What does your Palmetto Dunes vacation look like? Maybe you’re a sports buff drawn to our golf courses on Hilton Head Island, our tennis courts, or our outstanding outdoor activities. Maybe you’re looking for a secluded escape for two, filled with hazy Southern days and romantic Lowcountry nights. Maybe you’re looking for a vacation destination that the whole family will enjoy.
This February we’re showcasing all that Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers by showing off three ways to make the most of your Hilton Head Island vacation. Starting February 6, Alex from our social media team will be sharing three incredible itineraries at Palmetto Dunes. She’ll be live updating our social media profiles with all of her adventures so make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Of course, we’re always offering vacation ideas and travel tips on our blog so be sure to check back to hear all about Alex’s experiences on Hilton Head Island. Stay tuned and enter to win your favorite itinerary to see Palmetto Dunes your way. That’s right! We’re giving away a jam-packed Palmetto Dunes vacation based on one of our itineraries. There’s no shortage of things to do on Hilton Head Island and when you combine our vacation expertise with our laid back Lowcountry lifestyle, planning the perfect vacation is easy as can be.
Hi, I’m Alex and I can’t wait to share some of Palmetto Dunes’ most memorable vacation experiences with you! Do you have any favorite activities, restaurants or Hilton Head Island views that you think should be included on the ultimate Palmetto Dunes itinerary? Share them in the comments or on our Facebook page.
Hilton Head Island is the perfect place for a restful retreat any time of year, but it’s during the hectic holiday season that you can appreciate most the peace of a Palmetto Dunes vacation with loved ones. De-stress with a laidback Lowcountry New Year’s Eve in Hilton Head Island, named Coastal Living's 2015 list of the best places to spend New Year's!
Drive straight into 2017 with a game on one of our Championship golf courses. We can’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year than by aiming for an ace at our recently reopened Robert Trent Jones and Arthur Hills golf courses. Check out our vacation packages for ways to save on your last golf getaway of 2016.
Treat yourself to a luxurious spa experience and greet 2017 fresh-faced, relaxed, and ready to tackle anything. Hotel spas within Palmetto Dunes offer anything from full-body massage treatments and facials to manicures and make-up application so you can look extra special should you step out on New Year’s Eve. Hurry tickets are almost sold out.
If you are looking to get out and celebrate, you’ve got plenty of New Year’s Eve events on Hilton Head to choose from. The Rooftop Bar at Poseidon located at Shelter Cove Towne Center will be ringing in the New Year in style with Whitley Deputy & The B-Town Project. Purchase general admission tickets of reserve tables or VIP booths.
If you’re looking for dinner with a view, head to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina where several restaurants, including ELA’s Blu Water Grille and Bucci’s Italian Cuisine, are offering special New Year’s Eve menus. Reservations are highly recommended! New Year’s Eve is also your last opportunity to enjoy the festive lights at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and to enter our #ShelterCoveChristmas contest, which ends January 2.
Whether you’re looking to ring in 2017 to the beat of live music or to the sounds of the ocean waves, Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place to be this New Year’s Eve. Call 866-744-7558 or search vacation rental availability here to book your Hilton Head Island vacation.
Heading on a vacation to Hilton Head Island this winter? Take your four-legged friend with you! At Palmetto Dunes, all family members are welcome. After all, what’s a vacation without your very best friend?
To get the most out of your stay at Palmetto Dunes, we’ve compiled a few pet-friendly pointers to help you and your furry friend have the vacation of a lifetime!
1. Double check your pet’s paperwork.
Before you leave, take a look through all of your pet’s paperwork and make sure they have the appropriate veterinary travel documents.
2. Do a medical check.
Ensure all required injections are current. If your pet is on any medications, be sure to visit the vet prior to your trip so that any necessary supplies are in order.
3. Make a reservation.
Book a Palmetto Dunes property fit for you and Fido. From one-bedroom condos to spacious villas, the perfect spot for pets up to 40 pounds are available seasonally.
