by Kristin Franks
With the perfect locale, the oceanfront Bay Watch Resort features one-, two and three-bedroom units with private balconies, fully equipped kitchens and spacious living rooms. Families will love the wide range of amenities including onsite dining, pools and water fun and an onsite game room.
Throughout the summer, Bay Watch Resort provides daily activities for kids including poolside games, arts and crafts, sand castle competitions, beach kickball and soccer, scavenger hunts and much more. A wide variety of activities and attractions are also nearby such as Broadway at the Beach, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, boating tours, water parks and amusement parks.
Our Editor Loves
- Pools and lazy river
- Onsite family dining
- Kiddie pool and nearby family activities
- Water Parks
- Water Sports
- Children Programs
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Kids' Pool
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
Find the Best Price for Your Stay
With one-, two- and three-bedroom units there are plenty of family-friendly rooms available. All suites include private bedrooms and bathrooms, a spacious living room, sleeper sofas and free Wi-Fi. There are TVs in each of the bedrooms as well as the living room. The spacious, furnished balconies can be accessed through the living room and master bedroom. For the best sweeping views of the beach and ocean, request an oceanfront room.
Each unit offers a fully equipped kitchen with dishes, utensils, a stove, microwave, and fridge. These roomy kitchens allow families to cook or enjoy snacks after a long day of activities. Bay Watch Resort offers several unit floor plans, accommodating families of all sizes. Rooms can accommodate anywhere from four to 14 guests.
I went in July for 3 days for rest and relaxation. It was awesome. Staff was friendly. Pools were clean. Loved the amenities and your choices for food and drinks. I rolled in on Thursday and never left the resort till I checked out Saturday night. Had live music, nice family atmosphere. Fast elevators, clean spacious room and even a washer and dryer. I especially loved the layout of pools and restaurants, all one level with hardy no steps (I have arthritis and have had knee surgery) it is so easy to get around and I found everything by myself!! I am already booking for next year!!!
Would never stay here again. We were booked here through another company after our original condo had issues (that in itself is another story). The outdoor pool facilities were good compared to the other resort we were originally staying at. However, the atmosphere was too overcrowded. Pools close at 11. There was not a moment those pools hours were enforced. It remained very noisy until the late hours of the night. One of the showers when coming back from beach access smelled like excrement.
Also, the set up of the one bedroom units are strange to have the bedroom right when you enter the front door. Not to mention paper thin walls where you can hear the couple next door in the throws of passion not only in the hallway, but in your room as well.
The last night we were there the noise level was completely ridiculous and out of control. Over multiple hours, from 12am to 4am to be exact, a room down the hall kept entering and exiting their room, yelling in the hallway and slamming their door to the point that it kept rattling our door. Multiple attempts were made to reach a human at the front desk when it first started occurring, but a human was only reachable on my 4th call. Was told they would send Security to check it out. About 30 minutes later, the problem was still occurring so this time my Husband called the front desk and complained. The front desk stated they would send security back up to check it out, but there was nothing they could really do unless we knew exactly what room it came from. So basically, they wanted us to do the Security guard’s job for him. No doubt that with how often the noise issue was occurring, if Security had stayed up there for longer than 5 minutes, he would have been able to pinpoint where it was coming from. Not to mention his unprofessionalism when he was talking very loudly in the hallway on the radio asking which room called to complain. After he left the floor for the second time, it started occurring again. At that point it was a lost cause and a joke to them.
So if you are completely okay with hearing everyone in the units around you having sex, being in a noisy environment, and rude staff, this is the place for you.
With more than 10 indoor and outdoor pools, lazy rivers and Jacuzzis your water babies will be fully satisfied with this water sanctuary. Grab a tube and hit the lazy river, take the kids to splash around in the separate kiddie pool with a spouting water tree or relax in the Jacuzzi.
Kids can grab their buckets and shovels and get ready for a fun-filled day of sandcastle building and shell collecting at the beach. The vast white-sand beach is just steps away with an easy access boardwalk from the pool area.
Summer Activities Program
Kids and families can sign up for this Monday through Saturday program which offers all sorts of fun activities, like mermaid training, drum line, magic show, pool games, bingo, beach bowling and family trivia. Most of the activities are free for guests however a few specified activities require a fee.
Bay Resort offers three onsite, casual dining options.
Fishtails Beach Bar
The Fishtails Beach Bar is perfect for a quick bite to eat. With a family-friendly atmosphere and beachfront dining, relax by the ocean and enjoy the local cuisine. The menu features mixed green salads, cheeseburgers, sandwiches and wraps. Enjoy live entertainment, music and karaoke nights.
Start the day off right with a mouth-watering breakfast at the Blue Bistro. Families will enjoy signature breakfast entrees ranging from bacon and eggs to pancakes, sausage. Breakfast is served daily.
The Blue Bistro is also open for lunch and dinner, serving up a wide range of dishes from pastas and salads to chicken entrees and sandwiches. A special kids' menu offers chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, popcorn shrimp, pizza and grilled cheese. All kids' menu items are served with French fries.
Sandtrap Sports Bar & Grill
This is the perfect place to catch the big game and grab a cocktail as well as an ideal place for families to grab a bite to eat. The blue crab dip and the cold water shrimp cocktail are excellent starter options. A large selection of sandwiches are available including burgers, chicken sandwiches and prime rib sandwiches. The Little League kids' menu features grilled cheese and fries, pizza, chicken fingers and hot dogs. Daily drink specials are available as well as free hors d' oeuvres.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
The onsite convenience store and gift shop is a great place to pick up any items you may have forgotten.
The Art of Smart Timing
For families planning to visit Myrtle Beach, the summer months are the best time to vacation. With school out and much time to spare, families can enjoy all Myrtle Beach has to offer. After Labor Day, golfers flock to Myrtle Beach resorts in search for some of the best courses around.
After summer rates drop, in the early weeks of September, families can still enjoy the warm weather and beach activities. Some family attractions in the area close after Labor Day, such as the Family Kingdom Amusement Park and Water Park, but will reopen after Memorial Day when family travel picks up again.
With plenty of airlines flying out of the Myrtle Beach International Airport, getting there is the easy part. Located at the south end of Myrtle Beach, the airport is within 20 minutes of most hotels and resorts.
If traveling by car better suits you, the Bay Watch Resort offers guest parking. Local bus service is available by The Coast RTA with transportation to and from major thoroughfares and neighboring towns. Several car rental agencies, taxi's and limo services are also available to take you where you need to be.
For Mom and Dad
The Awakening Spa
The Awakening Spa at the Anderson Ocean Club & Spa offers mom and dad some rest and relaxation. The full-service day spa offers a variety of rejuvenating treatments and services including mineral baths, massages, body wraps and facials. Couples mineral baths and massages help relax and unwind muscles side by side.