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Charleston's Most Zen Hotels

The Dewberry

Southern charm personified in a contemporary setting, discover The Dewberry, a luxury escape unlike any other in The Holy City. Opened in Fall 2016 in downtown Charleston’s most coveted location overlooking Marion Square, The Dewberry bears the weight of the city’s old soul while embracing a modern sensibility of its rebirth. With 155 thoughtfully appointed rooms and suites, a world-class spa and heralded culinary venues, the hotel is the result of owner John Dewberry’s vision of “Southern Reimagined.” Occupying the recently renovated former L. Mendel Rivers Federal Building, a mid-century modern gem brought back to life over eight years through Dewberry’s in house design team StudioDew, in collaboration with, Workstead Studio, Reggie Gibson, Cameron Schwabenton and DesignWorks among others; The Dewberry is a stunning juxtaposition of past and present that cleverly mixes materials from the Lowcountry with design elements hinting to the hotel’s mid-century modern origin.

“The Dewberry is the hotel Charleston deserves, a place that seeks to reawaken the vintage spirit of the city while challenging it to become all the more dynamic,” said Mr. John Dewberry, Chairman and CEO of Dewberry Capital Corporation and Founder of The Dewberry Charleston. “It is in this juxtaposition – the old meeting the new – where a greatness of character, heart and energy comes to life for our guests and where they find the southern hospitality they expected entirely reimagined.” Honoring the building’s original architecture, The Dewberry boasts a façade of lime-washed brick by vintage marble and metal works adorning the entry canopy, ballroom roof and rooftop function space. Simplistic, yet lush landscaping gives way to a romantic 2,250 sq. ft. walled-in Charleston garden, an authentic reimagining of this more traditional design element with bluestone walkways perfect for special events. Once inside, visitors are embraced by a home-grown combination of time tested materials of the South, where the space’s clean lines are flawlessly softened by elegant finishes of cherry, mahogany, oak and walnut woods as well as hand-crafted custom and curated period furnishings. An homage to the buildings heritage, a massive Water Oak tree that once stood abreast of the former Federal Building finds new life as stunning cachepots for orchids throughout the space as well as a stunning sculpture table- situated in a great space outdoor gathering space in what is lovingly referred to as The Tree House . Lush fabrics and touches of marble and brass travel into the guest rooms and suites as The Dewberry unearths a timelessness within its contemporary shell.

To complement the inherent warmth throughout the hotel, The Dewberry offers multiple occasions and options to entertain within its walls. Henrietta’s, inspired by a brasserie, French by foundation, southern by region, offers seasonal menus and serves brasserie classics such as Chilled Shellfish, Mibek Farms Steak Frites, Maine Blue Mussels “Billi Bi”, Keegan-Filion Chicken for two, as well as more contemporary dishes such as Darling Farms Lamb with Vadouvan Curry and Spotted Skate Wing a la “Polonaise.” The Living Room anchors the ground floor with a brass bar and Ryan Casey’s impressive cocktail program, complemented by small plates – the perfect place to gather friends for a pre-dinner drink or late night bite. Christened the new watering hole of the South, slide up to the bar daily and nightly and find out where Charleston’s best are slinging the finest menu of entirely stirred drinks with a focus dark spirits and old world craft cocktails.

The Dewberry Spa offers guests and visitors alike quiet luxury enveloped in cypress walls inspired by Mr. Dewberry’s own Charleston carriage house. Immerse yourself in a deeply restorative experience through signature treatments curated by renowned spa expert Lydia Mondavi. Drawing inspiration from its location, including the southern native dewberry plant and sea extracts, treatments are hand-crafted to include a luxurious blend of antioxidants and botanicals to nourish the mind, body & spirit.