4. Call ahead.
Be prepared! We’re here to help with any questions you have or any special needs your pet may require, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch prior to your visit at 866-650-4130.
1. Use a crate.
Whether you’re driving or flying, it’s best to use a crate for safe transport. To help your pet adjust to their crate, let them enter it on their own, and consider tossing in their favorite treat and/or toy.
2. Review policies.
If you’re traveling by air, be sure to review the airline’s pet policies, as they’ll likely have specific rules and protocols to get your pet ready.
3. Plan mealtimes.
Some pups can be sensitive to motion, so help make things a little easier on their stomach by serving their meal well before transit (4-6 hours is ideal).
4. Schedule in activity.
Let your furry friend run or take them for a long walk prior to crate time – a tired dog is much more likely to remain calm during transit.
1. Familiarize yourself with the surroundings.
Identify parks, paths, and other locations to get some exercise with your dog. Your front desk staff can point you in the direction of Hilton Head Beaches, which are dog friendly in the mornings and evenings, and a must for your vacation to-do list.
2. Explore the new environment.
When you arrive, be sure to take your pup out for a walk. It’s the perfect way to explore, and it helps you both relax and adjust to your new surroundings.
3. Keep your schedule.
Pets thrive on healthy routines so do your best to keep to your regular walking and meal times throughout your trip.
4. Create a comfortable space.
Make your pet at home with familiar items such as their bedding or favorite toy. This will instantly help them to feel more secure and relaxed.
Now that you’ve made all of the necessary arrangements, and booked your pet-friendly Palmetto Dunes vacation rental, it’s time to relax and enjoy your vacation!
Did we miss your top pet traveling tip? Let us know in the comments.
There’s something very special about the Lowcountry lifestyle that defines coastal South Carolina. Lowcountry is more than a geographical region, it’s a unique way of living with a culture and cuisine all its own. It’s part of what makes a vacation at Palmetto Dunes so special, and it’s worth cultivating all year long!
Now that your summer vacation on Hilton Head Island has come to a close, and while you start planning your return trip to Palmetto Dunes, embrace our Lowcountry lifestyle with these easy tips.
Enjoy the small things in life.
Embracing the Lowcountry lifestyle is all about taking the time to enjoy the small things in life. It’s easy to stop and enjoy a stunning Hilton Head Island sunset or wake up early for a sunrise stroll on our white sand beaches while you’re in “vacation mode” at Palmetto Dunes, however, our busy lives and hectic schedules often push us through the day without so much as a pause.
Similarly, there’s nothing more pleasant for a Lowcountry local than a few quiet minutes sitting on a front porch. In fact, some residents would tell you it’s best to spend an afternoon just relaxing and enjoying the slow pace of life we have here on Hilton Head Island.
Cultivate the appreciation you feel while in the Lowcountry. Wake up a few minutes earlier to look out at the sky and take a deep breath. Enjoy the simple pleasure of that first sip of coffee in the morning. Take a walk after dinner and leave your cellphone at home. It just takes a few minutes’ pause to enjoy life’s small moments and feel as relaxed and laid back as a warm southern summer breeze.
Celebrate the great outdoors.
*Bike photo via @cmlaskowski, kayaks via @anoushka_unknown, tree via Charlie M.
We think you’ll agree that the natural surroundings of Hilton Head Island are truly spectacular. Hilton Head Outfitters makes it easy to bike along the island’s white, sandy beaches and oak tree-lined streets, or paddle along the Palmetto Dunes lagoon system and other coastal inlets and estuaries. But just because you’re not enjoying all of the outdoor activities Palmetto Dunes has to offer doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy nature in your neighborhood. Find a local park to visit on the weekend, or even take the time to enjoy the shade from a tree-lined boulevard in your town.
If you really want to surround yourself with the natural scenery of the Lowcountry, place a photo or piece of local art on your wall, so an escape to Hilton Head Island is a mere glance away. There are some incredible art galleries and artisans’ shops at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, so be sure to stop in on your next Palmetto Dunes vacation to pick a Hilton Head view to call your own.
Serve up some Lowcountry cuisine.
