Strolling the beach, lounging by the pool, taking in some tennis, an afternoon bike ride and of course a good run is my ideal itinerary for a romantic, active getaway. Recently my husband Napoleon,and I celebrated our 13 year wedding anniversary and I surprised him with a weekend away at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
While sipping drinks poolside makes both or our vacation to-do lists, we also like to have fun enjoying activites that keep us moving and allow us to explore our new destination. This was my second visit to Palmetto Dunes, my first trip was a girls getaway, so I knew it would be the perfect place to celebrate and enjoy a fun-filled weekend with Napoleon.
Where to Stay
There are many properties to choose from at this popular vacation spot but as soon as I saw Omni opened an oceanfront resort in 2011, it topped my list. I’ve stayed at several different Omni locations and have always been pleased. They’ve mastered the art of combining luxury with affordability in a family-friendly environment.
We didn’t bring our kids on this trip but I would bring them back and feel comfortable doing so. I saw many families enjoying the hotel’s amenities including the pool and deck area leading out to the private beach, but admittedly I like that I had the option to escape the little ones and dip into the swanky adult only pool when I felt like it.
Our king standard deluxe room was super spacious and comfortable with a couch, flat screen TV, a balacony with a view of the ocean, a mini-kitchen with a sink, refridgerator, and dining table. There’s no stove so there’s no cooking, which is perfect for me as I don’t want to cook on a weekend getaway. It’s ideal for cereal, sandwiches, snacks and simple eats and drinks to save time and money. The bathroom featured a full tub and shower with a bonus sink outside the bathroom for extra convenience. I always check the bathroom as that can make or break a hotel room.
What to Do
There’s plenty of options for folks of all ages at Palmetto Dunes. Of course there’s swimming or relaxing at the private beach or by the pool, but if you’d like to get out and get moving there’s more than 50 miles of bike and running trails showcasing Hilton Head’s distinct southern charm. Napoleon and I spent an afternoon bike riding then kayaking through part of the 11 mile scenic lagoon.
Kayaking was peaceful, but a workout, too. Make sure to eat before you go so you have plenty of energy; and make sure to bring something to drink and your camera to capture the gorgeous views. Both Napoleon and I are avid tennis players so we made sure to book time at Palmetto Dunes’ nationally recognized tennis center. They have tournaments, group and private lessons, and a host of other playing options.
We ended our weekend with 9 holes of golf at the George Fazio Course – the only par-70 course on the island in South Carolina. I’m not a golfer but I had an absolute blast on the course, and just might decide to take a few lessons. It was fun to step outside of my comfort zone and try something different; and it was hassle free as they had clubs and anything else I needed for rent or sale at the pro shop.
Where to Eat
The Omni had several restaurants to choose from and even an upscale cafe-style store – the Palmetto Market. One afternoon we enjoyed lunch and live music poolside at The Buoy Bar. During my travels I love trying local restaurants. During my last Hilton Head excursion it was Roastfish and Cornbread – this time we had a relaxing, romantic, casual dinner at Hudson’s on the Dock. Hands down it’s my favorite Hilton Head spot so far. We dined outside to a breathtaking sunset and enjoyed fresh local seafood. The shrimp and grits were outstanding and if you’re a dessert person the key lime pie is a winner. It was fresh, rich, thick but super creamy; and one slice was large enough to share.
Until next time, I’m off and running …
Lorraine Robertson is an author, nationally published freelance writer and creator of the site RunWifeyRun.com. After two marathons, nine half marathons and countless smaller races she’s still packing her running shoes and looking for her next great race. Lorraine was featured on the Travel Channel’s “Great Cruises: Why Not The Mediterranean?” television show and her life-changing wedding appeared on TLC’s “A Wedding Story.” She lives in the metro Atlanta area with her husband, Napoleon and their kids, Miles, 11, and Milan, 8.
Disclosure: I received complimentary hotel and activity accommodations for media review purposes. As always, my thoughts and opinions are all my own.