Few people know how to take it easy better than South Carolinians. After all, some of the most popular activities in the Palmetto State are iced tea sippin' and front porch sittin' -- and who can blame them? Especially with the intense heat that Southern summers bring, locals and visitors need plenty of spots to just be lazy. And fortunately for them, we found five incredible ones. So put your feet up and check out these prime spots for lounging; it's time to sloooow doooown.
-- Jane Reynolds, Oyster.com
Housed in a beautifully renovated mansion built in 1843, the Jasmine House Inn has all the charm of a B&B and the comfort of an upscale hotel with an ideal location in downtown Charleston. The 12 large rooms emulate that good ‘ole Southern vibe, particularly ones like the Chrysanthemum Room, which features a large second-story porch overlooking a tree-lined street. Escape the heat on one of its shaded wicker sofas. <a href="http://www.oyster.com/charleston/hotels/the-jasmine-house-inn/" target="_hplink"><strong>See more photos of the Jasmine House Inn »</strong></a>
If you’ve ever been to Myrtle Beach, you know that the pools at most hotels look like <a href="http://www.oyster.com/myrtle-beach/hotels/caravelle-resort/photos/main-pool--v944541-38/" target="_hplink">this</a> — so packed with people, there’s barely any room to breathe, let alone duck your head under water. But that’s not the case at the Marina Inn, a 200-room hotel tucked away in a tranquil spot on 2,200-acres. Here, the pristine free-form pool complex — complete with Jacuzzis — is quiet and calm. So you can really relax and unwind, without having to worry about someone belly-flopping on top of you. <a href="http://www.oyster.com/myrtle-beach/hotels/marina-inn-at-grande-dunes/" target="_hplink"><strong>See more photos of the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes »</strong></a>
This upper, mid-range hotel has a great location on a wonderful white-sand beach, close to golf courses and shopping malls. But the best part for all of you loungers out there is the hotel’s Hammock Point; looking out at the ocean, Hammock Point has, well, hammocks — about ten — lined up in a row. Swing lazily while taking in the sea breeze — life’s a beach. <a href="http://www.oyster.com/hilton-head/hotels/hilton-head-marriott-resort-and-spa/" target="_hplink"><strong> See more photos of the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa »</strong></a>
This “inn” in Carolina Lowcountry, really more akin to a sprawling estate, provides a one-of-a-kind experience that uniquely blends Southern history and almost otherworldly natural beauty: rivers, misty marshes, old oaks draped with wispy Spanish moss, and salty breezes. The luxurious spa features signature treatments such as a floral facial (featuring oils made from local flowers such as roses and geraniums) and a Palmetto Pluff mud wrap. We recommend a relaxing soak in the outdoor tub afterwards. <a href="http://www.oyster.com/south-carolina/hotels/the-inn-at-palmetto-bluff/" target="_hplink"><strong>See more photos of the Inn at Palmetto Bluff »</strong></a>
The Tides Folly Beach is a solid mid-range hotel that is notably clean and modern. A recent facelift can be seen at this waterfront property in each of the 132 rooms, decorated with bright colors, bamboo headboards, soft blue walls, and flat-screen TVs. And with a beachfront location just nine miles from downtown Charleston, it doesn’t get much better than this. The beach at the Tides is the perfect spot for city dwellers to get some R&R. Numerous recliners are lined up on the soft sand and umbrellas allow sun-shy guests to opt for shade. <a href="http://www.oyster.com/charleston/hotels/tides-folly-beach/" target="_hplink"><strong>See more photos of the Tides Folly Beach »</strong></a>
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