Thank you for your concern, but last week's hallucinations have not been quite so frequent in recent days. I'm beginning to get a sense that very little international travel is going to be occurring, certainly in the near future, and possibly through the Fall. It's not that many countries won't be safe by then, it's that they will (rightly) still be restricting incoming travelers out of an abundance of caution.
We do like to call ourselves travel advisors these days, as a break from the past when "travel agents" basically just processed bookings. So I am going to advise...
If you are of the mindset that you will be in need of at least some sort of trip/adventure/break/escape/emotional outlet later this year, you should start thinking about a domestic trip. With 50 States, that's a quick 50 reasons to go see the sights, the cities, or the spaces that you have not made it to yet, or to return to an old favorite. Please know that we are absolute wizards at organizing road trips, private tours, or whatever you need right here at home.
I think for the next 4 weeks I will focus on US destinations and ideas, and I am going to begin this week by keeping it fairly local to our home market. Bear with us if you are one of our many clients throughout the country.
Top 5 Resorts Driveable from Charlotte
1. Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina
With Savannah and Hilton Head just minutes away, you might be drawn to explore. But it will be hard to find a reason to leave Montage Palmetto Bluff (below), a gracious and serene Low Country escape set along the beautiful May River with 200 guest accommodations, eight dining experiences, and three pool venues. This is a sporting paradise with golf, tennis, boating, biking, kayaking, fishing, sporting clays, equestrian activities, and more. After your outdoor activities, rejuvenate in the world-class Spa Montage and try the signature Heart of the Bluff treatment, complete with a stimulating scalp and body massage and a smoothing foot scrub.
Virtuoso amenities: All usual exclusive Virtuoso perks plus $100 spa services credit per stay.
2. Primland, Meadows of Dan, Virginia (above and below)
Southern comfort comes with a shot of refinement at Primland. Here, it is all about the simple pleasures: spotting white-tailed deer on a woodland trail, fishing for trout in a babbling brook, riding horses through fields of wildflowers, climbing trees to get that much closer to nature. A massive, eco-conscious resort in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Primland never forgets its connection to the land nor its commitment to luxury, with its 51 rustically elegant suites, cottages, and storybook tree houses. There is also an 18-hole golf course, an organic spa inspired by Native American rituals, and Orvis-endorsed wingshooting.
Virtuoso amenities: All usual exclusive Virtuoso perks plus $100 resort credit per stay and a custom welcome amenity and turndown.
3. Hotel Bennett, Charleston, South Carolina
The highly anticipated Hotel Bennett (below) has arrived in high style and as reported in the Fall we were so lucky to experience it. Everything about this distinguished hotel on historic Marion Square exudes indulgence, from the designer pedestal tubs to the luxury bedding. Looking for more? King’s Club accommodations offer exclusive VIP treatments, including dedicated concierge service and food and beverages presented throughout the day by the chef de cuisine. An enticing rooftop pool, several distinctive dining experiences, and a delightful day spa vie for guests’ attention when you’re not exploring the incredibly charming city of Charleston.
Virtuoso amenities: All usual exclusive Virtuoso perks plus $100 hotel credit per stay
4. The Sanctuary at Kiawah island Golf Resort, South Carolina
The Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (below) is a haven on ten miles of private beach, where guests can escape daily life in a pristine setting. World renowned for its spa, golf, tennis, family, and nature program offerings, the resort offers guest rooms and privately owned villas accommodating varied preferences. Play one of five championship golf courses designed by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Gary Player, or Clyde Johnston. The Ocean Course will host the 2021 PGA Championship. Relax in the charming Forbes Five Star spa, named one of the best in the world by Travel + Leisure.
Virtuoso amenities: All usual exclusive Virtuoso perks plus $100 resort credit per stay.
5. Blackberry Mountain, Walland, Tennessee (above and below)
Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains provide a gorgeous setting for wellness and adventures at Blackberry Mountain. Go mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, and hiking on 5,200 pristine acres, more than half of which have been dedicated to conservation. Hike up or catch a ride in a house Lexus to one of the ridgetop cabins, or stay closer to the Lodge in a cottage made from reclaimed rock and wood – then admire the idyllic setting from your private patio or soaking tub. Find further serenity with an aerial yoga session, forest meditation, or holistic health treatments in the subterranean spa.
Virtuoso amenities: All usual exclusive Virtuoso perks plus $100 spa services or wellness activity credit per stay.
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