So with the news that BA has launched direct flights from London Heathrow to Charleston, South Carolina, it makes sense to send out some offers, as it’s the perfect little city to spend 3 or 4 nights for a city break!
Charleston is renowned as one of the most beautiful and trendy cities in the US right now, with a booming economy, and excellent restaurant scene and the charming and colourful historical district. Did you also know, that it is often ranked as one of the world’s most romantic cities?!
Of course, this flight serves more than just the city of Charleston too – just up the coast is the renowned Hilton Head Beach and the Outer Banks of the Carolinas, which in addition to simply stunning beaches, is a Golfers paradise (the Kiawah Island Golf Resort is world-class and world-renowned for Golfing holidays!). then just a 2 hour drive south, one of the most stunning and “Southern Charm” places you’ll find in the USA, is Savannah, Georgia, which can easily be combined with Charleston and elsewhere in the Deep South, or even ideal for a day trip.
Charleston has a great climate too, being a coastal city, it has a mild and very pleasant climate year-round, but we think May – July Or September – November are some of the best times to visit.
Offer 1 – 5*Belmond Charleston Place – stay 4 nights on Room Only Basis from £1559 per person in a Deluxe Room
When you think of Southern old world luxury, Belmond Charleston Place seamlessly fits the bill. Located in the heart of historic Charleston, this refined and elegant hotel is the perfect base for any couple or family to explore this fascinating city.
Belmond Charleston Place is enviably located in the centre of Charleston between Meeting Street and King Street.
Charleston has been dubbed one of the most romantic cities in the United States, and the Belmond evokes the feeling of a grand 17th-century residence with its Italian marble lobby and staircase, crystal chandeliers and luxurious suites. On arrival, you are instantly transported to a magical and timeless place of old-world charm, surrounded by narrow cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, charming antique stores, fine restaurants, sophisticated galleries and spectacular antebellum homes.
Belmond Charleston Place has an obvious elegance, notable attention to detail and a clear emphasis on great service. Drop by the Charleston Grill for a crab cake accompanied by the sounds of live jazz, enjoy a cocktail at the Thoroughbred Club, or head to the spa for some serious pampering. The Spa also features a horizon-edged swimming pool with a retractable glass roof.
Giving visitors a glimpse of how the Southern elite once lived, the Belmond is the perfect place to start your day, with an early morning swim in the pool followed by a sumptuous breakfast at The Palmetto Cafe. By day, explore the sights and sounds of this lively city on an in-depth walking tour, take a carriage ride to the historic district and taste your way up King Street. After a day of exploring antebellum homes and discovering a unique and preserved history, guests can retreat to one of the fine guestrooms or suites for a restful nights sleep.
Offer 2 –4* Elliott House Inn – stay 4 nights with Continental Breakfast basis from £1399 per person in a Traditional King Room
This is a great option for clients who really want to explore and get under the skin, and the history, of this fine city. The hotel includes some nice extras such as :
– Complimentary continental breakfast
– Complimentary bicycles – great for exploring!
– Evening wine & cheese reception
In the heart of Charleston’s charming historic district sits The Elliott House Inn, one of the most beloved historic Charleston hotels. Nestled beneath centuries-old oaks, this charming Charleston boutique hotel is a welcoming respite from everyday life.
Cozy guestrooms open to a delightful Charleston styled courtyard buzzing with guests who are enjoying continental breakfasts, or kick back in your room with room service delivered in bed. You’re invited to experience why The Elliott House Inn is one of the most beloved inns in Charleston. Guestrooms of The Elliott House Inn incorporate unique and individualized accents such as delicately detailed wall coverings, rich hardwood floors, armoires and oriental rugs.
Guests of The Elliott House Inn awaken to the aroma of an elegant continental breakfast and enjoy other hotel amenities including room service, evening wine & cheese reception and more. For dining options just steps away, walk to 82 Queen and Husk for some of the city’s best culinary experiences.
Some fun facts about Charleston and why it’s so popular right now :
Founded in 1670 by a group of English gentlemen, Charles Towne boomed as a strategically-placed port serving the region’s rice and cotton plantations. It became the commercial and cultural heart of South Carolina and attracted immigrants from Europe as well as free and enslaved Africans. Slaves were sold at the riverfront market, bringing with them farming, iron working and building skills.
In 1861 the Civil War started here at Fort Sumter when the city was taken by Union forces and was practically destroyed. A catastrophic earthquake followed in 1886 and the city’s decline was not halted until the Second World War when it became an important naval base.
Today the city has been carefully restored and is one of the finest towns in the USA, and is often ranked as the top, or one of the top, cities to live in across North America. Its historic district is confined to the tip of a peninsula and here you will find tall, narrow houses adorned with shutters and wide porches, wrought-iron balconies, leafy courtyards and pretty gardens.
Charleston is a delightful place to stroll, perhaps pausing to admire White Point Gardens, the swinging benches of Waterfront Park, the Calhoun Mansion or the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. There are many historic homes to visit such as the Edmonston-Alston House which overlooks the harbour, and the neo-classical Manigault House. In addition, the Confederate Museum, the Charleston Museum and the Aquarium are all well worth visiting.
Charleston also offers a great choice of music venues, bars, and excellent restaurants specialising in southern cuisine, while around the city there are some magnificent plantations to visit including the beautiful Magnolia Plantation and Gardens and the Audubon Swamp Garden. Known as a Foodie hotspot, Charleston has some amazing, award-winning restaurants – all the ingredients for a perfect short break for sure!
The British Airways from London Heathrow to Charleston (flight are either Thursday or Sunday, so a Sunday departure allows a 4 nights stay, and a Thursday departure allows a 3 night stay, for shorter breaks) and enjoy private car transfers round-trip
These prices are based on a departure date of May 12th 2019, but many other dates are possible for a similar price. The British Airways flights start April 4th 2019 and will end seasonally on October 29th 2019