The Dewberry also offers some of the city’s most sought-after venues for special events and meetings with spaces that echo Charleston’s architectural grace. The Ballroom offers 1,800 sq. ft. of space featuring luxury Viennese cast brass, crystal chandeliers and troweled plaster ceilings with access to a walled garden space. Additionally, discover the gilded Swanston Room offering 360-degrees of art via 22 hand-painted panels, expertly illustrating the actual migration of cranes. Gilded with silver, pewter and 22-carat gold, this art installation by Thomas Swanston is inspired by the half million Wooping and Sand Hill Cranes that migrate through the Rowe Sanctuary in Nebraska, the largest annual migration in North America. The awareness of Sandhill Cranes during migration is a reminder of the fragile nature of existence; for Whooping Cranes, which are indigenous to the Lowcountry and have been on the Endangered Species list since 1941, awareness centers around the precariousness of their history.


Belmond Charleston Place Hotel

Located in the historic heart of downtown Charleston, Belmond Charleston Place Hotel offers an oasis in the middle of the city. Guests can enjoy a range of activities, from a relaxing day at The Spa to joining a historic architecture tour through the city to perusing The Shops located on the ground floor of the hotel. Belmond Charleston Place also boasts a rooftop bar and 50-foot horizon-edge pool situated under a retractable glass roof allowing for year-round swimming.

The Thoroughbred Club remains a classic choice for cocktails and live jazz for locals and visitors alike, while the acclaimed Charleston Grill features local cuisine reimagined and divided into four categories—Pure, Lush, Southern and Cosmopolitan.

The hotel’s Club Level accommodations are the crown jewel of the property. Known as “a hotel within a hotel,” the Club Level is a collection of renovated rooms and suites that enjoy private elevator access and check-in, and a two-story Club Lounge with an all-day food and beverage service that includes breakfast, afternoon tea service, evening hors d’oeuvres, and full bar selection.


HarbourView Inn

As Charleston’s only waterfront hotel in the Historic District, the HarbourView Inn, a Charlestowne Hotels managed property, offers guests the intimate approach of a bed and breakfast with the features of a luxurious boutique hotel. The Inn’s 52 rooms embody Lowcountry living, including six historic wing rooms housed in a former 1930s cotton warehouse which further add to the property’s authentic Charleston roots.

Guests can enjoy an array of complimentary daily amenities that add genuine value to any stay, complete with a private rooftop flanked by views of the harbor and famed Pineapple Fountain, where guests enjoy weekly live music sessions, local beer and wine sampling, and evening skyline tours hosted by a local historian.


Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel

Nestled on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, Wild Dunes Resort, is located 30 minutes from the charm and grace of historic downtown Charleston. The Resort occupies 1,600 acres of oceanfront paradise with a variety of accommodations ranging from the AAA Four-Diamond Rated Boardwalk Inn and the Village at Wild Dunes to private condos and luxury home vacation rentals. Offering a year-round menu of championship golf, nationally-ranked tennis, award-winning recreation, spa services and restaurant options, Wild Dunes Resort has been distinguished by many publications and associations as a top destination for families, golfers, tennis lovers, and meeting and event planners. Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States and Caribbean. Offering authentically-immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties, the award-winning portfolio features 19 renowned golf courses, 18 indigenous spas, and 112 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. .

The Boardwalk Inn

Tucked into the heart of Wild Dunes Resort and just 150 yards from the beach, the AAA Four-Diamond rated Boardwalk Inn is the focal point of the Grand Pavilion complex, featuring 93 luxurious rooms, eight junior suites, a cozy, well-appointed club room and a 1,700-square-foot grand presidential suite located on the top floor. The Boardwalk Inn is also home to the stunning adult-only Boardwalk Inn pool and poolside cabanas, open in the spring and summer. The Boardwalk Inn recently completed extensive renovations in Summer 2016 and refreshed its accommodations with a balanced mix of beachy aesthetics and historic Charleston charm. Watch The Boardwalk Inn video overview.

