The Sanderling Resort and Spa

One- or Two-Night Stay for Two in a Main Inn First-Floor Room at The Sanderling Resort and Spa in North Carolina

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Waterfront Retreat on Scenic Barrier Island

Passage along North Carolina’s coast was once notoriously dangerous. In an effort to save shipwrecked sailors, the government built a series of maritime rescue outposts, including U.S. Life Saving Station Number 5. After a fire destroyed the original 1874 structure, a new station was built in 1899, and it stands to this day as a focal point of The Sanderling Resort and Spa.

Voted one of Condé Nast Traveler's top 150 resorts in America, The Sanderling offers the kind of lavish amenities one might expect from a AAA resort, but in a decidedly unpretentious setting. The seaside compound’s windswept wooden structures echo the Life Saving Station’s gracefully aged façade and blend in with the barrier island’s landscape of dunes and whooshing sawgrass. From the private balconies attached to each of the Main Inn's first-floor rooms, scenes of the Atlantic unfold as pelicans dive for their lunch amid crashing waves. On the inn's lower levels, a fully equipped fitness center keeps muscles from slacking off on vacation, and an indoor pool splashes with lap swimmers and semipro marco polo players. At The Sanderling Spa & Salon, named the country’s third best by Condé Nast Traveler, massage therapists unwind tight muscles during Swedish or deep-tissue massages (not included with Groupon).

Mornings at the resort find guests at the nautically themed Lifesaving Station Restaurant, whose talented chefs serve a hearty breakfast of buttermilk hotcakes, smoked salmon on a bagel, or omelets bursting with fresh ingredients.

The Outer Banks, North Carolina: Ornithological and American History Mecca

The Outer Banks is home to both man's first flight and the annual flight of countless migratory birds. On the way north to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, travelers can stop off at the 2,600-acre Donal C. O’Brien Jr. Audubon Sanctuary and Center at Pine Island, a favorite resting spot for migrating cormorants, geese, and men in bird costumes.

South of the resort lie the bustling towns of Kill Devil Hill, Nags Head, and Kitty Hawk, which thrive year-round with restaurants and microbreweries. There are nearly 2000 known sunken ships along the Outer Banks, and expeditions and seasonal diving trips routinely explore the history of these vessels. Across the water, the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site marks the location of England's first American colony with a museum and self-guided tours.

What You Get

  • For $179, a one-night stay for two in a Main Inn first-floor room
  • Or, for $299, a two-night stay for two in a Main Inn first-floor room

    Included in both options:
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Bottle of wine


  • Renovated 1899 lifesaving station-turned-restaurant onsite
  • Onsite spa named the country's third best by Condé Nast Traveler
  • Indoor pool, swim spa, and jacuzzi
  • Private balconies with views of sand dunes
  • Complimentary WiFi

The Fine Print

  • Not valid 12/30-1/1/12, 1/13/12-1/15/12, 2/14/12, or 2/17/12-2/19/12
  • Travel must be completed by 2/29/12
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • 16-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies; $25 fee applies to all cancellations prior to 16 day policy
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Valid for Main Inn First Floor room only
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • 11.75% tax not included

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call The Sanderling Resort and Spa or visit website.
  3. Choose a date prior to 2/29/12.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Room Details

  • King-size bed
  • Standard occupancy: Two
  • Maximum occupancy: Two
  • Adding occupants above standard: Not allowed
  • Private balcony
  • Granite countertops
  • Walk-in showers

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: Free
  • Rollaways: Available for an additional $35 per night
  • Smoking policy: No smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: Pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: Handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: Upgrades may be available during booking or at check in for an additional cost.

What It's Worth

  • For $179, a one-night stay for two in a Main Inn first-floor room (up to $255 value)
  • Breakfast for two (up to $30 value)
  • Bottle of wine ($35 value)
    Total value: up to $320

  • Or, for $299, a two-night stay for two in a Main Inn first-floor room (up to $510 value)
  • Daily breakfast for two (up to $60 value)
  • Bottle of wine ($35 value)
    Total value: up to $605

Customer Reviews

Great stay
Jim R. · March 22, 2012
Outstanding service and we will be back...
Susan E. · December 8, 2013
It was great, clean and relaxing.
Rodney L. · March 23, 2012
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