Tranquil Resort with Two Championship Golf Courses
Situated along the Intracoastal Waterway, the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes initially presents a fountain-and-palm-tree façade fairly typical of Myrtle Beach's many resorts. But the unassuming exterior belies a homey, highly personal experience that begins in the lobby, where check in occurs not across a chest-high counter but at one of two old-fashioned wooden desks. A helpful concierge is on hand to book tee times at the onsite championship golf courses or dispense tips on the multitude of family-friendly attractions within reach of the inn.
In each of the 450-square-foot Grande guest rooms, a sliding door reveals a terrace where padded wicker chairs offer a cozy spot to take in views of the waterway or marina. A warm color palette and dark wooden furniture grace the rooms' interiors. The lavish bathrooms are stocked with Gilchrist & Soames bath products and diamond-encrusted rubber duckies.
At Waterscapes Restaurant, chef James Clark personally selects fresh-caught seafood for entrees ranging from crispy oysters to black bass. The upscale eatery supports local farmers and surprises dinner guests with an unexpected treat—a freshly spun tuft of pink cotton candy. One of the resort's two golf courses—the Grande Dunes Resort Club—was named National Course of the Year in 2009 by the National Golf Course Owners Association. In warmer months, visitors can enjoy a dip in the infinity-edge pool or relax on the resort's private-access beachfront.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Coastal Adventure and Exotic Wildlife
Myrtle Beach is the crown jewel of South Carolina's Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of beaches along the Atlantic seaboard. On the city's newly built boardwalk, vacationers browse eclectic boutiques and go for a spin on the 200-foot SkyWheel Ferris wheel.
From the hotel, a 10-minute drive north leads to Barefoot Landing, home to shops, restaurants, and TIGERS Preservation Station. The free exhibit provides an up-close look at rare and endangered tigers, including siberians, royal white bengals, and the ferocious golden tabby.