The Village at Wild Dunes:

The three-building Village at Wild Dunes is the center of all Resort activity and just a short walk from the pristine Isle of Palms beach. Guests can choose from one-, two- and three-bedroom suites and penthouses, all of which are fully furnished and tastefully decorated in the casual elegance of the Lowcountry. In addition to the 150 units, The Village also features The Lettered Olive signature family restaurant, Hudson’s Market, a fitness center and the Sand & Sea Salon and Spa with the newest Resort pool, Palm Cove, located just steps away. Watch The Village at Wild Dunes video overview.


Coastal Provisions

Tucked inside The Boardwalk Inn, the new nautical restaurant Coastal Provisions Seafood, Chops & Crafted Cocktail opened in May 2016. Led by Executive Chef Read Wolfe and Mixologist Sean O’Brien, this upscale seafood and chop house style eatery features crave-worthy cuisine sourced from local and regional purveyors for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. Guests can choose to dine inside or al fresco on the poolside terrace, home to breathtaking ocean views. Reservations are recommended. 843-886-2200In October of 2017, Wild Dunes Resort also announced the opening of The Salty Goat, its new laid back eatery and craft cocktail bar embodying true Charleston hospitality. The ideal location to quench one’s thirst after a day of fall fun or unwind with friends for a Monday night game, The Salty Goat makes guests feel right at home, whether in shorts and flip-flops or a suit and tie. Offering a tasty selection of Carolina craft beers, small batch whiskeys and out-of-the box cocktails, guests can imbibe with favorites like the Bacon Old Fashioned, Smoked Julep and Lone Star Lemonade.Home to a mouthwatering selection of apps, entrees and sides with a focus on local BBQ, The Salty Goat is the perfect place for diners to escape for a casual snack, happy hour or dinner.


Wild Dunes Resort is home to 36 holes of award-winning golf, 17 nationally-ranked tennis courts with extensive clinic and instruction, resort-wide swimming pools, fitness center, Sand and Sea Salon with spa services and a variety of adventure activities found in the resort’s vacation planner such as dolphin discovery sunset cruises, wildlife kayak excursions, shark fishing,  stand-up paddleboarding, blue crabbing, and naturalist-guided boat tours of nearby Caper’s Island.


Wild Dunes Resort is a haven for kids, offering a year-round calendar of activities and events catering to children of all ages. A collection of fun activities available include archery, cornhole, ping pong, bingo and a number of arts and crafts such as Tie Dye, Sandy Candy and Build-a-Buddy. Every May-September, the resort also hosts complimentary outdoor movies at sunset at The Village Plaza.


Open to the public and challenging players of all skill levels, Wild Dunes Resort offers 36 holes of Tom Fazio-designed championship golf on both the newly-renovated Links Course and Harbor Course.  The resort is also home to one of Charleston’s top golf schools, offering a variety of clinics, lessons and intensives. A number of golf packages are also available, in addition to specials customized for golf groups of eight or more. Tee times can be booked online or by calling 855-998-5351


Guests can indulge in salon, nail, skin care and massage services conveniently located on the Village Plaza with complimentary valet parking. A variety of seasonal and locally-inspired spa services include favorites like the Sugar Magnolia Facial, Sweetgrass Pedicure, “Pluff Mud” Detoxifying Wrap and Rainbow Row, Warm Seashell and Sweet Tea Surrender Massages. At the Sand & Sea Salon and Spa relaxation awaits with an extra dose of Lowcountry charm. 843-886-2555


A destination for an unforgettable Lowcountry Wedding beckons at Wild Dunes Resort. Just minutes from charming, historic downtown Charleston sits a picturesque oceanfront paradise- a setting for a sublime wedding immersed in the spirit of the Lowcountry. The resort’s natural landscape provides scenic alfresco settings, complemented by a collection of sophisticated indoor spaces to host the most intimate to grand affairs.  Guests can create the ideal environment for their occasion with unique venues from serene oceanfront or palmetto-lined lawns to chic poolside. It’s our pleasure to host or complement your wedding day with a myriad of offerings all customizable here at the Resort or beyond throughout the Charleston area.  We are at your service, providing ceremony and reception venues, guest room blocks, rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, farewell brunches, bachelor or bachelorette events, honeymoons, engagement parties and more. The resort’s expert catering team and event coordinators allow guests to enjoy a stress-free event knowing every single moment will be flawless. Guests can also take advantage of the resort’s His and Hers amenities and special wedding offerings and packages. 843-886-2283

