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
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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
My mother, sister, and I stayed for the first time at this beautiful oceanfront resort last week. We were very impressed by all aspects of the resort. We were immediately greeted by Nastassia B at the front desk who efficiently and professionally checked us in and made sure all of our questions were answered. We thought our room was lovely and well-appointed and our balcony, facing the sound and the sunset was very large. We were very pleased throughout our stay with how friendly the whole staff was from the housekeepers, the beach chair assistants, and the dining staff. We will definitely return to this gorgeous, well-maintained resort sometime in the near future.
Best things are warm, kind, and helpful staff; really fun guests to get to know; excellent breakfasts at Lifesaving Station; good room service, wonderful pool, really pretty beach, good info about fun stuff to do in the area; spotless rooms, neat activities, good spa. The only negative when we were there was undertow at the beach, making wading fine but swimming not possible for me. If you play tennis, go to Pine Island Raquet, three miles away...also do the tubing at noreast. Have fun.....
Smiles, smiles everywhere!! Check-in: fast and easy. Room: 2nd floor, Beach Club, ocean view. Smelled clean, was immaculate and roomy. Very comfy bed. Great view over the dunes and adult pool to the ocean. Fridge that kept drinks COLD. Bathroom: modern with glass walk-in shower. Immaculate. Sanderling toiletries (so nice I bought some at their spa across the street). The pictures do not do this resort justice! It is beautiful and well laid out. Every staff member we encountered is there to ensure your stay is top notch. The facilities are abundant, well-maintained and staffed. Beach is secluded and with a phone call, chairs, umbrella and towels are put out for you. We ate a yogurt and fruit plate at the Sand Bar-refreshingly cold and fruit was sweet. Had one dinner and breakfasts at the Lifesaving Station-generous servings, good variety and delicious with wonderful service. Had dinner our last night at Kimbells (fine dining) and it did not disappoint. Service again was excellent, outstanding meal and wonderful view of Roanoke Sound. You would never have to see or go anywhere else while here!!
My husband and I loved this resort. We went in the off season and were upgraded when we arrived. Our room was awesome. We had two televisions, a fireplace, and a balcony. The bathroom was spectacular and the biggest I’ve seen in a resort. There was also a separate dressing area. The only down side was the steps we had to walk up once we got in the room. Because it was the off season, one of the staff showed us some of the other rooms. They were all beautiful. I definitely recommend this resort.
My 2 sisters and I took my mom to my cousin’s wedding nearby. The room was great besides that there was only one somewhat small mirror in the bathroom and a handheld. 4 ladies getting ready with one mirror was difficult. Also, the wedding venue was less than 3 miles away, but had very limited parking. The hotel could not accommodate us for rides to the venue. No taxis or Ubers were available even with several hours notice. I noticed workers getting out of several property owned vans. I’m not sure why the hotel didn’t offer to take us in those. It was less than a 5 minutes drive. Room for improvement, but a lovely stay none the less! Thank you!