Just got back, we stayed at the Dunes 3/24-3/29/2013. First time at this hotel. Went on a recommendation. Great location, right on the beach. Stayed in a angled 2 bedroom in the Palms tower 10th floor. Had a great view of the beach and the "million dollar mile" houses. I really appreciated the full kitchen and washer/dryer. You will need to bring your own washing machine soap & coffee pot flat bottom filters. We also brought paper towels, napkins, kitchen sponge, salt/pepper & cooking spray. The kitchen is fully stocked with a coffee pot, microwave, stove/oven, pots, pans, plates, cups, utensils, pot holders, toaster, etc. We brought some food/drinks & did a few meals in the room which was really convenient. There's also a Food Lion about a mile away. There's also lot's of restaurants close by. We ate at California Pizza (interesting pizza, good prices), Bimini's (seafood local's place) & Chesapeke House (yummy bread basket).
We also ate one time at the hotel restaurant for dinner. The place is extremely small for the size of the hotel. Food was expensive, very mediocre & I had to get up to try & locate our own utensils because the waitress couldn't be found. Not worth our time or $ again.
The indoor waterpark was fantastic especially since it was way too cold outside during our stay. Kept our 13, 11 & 8 year olds busy. There's 2 waterparks one in each building. The Palms tower has 2 good waterslides. The Palmetto tower waterpark is for younger kids. The layout is a little hokey. You have to walk outside & cross a small parking lot to get to the other building & water park. Not bad unless it's cold outside like this past week. There are also several outdoor pools that are heated.
Other recommendations for the area is Broadway on the beach (lot's of outdoor shops & restaurants) & NASCAR speedway (go-cart place). Kids had a blast there. A 1 day pass is $29.99. A 1 month pass is $39.99. Next time we go I will consider buying the month pass early in the week and taking the kids a few times to really get our money's worth. Unfortunately, we didn't find this place til our last day in town. Oh & parents don't need to buy a wristband unless you want to ride by yourself. We rode for free with our 8 year old because she wasn't quite tall enough to drive herself. Ask about it when you buy your bands.
Almost forgot - the wifi is terrible but free. The service is intermittent. Although, my cell service was excellent.
All in all a very fun time!