*Shrimp via @dath_annabeth
South Carolina Lowcountry has a unique cuisine with influences from North Africa, the Caribbean, and traditional Southern and Native American dishes. Inspired by the area’s agricultural history and coastal landscape, rice and seafood are staples found often in Lowcountry dishes.
There are plenty of ways to sample Lowcountry flavors at Palmetto Dunes. Try traditional shrimp’n grits or good old-fashioned Southern Barbecue at Big Jim’s, or head to Alexander’s Restaurant for Lowcountry crab cakes. End a day of exploring, shopping, and entertainment at Shelter Cove Harbour with gumbo and fresh oysters at Scott’s Fish Market or a decadent seafood entrée at Ela’s Blu Water Grille.
We know you'll be yearning for Hilton Head Island's Lowcountry fare, so why not embrace the Lowcountry lifestyle by indulging in some fresh seafood every now and again, or adding ‘peas and rice’ as a side dish at your next meal? A key ingredient of Lowcountry cooking is a casual approach. It's all about good ingredients and sharing a meal with good friends.
Get inspired by Lowcountry Architecture.
You may have noticed while biking around Hilton Head Island, that many of the houses have an architectural style all their own. This Lowcountry style of architecture dates back to the 1700s, and its features are rooted in practicality. Many homes are made of timber and constructed on pillars to keep the main floor away from rising tides, storm surges, and swampy land. Broad roofs and large, covered front porches are another signature of this style. Some of our rental vacation homes are built this way, and many feature large windows, another Lowcountry architectural signature that lets beautiful views and ocean breezes in, and warm air out.
While constructing a new porch may be unrealistic, simple touches of wood, sea-inspired accents, and a classic rocking chair by the window are easy ways to inject a bit of Lowcountry into your home décor.
Social media makes it easier than ever to stay connected to the Lowcountry vibes of Palmetto Dunes. Follow us on Twitter or Instagram to see glimpses of life on Hilton Head Island all throughout the year, right in the palm of your hand! Sign up for emails from us, and check our blog to keep tabs on what’s happening at the resort. You can even catch a glimpse of current weather conditions and Lowcountry views on our webcams!
*Photo via Alex R.
The laidback atmosphere of the Lowcountry lifestyle is a huge part of life on Hilton Head Island and embracing this lifestyle is a sure fire way to bring some relaxing vacation vibes into your everyday life. Once you've embraced the Lowcountry lifestyle, you'll be more than ready for your next vacation to Palmetto Dunes.
What an incredible summer it’s been at Palmetto Dunes. From fantastic family-friendly events and outdoor adventures to delicious meals and lazy beach days, there really is no better place to spend your summer than Hilton Head Island.
This summer we got to see Palmetto Dunes through your eyes with our #PDSummer Instagram Challenge. For the past 14 weeks we’ve loved checking out your #PDSummer pics and watching you make the most of a vacation on Hilton Head Island, Travel & Leisure’s #1 Island in the Continental U.S.
Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you to every single one of you who entered this year.
We’ve already shared some of our favorite #PDSummer entries, but y’all shared so many outstanding photos, that we couldn’t help but share some more!
One thing is for sure: Hilton Head Island is a beautiful place to vacation. A number of your entries really showcased the beautiful views that are everywhere at Palmetto Dunes! Whether photographing our white sand beaches, golf courses, or lagoon, you captured our stunning surroundings expertly!
Instagrammer @1madmom shared her beach and pool view with her entry during our “Cheers to Summer” week.
This “Totes y’all” entry from @cate_fitz shows off her cute beach tote and the beautiful waves of the beach at Palmetto Dunes.
We love this amazing rainbow photo by @chrishart_liveloveclick, showing off the views from the tee, and this lagoon pic shared by @karengannon on our “Fourth of July Fun” week.
If you’ve ever stayed at Palmetto Dunes, you know how breathtaking our sunsets can be. The photos you shared for our “Summer Sunsets” theme blew us away and we love how many of them captured the beauty of our beachfront, such as these photos shared by @glendamethvin, @mrdomie, and @palmettotides.
Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place for a family vacation. Our home and villa rentals provide enough space for everyone and are the perfect home base for a summer getaway to Hilton Head Island. All summer long our golf and tennis experts held clinics and lessons for family members of all ages and levels. Our friends at Hilton Head Outfitters provided bikes, canoes, kayaks, surfboards, and more, so you and your family could get outdoors and enjoy Hilton Head Island’s incredible natural surroundings.
There’s nothing like frolicking in the waves at Palmetto Dunes’ beach. We love this fun photo shared by @taffetatulips.
Palmetto Dunes welcomes all family members! @maxwellalexanderl shared this beautiful family portrait, including “fur babies.”
Spending time together is truly what makes a family vacation special, and there are so many ways to do so at Palmetto Dunes! Guest @rayboy55 shared this photo of his family enjoying a sweet treat, and it looks like @hollypaddles and her family had a great time heading out for a boat tour.
There’s nothing like a delicious meal to bring people together, and the food at Palmetto Dunes can’t be beat! From relaxed views at The Dunes House, to decadent desserts, to beach picnics, y’all proved that good eats are an important part of a great vacation!
Everybody loves the food and drinks at The Dunes House! We think @bburgwyn and @amy_margaret01 perfectly captured this beachfront hotspot. Then there were food photos that had our mouths watering, like these shared by user @tdubhokie.
What is your favorite memory from your summer stay at Palmetto Dunes? Tell us in the comments! If all of these photos have you wishing you were back on Hilton Head Island, start planning a return trip! Our vacation packages offer something for everyone, from golf addicts to Pokémon Go players. For even more vacation inspiration, follow us on Instagram to see stunning Palmetto Dunes photos all year long!
Happy August everyone! It’s been an incredible summer here on Hilton Head Island, and one of our favorite parts has been enjoying all of the amazing photos y’all have shared for our #PDSummer Instagram challenge!
We’ve issued 12 Instagram challenges so far, and you have been up to the task! We thought we’d share some of our favorite entries: breathtaking photos, creative snaps and good old-fashioned fun, all with a dose of southern sunshine. Your Instagram photos have perfectly captured summer at Palmetto Dunes.
Our most popular theme so far has been Stunning Sunrises. If you’ve been to Hilton Head Island before, you know that the sunrises on the beach are worth waking up for, and we think these images prove it.
Hilton Head Island is famous for its spectacular beaches, and whether you’re enjoying a good book, picnicking in the sun or feeling the sand between your toes, you know how to take advantage of the beautiful beaches at Palmetto Dunes.
Some have you have gotten quite creative with your entries, and we love it. Check out these #PDSummer pics featuring a one-of-a-kind travel companion, and a sandcastle that’s one for the books!
There are so many things to do when you're on vacation at Palmetto Dunes! Hilton Head Outfitters offers beach chairs, bikes, canoes and more, for exploring all of Hilton Head Island, from our bike trails to beach paths to remarkable lagoon system.
Of course, there are also our tennis and golf facilities – each a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon! Here are some of our favorite submissions from people enjoying all of Palmetto Dunes’ summer activities.
Summer isn’t over yet, and we’ve got more fun themes for our Instagram Challenge. Next up is Cheers To Summer, so get ready to show us your favorite summer drinks. Check out the rest of our #PDSummer themes:
August 11: Totes Y’all – Beach Totes
August 18: Summer Sunsets
August 25: Family Fun
September 1: Dog Days Of Summer
Here’s to summer adventure at Palmetto Dunes! Share your #PDSummer photo for a chance to win. For full contest details visit: www.palmettodunes.com/hilton-head-resort-blog/introducing-palmetto-dunes-summer-instagram-challengeresort-blog/
Hilton Head, S.C., and the island’s famed Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort have long been ranked among the world’s finest family getaways. Hilton Head named “Best Island in the U.S.” by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.
Hilton Head Island has long been renowned as a family friendly destination. The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine agree, naming Hilton Head as 2016’s “No. 1 Island in the U.S.” in the magazine’s annual “World’s Best” survey.
