5 Unbeatable Beach Hotels for Summer 2016
PHOTO: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
Summer is here. And for millions of travelers that means it's time to flock to the beach.
Whether you're planning a getaway to the East, West or Gulf Coast this summer, there's certain to be plenty of sunshine, sand and saltwater to go around.
Although the destination is typically star of a beach trip, choosing the right hotel or resort can be the difference between a memorable travel experience and just another summer vacation.
Here are five beach hotels in premier summer destinations that boast unrivaled amenities guaranteed to result in truly unique experiences.
Dunes Manor Hotel & Suites
Where: Ocean City, Maryland
Ocean City, Maryland is a beloved summer destination for Northeast travelers young and old. And few hotels in the Maryland resort town can compete with the Dunes Manor Hotel & Suites.
This three-star property serves complimentary afternoon tea daily, features multiple on-site dining options, a heated pool, hot tub and sundeck and even provides piano entertainment in the lobby each night.
The best part is the hotel is located right on the beach and offers both guestrooms and suites with tremendous views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Marriott's OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes
Where: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
This four-star hotel is just minutes from one of the most popular beaches in the U.S. and is ideal for traveling families and groups.
Marriott's OceanWatch Villas at Grande Dunes boast two-bedroom suites equipped with kitchens, dining room areas and separate living rooms. Guests also have access to indoor and outdoor pools, a poolside bar and a handful of dining options.
And don't forget about the views.
Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel
Where: Huntington Beach, California
If it's a stylish beach stay you're after this summer then consider the Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, California.
The rooms at this four-star hotel are certain to put guests at ease with their relaxed, surfer-themed decor and open feel. Guests can practice yoga from their room (the hotel provides the mats) or sit by the firepit on the outside patio.
This hotel is also perfect for the summer road warrior since it features a business center and plenty of event space. There's even space to store your surfboard.
Where: Orange Beach, Alabama
Although this luxury resort sits right on Alabama's Orange Beach, guests will want to do much more than just relax in the sand.
Located less than five miles from Gulf State Park, Turquoise Place boasts a pair of lighted tennis courts, five saltwater pools and a heated lazy river. The resort also offers paddle boards and kayaks that guests can rent during their stay.
The resort's Change of Pace eatery also offers exactly what its name promises, and provides food and cocktails that guests can enjoy poolside with a view.
Pacific Reef Hotel
Where: Gold Beach, Oregon
An industry first, the theater features a 33-foot-wide screen that guests can view from their guestroom balconies as well as smart-glass that transitions from opaque to clear during the day so guests can still take in views of the beach.
Beyond the theater, the three-star hotel offers an array of other amenities, including private beach access, a seafood restaurant and a spa area.
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