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
The unit that we PAID for and booked 5 months earlier, was 'sold' by the owner and we were NOT notified at all until we hauled all of our luggage into the unit. In an age of email, text, and alerts the NB Management should have notified our party that the unit we paid for was no longer available. They admitted their mistake, but would not move our party to another unit. 4 people in our party slept in Full Size beds and a pullout, when we PAID for King size beds that were not available. After complaining to management we were given 1 night free that's it. Myrtle Beach has so many Resorts to choose from, we will not return to this complex again because we cannot TRUST what they are advertising. The pools, beach access, and buffet breakfast were all great. Although when we checked in our pre-paid buffet tickets were not correct either - we were short 10 tickets. The steakhouse is very expensive and not near the Towers at all, so we didn't use it. The units were clean and kitchen had everything we needed. But unfortunately we won't be back - there's just simply so many other great resorts to choose from and when you feel that management is incompetent you have to go elsewhere.
We stayed at towers the third week of August and it was great. We were a group of 14 from New York and surrounding suburbs - three married couples aged late 30's/young 40's, and eight kids from toddler to preteen. Each family had their own, same, 2-bedroom suite. Two of us were in Jasmine, one in Indigo. First trip to Myrtle for any of us. First off, two of the adults on different occasions said the same thing, "those @#$% reviews will make you crazy"!. It was said while experiencing something good, but that we were concerned about prior to the trip after having read some reviews. In short we all agree we had a great family vacay and want to do it again at some point over the next couple of summers. The long version: Thank you to those who point out checkin is not in the tower. One step further, the check in place is located exactly behind their 21 Main steakhouse. So I googled and set my GPS for 21 Main - perfect. We arrived around 2pm and they processed what they called a "pre" check-in and said they would call me in an hour or two when the room was ready. We went across route 17 to grab lunch and to the BiLo supermarket to stock up on water/snacks/food for the week. We got the call as I was pulling back up to the check-in building right at 4pm. Also, because we can read, we booked knowing these are kind of condo/apartment rentals, and would have a full kitchen, and perhaps have to fend for ourselves a bit with disposable kitchen items and cleaning supplies. In hind sight we didn't need to bring paper towels, toilet paper, or dish soap. They were provided in excess. Hotel style soap and shampoo were provided, but we always bring our own anyway so didn't use those... Arrival at the tower itself was easy. The valet at the stand asked us which tower we were staying at, then kindly directed us to the 15 minute parking spots right behind him under our Jasmine tower, and about 20 empty luggage carts were available in a roped off section right in the first two parking spots. We needed two carts for our luggage and stuff (and the silly amount of drinks and snacks we brought). We loaded up and went right up the elevator. It should also be noted that it was about 40 minutes later, when, upstairs in the room, I said "I forgot the truck in the 15 minute parking!". I rushed down like I let the meter expire, but there was no sign of anything that cared at all. I moved my truck over to the main garage/parking. Back to the room, first thing we noticed approaching the room the very first time, the room has double front doors, and a door bell and wall lantern. Very nice in terms of being used to walking up to a regular non-descript door in your usual hotel. The second thing I noticed, opening the door, was the expanse of the space, because you see the balcony/ other end of the living space is a good 50 to 60 feet away down a long hallway and across two rooms (kitchen/living room). Hard to describe - just cool how it felt when we arrived to our "suite" and it turned out to be a real big apartment. The kitchen was legit granite/stainless, garbage disposal in the double sink, which I used, dishwasher I did not. I used my own lysol wipes everywhere and was good to go. One note on the fridge, it was 50 degrees in all three of our fridges when we arrived (they were digital fridges with the temps on the front). My buddy in another suite told me when fridges are empty they don't stay cold, it will cool down to the 36 it was set for after we put things in it. Sure enough, after loading our cold stuff which took up about a third of the capacity of the fridge, the next morning the fridge was a perfect 36 degrees. Just a note in case you get there and think your empty warm fridge is broken... Our suite was very nice, modern tropical decor, real tile throughout, things were clean, I could tell the floors were just mopped because there was still some wet in the tile grout. Nothing gross to note, and believe me I look as i do my once over with the wipes, and the bed pull downs. The "niceness" of the suites are definitely suite-specific. With our group's three bookings to assess, I think we had a decent sample size. No one of the three were bad, or reported anything gross. They were