The sugary sands of South Carolina’s north coast make it one of the most famous beach resorts in the United States. This is Myrtle Beach, 60 miles, 60 miles, 60 miles, a bone-white, silty soft sand best known for its activities. It also has plenty of options when it comes to hotels, so here’s what you need to know about the best resorts in Myrtle Beach before planning your vacation.
The best resorts in Myrtle Beach offer a range of options, from pure elegance and high-end service to catering only to dynamic families. Guests can choose from highly independent resorts or resorts with easy access to all of the area’s American resorts, from outlet malls and arcades to beachfront restaurants and gift shops.
Best Resorts in Myrtle Beach
Whether you’re new to Myrtle Beach or someone who remembers Myrtle Beach during the Carolina Shag era (a popular dance in the 1940s), you’ll find plenty of great accommodations. So check out our list of the best resorts in Myrtle Beach and let’s round-up.
The Great Dunes Marina Hotel is a resort within the resort – located at the Great Dunes Resort. Luxury grand estates are more traditional – think velvet, chandeliers and marble. After all, it’s a resort on the marina. The golf course is expansive and beautifully maintained, with waterways in addition to walking trails and a marina.
Marina Inn has 200 guest rooms, all in Mediterranean style, from the shades to the decor. Suites can be equipped with one, two, three or four bedrooms as well as kitchenettes and living and dining areas. All rooms have air conditioning, private balconies and deep soaking bathtubs.
The resort features a large outdoor pool and hot tub, along with a variety of dining options. Unfortunately, the resort does not have direct access to the beach – a free shuttle is provided for this purpose. But it does have a fitness center and sauna, both open 24 hours. Guests can also book in-room spa services.
In a quiet location in North Myrtle Beach, the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort has everything you would expect from a well-appointed Hilton chain property. Business travelers are mostly families as well, as it is close to the convention center. The resort has 385 rooms and suites, the best of which have direct ocean views. However, each room has a balcony. The decor is beach resort standard – clean and bright, but nothing stands out as the “wow” factor.
The best part of the resort is the facilities, which include two large outdoor pools, a paddling pool and a jacuzzi. There are five dining options that guests can choose to stay in because of its quiet location. The fitness center is equipped with modern equipment and there is a business area with computers and printers.
If all you care about is location and amenities, you book the Island Vista Resort. This cozy family-run hotel enjoys one of the best seaside locations, far enough from the main conflict. However, guests can find restaurants and shop within a 10-minute walk.
The resort has 171 guest rooms, all of which are spacious and luxuriously furnished, perhaps a little stuffy for the beach (think gold, maroon, and leather), but still clean and comfortable. Rooms are available in standard suites as well as one, two, three and four bedroom suites. The suite includes living and dining areas and a larger kitchenette. All rooms have a small private balcony.
Staying at Island Vista Resort is a golf lover’s dream. The resort is just minutes from about four of the best courses in the area. In fact, Pine Lake Country Club is only four minutes’ drive away. Other nearby attractions include Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach and Family Kingdom Amusement Park. Other resort amenities include a Cabana massage tent for onsite dining, two outdoor pools, an indoor pool, paddling pool area, fitness center, and outdoor massage treatments.
Dunes Village Resort consists of two residential towers with stunning oceanfront grounds and lots of family-friendly amenities. The resort is slightly behind most activities in “main” Myrtle Beach, but families have a lot of work to do and often choose to stay. However, the resort is within walking distance of several restaurants and is a short drive from the Pine Lake Country Club Golf Course.
Vacation rooms are studios or one, two, three or four bedrooms. Although the decor of each room is a bit dated, all rooms have at least partial sea views. Suites and apartments have full kitchens and washers/dryers.
Families will have plenty to do while staying at this property to keep everyone busy. Two indoor water parks and an oceanfront location will ensure no one gets bored. Other amenities include a lazy river, outdoor pool, jacuzzi, games, and restaurants. Lost at Sea Spa offers massages and other treatments for adults.
Myrtle Beach is not known as the luxury capital of South Carolina (aka Hilton Head), but you can definitely enjoy all the luxury at North Beach Resort and Villas. The resorts are organized as apartments and townhouses ranging from one to five bedrooms.
Like any of the best resorts in Myrtle Beach, North Beach Resort & Villas boasts an oceanfront location. Still, the resort is off the main road which makes it much quieter than some of the other pleasant places on the beach. In fact, the resort is 25 minutes from the boardwalk, so if you’re looking for tranquility, this is one of the best resorts in Myrtle Beach.
