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Top Beach Resort Hotels on the Atlantic Coast

Luxury Coastal Destinations from Virginia to Georgia


If combining a casual and relaxing beach getaway with luxury-level accommodations and services meets your vacation expectations, this list of top rated resort hotels along the Atlantic coast from Virginia to Georgia will help you choose a great destination. All multiple award winners, these coastal resorts offer top accommodations and amenities and are situated along some of East Coast's most striking stretches of oceanfront or tidal waterfront areas.

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort - South Carolina

Aerial View of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Aerial View of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort - Photo: © Kiawah Island Golf Resort
This multi-award winning resort ranks at the top of the list, having received these and many other coveted awards since opening in August 2004. Located within a secluded complex on a pristine barrier island about 45 minutes from Charleston, this hotel offers casual oceanfront luxury at an exceptional level. Amenities and activities include swimming, five championship golf courses, world class tennis, a garden designed spa, canoeing, kayaking, bicycling, cookouts, oyster roasts and more.

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Sea Island Resorts - Georgia

The Cloister at Sea Island, Beach Club Suite Balcony - Photo:  Courtesy of The Sea Island Company
The Cloister at Sea Island, Beach Club Suite Balcony - Photo: Courtesy of The Sea Island Company
Sea Island Resorts, located halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville, features three championship golf courses, state-of-the-art tennis courts, award-winning spa and fitness services, riding stables, a beach club and more:

The Lodge at Sea Island
This a 40-room property which opened in 2001 offers spacious and exquisitely appointed accommodations, Atlantic Ocean or golf course views, personal butler service and more.

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The Cloister, Sea Island
Featuring 175 luxury rooms and suites, The Cloister offers accommodations in three settings including, the main building and wings, The Cloister Beach Club Suites and The Cloister Ocean Villas.

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The Inn at Palmetto Bluff - Bluffton, South Carolina

Private outdoor bathing verandas at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff.
Private outdoor bathing verandas at the Spa. Photo: Courtesy of Inn at Palmetto Bluff
Located about 12 miles from Hilton Head and 30 miles from Savannah Airport along the picturesque May River, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff offers a haven for relaxation in the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry. Accommodations include an array of cottages and village homes, many with fireplaces and scenic water views.

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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Harbour Town Lighthouse, Hilton Head Island - Photo: © 2007 George Alexander
Harbour Town Lighthouse, Hilton Head Island - Photo: © 2007 George Alexander
World renowned for its pristine beaches, abundant golf courses, superb tennis facilities and picturesque natural environment, Hilton Head attracts close to 2.5 million annual visitors. Six top rated hotels, located within various Hilton Head resort communities include:

The Inn at Harbour Town
Golf and tennis club views in Sea Pines Resort

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island
Oceanfront resort
Formerly the Crowne Plaza Beach Resort

Hilton Head Marriott Beach & Golf Resort
Oceanfront resort

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
Oceanfront resort
Formerly Hilton Oceanfront Resort

Westin Resort and Spa
Oceanfront resort

Main Street Inn & Spa
European style inn with garden views.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The famous Myrtle Beach Area Strand
The famous Myrtle Beach Strand - Photo: Courtesy of Myrtle Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Myrtle Beach attracts close to 14 million annual visitors to enjoy the beaches, great entertainment, over 100 golf courses and plenty of fun attractions for all ages. Two Myrtle Beach award-winning resort hotels are located in the upscale area of Grande Dunes:

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes
Located in the Grande Dunes resort, this hotel offers attentive service, views of the Intracoastal Waterway and an array of amenities.

Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes
This oceanfront hotel features 405 guestrooms, most with ocean views, a large tropical beachfront pool, a European Spa and indoor pool and more.

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Wild Dunes Resort - Isle of Palms, South Carolina

Photo of Wild Dunes Resort: Courtesy of Kayak
Wild Dunes Resort - Photo: Courtesy of Kayak
Situated on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a picturesque barrier island off the South Carolina coast, Wild Dunes Resort encompasses 1,600 acres of private, oceanfront property, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. Less than 30 minutes from historic Charleston, Wild Dunes offers year-round golf, tennis, spa services, bike and walking paths, several dining options and more:

The Boardwalk Inn
Features luxurious rooms and suites, designed in the Lowcountry style with residential touches.

The Village at Wild Dunes
Adjacent to the Boardwalk Inn, this three-building collection of studios, guestrooms, one to three bedroom suites recalls elements of Charleston's famous Rainbow Row.

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Sanderling Resort - Duck, North Carolina

Photo of the Sanderling Resort and Spa: Courtesy of Kayak
The Sanderling Resort and Spa - Photo: Courtesy of Kayak
Located on the North Carolina Outer Banks, this resort is situated on 13 acres between the Atlantic Ocean and scenic Currituck Sound. Featuring 88 guestrooms and suites, plus five rental homes, the resort offers a relaxed setting, a full service spa and fitness center, unspoiled beaches and more.

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The Tides Inn, Irvington, Virginia

Aerial view of the Tides Inn - Photo:  Courtesy of The Leading Hotels of the World
Aerial view of the Tides Inn - Photo: Courtesy of The Leading Hotels of the World
A great destination for a romantic or family getaway, the Tides Inn is situated on a bluff overlooking a tidal creek, surrounded by the manicured grounds of a private peninsula. The setting, bordered by the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac River and the Rappahannock River offers picturesque views and many activity options.

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