just decorated differently and some nicer than others. Now truth be told, similar to previous reviews, all our rooms did have some signs of wear in the bathrooms, some living room sofas, some areas of carpet. But honestly, staying at a beach resort where I'm coming in soaked and dirty half the time, and having a 5 year old boy, AND I'm leaving in 6 days or less, I could care less if there's a dark spot on the couch, or some paint is peeling above the shower. As long as nothing gross is there, or smelling like it is there, I'm good. If it was my house, yeah I wouldn't have a dark spot on my carpet, I would touch up the shower ceiling paint. But here? I'll see you at the beach/bar/pool... I could care less, and the other families in our group all share the same sentiment. We also read online that there is no full housekeeping service, but rather trash removal and towel replacement only. The first morning after returning from the beach we had some towels replenished, but not as many as I would have liked. I wasn't left dripping after showers like some reviews could lead you to believe, I just preferred a couple more new hand towels at my disposal. Our second morning about 930am the housekeeping person knocked on our door and asked us directly, and nicely, what towels we would prefer be refreshed, and if we needed anything else. I told her exactly what towels I would like to have every day, tipped her $10, and every day that same service was performed in excess along with trash removal. I left all my recycles on the floor neatly next to the garbage pale in the kitchen, and it was all taken away each day. Not sure how Myrtle's municipalities work but I would have preferred a recycle pail in the kitchen... but no biggie. Also, half way through our visit extra dish soap, paper towels, and toilet paper appeared in the respective rooms. We already had plenty, and more came. So housekeeping performed above our expectations. It is also true the washer left a bit to be desired, but it not enough to prevent me from washing our bathing suits and beach towels. So convenient. Also, I concur, the master-bedroom mattress was not a high-quality mattress, to put it nicely. If that's a major sticking point for you, let it be known. Our bedding however was totally fresh, white, and clean, which is more important to me personally, so we slept fine. For a few nights on a great vacation, no issues sleeping at all. The balcony was awesome. It had two double-door entrances, one from the living room and another from the master bedroom. It had three table and chair sets, one bar height. One of the other rooms in our group had lounger chairs on their balcony. We wish we had more "night" time to hang out on our balconies, but we were all usually pretty shot at night after getting home, having preferred to go out for dinner to the great family restaurants 5 to 20 minutes away. We did have breakfast on the balcony every morning. A side note, quickly cooking breakfast ourselves every morning, and even preparing some lunches, was a great option for us because when we dine out for all meals, multiple days, it just starts to take its toll generally on our systems. Maybe its the more saturated fats and salts and processed stuff that goes with restaurant food. We're not health freaks, but we're in relatively decent shape, so we like to moderate, but splurge a bit on vacation for sure... So choosing our own ingredients and cooking a relatively healthier breakfast, and then splurging out at dinner, it was a nice balance for us. With the amount of beach and pool activity, and walking around Barefoot Landing or Broadway at night, we didn't even gain weight after the 6-night stay. And I assure you we ate like pigs every night. Point is the full kitchen afforded that approach, and the nice kitchen made us feel at home doing so. Back to the balcony/breakfast - we ate outside while our kids had their breakfasts back and forth outside with us, and right inside watching cartoons on the big living room TV 10ft away and within my view. And breakfast was equally as entertaining for my wife and I because it just worked out that we sat out there each morning around the 9 a.m. gate-opening, the daily "stakes", down at the pool. Yes people do go racing for certain chairs or tables that are either right at the swim up bar, or that have umbrellas over them. On one occasion my wife had stepped back in the apartment while I was out having coffee on the balcony and the race started, and I yelled out to her and she came running out so she wouldn't miss it lol. It was fun. Seriously though, only about 20-30% of the total chairs down there would get locked down as a result of the race. We NEVER, and I mean as a family of 14, had an issue getting 4-5 chairs together to call our home base at the pool around 2-3pm. We would usually do 10am-3pm on the beach, then have drinks in the middle/big pool while the kids played in/across all of the different pool areas, all within our view. Granted maybe in June or July its tougher/ more crowded and harder to get a chair, and keep an eye on your kids. We can only tell you what we experienced - we had no issues mid-August. Also we did not notice these clumps of hair in the pools that other people reviewed about. There were drink cups from the bar left about the ledges. There should be cleaning staff to keep on top of that like at most resorts, or better yet I wish people would just clean up after