Rooms are divided into North Beach Towers and North Beach Cabins. The rooms at The Towers are more like traditional hotel rooms with cleaning services, while the cottages are more like rental homes. Both rooms have a kitchen, balcony and washer/dryer. Other resort amenities include a spa, pool, lazy river, and a popular restaurant, 21 Main Prime.
About 15 minutes from the bustling boardwalk, Grande Dunes Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort is another luxury, quiet, family-friendly hotel and one of the best resorts in Myrtle Beach. The spacious property has more than 400 rooms, a variety of restaurants, and plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy together or alone. Its seaside location also makes it very popular. The room is spacious and decorated with dark wood and white bedding. Most rooms have balconies, but most do not have full ocean views.
In addition to prime oceanfront real estate, the resort features an indoor pool, two outdoor pools, a hot tub and seasonal water slides. Adults will love the Hibiscus Spa as well as the modern fitness centre. Kids will play in the video game room or outside in the many swimming pools.
A newcomer to Myrtle Beach, the Hilton Grand Vacations Club Ocean 22 opened in 2015 and is a vacation destination for adults and children alike. The waterfront upstairs is modern and contemporary, with floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings for a bright and airy look. Guests also love the location right on the beach in the middle of Myrtle Beach, within walking distance of attractions, restaurants, and the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade.
Rooms are one, two and three bedrooms, all with separate living rooms, kitchens and balconies. There is also a washing machine, dryer and flat-screen TV. In addition to beach access, guests also choose this resort for its beach views and outdoor pool with a large deck. There’s also an indoor pool which is great if you’re visiting during the colder months. Other amenities include a fitness center and snack bar. Guests should note that there is no on-site food and beverage service, but you can buy breakfast from the market and prepare it in your room.
The oceanfront Avista Resort is a great choice for travelers looking for the complete condo experience in a quiet area of North Myrtle Beach. The resort is only half an hour’s drive from the boardwalk and promenade, while only three blocks from Main Street, which offers its own entertainment and dining options.
Guests love Avista’s two beachfront towers, as most apartments have panoramic ocean views. The resort has 326 guest rooms, each consisting of independent apartments with a kitchen and balcony. The kitchen is equipped with a microwave, oven, stove and refrigerator. Some rooms even have washing machines and dryers.
What keeps guests coming back to the resort is the sheer number of activities, from indoor and outdoor pools to lazy rivers and hot tubs. There is also an on-site restaurant and lounge, and room service is available. For fitness, a small gym has cardio and weights equipment.
Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach/Oceanside offers a little bit of it all. Located at the southern end of Myrtle Beach, the hotel is within walking distance of the beach and attractions that bring travelers to this area of South Carolina. In addition, the hotel offers various facilities to its guests.
The resort really plays with the seaside vibe, with plenty of wood and stone trim and a color palette of blue and white. The living room features nautical wood-slatted walls, white and wicker furniture, and plenty of light cream. The beach vibe is only enhanced by the actual beach in front of the hotel.
The Hampton Inn & Suites has 227 guest rooms, all with air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes and small balconies. Most rooms have sea views, and the larger suites have a toaster, dishwasher and stove. A buffet breakfast is included in the room rate, but there are no other specialty restaurants in the hotel. Still, the property is within walking distance of some of the area’s most popular restaurants. There are seven swimming pools and two lazy rivers. The resort features a Sanctuary Spa, meeting space and a small fitness room.
Designed for families, Coral Beach Resort & Suites is designed to provide fun on the beach and bring the family together. You’ll find this resort packed with activities, from 10 different water features to dining options, indoor and outdoor playgrounds.
This oceanfront resort is about 15 minutes’ walk from Family Kingdom Amusement Park and 10 minutes from restaurants in the heart of Myrtle Beach. The property has 300 guest rooms with balconies, flat-screen TVs and coffee makers. The larger Ocean View Queen and King rooms include a mini fridge. The oceanfront rooms are exactly as advertised – they have the best view in the house.
But let’s get back to those resorts because that’s where the resort really shines. The resort has not only indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, but also a lazy river and small water park, an eight-lane bowling alley, arcade, indoor playground, and even an ice cream bar. For dining, the property offers a buffet breakfast, a cozy outdoor restaurant, and an indoor snack-style lounge.