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A Comparison of Luxury Resorts in Myrtle Beach

by Paul Joseph  |  Published July 10, 2023

Known for its 60-mile string of golden beaches, celebrity-designed golf courses, and dazzling array of restaurants, Myrtle Beach is home to several upscale resorts catering for its more discerning visitors.

(Photo: Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes / Courtesy

The hugely popular tourist city on South Carolina’s Atlantic coast attracts sizeable numbers of visitors every year. And while it lacks the truly opulent kind of luxury hotels you’ll find in many other coastal hot-spots, there are still plenty of high-end places to stay that combine great amenities with close proximity to all that Myrtle Beach has to offer. To help you find the best luxury Myrtle Beach resort for you, we’ve compared five of the best below.

Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dune

If you plan to spend plenty of time on the beach, then this resort is a fine choice. Situated directly on the white sands of Myrtle Beach, the resort features an outdoor pool, a spa and sauna, a golf course, a tennis court, and a fitness centre. For dining, there’s a choice of three on-site restaurants as well as a chic bar serving cocktails that’s ideal for pre-dinner drinks or a nightcap. Guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV, a work desk, a refrigerator, and tea/coffee-making equipment. Apache Pier, with its fishing opportunities and seafood restaurant, is a few minutes away on foot. From $453 per night.

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DoubleTree Resort by Hilton 

(Photo: DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront / Courtesy

About 10 miles southwest of the above resort, set across 27 acres on the south end of Ocean Boulevard, this expansive resort offers the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach. Close by is Myrtle Beach State Park, a quiet oasis offering walks by the beach, trails through marine forests, and a fishing pier. As for the resort itself, it features its own private beach, a choice of six swimming pools plus two lazy rivers, and an 18-hole miniature golf course. Guest rooms are equipped with a microwave, a mini-fridge, and coffee-making facilities. Other notable nearby attractions include Family Kingdom Amusement Park less than five minutes’ drive away. From $198 per night.

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Embassy Suites by Hilton 

Part of the Kingston Plantation Resort Complex in the north Myrtle Beach fringes, this vast oceanfront resort is a popular choice with families thanks to its two-room suites that feature a separate living room with sofa bed and a private bedroom. Suites also come with two flat-screen TVs, a desk, a refrigerator and a microwave. Resort guests have access to a grand total of seven swimming pools, two waterparks, and multiple dining options. The shops at Tanger Outlet Mall, along with the restaurants, stores and entertainment options of Broadway at the Beach are just over a 15-minute drive away. From $300 per night.

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Marina Inn at Grande Dunes

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Yacht-spotting enthusiasts will be in their element at this resort located on the upscale marina at Grande Dunes, around 1.5 miles inland from the golden sands of the Myrtle Beach coastline. Among the resort’s impressive line-up of on-site amenities are a restaurant and separate bar, two swimming pools, a hot tub, and kids movie screenings in the evenings. There are also complimentary beach transfers. Guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV and some have a private balcony or terrace. All the myriad of entertainment options of Grand Dunes are within easy walking distance. From $268 per night.

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Sea Crest Oceanfront Resort

Positioned between Ocean Boulevard and the Atlantic Ocean, a minute’s walk from the beach, this resort combines a prime location with some great amenities. Among them are a choice of nine swimming pools, a poolside bar, a fitness room, a business centre, an oceanfront restaurant and a beach bar featuring regular live entertainment. There’s also a gift shop and convenience store on-site. Guest rooms come with private balconies, refrigerators and microwaves, and some upgraded rooms and suites also have kitchenettes, separate living spaces, and whirlpool tubs. The Family Kingdom Amusement Park is a 5-minute walk from the resort. From $178 per night.

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