Sanderling Resort Review

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1461 Duck Road, Duck NC 27949-4635
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Editor’s Review of Sanderling Resort

The Outer Banks is a family favorite beach destination known for its large vacation homes and one full-service resort: the Sanderling Resort in Duck. This lovely, laid-back property is located on a 300-yard wide stretch of land, offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and sunset views of the Currituck Sound on the other.

Originally opened in 1985, the resort has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation over the past four years that added two new pools, a spacious two-story lobby that has the feel of an elegant beach retreat, and extensively renovated restaurants and guestrooms, as well as 24 new guestrooms. From this coastal home base, families can surf, sail, swim, paddle-board, learn how to be a mermaid
... more (you read that right!), relax on the beach, and explore the Outer Banks's offerings-from Corolla's wild horses to a day-trip to Hatteras National Seashore.

One of the nightly "Sweet Dreams" notes left at turn-down service has a quote that captures the Outer Banks' and hotel's spirit well: "Life is like the ocean. It can be calm or still, it can be rough or rigid but in the end, it is always beautiful." less
Our Editor Loves
  • Surf, sand, and swim activities galore
  • Roomy accommodations with patio or balcony
  • Music and S'mores nights
Family Interests
  • Beach
  • Bicycling
  • Golf
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Water Sports
  • Sailing
Family Amenities
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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The 120-acre Sanderling property includes five vacation home rentals and 120 guest rooms and suites that are categorized based on building location and view (i.e. landscape, sound view, ocean view, and poolside). Inside each coastal chic room, there's a lounge chair or sleeper sofa; marble bathroom; in-room safe; mini-fridge; 48-inch flat-screen HDTV; an iPod/iPhone5, AM/FM radio; Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress; bathrobes; and feather or synthetic pillow options. In addition, each room's patio or balcony has Nags Head Hammock Chairs.

Rooms and suites are located in three different buildings: The North Inn, Beach House, and South Inn.

North Inn
Best for families, the North Inn overlooks the resort's family pool and has an elevator, connecting rooms, and 336 guestrooms with a king or two queens. First-floor rooms have a patio; second and third a balcony. Some have sofa beds.

Beach House
The Beach House, located in the center of the property (to the side of the resort pool) is another good choice for families, albeit there's no elevator in this building. Request a first-floor room if you have a stroller and lots of gear. The second-floor lobby living room has comfortable couches, built-in window seats overlooking the ocean, books and games, and larger guestrooms (468 square feet) that have a king bed and can comfortably fit a rollaway or crib. The 600-square-foot suite options have a sleeper sofa and oversized deck. The 1,000-square-foot Ocean to Sound Suite has, as the name implies, balconies that offer sunrise and sunset views, plus a king bed in the master, and a fireplace and pullout sofa in the parlor.

South Inn
Overlooking the adults-only Tranquility pool, rooms have king beds only, and suites have king beds in the master and queen sleeper sofas in the living room, the latter a good choice when traveling with a teen. Rooms are 420 square feet, and suites, roughly 606 square feet.

Rental Homes
There are three, three-bedroom homes, each sleeping eight; one four-bedroom home that sleeps 10; and a six-bedroom home that sleeps 16. All homes include a full kitchen, washer and dryer, pull-out sofa, flat screen TVs, outdoor shower, board games and sunset views over the sound (the six-bedroom has ocean and sound views). In addition, guests have access to the resort's amenities and housekeeping service every third day. Two-night minimum required.


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