Wild Dunes Resort Announces New Packages for Intimate Affairs

Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel, recognizes that when it comes to couples planning their big day, bigger isn’t always better. Home to 1,600 acres of oceanfront paradise and an expert team of wedding professionals, Wild Dunes Resort is the ideal destination for pairs to have an intimate dream wedding or stress-free elopement escape. Partners can choose from seven stunning seaside venues for their ceremony, reception and celebratory dinner. Whether seeking to celebrate with close friends and family or elope with a smaller guest list, guests can choose from one of Wild Dunes Resort’s two new packages below, offering couples the magical day they’ve always wanted without breaking the bank.

Marry Micro Package:

Brides and grooms can make their intimate dream wedding a reality with this package, starting at just $3,250 for up to 20 guests and including:

Choice from one of the resort’s seven stunning ceremony venues
Ceremony coordination, music and officiant
Three-course plated or multiple entrée stations dinner menu in private dining room
Wedding cake
Two-hour open bar
Complete Basic Rentals and Set Up package
Including ceremony chairs and a beautifully set table with centerpiece in guest’s color of choosing
Access to 1,600 acres of barrier island beauty for memorable wedding photography
All staff gratuities

*Accommodations Add-On: Luxury Wild Dunes beach home rentals are available for the bridal party or family, with nightly rates beginning at $100 per bedroom for three- to seven-bedroom homes. Complimentary champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries will be provided at check-in. Guests can also choose a rehearsal Dinner Delivered to their rental home, starting at $195 for eight to ten guests. 

Elopement Escape Package:

Partners seeking to celebrate their nuptials with a stress-free elopement can allow Wild Dunes Resort’s expert event team to take care of every last detail with this package, starting at $2,250 for up to ten guests and including:

Champagne and strawberries upon arrival
Two-night stay for the bridge and groom at the resort’s AAA Four Diamond-Rated Boardwalk Inn
Breakfast for bride and groom each morning
Choice from one of the resort’s seven stunning ceremony venues
Private dining option
Ceremony coordination, music and officiant
Access to 1,600 acres of barrier island beauty for memorable wedding photography
*Vendor referrals available for everything else needed for the special day.


The Spectator Hotel

The Spectator Hotel: Located in the charming Historic District, Charleston’s high-design, distinct boutique hotel for the well-heeled traveler exudes elegance and old-world charm with a modernized twist, providing guests with authentic southern hospitality. Guests can enjoy an array of outstanding complimentary amenities including artisanal breakfast and daily snacks, The Bar, one of the city’s best speakeasy bars showcasing Prohibition-era cocktails, and personal butler service.

The butlers, professionally trained by the Charleston School of Protocol, ensure all guest’s needs are met and can coordinate everything from delivering breakfast in bed to drawing guests a bath in the spa-like, white marble bathrooms which are complete with posh amenities including heated towel racks, plush cotton robes and soft slippers.



Elliott House Inn

In the heart of Charleston's historic district, with its tranquil cobblestoned courtyard, original hardwood floors and breezy piazzas, sits the Elliott House Inn. Nestled beneath centuries-old oaks, our Queen Street inn effortlessly pairs the intimacy of a bed and breakfast with the services of a boutique hotel. Cozy up in our newly renovated guestrooms opening up to a delightful Charleston styled courtyard, delighting first-time visitors and charming return guests.

Built as a private home in 1861, our genteel 26-room Inn is located within walking distance of Charleston’s best shopping, dining, and exploring. Guests may never want to leave, however, thanks to complimentary experiences like continental breakfast in the lush courtyard, evening wine & cheese receptions, and history tours designed by a 10th generation Charlestonian.