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What We Love

  • The only full-service resort in North Carolina’s 200-mile Outer Banks region
  • Live evening music, storytelling and s’mores around firepits
  • Affable staff offers poolside food and beverage service
  • The hotel can provide beach chairs and umbrellas

What To Know

  • The adults-only tranquility pool is for guests 21 and over
  • The resort can help arrange off-site activities including golf, horseback riding, and sailing


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Outer Banks beach pad in a laid-back locale with three pools, a spa and locavore cuisine

The Look

This beachside property personifies the no-fuss, coastal living attitude. From the Beach House’s exterior, where white rocking chairs line the portico, to the bright and cheery lobby, the Sanderling’s easy-breezy vibe is palpable before you even reach the check-in desk. The reception area is filled with wicker seating, driftwood, blue-gray ottomans, wainscoted walls, hurricane lamps and dark hardwood floors — all thoughtful reminders that the sandy shore is just a few steps away.

Bed & Bath

The 95 guestrooms, which are spread among a few buildings, echo the resort’s maritime motif with a light color scheme, private wooden porches furnished with hammock-style chairs, and saltwater taffy at turn-down. All feature mod cons such as flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations, but the best soundtrack to lull you to sleep is the pounding surf. Large Carolina blue bathrooms have granite countertops, subway tile showers, Bocca Terry robes and L’Occitane products.


Just off the Beach House lobby is Sandbar, a casual outdoor bar that brings island time to the Outer Banks with reggae tunes from Bob Marley and the like, and shakes up specialty cocktails alongside finger foods such as mahi mahi tacos. Also on property are a fitness center, a 6,000-square-foot spa and one indoor and two outdoor pools; one is zero-entry, catering to families with fun geysers, while the other is adults-only, flanked by cushioned tangerine loungers and umbrellas. When hunger strikes, head to the Lifesaving Station, which dates back to 1874 and was originally constructed to aid shipwrecked passengers and sailors along the coast. The restaurant and bar is festooned with naval trinkets such as oars, ship wheel handles and nautical rope, and specializes in serving fresh Southern standbys (think shrimp and grits or crab-stuffed North Carolina flounder with sweet pea risotto). But if you want more of a genteel dining setting, reserve a table at Kimball’s Kitchen steakhouse for superb views of the sunset over Currituck Sound before making your own dessert (namely, s’mores) at one of the resort’s firepits.

In the Area

Sanderling Resort partners with Kitty Hawk Kites, and the on-site kiosk can arrange kiteboarding, surfing or standup-paddleboarding lessons; it also offers kayak tours as well as full- or half-day bicycle rentals. Sports enthusiasts can perfect their golf game six miles north, at the Currituck Club, or work on that backhand at Pine Island Racquet & Fitness Center. For shopping pursuits, take a drive down Duck Road to Ocean Annie’s, Lady Victorian or the Cotton Gin (and if you have a sweet tooth, OBX Sugar Shack).

How to Get There

Sanderling Resort
1461 Duck Rd
Duck, NC 27949 United States


4.5 Very Good 1158 Reviews
Everyone here goes out of their way to make you feel welcome!
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Sanderling did not disappoint with the accommodations and views. The staff is very friendly and helpful-anywhere on site. Our last visit was in June and the resort was packed. It was peaceful now...just before the start of season. Sanderling-thank you for another perfect visit!

Outer Banks Paradise
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Sanderling in December and practically had the place to ourselves. Lovely rooms with gorgeous and tranquil ocean views. Cozy sitting areas both inside and out. Nice complimentary coffee and tea station in the morning. Very attentive staff. I cannot speak for the atmosphere during the summer months, but in off season, it is a wonderfully relaxing indulgence!

Valentines Day Heroes
Reviewed 1 month ago

You will fantisize renting a moving truck to take home:the chef, all employees, bed, steam room, I could go on and on. The weather welcomed us with open arms. Be sure to visit Duck, with their small shops. We will be back.

Great Outer Banks Option
Reviewed 1 month ago

We go to the Outer Banks every summer and typically rent a house. Last summer we stayed at the Sanderling with our two little ones for a week and it was AMAZING! The accommodations are spotless and charming, like your staying in a large home. The staff is beyond nice and helped us with everything from getting a sitter to making sure our room was perfect. The beach service, the pool, and the food on property made this our easiest and best trip to the Outer Banks! We are looking forward to going back.

45th Anniversary Celebration
Reviewed 2 months ago

We returned to the Sanderling Resort to celebrate another anniversary. This one was even better than last year. The room was more modern and had a safe for storing valuables. It was clean and well kept.