Hotel at a Glance: Kingston Plantation Resort
The sprawling Kingston Plantation Resort—which won a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence—offers a wealth of upscale amenities from a prime location near the beach. Once you’ve settled into your spacious condo, villa, or guest room, you can take a walk on the soft sand or head to the health club. This 50,000-square-foot facility is more than just a gym. You can play a game on one of nine lit tennis courts or go for a swim in indoor and outdoor pools.
- Tee off: There are dozens of golf courses in the area. Some are even within walking distance, like Arcadian Shores Golf Club.
- Grab a bite at one of three full-service onsite restaurants. Vintage Twelve and Coastal Grill serve southern fare and seafood, respectively, and the award-winning Café Amalfi offers causal oceanfront dining.
- Wet your whistle at the Wet Whistle, a poolside bar (the resort has three bars altogether).
- Get pampered at the Royale Day Spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and nail services at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort.
- Explore Myrtle Beach: The resort offers a complimentary shuttle service making stops as far as 2 miles from the property.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Sandy Beaches, Seaside Golf Courses, and Classic Amusement-Park Rides
Myrtle Beach is the crown jewel of South Carolina’s Grand Strand, a 60-mile stretch of white, sandy beaches along the Atlantic seaboard that draws surfers, fishers, and kayakers. The city was named one of the best vacation spots in the United States for a family by USA Today, in part because of its wooden boardwalk, which stretches for more than a mile and buzzes with carnival games and amusement-park rides. Hop into the SkyWheel Ferris wheel’s glass-floored gondolas, surrounded by more than a million LED lights, for a panoramic view of the city below.
Less than 20 miles south of Myrtle Beach, the tiny fishing village of Murrells Inlet provides a tranquil contrast to the boardwalk’s hustle and bustle. At Brookgreen Gardens, more than 1,400 original sculptures stand amid sprawling floral gardens and massive, moss-covered oak trees that have been around for centuries. Murrells Inlet is also home to the Tom Fazio–designed TPC Myrtle Beach golf course, 1 of more than 100 courses in the area that helped Myrtle Beach earn its title as the seaside golf capital of the world.