Reader scores were based on natural attractions and beaches, sights and activities, friendliness, food and overall value of the world’s top islands. “Our No. 1 this year? An outpost of Southern hospitality and traditional American recreation,” wrote the Travel + Leisure editors. “The best islands in the continental U.S. share an ability to slow down the hands of time: to recall simpler times and slower, laid-back living.”
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head has long represented the best the island has to offer. For nearly a half-century, generations of families from across the globe have enjoyed Palmetto Dunes’ seemingly infinite bounty of outdoor activities with a family focus: World-class golf and award-winning tennis, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding on an 11-mile lagoon system, bicycling, dining and shopping, all of it along a three-mile stretch of pristine Atlantic Ocean beachfront.
Palmetto Dunes is designed for families to get active together by offering a variety of ways to do just that — including its Hilton Head Family Golf School. Whatever levels at which a family may play, Palmetto Dunes will tailor its golf school to specific needs and skill level. Its head of golf instruction, former PGA TOUR player Doug Weaver, is great with kids and teaches them moves like “closing the car door” and “alligator arms” to help them learn golf in a fun and engaging way.
The golf school includes a video analysis sent by email, on-course instruction, rules and etiquette lessons, the school’s video lending library, take-home materials, lunch daily, free range privileges, plus nine holes of golf daily on a space-available basis and 25 percent discount on rentals such as bikes, kayaks and canoes from Hilton Head Outfitters.
Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort caters to golfers of all levels, having installed permanent junior tees on its Robert Trent Jones golf course, while the George Fazio course caters to juniors. The Fazio junior tees measure 3,384 yards for 18 holes, with the longest hole (No. 10) measuring 316 yards. Holes range between 90 and 316 yards. In addition, kids 10 and under play free after 4 PM at the Robert Trent Jones Hilton Head golf course and the Arthur Hills golf course with an adult paying regular rate.
This summer, the Palmetto Dunes Golf Academy features lessons and clinics for all ages and skill levels. "Little Swingers" is offered Monday through Wednesday from 5:15 PM - 6 PM for $25 (ages 3-7) at the Robert Trent Jones Course. The "Junior Morning and Afternoon Clinic" occurs Monday through Thursday at 4 PM for $25 (ages 6-18) at the Robert Trent Jones Course and focuses on different aspects of the game every class.
In addition, Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort recently added the club fitting, building and repair services of SwingFit, formerly Golf Etc. Hilton Head. SwingFit is owned and operated by Chris Wycoff, who has been named one of Golf Digest magazine’s “Top 100 Club Fitters.”
For more information about Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort and its many golf packages or to sign up for a Family Golf Program call (866) 744-7558.
Palmetto Dunes guests share incredible Instagram photos. Why? Because they’re having the most fun in the most beautiful place!
If you’re vacationing at Palmetto Dunes this summer, we have a challenge for you; The Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge!
How the contest works:
Every Thursday morning this summer, we’ll announce a theme. If you’re staying at the resort, snap a photo fitting that theme and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #PDsummer. Each week, one lucky Instagrammer will win a Palmetto Dunes gift card!
The Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge themes are:
May 26-June 1: Beach Reads
June 2-8: Picnicking
June 9-15: Stunning Sunrises
June 16-22: Love Tennis
June 23-29: Life’s Better Barefoot
June 30-July 6: Fourth of July Fun
July 7-13: Ice Cream and Popsicles
July 14-20: On the Water
July 21-27: Fore!
July 28-August 3: Lowcountry Food
August 4-10: Cheers To Summer
August 11-17: Totes Y’all – Beach Totes
August 18-24: Summer Sunsets
August 25-31: Family Fun
September 1-7: Dog Days of Summer
Ready, set, ‘gram! And don’t forget to follow Palmetto Dunes on Instagram.
