The recent metamorphosis of the razed Anderson Inn beautifully emerged as the Anderson Ocean Club and Spa in 2007, striking a pose in all of its exotic, Moroccan-like architectural glory at 22 floors tall.
Proudly claiming that "luxury has a new home" here, the oceanfront Anderson Ocean Club boasts a Myrtle Beach makeover, with the full-service Awakening Spa; new upscale, oceanfront B Bar on the pool deck; glorious room and condo amenities; one of the largest fitness rooms on the Grand Strand; and a locals' favorite place to meet and eat, Magnolia's at 26th Restaurant and Conference Center, across the street.
Anderson Ocean Club was one of five area hotels that landed on Expedia's Insider's Select 2009, thanks to traveler opinions, overall value and Expedia Hotel Expert input.
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Surround yourself in Anderson's spacious, Spanish Colonial-designed oceanfront or ocean-view studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom condos. Rooms can accommodate from 2 to 11 guests in layouts that feature everything from twin to king-size beds.
Room amenities include:
• Decorative floor tile inlays
• Granite countertops in kitchen and bath
• Raised-panel cherry wood cabinetry
• Upscale furnishings and Posturepedic mattresses and bedding in each bedroom
• Coffee maker, microwave, refrigerator, range/oven and dishwasher in condo kitchens
• Washer/dryer in all units
• Flat-panel LCD TVs in living room and each bedroom
Luxury at Anderson begins at the front plaza of cascading fountains and 10-foot-high wooden double-door entrance flanked by regal pillars and gas-burning lamps and continues inside with a breathtaking, two-story lobby.
Additional amenities on these well-manicured grounds include:
• 200 feet of oceanfront sundeck
• Indoor heated pool
• Indoor heated kiddie pool
• 12-person indoor hot tub
• Two outdoor pools
• Outdoor lazy river
• 5-person outdoor hot tub
• Fitness center
• Oceanfront B Bar (opened in November)
• Business center
• Six high-speed elevators
THE AWAKENING SPAStep onto the fourth floor of the Anderson Ocean Club for a day in pampered paradise. This full-service day spa offers head-to-toe packages with customized services such as body wraps, facials, manicures and pedicures, deep-tissue massages, ion cleansings and more. Anderson's hair salon is located on the third floor.
The Awakening Spa is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For appointments, call 213-5370.
MAGNOLIA'S AT 26TH RESTAURANTFor a little Lowcountry home cookin' - from collared greens to country-fried chicken - walk across the street to this locals' favorite. The $6.99 breakfast and lunch buffets are a must (or order a la carte). The building also houses a conference center and meeting rooms for reunions, banquets or celebration dinners.
Restaurant hours are 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. daily. For additional info, call 839-3993 or visit www.magnoliasat26th.com.
Discount rates through Feb. 11 include ocean view studios starting at $69, ocean view one-bedrooms starting at $74, oceanfront one-bedrooms starting at $79, ocean view two-bedrooms starting at $89, oceanfront two-bedrooms starting at $109 and oceanfront three-bedrooms starting at $119.
Anderson Ocean Club and Spa is at 2600 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach. For additional info, call 866-578-8494 or 213-5340 or visit www.andersonoceanclubonline.com.