Hilton Head, S. C.
With the recent completion of the WESTIN HILTON HEAD ISLAND RESORT & SPA’s extensive $30 million renovation, life in South Carolina’s low country has gotten a whole lot sweeter. Tucked within the Port Royal Plantation — a private community forested with live oaks and palmetto trees — along the state’s scenic coast, the four-star property has increased its appeal with a bevy of new, updated amenities. In lieu of a front desk, the hotel’s welcoming lobby is equipped with individual check-in pods as well as an oxygen-producing vertical garden. As for its 416 rooms and suites, each boasts a refreshed coastal-inspired color scheme and high-tech elements such as a 42-inch flat-screen TV, an iPod docking station and improved Wi-Fi. The property’s six on-site restaurants and lounges include a new outdoor bar with ocean views and the Carolina Café, a casual eatery highlighting local ingredients and low-country cuisine (think shrimp and grits). Looking to relax? Along with an award-winning spa that offers enriching massages, facials and body treatments, the resort features not one but three outdoor pools. 

From $220, www.westinhiltonheadisland.com