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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


A Classic Property

A break in my schedule allowed us to visit this beautiful hotel during Labor Day weekend and we stumbled upon a gem!. This hotel has great views of both the ocean and the sound with comfortable amenities and great service. Being an ocean front hotel, beach service, chairs and umbrellas were pleantiful and easily obtained. We stayed in a suite in the main building, accompanied by our daughter and her husband. The front of the suite (master) faced the sound and the rear faced the ocean, both with decks to lounge and eat. Not many upscale hotels on the Outer Banks.but the Sanderling qualifies as a top pick! it is 4-5 stars!

Loved my stay at the Sanderling Resort
Mary B

Traveled to Duck for Easter and enjoyed everything about this resort. Meals in the restaurant on property were delicious. Enjoyed breakfast and dinner. Resort has great amenities and access to the beach. Resort is also conveniently located to lots of other OBX attractions. Loved our stay!

Sanderling Saved Our Vacation!!!

Fantastic customer service! Beautiful accommodations! Excellent amenities!

After enduring a brutally horrible experience with our original house rental from Brindley Beach Vacations & Sales (DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH BRINDLEY!!! SEE BELOW) we were rescued by Sanderling Resort. Sanderling saw how beaten down we were, took us in and bent over backwards to help us salvage what was left of our week. They worked with us every step of the way and provided consistent and timely follow-up to ensure that we were all well taken care of. Our party of nine couldn't be happier with every single member of the Sanderling Resort team. Awesome job!!!

As for Brindley Beach - what we found upon arrival at the dirty, dingy, sticky, broken and infested house (Bayley's Light) they rented us for the week:

- Over-grown property infested with giant spiders everywhere.
- Kitchen with all surfaces sticky and crawling with ants and roaches.
- Living room with a deeply dirty and stained rug throughout.
- Broken furniture and beds throughout propped with books and coasters to keep level.
- Beds with dark brown stains on them (Chocolate? Poop? You decide!).
- All screen doors had screens ripped out with parts broken and dangling out of position.
- Advertised hot tub broken, dirty, covered in dozens of spiders and unusable.
- Decks had raised nails creating dangerous tripping hazards.

BOTTOM LINE: Brindley Beach had all our $$$ and any problem was ours. They refused to place us in a reasonably quality house.