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1461 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949-4635
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 07/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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At the Sanderling Resort, casually elegant first-class amenities blend seamlessly with the spectacular landscape to foster connection and renewal. Offering magnificent views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound, our guests have the same unique opportunity to admire both a sunrise and sunset - both over water. The Resort's guestrooms with their oversized bathrooms and generous decks, are a perfect complement to the quality of the natural setting, while our acclaimed spa and pools provide both unparalleled serenity at the tranquility pool, or a boisterous family environment at the Resort pool. The Resort's renowned restaurants offer the finest dining on the Outer Banks, with perfectly prepared and presented fresh coastal cuisine and a choice of venues to match the time of day, the season and your mood.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Children's television networks
Electric vehicle charging station
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Adult pool
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Saltwater pool
Fence around pool
Yoga classes
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Wine / champagne
Vending machine
Poolside bar
Board games / puzzles
Kids pool
Highchairs available
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Body wrap
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot bath
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Makeup services
Neck massage
Steam room
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Baggage storage
Gift shop
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Outdoor fireplace
Sun deck
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Sun umbrellas
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24-hour front desk
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Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
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Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
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Skitime 54 wrote a review Today
Clemmons, North Carolina108 contributions84 helpful votes
Recently returned from the Sanderling Resort and to say the least we were very underwhelmed especially after reading some really good reviews and given the property has had a 4 diamond rating from AAA and other awards. Now the beach was great and overall the location was very good but the resort looks very tired and needs of some major updating. We had a reservation and had paid for early arrival (12:00 noon). We didn't arrive until about 3:15 pm only be told our room wasn't ready. Note: I had to request a refund of the early arrival fee at checkout, which I would have thought they would have just handled without my asking. So we went to the Sandbar for a drink only to find out it was closed and the lobby bar only served wine and beer. OK at this point we are wondering did we make the right decision to come here especially since it was a 6 hour drive. So we went to Life Saving Station Bar and ordered a Tito's (vodka) and soda only to be told that Tito's was very popular and that they were out of Tito's. I offered to get the bottle from my car and give it to them if they could just make me a drink, well of course they didn't accept my offer. We did get a call around 4 pm that our room was ready so we got the key and carried our bags to the room as there is minimal service for baggage. Once inside the room we loved the view and overall the room was a nice size but again in need of a major updating and painting. The carpet was very stained and the walls marked pretty badly, which made us question how clean are the things we can see! The screen door leading to our ocean front deck had the screen pretty much torn out hence we had to keep the solid door closed, given all the bugs, and couldn't enjoy the ocean sounds and breeze. I can say the pictures on their web site look dramatically better that the real person experience, but then is not entirely uncommon except you don't expect this at a place your paying about $500 per night with taxes and resort fee. Speaking of the resort fee, I'm not sure the two beach towel's and the coffee in the morning was worth $32 per day. The tranquility pool which shows umbrellas around it on their web site had no umbrellas and when we inquired about them they indicated they weren't available yet. And if we wanted chairs and an umbrella at the beach we would have to set it up ourselves. So we went to beach and after sorting through several chairs and umbrellas we finally found some that weren't broken. I could go on but at this point it would just be piling on. And I do realize we are coming off the "COVID" year but really many of these issues could have been addressed especially stained carpet and broken screen doors. Suffice to say we will not returning to this resort and would have a hard time recommending it to our friends and family. There are to many other resorts within the 6 hours drive that meet and exceed our expectations. Just wanted to give Sanderling a chance since we had heard really good things about it. Did I mention It is need of some Major Updating?
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Date of stay: May 2021
Room Tip: Some buildings have no elevator, so if you need this be sure to get in a building that has one.
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Peyton L wrote a review Oct 2020
9 contributions11 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
My husband and I had not traveled anywhere in over six months and we were so happy with our experience at Sanderling. We are seniors and safety was very important to us. The resort went out of its way to make sure that every caution was put in place. There was no one in our room the night before we arrived. All the staff wore masks and were kind and attentive. It seemed to us that only about half of the rooms were actually occupied during the four nights we were there. So we were able to completely relax and enjoy our ocean view. We were on the third floor and although no one was available to help us with our bags, the elevator was always available and we never had to share it with anyone. We only ate in the restaurant once and the rest of the time we carried our food to our rooms. We left our trash outside our door and it was swiftly removed. It was a magic time to be at the beach, few folks outside and all was well. We highly recommend it during these difficult days.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Sanderling Management, General Manager at Sanderling Resort
Responded Oct 19, 2020
Thank you for recognizing all the effort we have put into keeping our guests and employees safe during this time. We are glad you enjoyed it and thank you for recommending us.
