Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Spending Thanksgiving at the Caravelle Premier Family and Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


We are staying at the Caravelle Resort during the holiday break, and in addition to being thrilled to be located directly on the beach (what a view we have from the 12th-floor!), we are also delighted to be in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the first time ever. So far, I love everything about this place. The people are friendly, the city is bustling with things to do, yet there is also quite a bit of rural land with wild animals to see out and about, cotton (among other things) growing in the fields, and of course the beach life, that is a culture in and of itself. 

THE RATES ARE SO AFFORDABLE!

One thing that I think might really surprise you, especially this time of year, is how affordable it is to stay at the Caravelle Resort. Check out their website, put in your dates and be amazed at how reasonably priced this vacation would be for you as well. Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to take the family, or even to go solo, or on a romantic getaway. With prices like these, it's definitely worth considering. Booking right now might be a great idea, because in addition to the already great prices, there will be big, not-to-be-missed savings between Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and wouldn't a surprise getaway be a great gift idea for the holidays?!).


This is our window and walkway view from the front of the suite we are staying in (look at all of those trees!),


and this is what we see from the balcony outside of the living/dining room. Believe me, we are soaking up these views every chance we get.

This Murphy Bed folds into the wall during the day.
We take turns sleeping here instead of the bedroom, so we can experience
the sound of the ocean waves, just outside of the balcony doors.
In addition to the bedroom, there is also a Murphy Bed that folds into the wall, located in the living room, and we are taking turns sleeping on it, rather than in the private bedroom, so we can hear the sounds of the ocean while we were falling asleep or waking up in the morning. I can honestly say, I cannot ever remember sleeping so soundly as I do when it's my night to snooze on the Murphy. Every time I start to get up for the day, I listen to the rhythmic sound of the waves just outside of our balcony doors (which we keep open quite a bit), and fall right back asleep. It is glorious, and restful, just like a vacation should be!


The traditional bedroom has 2 double beds, a night stand, full dresser, flatscreen TV and a closet with a safe. There are also a ton of pillows and extra blankets for warmth, just in case you need them. There are two heating/cooling units in the suite, which I really loved. I turned my heater up in my room (it was a little chilly outside) and my son cranked the air in the room he slept in (he loves a fan or air conditioning running while he is asleep). Because the two areas were so far apart in the apartment, neither of us bothered the other with our preferences for different sleeping temperatures.


There is a full bath with a tub, shower and dressing room. Another closet with an iron and ironing board is in the hallway. Every room is separated by a privacy door, including the galley kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator and stove.


The cupboards and drawers in the kitchen are fully stocked for your cooking needs. You simply need to bring the food. A grocery store is close by, in fact more than one grocery store is nearby. 


Dinners can be eaten in the living/dining room, in the easy chair, on the couch or at the dinette. 


AND if you're not in the mood to cook, there are restaurants all around as well (or you can order in). The Caravelle Resort has a couple of restaurants as well. The one next to the pools is seasonal and closed right now (we are here during the Thanksgiving Break) but the award-winning Santa Maria Restaurant is reasonably priced and open for your morning meal each day. They serve a buffet-style breakfast with a chef manning the omelet station. There are hot and cold options each day, and everything is so good! You can also order dinner to go in the evenings, although they were closed the only day we opted to do so. During the season though, you can bet this restaurant and everything else in and around the resort is hopping. There is so much room, and there are so many things to see and do just on the grounds alone.


Among the many things to do are a block-long poolscape with a splash area for kids,


long jacuzzis, a pool,


and a lazy river for everyone.


This area also leads to the direct beach access (just steps from the hotel). This is a great place to play with the family, catch some rays, and/or just spend time alone soaking in the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean (and make no mistake, it is absolutely breathtaking in person).


We are walking on the beach every opportunity we get, and if we go at certain times of the morning or evening, we find we have most of the beach to ourselves. Certainly one reason for that is because we have chosen late November to experience the resort, which is not a typical time that most people choose a beach vacation. We have always been off-season travelers though. There is something to be said for experiencing areas without huge crowds and long wait lines. Our time at the Caravelle Resort is no exception. Our time here is peaceful and calm, but still full of so many events and things to do...we are just doing them at a leisurely pace. I have to say, it is nice. So very nice.


I said it already, but I'll say it again, it is the beach views that get to me. I can't get enough of them, and every opportunity I get to spend time on this private piece of beach and ocean, I will take full advantage of ...some of you might say I live in a place where beautiful beaches are always available, and that is absolutely true, but I have to pack the car and drive to those. At the Caravelle Resort, we just step outside of our hotel, and voila', we have reached our destination.


Another pool area that is inside (rain is no problem at this resort) can be found on one of the roof-tops. We went to this pool area at night, so it appears darkish in the photo. It was a nice, clean and quiet area for us to take a swim. Well, it was quiet until we got there. We did do quite a bit of playing here because the water was heated. We will probably return to this pool again, rather than the gorgeous one outside because the temperatures, while pleasant, are more suited to jackets this time of year, than to swimsuits.


There are also a couple of jacuzzis in this area, which are always nice. Here is a picture of my son enjoying this one, not suspecting that a moment later it would be frothing and full of bubbles because there is a handy little switch nearby that activates the jets (believe me, he didn't mind). 😊


There are quite a few building associated with this property, but so far we haven't had to venture outside of our own huge area. There are places to eat, visit, play and rest all over the grounds.


There are even some on the observation deck/roof. This area is the perfect place to settle in and relax with a good book.


