

Even during the most wonderful time of the year, the stress of party planning, gift buying, and family excursions can take a toll on your body. Take time to treat yourself this holiday season with one, or all, of our top three treatments at The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place.

Customized Body Scrubs

Our customized body scrubs are perfect for exfoliating and hydrating your skin, especially in the winter months.  From flavors such as invigorating triple shot coffee and citrus grass to calming lavender and sweet tea, we have a specific scrub tailored just for you. Our specialists have combined the exfoliating powers of salt, vitamins, herbs, and spices for the perfect detoxifying formula leaving skin feeling smooth and radiant.

Your Choice Massage

Every body is different, and your massage should accommodate that. With our custom massage, you can relax knowing that each knot and stress point will be melted away by our trained professionals.  The healing powers of Swedish, Reflexology, and Deep Tissue techniques work to soothe limbs and boost energy. At the end of your treatment you will feel a sense of tranquility, and you’ll have a peace of mind going into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Intraceuticals Facial

Last, but certainly not least, is our infamous intraceutical facial. This one-of-a-kind treatment combines the healing powers of oxygen with vitamins and antioxidants to create the most luminous and radiant skin possible.  During the facial, oxygen and serums work together as they are infused into your skin leaving an instant glow. With the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, you will walk out feeling hydrated, rejuvenated, and ready to take on your holiday party with confidence.

Although every treatment at The Spa is remarkable in their own way, we suggest coming in to try one for yourself.  And don’t forget, a spa gift card is the perfect gift for your loved ones this holiday season.  Open Monday–Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday–Sunday 8am to 7pm, there is no better time to treat yourself or a loved one to a gift of pure relaxation.

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Scenic and Historic Jogging Routes

Maintaining your fitness routine while on vacation has never been easier. Belmond Charleston Place, located in the heart of the historic district, offers the ideal location for guests to enjoy several scenic jogging routes which highlight the best of Charleston. Jogging along the streets of the city today, you will get a sense of how life was in the 19th century when a horse and carriage was the primary mode of transportation. Plus, you will get to experience some of Charleston’s treasures up close.

HISTORICAL LOOP: 1.3 miles

For the casual jogger, this 1.3-mile loop is the perfect way to see historic Charleston. You will pass many well-known landmarks:

Confederate Museum: Operated by the Daughters of the Confederacy and open to the public.
Circular Congregational Church:  Known as “White Meeting House,” for which Meeting Street was named.
134 Meeting Street: Site of the Institute Hall where the Ordinance of Secession was signed.
Gibbes Museum of Art: Houses many valuable paintings and is open to the public.
City Hall: Erected in 1801 as a branch of the First Bank of the United States. Purchased by the City in 1818. It houses portraits and busts of many prominent people in history including Trumbull’s famous portrait of General Washington.
County Court Houses: Began as State House in 1752, burned in 1788 and was rebuilt on old walls.
U.S. Post Office and Federal Court: Site of the City Guard House which was destroyed in an earthquake in 1886.
Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church: Its bells have crossed the Atlantic Ocean five times. George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette both worshiped here when in Charleston.
Heyward-Washington House: Home of Thomas Heyward, signer of the Declaration of Independence. George Washington stayed here while in Charleston.
Old Exchange Building: An independent government was set up here in 1776 by the Provincial Congress. The Provost Dungeon is located in the basement and is open to the public.
U.S. Custom House: Started in 1849 and completed in 1879, it is still operating today.
City Market: Established 1788-1804, it houses shops and boutiques, as well as an open air market.

BATTERY RUN: 4.6 miles

For the more ambitious jogger, try the Battery Run. This 4.6-mile run takes you through the same course as the Historical Loop, adding a bit more challenge and scenery. You will run along Charleston’s breathtaking Battery where, on a clear day, you can see Fort Sumter which received the first shot of the Civil War on April 12, 1861.

Next onto Colonial Lake, recently renovated and a favorite spot among local runners, and it is easy to see why, with its sense of serenity and beauty. Now down Charleston’s famous Tradd Street, named after the city’s first born child, and finally to the Historical Loop completing the Battery Run.

Share your favorite route with us or contact our concierge for a route that best fits your pace. To explore more running tips from our staff, click here.

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