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Inside the Grande Dunes Resort, close to golf courses, a tennis club, and a mall -- but not on the beach
The hotel is located right by a marina, a two-minute drive to the Grande Dunes Golf Course, and some blocks from two large shopping centers. The area is less crowded than downtown, but it's a short drive to the heart of bustling Myrtle Beach. There’s not much in the immediate neighborhood, but the hotel provides free shuttle service to an oceanfront beach club that is a five-minute drive away. Located to the east on Highway 17 are various restaurants and bars, which are a short drive from the property.
Continually ranked as one of America's best family beach destinations, Myrtle Beach offers visitors one-of-a-kind nightlife, more than 100 golf courses, and 60 miles of sandy shoreline. It's known to get a bit jam-packed, although the off-season brings smaller crowds -- but not those high southern temps ideal for sunbathing.
Also known as the Grand Strand, the coast has a number of water activities -- deep sea fishing, jet skiing, sunbathing, and those banana boat rides that will keep you from taking yourself too seriously. And although a Myrtle Beach vacation is as American as it gets, there are a surprising number of international restaurants, including African, French, and even Irish cuisine.
This 200-room hotel is tucked away in a tranquil spot of the 2,200-acre Grande Dunes Resort. The adjacent marina can be viewed from some guest rooms, all of which have private terraces. Rooms are large, but cheesy touches like shell-shaped lamps make the decor seem dated. This upscale property features several stylish dining spots, a free-form pool complex with Jacuzzis, and a small, 24-hour fitness center with indoor pool. Free shuttle service is provided to a beach club, but those who want to lounge on the sand all day might want to consider hotels closer to the ocean.