7.11.2013

Instagram Travel Link-Up: The Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa

I am beyond thrilled to co-host the new Instagram Travel Thursday linky with some of my favorite bloggers, who I now call, my friends. We are going to be here each week sharing the joy of travel through Instagram photos.




In my bio, Katja wrote that I have a slight hotel obsession. She's starting to know her luxury travel editor well. Since she said that, I thought it would be only fitting for me to share my recent visit to the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes, located on South Carolina's beautiful Grand Strand, with you. 

I sent my two kids to the beach with Will.



I hurriedly left my mom's beach house, Surf Chalet, in North Myrtle Beach, and hightailed it 20 minutes south. 




Truthfully, I think the conversation went with my husband like this, "Here are their swimsuits, sunscreen, and I may be gone all day. Bye!" I think I let the back door hit me in the behind because I got out of there so quickly. 

My day was planned. A tour of Myrtle Beach's only Four Diamond oceanfront resort, lunch at Ocean's on 82nd, and a luxurious massage in the Hibiscus Spa. Since my family owns Surf Chalet, I never get to see luxury hotels when I visit the Myrtle Beach area.  This was a royal treat, and this oceanfront resort reminds me of paradise. 




There are two outdoor pools, an indoor pool, and two outdoor restaurants. 




The beach is just steps away, too. 




I dined in the hotel's more formal restaurant, Ocean's on 82nd, by the sea. My entree, the Cobb Lobster Salad, was fantastic. 



But, the true crown jewel came with this key lime pie. 



I honestly don't remember having a key lime pie this good since I ate a slice of pie in Key West,  Florida in 1997. This was fantastic. I may have to go back to Myrtle to get another slice the next time I visit. 



Somehow I managed to roll myself downstairs to the Hibiscus Spa for my spa appointment with Christine.  The Hibiscus Spa is a peaceful sanctuary without ocean views, but your time here will truly make your vacation relaxing.  Relaxation areas are cozy, and serene. 

I was happy to trade my Jack Rogers wedges for spa slippers. 




I visited the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes during their busiest time so I was not able to see a room on this visit. They were booked. Room rates start at $339 during the summer.  It's also important for parents to note that the hotel has a very active Kid's Club, too. 




I think these two would approve of the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes just like their mama does.  I did not lie to my husband.  I was pretty much gone all day on my outing. But, it's hard to pry yourself away from a place that looks like this. 




Want to Go:
Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa at Grande Dunes
8400 Costa Verda Drive
Myrtle Beach, SC

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Disclosure: I was a guest of the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort and Spa on this visit.

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