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Richard A wrote a review Today
Media, Pennsylvania46 contributions7 helpful votes
We had a nice 4 night stay at the Sanderling during the first week of May as COVID was breaking primarily due to the vaccination roll out. The weather was exceptional and the resort itself was pleasant. They offer you a private beach with chairs and umbrellas and two pools- so those of us no longer with children can use the lap pool. The challenge with a lot of resorts as we break out of COVID is that they are not all staffed up. So there was no one to serve you lunch poolside or grab you a cocktail. Not a major issue yet something they need to course correct. Also no daily maid service- that too should get fixed.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Oceanside 4th floor- not 3rd floor.
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Steve wrote a review Yesterday
10 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed for 3 nights. Rooms are fine, but not highly luxurious by today’s standards. We had a decent ocean view and the beach is great. Sanderling provides complementary chairs and umbrellas which is nice. The light, wooden paneled indoor pool is a plus. We ate several times at The Lifesaving Station, one of Sanderling’s 3/restaurants, and found the seafood excellent, although the service was sometimes bizarre, Very atmospheric restaurant, formerly used as Relative to a hotel, Sanderling is pricey, but Sanderling offers a lot too.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Room Tip: Higher up rooms give the best views, consider Sound-side views too
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Tyler P wrote a review May 3
Richmond, Virginia1 contribution2 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed for 4 nights for a baby moon. Overall, we enjoyed our stay but that’s because the property is right on the beach and we think Duck is the best place to stay in the outer banks. The property itself lived up to all of the negative feedback in other recent reviews. It’s disappointing because so much of it would be easy to fix, plus there are signs everywhere begging for reviews?!? So why don’t they take any of the feedback into account and make some simple changes? On the other hand, if they charged 30-50% less these things wouldn’t even have bothered me. Pros: -location - right on the beach - chairs and umbrellas provided - adults only pool was nice - premium room was spacious, bathroom was a nice size Cons: -little to no care to the upkeep of the property - all of our screens were ripped or poorly secured, our deck had not even been cleaned before we checked in - there was a pile of sand with mermaids purses and seashells on the table that I assume the last occupants left behind, spider webs and dead bugs everywhere, the security lock was hanging loose in the door frame, plywood was holding our mattress up in lieu of a box spring - no help with luggage available - coffee (one of the only amenities available) was always lukewarm - no housekeeping services but for some reason house keeping knocked on our door every morning. When we answered they jsut said they would come back later??? There was no do not disturb sign available - our “premium” room offered a view of the pool bathrooms - we woke up every morning to the guests above us just walking around and flushing their toilets (we could hear the water rush through the walls). Front desk offered to call them but we said no way - what were they going to do? Ask them not to flush their toilet? It was a hotel issue not a guest issue. -pool deck was always sloppy with chair cushions blown around - of the 3 days we spent at the beach, we only saw a member of staff to help with umbrellas on 1 day. He was very friendly though! - no shades on the windows (just blinds), so I woke up every morning to the sun shining through the cracks right into my eyes We had a nice time in Duck, but I cannot say we would ever stay here again unless they start to incorporate the feedback they are asking for. It’s a shame that they don’t seem to care (and maybe they don’t have to care because it’s the only “resort” in the area so they can get away with a sloppy property).
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sanderling Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Sanderling Resort?
Nearby attractions include Duck Town Boardwalk (4.0 miles), Scarborough Lane Shoppes (4.4 miles), and Local Color - Painting Parties & Fine Art (4.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sanderling Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Sanderling Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Sanderling Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Sanderling Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sanderling Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Duck Donuts, Paper Canoe, and The Blue Point.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sanderling Resort?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Sanderling Resort?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Sanderling Resort offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Does Sanderling Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Sanderling Resort accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access, reduced mobility rooms, and facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.