North Beach Plantation
What We Love
- Enormous pool complex with a swim-up bar
- Beachfront location on a 7.5-acre island (with bridge access)
- Award-winning steakhouse
- Extremely kid-friendly
What To Know
- Although there are no golf facilities on the property, packages are offered at local courses
- This is not a typical hotel; it’s a gated community with amenities spread out throughout the property
- There is no room service or breakfast
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Towering above other resorts on the Grand Strand, the Four Diamond North Beach Plantation offers guests condos and private cottages with full stainless steel kitchens and as many as five bedrooms — making it ideal for a family vacation. The decor varies from unit to unit, but some feature lipstick-red armchairs, olive-green sofas, beige carpeting and furnished balconies with ocean views. Amenities are scattered throughout the 7.5-acre beachfront complex; they include a 17,000-square-foot spa with Thai herbal massages, and five oceanfront pools featuring cascading infinity edges and trickling waterfalls. Back inside, there’s a lazy river, another pool, a giant chess and checkers board, and shuffleboard. A kids club is included in the rate, offering arts and crafts, water activities and special events. For dining, 21 Main at North Beach is an acclaimed steakhouse and sushi bar (open for dinner only) with entrees such as braised lamb shank and New York strip steak, in addition to fresh seafood and Southern classics.
In the Area
Just across the way is Barefoot Landing, a tourism hub loaded with restaurants and shops. The landing is also home to the House of Blues, one of Myrtle Beach’s premier concert venues, as well as Alligator Adventure, which offers close encounters with giant reptiles and other wildlife. Visitors can also take to the sea with parasailing, jet-skiing, fishing charters, kayaking and sailing, or lounge on the soft sand, which stretches nearly 60 miles. Downtown Myrtle Beach features a signature boardwalk and promenade, Family Kingdom Amusement Park, souvenir shops and plenty of beach bars and nightclubs.
How to Get There
So, let me preface this review with a full disclosure. I rented an ocean view 3 bed/3 bath with my whole family last spring break. That experience lured me back, thinking I would love to stay again when I had the opportunity or needed to come back to the north beach area.
Well my opportunity arrived and shame on me for thinking I would take advantage of a one night stay in the cottages. Granted I booked a last minute one night stay and got a great deal from a website that rhymes with “texmedia”! They allowed me to book one night and upon arrival I paid a great rate of $143.00 with tax but was forced to pay either a non-refundable $39.00 “incidental charge or a refundable deposit of $250.00!
“For one night”I asked the front desk clerk who basically said “hey I just work here’”! Kuddo’s to her for actually saying it out loud and not just thinking it! But I honestly wasn’t in the mood for that type of response.
So basically your given an undisclosed option to pay $39.00 and never get back it or they can place a hold on your credit card for an additional $250.00 on your card for a one night deal!
I travel quite a bit and a $250.00 incidental charge for one night is outrageous.
And just so you know the $250.00 is charged for a 1 night stay or a 10 night stay. Doesn’t matter! And they have 7-14 days to release it.
Anyway thank goodness I am well equipped with plenty of credit because if a person isn’t expecting such a steep charge that can put someone in a bind or force someone to pay a $39.00 “non-refundable incidental-so called insurance. A.K.A profit for the resort!
Well after I paid my refundable deposit, I called the booking company that rhymes with Texmedia. And they had no clue that the resort charges the additional $250.00 for so called incidental deposit.
So even though they did not inform me of this charge, they simply apologized and said they would contact the hotel to update their booking info.
Lack of communication simply annoys me to no end especially when they give you all of their so called disclosures up front of any fee’s the hotel would charge upon arrival.
As for the check in process. I arrived an hour earlier than the check in time. So they took my number and said they would call when my room was ready. So off we go to drive around for an hour and no call ever made it to my phone.
So at 5 pm I walked in to ask about my room and I was handed a key without a single apology of never calling.
We walk into our “luxury cottage” and sure enough the trash was not emptied. And there was an unwashed utensil in the sink! The cable box was on top of the T.V., actually obstructing the view. Wires hung from the T.V. Indicating a poor mounting job! Just lack of a true hotel/resort experience.
Ughhh! This was my 2nd experience and it just wasn’t good! This place has simply left a sour taste in my mouth! I don’t think I’m coming back. I just don’t feel like they care enough to make an resort experience!
Anyway just be aware of 1 or 2 night deals! Be aware of the sketchy incidental/charge tactics!
Love the resort, pools and location. Stayed in a house with private pool. Easy walk to beach but shuttles readily available. Gorgeous site. Easy access to lots of fun. Across from barefoot landing. Can take shuttle there as well. Highly recommend
We visited this resort in the spring and it was wonderful. This time, not so much!
As far as our room goes: one hair dryer did not work, no remote for TV in master bedroom, housekeeping said they were out of washcloths (what kind of resort runs out of washcloths???) and the handle was broken off the shower nozzle.
My 11 year old daughter was playing in the pool and was hit in the head with a football. The sign clearly states only splash balls in pool, but security nor the lifeguards were enforcing this rule. This could be very dangerous!
I called about all the above issues, but nothing was ever done. No remote delivered, shower was not repaired and hair dryer not replaced.
The furniture in the unit was very dusty and scratched up.
There was water dripping from the air conditioner vents the entire time. My elderly mother slipped at one point in the water and almost fell.
The root cause of all these issues seemed to be due to an absence of proper quality standards and a lack of thorough quality control inspections before making the units available for check-in
Compared to the unit we stayed in during spring break, we were very disappointed!
The Indigo Tower Penthouse Suite was awesome. Beautiful views of the beach, ocean, pools and nightly fireworks. We enjoyed the pool complex and the cabana service with ease of access to the beach. The rooms were clean and the staff was extremely friendly and attentive. I would stay at North Beach Plantation again anytime of the year!
We LOVE North Beach Plantation and visit often. However, after last year's experience I was leery about trying it again. But, I must say this time they delivered!!! My husband and I came here to celebrate my birthday, my graduation and his birthday all in one trip. Our room this time was perfect! Completely updated and clean! When we checked in, the staff was friendly and courteous.
North Beach Plantation is by far my favorite place to stay in Myrtle Beach and I can't wait to come back this Fall with my whole family! Thank you North Beach for providing excellent accommodations and for restoring our faith in what has come to be our traditional destination! See you again soon!