Stay in the Lap of Luxury at Myrtle Beach's Most Exclusive Resorts
By Terry Massey
Myrtle Beach Local Expert
A big part of a summer vacation or a golf getaway is relaxation, a fact that's often forgotten for families, couples and foursomes staying in a hectic environment. Packing and unpacking luggage, trying to keep the kids happy, and trying to get a comfortable nights sleep can make a vacation seem like work sometimes. All the more reason to spend a few extra bucks to pamper yourself with a stay at one of Myrtle Beach's many luxury resorts.
Featuring upscale accommodations and first-class amenities, these full-service resorts allow you kick back and relax in the lap of luxury. Experience the comfort of a Four-Diamond suite at North Beach Plantation or the Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes, where you will also find plenty of activities to keep your entire party entertained. Enjoy a massage on the oceanfront pool deck while the kids play in a spacious swimming area. Order a Mai Thai from the bar, delivered from the bar to your comfy beach chair by pool-deck servers, or spend a day relaxing at the on-site spa.
Many regular visitors have found a more tranquil vacation environment outside of the downtown Myrtle Beach area, such as The Avista Resort in North Myrtle Beach and Litchfield Beach & Golf Club on the south end of the Grand Strand. But the majority of the luxury resorts can be found in the Dunes section of Myrtle Beach, on the north end of town and surrounded by exclusive neighborhoods and golf courses.
10 Dunes Village Resort
Dunes Village is one of the newest resorts on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront.The twin towers feature nearly 500 modern units ranging from standard rooms to luxury suites offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean from their private balconies. Two indoor water parks, featuring water slides, lazy rivers, hot tubs, occupy the ground floors, and the outdoor pool deck includes a beachfront bar and grill. Located in the prestigious Pine Lakes neighborhood, Dunes Village is just a short distance from "The Grandaddy," aka Pine Lakes International Golf Club, the first of more than 100 golf courses to open on the Grand Strand.
9 Anderson Ocean Club & Spa, Oceana Resorts
Spend your Grand Strand vacation in the heart of Myrtle Beach's downtown district without sacrificing luxury at the Anderson Ocean Club. Located just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean and walking distance to some of the Grand Strand's most popular attractions, the Anderson gives guests a comfortable stay that seems a world away from the action. Offering deluxe accommodations ranging from one-, two- and three-bedroom units, the Anderson can accommodate parties of any size. Oceanfront rooms feature spacious balconies overlooking the ocean, and each room features flat-screen TVs, Sealy posturepedic mattresses and room service. The Anderson Ocean Club also offers a day spa, fitness center, indoor/outdoor pools and hot tubs and other amenities, providing plenty of luxury and relaxation without leaving the resort. Guests are less than a mile from the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Broadway at the Beach.
8 Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center
This upscale restaurant, located just thee blocks from the beach, is for well-mannered pets only. This four-star, convention hotel is probably not the best choice if your animal needs a lot of room to roam since it is in a downtown setting, but you can't beat it for outstanding accommodations and an overall pampered experience.
7 Avista Resort
The Avista provides visitors with a relaxed resort setting that's just a short walk away from the uniqueness of downtown North Myrtle Beach. Located in the heart of historic Ocean Drive district, this recently renovated resort treats guests to excellent accommodations and amenities without leaving the property. But its a short stroll the saw-dust dance floors of the beach bars where the shag was born in the 1960s and is still popular to this day. Seafood restaurants and shops also line the area, but guests will be tempted to spend their time at the Avista. The on-site Spanish Galleon is a popular shag dance club.
6 Embassy Suites Myrtle Beach at Kingston Plantation
Get ready for one of the best Myrtle Beach vacation experiences imaginable at Kingston Plantation, a 145-acre oceanfront resort nestled between Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach. Kingston Plantation offers a variety of deluxe accommodations to meet your party's needs and features all the amenities one would expect from a major resort. Restaurant Row and several major attractions are only a short distance away but you will find everything you need to survive and thrive on the property. Guests are only a short golf cart ride to Arcadian Shores Golf Club, which offers special rates to patrons from Kingston Plantation.
5 Island Vista
Enjoy island-like seclusion without leaving the mainland at Island Vista Resort. Located on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront, Island Vista seems a world away from the noise and neon. This modern, 12-story tower sits on an isolated stretch of beach, allowing guests to get away from the crowds. Relax in its elegantly furnished rooms and suites that feature private balconies overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and a spacious indoor-outdoor pool deck. The on-site Cypress Room is one of the top restaurants in town, and the poolside tiki bar offers refreshing drinks and frozen daiquiris, as well as chicken fingers and seafood quesadillas.
4 Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort
Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort offer a truly unique experience in a truly unique setting. Built on a former rice plantation, this beautiful property offers guests a taste of true Southern hospitality and the South Carolina Lowcountry lifestyle. Enjoy oceanfront accommodations or private cottages and golf villas, all luxuriously furnished. Litchfield Beach offers all the amenities of a seaside resort - pools, tennis, bicycle rentals - but the main attraction is golf, with three championship courses nearby. Unwind after your round at the on-site Webster's Lowcountry Grill. Guests are minutes away from the golf courses on famed Waccamaw Golf Trail.
3 Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes Myrtle Beach
Stay in the lap of luxury at the Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes. Featuring more than 400 elegantly furnished rooms and first-class amenities, the Marriott is made for guests with discriminating tastes. Relax in tropical pools by the oceanfront restaurant and bar or enjoy the full-service spa and fitness center. Located on the northernmost end of Myrtle Beach, guests have access to one of the most secluded stretches of beaches on the entire Grand Strand while still being close to many of the top attractions on the Grand Strand. The award-winning Dunes Golf & Beach Club and Grande Dunes Golf Resort are in the neighborhood.
2 Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
Spend your next Myrtle Beach vacation in true elegance at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes. Located on the scenic Intracoastal Waterway across from the Grande Dunes' two championship golf courses, the Marina Inn offers a wide range of accommodations and outstanding amenities. Relax on the terrace with a marina view, or you can overlook the renowned Grande Dunes Golf Resort, where guests get discounted play. The Marina Inn is also a short drive to the beach, theaters, restaurants and many of the major attractions Myrtle Beach has to offer. This is the perfect place to stay for vacationers with a boat.
1 North Beach Plantation
This 60-acre oceanfront resort has it all - fine dining at 21 Main Prime Steak House, a spacious pool deck with a swim-up bar, a full service golf center and a health and fitness spa. Located on the southernmost tip of North Myrtle Beach, guests have plenty of room to stretch out on the beach. For larger parties, the property also offers the Cottages of North Myrtle Beach for guests looking to stay in a beach-style home of their own. North Beach Plantation is conveniently located near Barefoot Landing, and some of the top golf courses on the Grand Strand.
About Terry Massey
It's no surprise that journalist Terry Massey is credited with creating the word 'stay-cation.' He considers the past 18 years in Myrtle Beach a vacation. He and his wife Stephanie were honeymooning in Myrtle Beach, when Terry was offered a job at the local newspaper. Without hesitation, they packed a U-Haul with their belongings - including unopened wedding gifts - and moved to the beach. They now have a daughter, Riley, a golden retriever, Duff, and their roots are deeply grounded in the sand. After 13 years at the newspaper, Terry became a freelance writer to cover all the things that brought him to the beach.
Read more about Terry Massey here.