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Stay Here: Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes

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.

The Pampers

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.

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.

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