Discovery, Wellness

Tee Off in Charleston

Charleston’s picturesque natural surroundings lend itself to truly great play. Year round, couples, families, and friends will each find the variety and challenging holes memorable and rewarding. With history of hosting 2012 and 2021’s PGA Tour, and the 2019 US Women’s Open, the Charleston area is the perfect golf getaway. From courses situated on breathtaking oceanfront terrain to wooded and marshland courses that highlight the Lowcountry, take aim at one of these Concierge recommended courses.

Wild Dunes Links or Harbor Course

On the northeast tip of the Isle of Palms, Wild Dunes is a unique barrier island resort golf facility 15 miles from downtown Charleston. Tom Fazio designed, and offering challenging links style play, the Links Course has been consistently ranked in the top 25 courses in the United States since its inception in 1977. Today, Fazio says it’s still among his favorites and he’s not the only one. From the rustling palms lining lush, rolling fairways to a finishing hole overlooking the glistening Atlantic Ocean, this is golf at its finest.

Stono Ferry

Set amidst Lowcountry breezes from the Intracoastal Waterway and centuries-old live oaks, Stono Ferry is a refuge from society’s hustle. This championship Ron Garl design offers one of the most exciting tests in all the Lowcountry. A semi-private club open to local and vacation play, wage your own war on the site of a historic Revolutionary War battle. Stono Ferry is 30 minutes from downtown Charleston.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Offering five distinct course experiences, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is home to the Ocean Course, site of the 2012 & 2021 PGA Championship. The Pete Dye designed course has a reputation as one of the toughest in the game, hosting the 1991 “War by the Shore” Ryder Cup. With a tranquil Lowcountry environment, a variety of courses, and a stunning clubhouse, Kiawah shouldn’t be missed.

Charleston National

This hidden gem is a Rees Jones designed championship golf course, and is open to the public year round. Offering an outstanding golf course, guest also receive access to the state-of-the-art practice facility and driving range, and the recently renovated Rees Jones pub. Rated by Golf Digest as the best non-resort golf course in the Charleston area, this course is less than 15 miles away.

RiverTowne Country Club

Located about 30 minutes from downtown, RiverTowne boasts an Arnold Palmer Masterpiece, awarded 4.5 stars by Golf Digest. The only Arnold Palmer course in the Charleston area, these scenic links are situated among marshlands and majestic live oaks with 13 holes alongside the Wando River and Horlbeck Creek. Amenities include a driving range and pro shop with PGA instruction plus a clubhouse serving fare daily.

Pack your clubs and take a trip to Charleston to experience some of the best courses in the country. Let our masterful concierge team arrange a golf excursion on one of these courses.

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Discovery, Wellness

Walking the Holy City

Upon arrival at Belmond Charleston Place, you are instantly transported to a magical, timeless place in the heart of historic downtown Charleston. With so much to see and do right out the front doors of the hotel, there is no better place to enjoy your time in the Holy City. Wander the historic streets to discover these fun activities and more.

Take a horse-drawn carriage for a tour of Charleston’s narrow streets lined with beautifully preserved buildings from the colonial and antebellum periods.
Stroll through The Battery or White Point Gardens, where pirates once dangled from the gallows, for spectacular views of the harbor, the sunset and Fort Sumter.
Browse local artisan crafts while wandering through the Historic Charleston City Market. Then meander the streets where you’ll discover many boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops.
Explore Catfish Row, the inspiration for America’s first opera, “Porgy and Bess”, where vendors once peddled their produce along the roadside. Now private homes and specialty shops line the area.
Visit Charleston Museum, the country’s first and oldest, which interprets the natural history of the Lowcountry through artifacts, treasures and exhibits.
Discover Rainbow Row, the name for a series of colorful, historic Georgian houses on East Bay Street. You won’t want to forget your camera to capture the homes wondrous hues.

The best way to explore Charleston is by foot, and there’s no better location than starting at Belmond Charleston Place. Enjoy a leisurely stroll throughout the cobblestone streets and winding alleys, and take in all the sites downtown  has to offer. 

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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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