The Lowcountry is an excellent surprise for events and incentives within a burgeoning geographic and cultural region along South Carolina’s coast, below the Fall Line, or the Sandhills, which run the width of the state. These Sandhills were the ancient sea coast providing a different and warmly unique sense of the area’s plantation origins. Rice, cotton and coastal fishing launched a great economy adding tourism in the last century, which now dominates the area south of Charleston along the Lowcountry coast.
Familiar Classics from North to South
Kiawah is a barrier island, located 25 miles southwest of Charleston and widely hailed as one of the premier golf destinations on the East Coast. The island features seven award-winning golf courses designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Fazio, and Pete Dye. The courses snake along the narrow island and five are owned and maintained by the highly acclaimed The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. With world-class spa and golf to go along with 35,000 square feet of event space and 255 guest rooms all with balconies (90% ocean views), this property stands high adorned in grand southern seaside mansion style.
Hilton Head Island (a.k.a Hilton Head) may be the most well-known Lowcountry resort destination. The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa just underwent $40 million renovations on the heels of other recent renovations (full-property in 2013 and mini-renovation projects in 2016). This time, the highlight is the work done on the Grand Ocean Terrace. This stunning venue offers meeting planners a new and exciting beachfront option for high-end events with over 5,000 square feet of space comfortably holding up to 400 guests overlooking the Atlantic Ocean—check out this 360 link!
Lowcountry’s New Gem
Montage Palmetto Bluff is nestled along the May River between Hilton Head and Savannah, GA. Set within an award-winning 20,000-acre community bustling with unique biodiversity, this five-star resort encompasses an extensive nature preserve. A dramatic entry, walking and biking trails, a village square with traditional southern charm, a marina connecting to several close unique off-site venues, eight dining outlets, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that is private except for resort guests—reminiscent of the magnificent Augusta National! Activities are spectacular here on the May River, where dolphins frolic around kayaks and stand-up paddleboarders as the river tides rise and fall. Check out this four-day sample itinerary for your next incentive travel trip.
Tip: Put your VIPs in a cottage on the river’s edge for bonus points. This property offers great diversity and exceptional service and charm, making it South Carolina’s new coastal best in Lowcountry for years to come!
Tip: Food Truck, Bar Cart, and S’mores by the campfire on river’s edge—a great unique venue for every group!