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
If you are looking for a hotel at Myrtle Beach with every amenity you could possibly want in a tropical setting you need to choose North Beach Plantation. I’ve been going to Myrtle Beach for many years. This is by far the nicest place I’ve stayed.
My husband, two kids and dad went on vacation with my brother, sister-in-law and their 3 kids. We shared a 4 bedroom, 4 bath condo, ocean front. The condo was perfect, and the pools, beach and view were amazing! It worked out great to all get to be in one place and all the kids could play together and adults could hang out. It felt like an all- inclusive in Mexico. The weather was perfect, and it was all around a very relaxing vacation!
Check in process went very well, parking in the deck was easy, and the room was very nice. Resort staff was friendly and accommodating. Will definitely stay here again!
Resort amenities were all in good working order and easily accessible. Swim up bar in the main pool was a plus! Beach access was easy and plenty of showers to rinse off sand.
This place is beautiful. I rented it privately so not sure about the check in process. The accommodations are well supplied with anything that you want or need. The linens were exceptional. Multiple pools and hot tubs with a DJ supplying music in the afternoon, swim up bar. Located right on the beach, Many restaurants very close by and Barefoot Landing is only up the road, Looking forward to returning net year
First, this is NOT a hotel. It's made up of condos and owners of cottages. If you book through an on-line service and not directly through their own rental office, expect snarkiness. I encountered that twice, and I do not understand it, as I'm pretty sure no one forces the resort to accept outside bookings. There were some negative comments made about the outside booking company -- such as "all they want is your money", and "you could have called us directly", and "we would have matched the price". I said I tried to use the web site and failed, so I went to a service. I did call the resort prior to the trip to confirm the booking. I was told they had it. I requested a suite away from the elevator, They confirmed it was a one-bedroom overlooking the ocean. I was, however, placed directly NEXT to the elevator at check-in, also next to the stairs and service closet. So, if you don't book through them, pls. expect to be treated as a second-class person. That's a shame for a place that has a four-diamond plaque at the check-in counter.
I even received a phone call as we were walking out the door, checking out, trying to bill me again for the resort fee, which I had paid. For some reason, even though I had provided it at check-in, and signed a document indicating they were placing a hold for any potential damage, I was told they did not have my credit card information. I was told I had not paid the fee, and I said I have a receipt indicating I had, and that I had a zero balance. I was asked to forward the receipt to them so they could see where it indicated I had paid the fee. I did. Wow.
The pool area is very nice (for some reason the resort did not mind ducks in the swimming pool, and people were feeding them). We did not use the pools, except for ordering lunch and sitting under an "umbrella" there. People did seem to be enjoying them. Plenty of shallow wading for kids (some "pools" were only 6 inches deep). There was one shallow pool with a very small slide for children. Cute. Pool-side service, while not having a great deal of food variety, is good. We ordered nachos and a burger. The "swim up" bar is walk-up, as well, and "virgin" drinks are available. Mosquitoes were no problem. The ocean breeze seems to take care of that, for the whole area.
The resort is quiet in the evening. The pool area closes at 10, and the gates to the beach are locked at 11 (pls. note if you are taking a late-evening stroll on the beach). The little "inlet" next door DOES become a bit raging as the tide comes in, so I suggest you do not find yourself stranded of the wrong side of that then. You should not try to cross it to get back to the resort.
Our suite was not particularly clean (pls. see photos -- I would have considered utilizing that bathtub), but the kitchen was more than adequate and stocked fairly well with dishes, pans and so forth for 2 to 4 people. We did use the refrigerator (GE Profile appliances) and microwave. We did not use the over or stove top (which appeared to be gas). We also ran the dishwasher before leaving. There were almost enough towels, and I did get replacement shampoo the next day -- by asking for it. There was a washer and dryer in out unit, so that would be a plus for people. For some reason the dryer was missing a knob.
There were two light bulbs that were burned out (and the bathroom was a bit dark), so my husband shaved in the living room area. I would note, for those who would want one, that there is no "grab bar" of any kind in the shower, and the swinging glass door will just swing out if you try to steady yourself with that. I considered that a bit dangerous.
There are several "sales people" around, should you decide you're willing to discuss buying.
From the parking garage, there is a narrow walkway on the third floor that you can use to get back to the buildings -- pls note that this is OUTSIDE, like a catwalk, but you could avoid going back to the ground floor that way.
Check-in and the coffee shop/gifts are NOT in the tower and you cannot check in there. That is a separate building by the cottages, and by the "steak house"...near a spa (we did not visit either the spa or restaurant).
We booked this resort as there are still not many 4 starts and above properties in the area, this was "bike week" and we thought (correctly) that this area would be quieter.
The general aviation airport is about 2 miles away, FYI. We landed at the commercial airport (FBO is fine there), but there is a general aviation airport nearby, into which has been invested a good amount of money lately. When we visited to look it over, special forces were practicing (as in jumping from a helicopter). The runways there are a bit shorter than some we use, but they seem adequate for most general aviation.
If the experience had been very good, we would have tried booking a cottage next trip, but I'll pass on this resort next time. I will upload a few photos, but I do have more. Rust on the outside furniture, wear and tear on the furniture, and so on, as they were when we arrived.