Auberge Resorts’ South Carolina Resort Earns Top Distinction in Hospitality Industry

PALMETTO BLUFF, S.C. (August 31, 2011) –The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, an Auberge Resort located in the Lowcountry of Bluffton, S.C., has been awarded the prestigious Five-Diamond Award by American Automobile Association (AAA). Demonstrating the highest levels of excellence, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff has been acknowledged as one of North America’s most luxurious accommodations. Less than one-half percent of more than 31,000 properties approved by AAA achieve this prestigious distinction.

“We are thrilled to receive the AAA Five-Diamond award and are honored by this recognition from one of the most esteemed and discerning organizations in the travel industry,” said Mark Harmon, Principal and Chief
Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts.

The AAA Five-Diamond Award is one of North America’s most sought after symbols of excellence. To be considered for the AAA rating, both lodgings and restaurants must undergo an extensive inspection by one of the organization's professionally trained inspectors. These inspectors evaluate numerous hotels and resorts in North America, awarding the AAA Five Diamond based upon accommodations, service, amenities and overall experience.

“This award is a true testament to our dedicated team members and to our ongoing commitment of delivering unforgettable and personalized experiences to all of our guests,” said Marty Wall, General Manager, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff.

A resort with a Five-Diamond Award truly reflects the characteristics of the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. Accommodations are first class, setting and decor are extraordinary and service exceeds all guest expectations while maintaining an impeccable standard of excellence.

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff features 50 spacious guest cottages and 40 Village Homes that pay homage to the region’s rich heritage, and are set amid the 20,000-acre residential community and conservation preserve of Palmetto Bluff.

Situated in the Lowcountry of South Carolina between Charleston and Savannah, Georgia, Palmetto Bluff is part of the Crescent Resources residential real estate portfolio and the largest remaining waterfront property on the East Coast, encompassing an extensive nature preserve; river access and walking trails; a vibrant Village center complete with river access, boat storage and canoe club; a distinctive food and wine program, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. An array of southern-style residential neighborhoods ranging from multi-million dollar legacy family compounds to more traditionally sized, single-family lots are currently available.

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