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18 Aug 2020

A summer of coastal charm from California to Charleston with Belmond

From the California coast to the South Carolina shore, Belmond has reopened Belmond El Encanto and Belmond Charleston Place this summer with a host of new guest experiences including gourmet picnics and movies under the stars, sailing adventures and an invitation to discover hidden corners of the charming cities of Charleston and Santa Barbara.

Overview: Belmond Charleston Place

Belmond Charleston Place has something other hotels can only dream of – it is right in the centre of town, surrounded by shops, restaurants, galleries and historic homes, and yet it feels like a resort, with its pool, spa and destination restaurants.

The great and the good of Charleston and beyond flock here, whether to power lunch in its Palmetto Café - the only AAA four-Diamond breakfast and lunch restaurant in South Carolina, to sip Mint Juleps in the elegant Thoroughbred Bar after a day at the office, or to enjoy a contemporary Southern supper serenaded by jazz musicians at Charleston Grill, a 2016 James Beard Nominee for Best Service. And visitors? Well, they’re just happy to join in and soak it all up.

Located right in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, Belmond Charleston Place offers 434 luxurious guest rooms, including 43 suites, two presidential suites and an exclusive Club Level on the top two floors, with its own private lounge and concierge, attracting the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Barbra Streisand.

And here’s the clever bit – in this famously architecturally picky town you would never know that this is an eight-storey building, as the top four floors are set back from the street.

For décor, think grand 17th-century residence, from the Italian marble in the lobby with its signature Georgian Open Arm staircase, to the opulent fabrics used throughout, from tapestries and lace, to chintz and damask. The ornate fountain at the entrance sets the tone, a reference to Charleston’s many architectural nods to ancient Greek and Rome, and to its passion for horses.

Belmond Charleston Place also boasts a chic retail centre on the ground floor with an exclusive collection of world-famous brands, including Louis Vuitton and Gucci, Kate Spade New York and Godiva, an essential component of any Charleston retail therapy. “In fact, you don’t have to step out of the hotel at all if you don’t want to – it’s all right here,” suggests the hotel’s much-admired, long-serving general manager Paul Stracey.

You’ve got to love a city spa, and it doesn’t get much better than The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place. Chosen by readers of USA Today as one of the top 10 Spas in the nation, it is situated on the fourth floor and offers 10 treatment rooms with signature treatments such as the ‘Magnolia Moments’ Body Treatment and the ‘Seaweed Detoxifying Wrap’. It should come as no surprise to learn that it notches up some 6000 massages a year.

The Spa also features a sleek 50ft horizon-edge salt-water pool with a retractable roof, plus a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi et al. But in case you want the real thing – Charleston’s many stunning beaches are only a few minutes’ drive away, and the hotel can supply beach towels, and even a gourmet picnic for the occasion.

The hotel’s raison d’être though is undoubtedly the food, from Charleston Grill’s nationally acclaimed executive chef Michelle Weaver’s elegant spin on Southern cuisine, to Palmetto Café’s head chef Steven Manall’s local produce-led comfort food enjoyed in the lush garden courtyard setting, all served up with that famous Southern hospitality.


A perfect blend of 18th century style and 21st century comfort, Belmond Charleston Place is situated in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina, one of America’s oldest cities.

The hotel is known for its traditional Southern hospitality and is located steps from the famous open-air market, notable restaurants and historic sites. Charleston has been voted the #1 Travel Destination in the US by Condé Nast Traveler for four years in a row, and Belmond Charleston Place has been consistently voted to Travel+Leisure’s “Top 500 Hotels” and “World’s Best Hotels” lists.

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