We celebrated our 30th anniversary last weekend and were last at the Sanderling for our 15th anniversary. We loved the updates. Don't try to check in early. They will keep you waiting until 4 pm so bring a bathing suit and change in the bathroom then use the facilities.
The South Building is near the adult pool so is ostensibly quieter. However, the room was dark and small and we could hear our neighbors on their balcony very clearly. We called to express our disappointment and they showed us a room in the Beach House (the main building where you check in). It was twice the size of the other room and while it looked out over the snack bar we were happy to take it.SInce the snack bar closes at 9 pm, we didn't have any issue with noise. And they either worked out the firepit curfew or we had mellower guests because even with our door open it's wasn't loud. It was so nice leaving the balcony door open and listening to the ocean at night..
But you don't need to pay for an ocean view since you barely see the ocean over the dunes. You.can enjoy the resort with a view of the parking lot since there are so many public areas to enjoy the other views.
We loved Kimball's Kitchen for dinner and the Lifehouse Station No. 5 for breakfast after a walk on the beach. If you want to have a quick and inexpensive breakfast, take advantage of the free coffee on the second floor and buy a muffin or pastry from the espresso bar in the Beach House.
If you're trying to beat the beach traffic off the island on Saturday or Sunday, leave at 6:30 am or at 3 pm. Between 8 am and 2 pm it will be bumper to bumper.
Don't worry about bringing blankets, umbrellas, chairs, beach towels, or hair dryer. These are all provided. And you don't have to save chairs, they have plenty.