After the wedding in Florida, we took a mini moon to sweet, southern Charleston, SC. I wish we had more time for a full honeymoon, but at this point we’d been traveling for almost two weeks, and our demanding jobs wouldn’t allow us anymore time.
We’re planning to make up for this with a proper honeymoon. My requirements of the husband? Tropical, beachfront, giant pool, swim up bar. Yet I have to admit, after a beachfront ceremony and vacation, it was actually really nice to go to a place like Charleston. It felt small, romantic, and it had lots of things to do and great places to eat.
When we arrived at Belmond Charleston Place, it was absolute luxury from the start. The entrance was nestled in a cobblestone street, opening up into a circle with a gorgeous fountain of horses with the water spraying out as their manes.
After the valet quickly whisked our bags and car away, we walked in to a gorgeous lobby and full staff waiting to take care of us. You know you’re in the right place when they go to every length to ensure you’re not lifting a finger. The staff was so nice, and as we were checking in, it really felt like a luxurious vacation was beginning.
We opted for a Premiere Room, which currently offer the most modern amenities after their recent renovations. I loved how romantic and historic the room felt with a very high tech lighting control system. I could literally control every light in the room from my bed – great when I was feeling quite lazy after a full day of exploring. The furnishings were sophisticated in an American southern comfort meets French countryside inspiration.
The bathroom was gorgeous – Italian Carrara marble vanity, chevron tiled floors and a relaxing and spacious walk-in rain shower. The shower may look small in this photo, but you actually walk in, and turn left. It goes back the full length of the bathroom, so it actually felt quite large.
The hotel also has a lot of public space for relaxing, hosting events, and enjoying meals. We enjoyed the beautiful pool, although we didn’t get a chance to partake in the spa offerings. The pool is a small little piece of heaven, nestled behind the spa with a glass roof that opens on warm, sunny days for a fabulous outdoor feel.
If you get a chance, explore the rest of the hotel. The ballrooms are spectacular, and there are hidden gems throughout the hotel, including chandeliers, amazing artwork, and outdoor spaces.
The best part of our entire trip was the dining experiences. We enjoyed a few local places like breakfast down the street at Another Broken Egg, a healthy yet deliciously hearty lunch at Black Bean Co. and phenomenal cocktails and tapas at Social. These were all great experiences with delicious food. Yet the best meal by far, was at Charleston Grill. From start to finish, we were spoiled with stellar service and delicious food. I mean, delicious.
We loved the southern charm of the local area. It was all beautiful. I usually don’t do the touristy things a lot, but I would definitely suggest doing a private horse carriage ride. It’s a great way to see the historic parts of the city, get a quick history lesson, and scope out places you’d like to see again. And of course, it’s just so romantic.