Beyond the lush entrance gates on Costa Verde Drive rises an oceanfront resort along the northern cusp of Myrtle Beach that has an award-winning reputation for accommodating guests on business or pleasure.
From its Mediterranean-style lobby that showcases first-class concierge service to posh perks like the pools, Hibiscus Spa and oceanfront dining venues, it's no wonder the Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes has been recognized as a AAA Four-Diamond hotel from its inception, and most recently named one of the top 500 hotels in the world by Conde Nast Travel & Leisure Magazine.
Rooms with a View
More than 400 lovely oceanfront, overview and resort view rooms, in addition to six two-bedroom presidential suites and two one-bedroom junior suites, offer all the modern comforts, including Marriott's premiere Revive bedding (down comforters, custom duvets and cotton-rich linens), down-feather and foam pillows, plus a wet bar, Internet browser, wireless Internet access, Web TV, and conference/voice mail business phone features. Guests can even receive a shoeshine before they step foot into their conference or wedding reception downstairs.
Dine overlooking the waters of the Atlantic for breakfast, lunch or dinner at Ocean's on 82nd, which features a variety of chef's special selections. Mingle at The Bar, an elegant and tropical setting for a cocktail and appetizers before dinner or a stay long after sunset. Or sidle out of the sun into Ocean Blu, a poolside café serving sandwiches and finger foods for lunch and dinner that was expanded last year along with The Cove, a pool bar that's Marriott's version of a snack counter with refreshments such as ice cream, pretzels, hot dogs and signature drinks.
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Marriott's majestic endless oceanfront pool and whirlpool oasis is the perfect complement to the sands of Myrtle Beach that lie just beyond. A waterslide (open Memorial Day through Labor Day) will keep the kids content and a scattering of oversized hammocks offer rest and respite for sun-seekers.
Indoors, on the lower lanai level, are Marriott's exclusive health/fitness club and Hibiscus Spa, a guest and locals' favorite featuring body wraps, hot rock massages, facials using the L'Athene skincare line and more.
Over the summer, Marriott packs a schedule of children's activities - from hula hoop contests and cooking classes to Family Fun-in-the-Sun games and Wii tournaments - so there is never a dull moment.
Prices and Packages
Prices range from $109 in the winter to a summer rate of $339/night. Two packages to take advantage of are:
• Wake up in Myrtle Beach and Stay for Breakfast, one night and a spectacular breakfast when you wake up priced from $144 to $384 (valid through Jan. 28, 2010); and
• Escape Your Way in Myrtle Beach with the Resort Credit Package, which means the longer you stay, the more money you get to play. Stay three nights and receive $100, five nights and receive $200 and seven nights and receive $300 resort credit during your stay. Room rates range from $159.95 to $319.95 (valid through Feb. 9, 2010).
Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes is located at 8400 Costa Verde Drive, Myrtle Beach. For additional info, visit www.myrtlebeachmarriott.com or call 843-492-0879.