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5 luxurious ways to experience Charleston

Charleston is in the midst of an exciting cultural renaissance with an exploding culinary scene bringing new life to neighbourhoods. Add to that gorgeous colonial mansions to lounge in and hip boutiques to explore and you’ve got a recipe for some seriously luxurious living. From oyster bars to champagne-fuelled helicopter rides – we’ve picked out five ways to indulge yourself in Charleston’s Southern charm. Oysters at The Ordinary This place is anything but ordinary. The building itself, a converted bank, is an elegant masterclass in black and white marble with sky-high ceilings. The floor-to-ceiling bar is enough of a draw, but gourmands gather here for a taste of James Beard Chef Mike Lata’s exquisite seafood, including some of the best oysters in town. Feast on oyster sliders, local Stone Crab claws, peel-and-eat shrimp, razor clams and caviar. A true culinary experience. The Ordinary Charleston Stay at Wentworth Mansion Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillipe famously spent their wedding night here, and it’s no surprise why. Nestled within the charming historic district, Wentworth Mansion is a tribute to Charleston grandeur. With crystal chandeliers and hand-carved marble fireplaces, the hotel captures the ‘intrigue and magic of a former time’. Arrive to a fine wine in the parlour and dine on the award-winning restaurant Circa 1886 – a setting belonging to a bygone era of romance and elegance. Wentworth Mansion Charleston Soar over the city There’s no better way to take in the spired skyline of this Holy City than from above, especially from your own private helicopter. Glide over Charleston Harbour, or soar over to the Isle of Palms and gaze at the ocean unfolding out from the city’s waterways. Top tip: stay at Wentworth Mansion and you’ll be able to enjoy a sunset heli trip and sip champagne as you watch the church spires below turn gold in the fading light. Charleston French Quarter The jewels of King Street For jewellery lovers, a visit to family-run Croghan’s Jewel Box on King Street is not to be missed. It’s one of the oldest jewellery stores in Charleston and inside every shelf and counter gleam, brimming with exquisite antique necklaces, rings, silverware and trinkets. For a chic souvenir, pick up a piece from the beautiful Goldbug Collection, hand-designed by the great-granddaughter of the store’s founder himself, who is fast becoming a young designer to watch in Charleston’s creative scene. Croghan's Jewel Box Charleston Relax and rejuvenate Nothing beats a little spa time to round-off your trip, so take the afternoon off and treat yourself to a pamper session at The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place. With interiors giving a nod to southern charm (think tinkling chandeliers and rich furnishings) and a treatment menu filled with revolutionary facials like the Intraceuticals Oxygen facial, rich scrubs, and Champagne pedicures; this is the perfect downtown escape for those wanting to relax and unwind. Belmond Charleston Place Spa Tom Marchant is Co-founder of Black Tomato. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

Tom Marchant

Tom Marchant is a co-founder of the award-winning tour operator Black Tomato, a luxury tailor-made travel company organising bespoke experiences round the world. Part of the Black Tomato Group, Black Tomato is an award-winning luxury travel company that delivers imaginative and cutting-edge travel experiences around the world. We create inspiring itineraries in up and coming and remote destinations, providing clients with the inside track. Whilst our group and prize incentive agency, The Black Tomato Agency , produce creative, award-winning incentives, prizes and events, Studio Black Tomato, was born as the in-house marketing and content creation agency. From initial clients including tourist boards and hotel groups, we now produce internationally acclaimed content and media campaigns for some of the biggest brands in the world.

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  1. Charleston seems like a very luxurious place I would adore trying oysters in such a beautiful restaurant as the ordinary. Sounds like such a beautiful building too.

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