One of my favorite things about living in the south is our proximity to both the beach and the mountains. Here in North Carolina, we’re about 4 hours from the mountains and 2 hours from the beach. They are both close enough to get away for a short weekend or to head out of town for a week-long vacation!
Whether I’m spending a few days with friends, planning a quiet weekend with my husband, or looking forward to a week-long family vacation, Myrtle Beach is one of my favorite destinations. There are miles and miles of beaches, hundreds of restaurants, bars and shops, and attractions to fit every interest. From active fun like jet-skiing and scuba diving to relaxing activities like sunset cruises and historic tours, Myrtle Beach has something for everyone. There are even plenty of options for thrill-seekers, including racecar driving, helicopter rides, ziplines and extreme ropes courses.
Because Myrtle Beach is a popular vacation spot, the number of hotels and resorts to choose from can be overwhelming. We’ve tried many over the years and love when we find one that we’re able to recommend to others. A couple of weeks ago, we found one of those great resorts – the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton at Myrtle Beach.
From the friendly greeting and warm chocolate chip cookies we received at check-in until the final moment we reluctantly packed up the car and headed toward home, our stay at the DoubleTree Resort was absolutely wonderful.
For our visit, we stayed in one of the beautiful Oceanfront Suites. With large living, dining, and kitchen areas, a spacious sleeping area with 2 queen beds, an enormous bathroom, and a private balcony, the suite was everything we could possibly need for a relaxing getaway.
We had planned to eat at area restaurants, but ended up enjoying the resort so much that we hardly left! We ate the breakfast buffet there three mornings in a row, which is almost unheard of with our crowd. Because there were so many delicious foods, the others were able to enjoy different breakfast items every time we ate.
I will admit, though, that after trying a mushroom, tomato, onion and goat cheese omelet that was freshly prepared for me the first morning, I neglected to try most of the other choices. I enjoyed those omelets for three straight days and don’t think I would have ever tired of them. The delicious buffet and the gorgeous view overlooking the pool and beach was the perfect way to start each day.
For this trip to Myrtle Beach, the goal was to do one thing and one thing only – relax. I didn’t plan to work or worry or stress about anything. I just wanted to take a few days to relax, rejuvenate, and recharge my battery while soaking in the hot sun.
With good books to read and nothing on my schedule, I headed out each morning to enjoy the resort. With a gorgeous main pool, 2 lazy rivers, an indoor pool, an indoor/outdoor pool, a small sprayground for children and a large baby/splash pool, there was no shortage of poolside areas for me to enjoy.
We took advantage of one of the cozy, shaded poolside cabanas on the hottest day we were there. Everyone enjoyed the plate of fresh fruit and chilled beverages while we relaxed on the plush lounge chairs. It was wonderful to have a cool retreat to head back to once we’d spent enough time in the sun.
For my last day, I packed up my beach bag, small cooler, and books, heading to the beach. The resort provides nice, large towels for guests to use at all of the pools and on the beach. I grabbed a few resort towels and walked along the short boardwalk to the sand.
It was a beautiful day and I was thrilled to have the beach almost completely to myself. I spent the day enjoying the warm sand and listening to the rolling waves of the ocean. It was Heaven.
The trip came to an end much too soon and I headed back to reality after those few wonderful days. I loved every minute of my stay at the resort and am already planning to go back with friends.
Thinking about a beach getaway? Be sure to check out the DoubleTree by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort!
Here are a few quick stats on the DoubleTree by Hilton at Myrtle Beach resort:
• The entire 30-acre oceanfront resort has been transformed with the construction of an all-new building, providing a waterfront focal point for the resort, including guest registration and new lobby area, Ocean Blue Restaurant & Lounge with waterfront outdoor seating and private dining room and lobby bar, The Market (a grab & go snack area), Ocean Terrace outdoor entertainment deck, and Ocean Boardroom and Ocean Blue Private Dining Area. The central pool area has also been transformed and now offers several private cabanas. The renovation included a complete makeover of all guest suites, 35,000 square feet of event space and oceanfront conference center.
• Located in the resort’s Live Oak and Palmetto Towers, all 452 redesigned ocean front guest rooms feature 40-inch HD TVs, DoubleTree’s signature Sweet Dreams® bedding, mini-refrigerator, microwave and private balcony with outdoor seating. With new ebony wood furnishings, the rooms have a palette of ocean blues and greys, clean lines and practical appeal.
• Guests at the Ocean Blue Restaurant will enjoy traditional southern comfort foods, as well as seasonal seafood and grilled meats – all set against a casual beachfront setting. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner on a daily basis. The Ocean Blue Lounge features carefully crafted cocktails with fresh ingredients, light bites and traditional appetizers.
• The Market is a grab and go convenience, located inside the main building with bakery items for breakfast and all-day treats; breakfast, cold and hot sandwiches; salads; pizzas, fruit, chips and drinks.
• Guests can make a splash in the resort’s six swimming pools, two lazy rivers or along a quarter-mile stretch of private beach. For guests-on-the-go, there are plenty of fun and adventurous options available. Guests can enjoy 18-hole Mini Golf, Kayak Rentals, Paddleboard Lessons/Rentals, Surf Lessons/Rentals, Volleyball, Shuffle Board, and Bocce Ball.