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
Our room was nice. Second floor of three facing the Sound. Because of the Season there were very few guests in our building. We only saw two other families and the parking lot was empty. It was our first visit to the resort. It would have been nice to have a room on the 3rd floor facing the Ocean. The room was clean. There was an issue with the HVAC system. The fan would come on for several seconds then stop and come back on several seconds later.
The resort at the Sanderlin was pleasant from the moment we arrived. They had great service, clean room, s’mores kit for the evening campfire, and a cute rubber duck in the shower. This resort thinks of everything. Several restaurants, pools, and a spa were all on sight. The best part is that it is right on the ocean. It is a beautiful place to visit.
The restaurant was once a Life Saving Station. If you don't know the history of the U.S. Life Saving Service, just ask the waiter. They have a great selection on the menu. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Great food. Fully stocked bar. Drinks are very good. Great sunset.
We took a short vacation to the Outer Banks after the hurricane and stayed at the Sanderling.
The resort was exactly as shown on the Sanderling web site and is highly recommended.
Two thumbs up for the beach, ambience, and the on-resort restaurants.
We stayed on the top floor, Atlantic side of the South Inn building. The sunrises were exceptional.
The room had most of the checklist items: a small table and chairs, plenty of lighting, clean bathroom, comfortable bed, a flat screen TV, a thermostat on the wall, and ducted HVAC (no window unit). There was no coffee maker in the room, but the resort furnished one at no charge.
There was a small attached porch with bar stools and a small table for adult beverages. No mosquitoes appeared during our stay.
WiFi service was unsecure, but supplied more than adequate download speeds.
We had several meals at the casual dining Lifesaving Station and a big deal dinner across the street at Kimball’s Kitchen. All meals were excellent.
The resort is somewhat isolated from other restaurants and activities. A full tank of gas and patience are required if you are venturing out.
Highly recommended are the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, run by the National Park Service; and the Bodie Island Lighthouse, near the Bonner Bridge and Oregon Inlet.
Very nice place to stay, had a lot of activity scheduled with AAA tour. Nightly camp fire from six till ten with option to do s’mores nightly. Resort has spa and indoor and outdoor pools. We are planning to go back again next year already.