by Alex Archibald, a guest blogger
Life can be so hectic in this day and age that it can be hard to find quality time to connect with your loved ones. Slowing down to a laid-back, Lowcountry pace is just the ticket to building stronger bonds and spending a romantic vacation together, enjoying each other’s company and the fun couples activities Palmetto Dunes has to offer.
I’ve seen way too many stunning sunrise photos on Instagram to miss seeing one in person, so I started the day by heading to the beach. It is worth the early morning wake up, believe me. As the sun rose and the tide shifted and the warmth of the sun began to spread across the beach, I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear, nor could I stop thinking as I strolled along the white sand, “is this romantic, or what?!”. Palmetto Dunes offers three miles of beach to enjoy, so you can stroll for as long or little as you like.
After a breathtaking morning at the beach, I headed to Hilton Head Social Bakery for some breakfast. Paris is the city of love, so for a day all about romance, authentic French pastries seemed like the perfect fit! Philippe, owner and head pastry chef is a gregarious Frenchman who makes what might be the best croissant I’ve ever had. Even if you and your sweetheart are more of a ‘stay in the villa rental for breakfast in bed’ kind of couple, you should swing by Hilton Head Social Bakery at least once during your Palmetto Dunes couples vacation.
Next up on the road to romance was a visit to Hilton Head Outfitters to pick up a bicycle built for two! A tried-and-true couples activity that also happens to be an ideal way to explore the natural beauty of Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Whether you follow the bike paths along the lagoon or head back to the beach to pedal along the sand, discovering your new surroundings together is a wonderful way to make memories as a couple.
When it comes to biking, you’ve got plenty of options! Explore the resort along the many bike trails. A trip through the south gate will take you through the George Fazio course and along the lagoon. Or, head through the north gate and turn off towards the beach! A bike ride along Palmetto Beach is restorative, romantic, and just plain beautiful.
Our Romantic Itinerary includes a trip to the spa, and after a visit to the Ocean Tides Spa at Omni Resort, I must say this is an enviable part of the prize indeed! Nikki at the spa was warm and welcoming and the space is beautiful. I felt more relaxed almost as soon as I walked in the door! The facilities include a sauna, stunning treatment rooms, a manicure/pedicure lounge, and hair salon. One look at the salon and nail lounge and I knew it would be the perfect place to get ready with your bridesmaids on your wedding day!
The spa offers many services and treatments so if a couples’ massage isn’t up your alley, try the Himalayan Salt Rock Massage—the spa’s most popular treatment—or a facial.
There’s no better place to watch the sun come up than the beach at Palmetto Dunes. If a romantic sunset is what you’re after, a sunset sail out of the marina is just the ticket! Our sunset cruise departed from Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina at 5:30 p.m. and headed out towards the point. The sunset beyond the silhouette of boats moored on public buoys was breathtaking, to say the least. Having a dolphin follow us home was icing on the cake.
To finish off an impeccable evening, we went for a decadent candlelit meal at one of Shelter Cove Marina’s most romantic restaurants: ELA’s Blu Water Grille. Situated at the end of the marina, the water views are unparalleled, and the food was divine. Oysters to set the mood, an ample wine list to choose from, and, to cap off the night, something sweet from a mouth-watering offering of house-made desserts.
From sunrise to sunset, and well into the warmth of a Lowcountry night, there are opportunities for romance everywhere you turn at Palmetto Dunes and our Romance Itinerary offers you some of the best of them.
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Winter is fast approaching and the holidays are just on the horizon. Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the season rain on the romance in your relationship! This year, fall in love with a couple’s getaway to Palmetto Dunes, complete with intimate accommodation, romantic recreation, and secluded stretches of beautiful scenery.
Find out why low season in Lowcountry is the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway with this three-day couple’s itinerary:
Morning: Explore the Island
Start the day with coffee and a gourmet treat from Hilton Head Social Bakery. Then, you can’t help but fall even more in love while walking hand-in-hand around our picturesque paradise. Exploring the island is a wonderful way to disconnect from the world and reconnect with each other.
Afternoon: Activities for Two
Head to Hilton Head Outfitters and get ready for some kinetic connection. Come together and ride a bicycle built for two along the beach and through our extensive bike paths, or paddle down our peaceful inland lagoon system. Not only will you have some precious alone time you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.
Evening: Romantic Night Out
Finish your day off by sipping cocktails and enjoying a candlelit dinner at an oceanfront restaurant in Shelter Cove Harbour.
Morning: Slow Start
Another perfect couple’s day awaits you on Hilton Head Island, but first coffee and brunch. Once you’ve satisfied your early morning appetite, take a romantic walk along the beach.
Afternoon: Couple’s Competition
Evening: The Love Boat
Hopeless romantics know that there’s nothing like cozying up together as you set sail on the open water. Shelter Cove Marina offers several sunset cruises that will steal your heart and allow you to steal a kiss.
Morning: Rest and Relax
Good morning, love birds! You’re on vacation so take some time to sleep in and enjoy your luxury love nest. With oceanfront views, your resort villa is the perfect place for a cuddle session.
Afternoon: Spa Day
There’s no better way to set the tone for romance than with a trip to the spa. Pamper your partner with a relaxing treatment such as a couple’s massage or therapeutic body scrub.
Evening: Beach Bliss
Whisk your partner away for a private moment on the beach. Cuddled on the sand, with the sounds of waves crashing in the background and the glow of sunset over the ocean, you’ll be in a lover’s paradise.
Longing for a romantic rendezvous on Hilton Head Island? Check out our romance packages and plan your couple’s getaway to Palmetto Dunes today. To take your romance to new heights, customize a vacation just for you and your sweetheart – simply call 866-650-4130.