Ocean views, spacious rooms, plus Sanctuary Spa.
By Hope S. Philbrick
Open the door to your guestroom or suite at Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach Oceanfront in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the first thing to impress is the view: the ocean-meets-sky-at-the-horizon-line blue, waves rolling onto sandy beaches dotted with umbrellas, people strolling hand in hand or stopping to pick up the occasional shell. This view is the realization of the definition of “oceanfront.”
You may be tempted to rush toward your private balcony and sink into a chair to take it all in.
Go ahead. Take your time.
But once you take your eyes off the view and look around the guestroom or suite, you’re bound to be impressed. This is an above-average Hampton Inn.
My suite could have easily accommodated six people. The master bedroom offered a king bed, a second bedroom had a double bed plus a twin-sized bunk bed. The suite also included a living room and kitchenette with full-size refrigerator. The one bathroom offered dual sinks, one toilet, plus a separate shower and tub.
Odds are you visited Myrtle Beach to sink your toes into the sand. This beach is long, wide, clean and a pure joy to stroll.
If it rains, you’re exhausted, or you need to get out of the sun for awhile, the guestroom is a treat of a retreat. What’s more, there’s a spa.
A few years ago at a travel conference, representatives for the Hampton Inn & Suites Myrtle Beach Oceanfront excitedly announced that their hotel would soon be the first brand location to offer a full-service spa. I’m not sure whether or not this spa is still the only one at a Hampton brand hotel, but it’s the first I’ve encountered.
Located a short stroll from the lobby in the South tower, Sanctuary Spa is clean, cozy, efficient and streamlined. There’s no posh locker room or relaxation area, but arguably when you’re an elevator ride away from your hotel room and a short stroll away from the beach you don’t need either.
The treatment menu is straightforward: “The Sanctuary Spa customizes all spa services to fit clients’ needs. There is no extra fee for receiving the massage of your choice listed below. The one-hour massage of your choice is $100 and a 90-minute massage is $135. Massages most requested: Swedish massage, Aromatherapy massage, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone massage.” Skin care services ($150) and firming body & detox treatments ($45-125) are also available.
The massage that I received at Sanctuary Spa transformed my hiking-trail-training-weary leg muscles—which at that point were accustomed to seven-mile daily treks—into what felt normal and human again. Feeling more myself again than I had in months, the therapist offered helpful suggestions I could incorporate into my daily routine to maintain the benefits of the massage.
The brochure suggests that Sanctuary Spa is where to “relax, revitalize, rejuvenate, replenish, regenerate, reinvigorate, restore, rekindle, reflect, retreat, rejoice, revive, reward, redefine, refresh.” A big boast that proves honest.
- 227 rooms and suites
- 300 feet of beach
- Free airport shuttle service
- Complimentary beverages
- Complimentary breakfast
- Check-in at 4 p.m., check out by 11 a.m.
- Garage self-parking $10, no valet services
- Service animals allowed, other pets not permitted
- 7 pools, 2 lazy rivers
- Full-service spa
- On-site ATM
- Business center
- Meeting space
- Fitness center
- The hotel is in the process of changing over to a 100% non-smoking property
- Sanctuary Spa is open to the general public in addition to hotel guests
- Located within walking distance of several restaurants and area attractions
- Odds of Encountering Children: High. For the best odds, visit during when school is in session.
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