Located on the southeastern end of Hilton Head Island, this top-rated wellness resort offers an experience that some would say is life-changing – I know it did for me.
“People who come here want to make a real change,” says Amanda Gossett, marketing director of Hilton Head Health. “Maybe they’ve gotten off track and want to restart their wellness and fitness goals, and others may want to lose weight and need more structure.”
Guests have the choice to enroll in one of six programs. Each program includes a personalized itinerary with access to a series of educational workshops led by a team of behavior, culinary nutrition, and fitness experts. Topics range from stress management and health tech to meal planning and healthy cooking demos.
“Without structure, we do what our environment tells us to do,” says Bob Wright, Hilton Head Health’s director of lifestyle education. He has worked at the resort for more than 40 years. “Without a plan, we tend to go with the flow. We help you change that mindset and to start creating realistic goals.”
Because it takes a few days to form new habits and health routines, the resort is designed for longer stays. Gossett says that most guests stay one to two weeks on average. But if you have limited time off, a four-day wellness session, which I completed, is perfect to kick-start your health and fitness goals.
Within the campus, you will find everything you need to reset, including a restaurant, heated outdoor pool, sauna, fitness and learning center, and a full-service spa.
Most days begin with an energizing sunrise walk on the beach. The rest of the day is spent with a mix of workshops and workouts. A few examples include TRX circuit training, Tabata fitness, treadmill cardio, yoga, and water aerobics.
Because the resort is located within the gated community of Shipyard Plantation, guests also have access to tennis courts, three golf courses, and miles of trails for walking and biking.
Gossett says a new fitness program geared for outdoor enthusiasts is in the works and includes activities such as stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, nature tours, and boat excursions.
Nutritious and Delicious Fare
All meals are included in your stay and served at the onsite restaurant True Dining, where Executive Chef Thomas Carrig takes fresh ingredients to delicious new heights. Entrees stay within the 300-ish calorie range, even in options like pesto encrusted grouper with lemon barley risotto (270 calories) and pork tenderloin served with a strawberry merlot sauce and whipped parsnips and pears (315 calories).
A Fit Bite area is stocked with nutritious snacks, like fruits, veggies, smoked salmon, nuts, and yogurt – you won’t go hungry. Snack portions are labeled with the calorie count, making it easy to stay on track.
Sweet Grass Inn & Private Cottages
My four-night stay at the beautiful new Sweetgrass Inn checked all the boxes for relaxation and understated luxury. The 30-room property is conveniently located within steps of the wellness center and spa. Guestrooms are outfitted with plush bedding and bathrobe, and all the extras. Also on campus are 15 private multi-bedroom cottages which include a kitchen, dining room, living area, laundry, and porch or patio.
We could all use a little selfcare right now, and pampering is part of the program. The resort’s award-winning spa offers a host of signature services that take inspiration from the island’s natural surroundings. After your treatment, unwind in the relaxation room. Or find your way, and maybe even your why, at a few peaceful spots like the meditation fountain.
A getaway can be life changing. This one delivers with new tools, inspiration, and healthy habits to continue your wellness journey at home. For more information, visit www.hhhealth.com.
This article originally appeared on Greenville News: TALK Greenville: Hilton Head Health: Nurture your mind, body and spirit at this resort