Photo courtesy of Sanderling Resort.

Outer Banks Escape

The Sanderling Resort, which is the only full-service resort on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, has undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation over the past five years. The makeover includes resortwide room and restaurant renovations and two new pools, plus 24 new guest rooms that overlook either the Atlantic Ocean or Currituck Sound.

The resort’s 120 rooms—each with special features, including a marble bathroom, lounge chair or sleeper sofa, and patio or balcony with hammock chairs—are divided between three oceanfront buildings: North Inn, which is located near the resort’s family pool and lawn and sand games; South Inn, overlooking the adults-only tranquility pool; and the Beach House, which boasts a coastal chic two-story lobby with a living room feel, complete with a bar, a comfortable sectional sofa, puzzles and rocking chairs. Sanderling also offers five luxury beach home rentals, all recently updated and adjacent to the resort.

The beachfront at Sanderling includes a bar and fire pit, and there are three private access points to the beach. Also on-site: AAA four-diamond restaurant Kimball’s Kitchen, a luxury spa, surf lessons, tennis, sailing, sea glass necklace workshops and a mermaid school (don a colorful mermaid tail and learn to glide gracefully through the pool using your arms and core). The resort’s Lifesaving Station restaurant, which occupies a restored 1899 U.S. Lifesaving Station, displays nautical artifacts and memorabilia throughout, including pendant lights repurposed from a 1940s cruise ship. Thanks to the renovations, there’s a new outdoor deck for alfresco dining. Rates begin at $399.

Sanderling Resort, 1461 Duck Road, Duck, North Carolina, 855-412-7866,