The Shores Resort & Spa
What We Love
- The beachfront views are nice, but non-ocean-view rooms overlook the Intracoastal Waterway and offer spectacular sunsets
- The neighborhood (it’s located in quiet Daytona Beach Shores, south of Daytona’s gaudy strip)
- The Key lime margarita pedicure at the resort’s spa
What To Know
- A $15 (plus tax) per night resort fee will be collected by Jetsetter at checkout
- The beach in front of the property is not private, and during the day cars drive on it
- Daytona is closer to Georgia than to Miami and is more Southern than South Beach
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Rising from the edge of Daytona Beach Shores, a barrier island on the Atlantic Ocean, the Shores Resort & Spa is simply refreshing. The property offers pristine, uncrowded beaches best experienced from the sundeck in a private cabana. Just be sure to leave the smartphone in your bag — this resort is designed for escaping the real world and is more Lido than Florida. Dolce far niente in Daytona? The Shores specializes in it.
Bed & Bath
Within moments of checking into a big, sunny oceanfront suite at the Shores, the worries of the real world evaporate into the sea breezes. The plush canopy bed, deep Jacuzzi tub and cheery nautical hues of sea grass and periwinkle suggested a warm and modern beach house, instantly inspiring relaxation, and the views of the rolling ocean are, frankly, disabling.
Unwinding is an art form that this resort does quite well. Sure, there are off-property excursions to see manatees and gators from a paddlewheel riverboat or climb charming 19th-century lighthouses. There’s also an on-site spa where you can Key-lime-pedi your toes or citrus-soak aching muscles. And a restaurant on the property, Azure, with everything from mahi mahi wraps and baskets of peel-and-eat shrimp to Atlantic seafood etouffée and stone-roasted grouper with smoked corn butter. But there are also loads of opportunities to do nada.
In the Area
Become a beachcomber for a morning and hunt for washed-up sand dollars before the beach opens to cars. Climb a 19th-century lighthouse, the country’s second tallest, in nearby Ponce Inlet, for spectacular views of the surrounding area. Rent beach cruisers at Daytona Fun Rentals and ride eight miles of hard sand to the southern end of the barrier island, where sharks and surfers congregate at the jetty. Order a pitcher of beer, steamed oysters and fried flounder sandwiches at sunset at Lighthouse Landing Restaurant. The cornmeal-battered lighthouse fries are not to be missed. Kayak up close and personal with manatees and porpoises on the Halifax River.
How to Get There
OUTSTANDING staff, everyone is more then helpful and willing to accommodate any food allergies. Chef Lou deserves a 10/5 review - not only a wonderful person but also a talented chef!! I would come back even if it were only for the omelettes
We stayed in room 205. It was wonderful. Pros: close to beach, pools, restaurants, elevator. Staff are extremely friendly and helpful and no attitude found at all!!! The shop girl Charity was truly helpful in finding Danielle the hairstylist at Ulta, and told us about the lighthouse at Ponce Inlet!
Cons: the situation with the closet/safe. The doors get all hung up on each other but that’s a small thing really. Views are spectacular! I’m looking forward to coming back next year!!! We had our event in a lovely ballroom downstairs! Fabulous!!!
Great chef with amazing food!!! Ask him to perform the double trouble and you will be amazed. Very friendly guy and makes you feel like you’re part of the process of cooking you’re own food. Very great.
Chef Lou was a great host! He made breakfast an experience not just a meal. I enjoyed some great conversation while watching him prepare an amazing skillfully crafted omelette at the breakfast buffet. Hats off, Chef. I look forward to returning.
Anazing chef, tells amazing storys very interesting individual. If you stay in the hotel. Definitely get a crepe from chef Lou worth every penny. Very fresh and very well cooked . Amazing experience..