I needed to put my feet in the sand and hear the sound of the ocean waves; it was a long-over-due necessity. So we planned a weekend at Island Vista Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. When we arrived, I was pleasantly surprised with the amenities available in the suite, including one king bed, 1 sofa sleeper, 2 full baths, full kitchen, dining room, washer and dryer, in room safe, and an oceanfront balcony that offered access to both the living room and the bedroom. It provided everything a guest needed to stay for a night, a weekend, a week, or even a month.
The suite was tastefully decorated with a Tropical British West Indies flare and offered a spectacular view of the blue Atlantic. Even though we arrived in the dark, I could hear the ocean waves crashing on the beach. I was instantly relaxed. The view of the pools and ocean below built the anticipation for the next day. I was tempted to run down and jump in the ocean right then but I’m no fool. I had no delusions about the temperature this time of year, even in Myrtle Beach. Watching the waves from the balcony was plenty of ocean for me on Friday night.
The full kitchen had cupboards stocked with dishes, glasses, pots and pans, and everything else we might need to prepare a meal. There were even granite counter tops and tile floors. We had no reason to leave the resort for meals, although I did want to try out a local Italian restaurant for dinner. When traveling with a child or children, it’s the in-suite amenities that make a hotel stay feel like home. We could easily put her milk in the fridge, boil water for bottles, and prepare her meals and snacks in the room. It eliminated any added stress. The highlight for Athena was the low stocked pots and pans. She quickly found that cupboard and created her own kitchen band. Luckily, there wasn’t anything breakable on the bottom shelves.
The bathrooms were huge with tile flooring, and more importantly, fans. I know that sounds like a minor detail but stay at a few hotels without bathroom fans and see if you feel the same way. The master bath had double vanities, a Jacuzzi tub, and a separate shower. That’s where I felt most at home. Since moving into our new house a month ago, I’ve really become spoiled with the separate shower and double vanities. Having similar amenities at a hotel was a pleasant surprise.
The massive living area had an 8 person dining room table, tray ceilings, a television, a pull-out sofa, and tons of seating. The balcony assess spanned the entire wall and extended into the master bedroom. The master bedroom had it’s own television, a king bed, walk-in closets, and plush bedding. There was plenty of room for a crib for Athena, which the hotel provided and we could still access the balcony without feeling crowded.
It wasn’t until Saturday that I realized that there was even a washer and dryer. What a perfect addition to a beachfront hotel room! We were in and out of the pool and the ocean both days. Normally, I stand in the bathroom with the hair dryer for twenty minutes rather than putting on a wet suit. I was delighted to have a place to dry our bathing suits in between swims without wasting my time doing it.
Our weekend at Island Vista Resort successfully reminded me that monthly beach vacations are required, but our next stay will be extended. We’re thinking about staying for a week next time and Darren can work directly from the hotel. With all the amenities of a home, anything is possible.