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“OBX at it's best”
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Sanderling Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Duck
Certificate of Excellence
Williamsburg, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“OBX at it's best”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

My wife and I decided to get away for Thanksgiving and love the solitude of OBX in the fall/winter. We stayed in a suite in the south building that was very nicely appointed and had a great balcony overlooking the beach. Our suite was beachy and we really liked the spacious separate bedroom and living area. We did not have good luck at their restaurant, Lifesaving Station, and would not recommend eating there.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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wendycoulsonmurray, Director of Sales at Sanderling Resort, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Thank you for visiting over Thanksgiving. It really is a great time of year to be traveling to the Outer Banks. I will reach out to you under separate cover to learn more about your dining experience. We are sorry to read it did not meet your expectations.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed November 25, 2013

We stayed at The Sanderling in September and absolutely loved it! This property was recently remodeled and is very Pottery Barn meets the beach. The staff is very welcoming. If your room isn't ready, the cabana guys will set up your beach chairs and umbrella, so no need to bring your own. There is a wonderful salt water lap pool by the beach. I took advantage to swim some laps every morning at sunrise. We went to the Sandbar for beachside drinks and the Lifesaving Station for breakfast each day. The breakfast was amazing!! The resort now has firepits and they give you s'mores in your room. We went to the firepits and outdoor hot tubs each night and relaxed some more after a fantastic beach day. The resort also has an activiities center on site now if you want to rent bikes, paddleboards, etc.

Room Tip: Request to stay in the main building.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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wendycoulsonmurray, Director of Sales at Sanderling Resort, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
We love to read all the ways you found to enjoy the renovated Sanderling. Thank you for being our guest and hope you come back to relax and enjoy again in the near future.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

My wife and I traveled down to Duck for our 32 anniv. and were fortunate enough to stay at the SANDERLING INN....exceptional place worth the price of admission. Right on the beach a little dissapointed in the restaurant we had dinner at The Blue Point...

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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wendycoulsonmurray, Director of Sales at Sanderling Resort, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Happy Anniversary! We hope to see you again for the 33rd. Thank you for being our guest.
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Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

Being off season for visiting the Outer Banks ,our stay at the Sanderling was not the full resort beach stay experience. The staff was ,without exception ,friendly and helpful. The two queen room was spacious and comfortable.Too bad it was too cold to use the private porch and other amenities.A cute touch is the s'mores bag to use at the fire pit. Our two nights were pleasant, even if the season and weather precluded more .

Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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wendycoulsonmurray, Director of Sales at Sanderling Resort, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
We are so glad you came to visit. It is so peaceful and calming in the off-season but unfortunately not all activities and amenities are possible year round. We hope you will come back again ---maybe in late Spring or early Fall when everything is still open but not the summer heat and traffic. (Although that is a fun time to be at the beach too!)
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Santa Monica, CA
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

This spunky (there are little orange touches everywhere, from umbrellas to beach chairs, based upon the orange 'sanderling crab' mascot), low key, friendly resort is the perfect place to relax. The minute we arrived (in a great little van -- we could legally have a glass of wine as we were shuttled from the airport by a friendly driver!) this charming place won us over. From the great digs we stayed in (one of the houses on the property), to the fun outdoor dining joint, to the Life Saving Station (we had both excellent breakfasts and dinner there, highly recommend the mussels) and the serene pools, this resort helped us slip into a slower pace and enjoy beauty of Duck. We loved having water all around us!
At the Spa, my signature brown sugar scrub/massage was divine -- just the right amount of pressure and 'good energy' from my therapist really soothes my muscles. The sauna could be hotter. The beach just at the resort is calm, warm and easy to swim in, and the staff treated us nicely, like we were old friends. I would hurry back to this charming keeper.

Room Tip: Face the pool, and the higher rooms can actually see the ocean past the pool!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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wendycoulsonmurray, Director of Sales at Sanderling Resort, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to share with others your experience. Glad you enjoyed all the little details and able to find relaxation. It's such a great time of year to be here! See you again soon for more pampering and relaxation.
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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Our first time at the Sanderling and it was fantastic from the service to the fresh apples and coffee daily . Room was great and facilities were excellent. Staff was excellent and helpful. September is great at the beach and restaurants a treat. Just a wonderful relaxing time at the beach. We plan on making this a yearly trip.

Room Tip: Stay on the top floor so you can see over the dunes
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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wendycoulsonmurray, Director of Sales at Sanderling Resort, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Thank you for your choosing to visit with us. Glad you find a new little getaway not too far from home. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Chattanooga, TN
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

The Sanderling Resort is in Duck, a quaint little town in the northern area of the OBX. The OBX in Duck is narrow and the resort property is on a single stretch of the OBX with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Currituck Sound on the other. I'm not sure you can find this anywhere else on the OBX. This was important in chosing The Sanderling as we could experience the sun rise and sun set without much effort. Plus, the OBX is much nicer here than in commercialized Nags Head/Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills.

The property was outstanding. Two clean pools (one a lap swim pool the other a family pool), clean hot pool and hot tub, a lobby bar, an outdoor bar, two restaurants, a full-service spa, a gift shop, and a well appointed exercise room. The resort can rent kayaks, SUP, or other water sports toys. In short... a resort.

Our room was very nice, overlooking the tropical storm brewing in the Atlantic. Still, we slept with our screen door open all night to listen to the crashing surf.

We did not eat at one of the resort restaurants but instead visited the Paper Canoe, across the street, for dinner.

This was ourt first trip to the OBX and unfortunately the weather was bad so we did not get the full benefit of the resort or the OBX. But when we return, we'll strongly consider a return to The Sanderling.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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wendycoulsonmurray, Director of Sales at Sanderling Resort, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
We do have a very unique location that enables you to wake up to the sun rising over the Ocean and setting on the Sound. Sorry the weather during your stay but glad you got to relax and enjoy Duck. We will see you again soon hopefully with sunny skies. Thank you for your visit.
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Property: Sanderling Resort
Address: 1461 Duck Road, Duck, NC 27949-4635
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Location: United States > North Carolina > North Carolina Coast > Outer Banks > Duck
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Duck
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Sanderling Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 95
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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