by Chelle Koster Walton
Completely renovated to utmost splendor after 2004’s hurricanes, this beachfront hotel is family-friendly despite its glamour. Its 113 accommodations are all different and exceedingly flexible for family needs with multi-bedrooms, adjoining rooms, and kitchen facilities options.
Heaton’s Reef Bar & Grill is poolside and casual with a kids’ menu. The beach is just steps away, and cabanas and valets are available for top luxe. Crave a little more pampering? Duck into the spa for parent-child pedicures and manicures.
Our Editor Loves
- The beach at its doorstep
- Pet-friendly amenities
- Onsite poolside dining
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
by lisa L
Words like perfect, excellent, and ultimate experience are not enough to describe the total VB Kimpton experience. This is the only place to be when visiting VB!
Property- Boutique and home away from home ( for us regulars) feel. Clean, beautiful, well kept, warm and modern decor. A large variety of rooms from standard hotel feel to one or more bedroom suites, full kitchens or partial, living rooms, dining room, dens, balconies, or not- you choose your room type. All types of view choices- Ocean, partial, pool, parking area ect.. Rooms well appointed, clean, comfortable and indulgent.
Beach- My top 2 favorites ( I am Floridian) walking or relaxing beach. Miles to walk, serene (especially off season), beautiful sunrises, emerald water, surf, shells, white sand. Daily wine tasting in lobby. Appreciate so much they offer complimentary tea and coffee in lobby each am. Complimentary water offered lobby and poolside throughout day- THANK-YOU!
2 restaurants on property- one is pool area bar and tables for food and drinks. Cobalt restaurant with excellent chefs, presentation, and food taste and quality. Inside and outside seating- breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch. My favorite to dine Cobalt's fabulous food and wine outside to watch/listen to surf, enjoy fire pits (when available due to turtle nest season) and relax. Sometimes just off the beach or pool in cover up. Ok with them. I love that they open early for breakfast for us sunrise watchers. Inside also full restaurant and nice big bar area. Service sometimes a bit slow on patio. Chairs, umbrellas provided at both beach and pool by pool attendants. Pool is average size, well maintained and area comfortable.
Walking distance to wonderful shops, excellent local restaurants, and short drive to chain shopping/restaurants. Property has onsite SPA.
What makes this property great besides location is the amazing staff!!!! The genuine kindness, caring, and happiness of the staff is what makes us return time and again. They truly love what they do and it shows! Thank-you so very much to Carly, Evan, Brianna- what a positive over the top customer centric experience you provide! You are truly good at what you do! Also thank-you to a very special housekeeper who joyously helped us with a back issue, a valet I also wish I knew his name, valets, and the extra special pool attendants. They have a hard job in the heat all day working and standing, yet they are the kindest and caring young men and we all appreciate them so much.
There is a resort fee that includes valet parking, I am not a fan of valet parking so that would be my only con, however these experienced gentlemen do it so well over and over I truly can't complain. Property also has meeting, wedding/ special events areas.
Pulled into lovely arrival area and were promptly meet by friendly valet parking folks, bellmen and amazing front desk staff. Complementary wine on arrival !! Lovely lobby and very nice initial feel. Kindly upgraded to very nice room with both pool and ocean view. Room was clean, quite spacious and comfortable. Loved the sliding door in bath that allowed for ocean view. Had a drink at beach front bar attached to Cobalt Restaurant and loved the sight, sounds and feel of the surf. We had already booked dinner off their campus bur will definitely try out dining there on our next visit.