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Experience the Magic of the Belmond Charleston Place Holiday Train

Inspired by the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE), the world’s most legendary train and one of Belmond’s seven luxury rail experiences, the holiday train is one of Belmond Charleston Place’s most memorable traditions. Since 2001, this fully operational replica has been traversing the hotel’s grand lobby every holiday season. Visitors will marvel at the train’s intricate design as it travels across more than 300 feet of track. The immense spectacle of the scenery is certain to grab attention. Complete with a hand carved, eight-foot mountain, hundreds of handcrafted trees, and a miniature world of ski resorts, hotels, inns, shops, and vintage automobiles, the glorious scene takes visitors back to alpine Europe during the early 20th century, how the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express was in its early days.

New this year, guests and visitors can witness several train models that replicate the famous Thomas & Friends television show, courtesy of model train designer and enthusiast Lou Nappi. The Nappi family has been arranging the impressive model train scene for nearly two decades, with four generations of family members working to put the centerpiece of the Belmond Charleston Place lobby together.

Watch our time lapse video of the magical train come to life. The train operates daily from 8am to 10pm in the lobby of Belmond Charleston Place from November 22, 2018, to January 2, 2019. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has often been called the “king of trains and the train for kings” – quite fitting for this behemoth among miniatures.


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What is Hidden Charleston?

Welcome to Hidden Charleston! Hidden Charleston is about the best of Charleston. The sights, tastes, and experiences, which delight both first-time visitors or locals who have called this city “home” their entire life.

Join us as we explore the many unique aspects that blend together to make Charleston a one-of-a-kind destination. From charm, rich history, and Southern hospitality to amazing beaches, shopping, and culinary experiences.

And along the way, we’ll unearth the city’s hidden gems, as seen by the team at Belmond Charleston Place. Whether you’re a local or planning your first visit to Charleston, we think you’ll enjoy the content on these pages. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect from Hidden Charleston:

Discovery: Authentic discoveries and “off the beaten” path adventures in and around Charleston.

Arts & Culture: History is alive in Charleston. We’ll share tips on the sights to see and the best way to explore them.

Sip & Savor: If it’s about food, wine, and spirits, you’ll find it here. It’s why Charleston is one of the country’s top foodie destinations.

Wellness:  Charleston’s great outdoors is the perfect backdrop for adventure.  Whether it’s by land or sea, we’ll share our favorite wellness activities.

News: What’s happening around Belmond Charleston Place. News, events, and the latest offers to help you plan your next visit.

On behalf of everyone at Belmond Charleston Place, we are happy you stopped by. Welcome to Hidden Charleston!

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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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