themselves. I moved the stuff if it was in a spot we wanted to chill at, but for the daily price paid, and the drink prices, there should absolutely be at least one staff member handling this. We would have even tipped them on multiple occasions. About security at the pool, there was one day where a security guy asked me to ask my nephews, 10 and 11 yrs old, to stop throwing a football in the pool. He was nice about it, and said that smaller balls are allowed and pointed to someone else having a catch with a smaller ball. We began using a smaller football we had in our group. No one ever said anything about the tennis ball the littler kids like throwing around. Basically when having catch in the pool we used common sense, like when parents would get in the pool holding their babies, I would ask the kids to take a break having catch. The parents were appreciative, and all was well. All security always greeted us and they answered any questions any of us had. In fact all staff members greeted us, inside and out. As far as drink prices at the pool bar, yes, those posted on their signs were "resort" priced, like $12 for some tropical thing, or $20+ for a bucket-style tropical drink (think casino slot coin buckets), but it was a full service bar so you could order whatever you want. For example a white claw for my wife and a corona for me would come to $11. My wife asked the bar tender to make a not-too-fruity rum drink she didn't know the name of, he was totally nice and cool and remembered it even when I came back without her. He charged me like $9 or something. It's no happy hour for sure, but it isn't "city" pricing as we call it back home. The beach was great, the kids wanted to stay in the water forever, which became tiring as far as parenting, but that's a positive when considering the enjoy-ability of the surf. We had a handful of boogie boards and my little one enjoyed just laying up there with me guiding him over the swells out past the break. We love ocean. Nice shells too, if you're wading out there and feel like you stepped on something, try and pick it up. My nephew found a cool mini spirally conch looking something that started us all feeling around the ocean floor all week for nice ones. As far as the beach chairs and umbrellas, we brought our own, with our carts, and had no issue setting up shop with most everyone else at the beach in front of the rows of blue/ reserved chairs. Only about half of the blue/reserved chairs were even occupied. I had read about them, and was not opposed to renting them if it made for a better experience for my family, but it wasn't necessary for us. And at no point did I feel like we were impeding in front of the few people who were in the blue chairs because they are set back far enough from the water line, and higher than us as the beach inclines away from the waterline. We were able to bring our cooler bags to the beach too, with whatever we wanted in them (again, use common sense here). But no one asked us or stopped us to go through our beach stuff of cooler bag through the pool area. I did see one young dude arguing with security at the pool gate up front, trying to get in with his hard cooler, but no matter how rude this guy progressively got the security guard consistently and politely told him to just go around to the beach entrance through the indigo tower/ garage. And while doing so, the same security guard waved us though and actually held the gate open for my wife who was carrying, among other things, our cooler bag on her arm. And having heard about the back entrance through the garage, now curious, I later scoped it out and found it was actually easier to use that approach for the first/last trips between the beach and our truck in the garage with all the beach stuff - the "mule" trips as many Dads know it. It was also on that trip that I found the ice machine. The machine charged $3-$5 for 10 and 20 lbs, I think, don't quote me, it was within reason, clean and convenient and the kids really got a kick out of a giant vending machine filling and spitting out a bag of ice. I guess I did too. Last item, the wives and kids got a couple lunches at the outdoor seating area by the pool bar: kid pizza, chicken sandwich, fries etc. I never got any complaints about quality or pricing or anything - fed children, content wives, enabling us Dads a guy drink at the pool, equaled total success. So I know half of my points make me come off a contrarian to some of the previous reviews, but I wanted to make it clear that the relatively minor negatives, or comparing the characteristics of this almost time-share condo-like arrangement to staying at a hotel, should not warrant a bad overall rating on here. If you're in my demographic, do not dwell on those negative reviews as we regrettably did in the weeks prior to the trip. I think you're going to have a great time!
We stayed here for a family vacation. The accommodations are nice but nothing impressive or over the top. We landed up staying in two different homes because we extended our stay 3 more days. The second some was super cute. But we did have a friendly palmetto bug in our master bed room. The beach was nice but a little crowded. An the reason why I give this place a 3 is due to the pools. The water was not the cleanest. Daily we would find human clumps of human hair floating around in the water. Being within walking distance to Barefoot Landing was my favorite part about this location.