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Belmond Charleston Place 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.
Chosen by readers of USA Today as one of the top 10 Spas in the nation, The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place 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.