At long last, lowcountry summer days are just around the corner! That means it’s time to put away your winter wardrobe and prepare for shorter sleeves, higher hemlines, and body-baring bathing suits. Make the transition to warmer weather a whole lot easier with these spa treatments at Palmetto Dunes:
Treat Your Feet
Photo via Nicole B.
With summer upon us, open-toe shoes are calling and there’s no better time to turn your attention to your winter-worn feet with a luxurious spa treatment.
The Ocean Tides Signature Pedicure at Ocean Tides Spa will get your feet sandal ready with a sugar exfoliation, followed by a cooling mint mask application, pineapple oil massage, and paraffin dip to induce moisture.
Smooth Your Skin
Photo via @madeline_wasulko
Nothing says summertime like soft, smooth, touchable skin. Giving your body a little extra TLC with one of our waxing, massage and body treatments will leave you glowing this season.
For perfectly prepped summer skin, we recommend the Ultimate Zen Body Ritual at Spa Soleil. This invigorating treatment includes full body exfoliation, skin hydrating and a renewing body wrap.
Face the Season
Photo via Kate Dunphy of Taffeta & Tulips
After a long winter you want to put your best face forward this summer season, so leave your winter skin behind with one of our refreshing and renewing facial treatments.
With the Sea of Life Deluxe Facial at Spa Soleil you’ll experience the healing powers of the sea, the calming properties of the earth’s finest essential oils, and the energy glow of Bio-Dynamic Cranial Therapy.
Find Your Summer Style
Photo via @kalynmelham
There’s nothing quite like taking care of your hair to get into the summer spirit. Trim away dry winter ends and find the perfect style this season with our personalized salon services.
We may be biased, but there’s no better place to spoil your strands with a cut, color and style than our Ocean Tides Salon.
You did it! You’ve made it through another winter and now spring is in the air. Spring gives us lots to celebrate, with longer days, lighter clothing, and even brighter skies!
Although winter is mild on Hilton Head, springtime brings a certain kind of rejuvenation and optimism, reminding us that summertime is just around the corner - and we think that’s a cause for celebration!
Here’s how to celebrate spring at Palmetto Dunes:
‘Par-tee’ on our three championship golf courses.
It’s time for a ‘hole’ new golf season. Why not make it ‘tee’-rrific? All puns aside, our three award-winning golf courses are distinctively different, with pristine conditions and challenging layouts, making Palmetto Dunes the perfect place for you to get back into the ‘swing’ of things after a long winter!
Relax on a patio
The only things you’ll find frozen at Palmetto Dunes are the drinks! And of course, every celebration should include food. Now that the days are getting longer, that also means The Dunes House is open later (depending on the weather, The Dunes House opens at 11 a.m. and stays open until dark!) Enjoy this laid-back beach bar and restaurant and its spectacular view of the beach.
If you prefer a golf course view, head to Big Jim’s patio, which overlooks our Robert Trent Jones course. Every celebration needs vino, so visit Big Jim’s for Wine Down Wednesday and enjoy half price bottles of wine. Cheers to spring!
Fall in ‘love’ with Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center
At the heart of the Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center, you'll find 26 clay tennis courts, five of these courts are designated for junior/POP tennis and eight for pickleball.
Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing new sports in North America and it’s great for all ages. It’s a cross between tennis, ping-pong and badminton, created to provide families with a game they can play together. Give it a try!
Shop your winter woolies off!
It’s time to ditch the winter layers for shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops! There are plenty of unique boutiques and stores on Hilton Head, so forget your winter woes with lighter clothes and one-of-a-kind souvenirs of your springtime getaway. Our favorite spots to shop are along the waterfront at Shelter Cove Harbour, the golf pro shops at Palmetto Dunes, and our tennis pro shop.
‘Seas’ the day on a boat
Shelter Cove Marina is the largest deep-water marina on Hilton Head Island and home to some of the island’s best boat tours, rentals and water sports. Choose a leisurely exploration of Hilton Head’s coastal waterways or a fun-filled fishing adventure. Rent a boat, go on a nature tour, take a dolphin cruise - there’s no better way to ‘sail’-ebrate spring than on a boat!