The decorations are put away and the guest have gone home… you made it through the holidays! Now you need to rejuvenate yourself for the new year. Whether it’s just you or with a special someone (Valentine’s is around the corner), Sanderling Resort is the perfect escape.

Sanderling Resort - Pool

Most know of the Outer Banks and how crossing the bridge transports you to a much simpler, stress free retreat from the ‘real world’. Keeping driving to the northern tip of the island and sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound is the distinctive town of Duck. There you will find the Outer Bank’s only full-service resort spread across 13 acres of pristine, beachfront paradise. Coming to be in 1985, the Sanderling was due a facelift and boy did it receive one. The AAA Four Diamond resort debuted its fresh look in May of 2013 after a multi-million-dollar renovation on almost every aspect of the property. Including the rebranding, they gained 2 new pools, restored guestrooms and refreshed restaurants. The South wing is a must for a romantic retreat with the walk out patios that lead to an adults only tranquility pool. Shortly after, in 2014, they were awarded pleasure of being added to the Southern Living Hotel Collection.

Sanderling Resort - Bedroom

It’s hard to fully ‘rejuvenate’ without a spa and the Spa at Sanderling hits every spot. The 6,000 square-foot Spa encompasses the tranquil nature of the Outer Banks making guests appreciate the ‘seamless flow from shore to door’. The Spa reopened in March 2017 with a face lift to the make up area, mani/pedi area and hair salon, and has been named one of the top 100 best spas in the US by the readers of Conde’ Nast Traveler. Each treatment they offer is surrounded in inspiration of the natural resources of the Outer Banks and incorporates native ingredients from the region. After you’re relaxed and loose, enjoy one of the yoga classes the resort offers with breathtaking views of the scenery. If yoga isn’t your thing, take in the eucalyptus steam room or enjoy the indoor pool surrounded by views of the calming Sound. Afterwards, take a stroll through the 2,600-acre Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary to take in some rare and stunning bird watching.

Sanderling Resort - Bathroom

Equally known for the Spa are the restaurants at Sanderling. Executive Chef and Director of Food & Beverage, Brian Riddle, ensures the dishes in each kitchen adhere to the S.O.A.L concept (Sustainable, Organic, Artisanal and Local). You can enjoy every meal knowing it is fresh and local, motivated by its southern roots. From the AAA Four Diamond Kimball’s Kitchen to the Sandbar, there is something for every diner.

Sanderling Resort - Kimball's Kitchen

Sanderling Resort - Food

Through March 15, you can partake of all it offers, with their Heroes Welcome and Heroes Supporter Program. The Heroes Welcome offers stays for $119 a night with a 20 percent discount for food, retail and spa to active/retired military, fire, police, EMS and educator. The Heroes Supporter offers 20 percent discount off room rates with a minimum $5 donation that goes to the Town of Duck Public Safety Auxiliary.

Duck itself is an essential location to visit, but enjoying your trip with Sanderling Resort makes it all the better. You’ll never want to leave.