 There is also a spa. I see they do massages, which would be great, but I'm wondering if they do pedicures. Perhaps we will check and see later this week.


There is also a fully-equipped fitness center, golfing opportunities, and a concierge service if you would like to utilize it.


The double room game area is a hit with my boy, and places to visit such as the ice cream shoppe,


and the gift store, where you can find everyday items you might need (like a waterproof pouch for your phone, a spill-proof cup for the beach, or items to munch on or serve with dinner, when you go back up to your room, are conveniently located on the first floor by the outside pools.


An on-site laundromat comes in handy when you are staying awhile,


and there is also a Real Estate Sales Office downstairs too. Now, I was not asked to mention this in any way shape or form, but I want to because every since we have walked into our suite, I have been thinking what a wonderful idea it would be to buy one of these condos we are staying in, so everyone in the family could use it at different times of the year (all at once, or as time permits for our individual families to enjoy). Since 3 of the 4 kids are now grown and have families of their own, this would be a wonderful way to ensure they have (and we have) a gorgeous vacation spot to enjoy whenever we wanted to take the drive up to South Carolina. It's not that far from our home at all, and is the perfect distance for the kids to anticipate the joy on the other end, but not so far that the parents get stressed out.


In any case, it's something worth running by the family, and taking into consideration. I am at that age now where these things are coming to mind more and more, and finding ways and good excuses to get the family all together at the same time always makes me happy. In fact, my favorite time is when I have my kids and now grandkids all in the same space. Lucky for me, I am blessed with an awesome bunch of kiddos. They make me proud and happy.


One other thing that makes me happy is beating this kid at Foosball or Air Hockey (one of which I did, and one of which I did not). ;)


The Caravelle Resort is also within close driving distance to many, may places (like the Hollywood Wax Museum, which you see above). There is a luau dinner show on the beach I'd like to see before we leave. There are also many places to go, such as the boardwalk, where we have spent quite a good amount of time just because it is so pleasant and there are so many things to do like zip lining, taking a helicopter ride, seeing a show, taking a boat ride, letting the kids play in the park, shopping, and eating... there are so many wonderful restaurants on the boardwalk too! I was delighted to see some restaurants I have heard of but never seen, such as Landry's Seafood, and Wahlburgers (yes, the Wahlburgers own it) and oh my is there ever SHOPPING!


Today we found both a country store and a Christmas store on the boardwalk and I was in my glory!! We have been to the walkway (it is huge!) twice already, and still not seen everything there is to see. I am sure we will return again before we head back home. You can read about the adventures we have had in Myrtle Beach so far, or will have soon, by visiting these links as they go live: Broadway at the Beach (the boardwalk), Rock 'n Jump, T.I.G.E.R.S. Preservation Station, and Ripley's Aquarium (where we will take a ride in a glass bottom boat and walk through a shark tunnel too, seeing the wildlife in the aquarium from all angles). I am excited that there is so much to do, and know we will still have more left to explore, the next time we visit The Caravelle Resort.


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and Caravelle will be having a wonderful Thanksgiving Buffet for all of us to enjoy. If you are in the area, I recommend stopping by. If you are not near the resort, I recommend checking it out for the next time you are planning a vacation. I used to think of this area as just a summer or warm weather destination. Now that I have visited in late November, I see that is not the case. Myrtle Beach is amazing, and The Caravelle is a wonderful place to stay and enjoy it all, any time of the year. Learn more by visiting The Caravelle Resort website. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

53 comments:

  1. It looks totally luxurious. I hope you have a heap of fun. I am sure you will have a heap of fun.

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  2. This resort looks absolutely gorgeous! I have always wanted to sleep in a Murphy bed...I don't know why. I just like them.

    If I ever take a trip to Myrtle Beach, I know where I'm going to try and stay.

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  3. The simplicity of places like these where to find oneself in the family are exactly the kind of place that I love to recharge my affections.

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  4. Hhhhmmmm....I have heard of Myrtle Beach before....how I wish I was here; even if it was just for the buffet!

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  5. Wow, that is definitely a great place to spend your Thanksgiving with your family, it's beautiful and very relaxing. I am sure everyone will enjoy and will have so much fun in that place.

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  6. I always love an accommodation that is located directly on the beach. What a beautiful view you've got from the balcony! It's good that they also have nice facilities. What a wonderful resort! - Ola

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  7. Wow, that place is such a nice place and I am sure everyone of you will have a great time spending your Thanksgiving in that resort.

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  8. Looks like a really nice place to vacation. Appreciate the info.

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  9. That place looks amazing! I love that it has so many entertainment options!

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  10. You got me at arcade room!
    This place is not that far from home, thanks for sharing

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  11. The hotel looks nice, charming and most importantly clean...oh and it is by the BEACH!!! A huge plus of course.

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  12. This place looks lovely. Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you all have a wonderful time!

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  14. I have been to so many places in FL but never Myrtle beach. What a nice resort.

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  15. I always thought it would be fun to g away for Thanksgiving! This looks like a great place for families to stay!

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  16. This is a lovely way to spend thanksgiving :) Love the location.

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  17. It's honestly better priced than a hotel. Do they give you towels and toiletries?

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    1. They do (shampoo, lotion, soap), new towels/washcloths daily, and room cleaning too. I think the indoor pool had towels during the daytime as well, but we went after hours and had the area to ourselves.

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  18. The place is wonderful and good to spend the thanksgiving, I hope you enjoyed it.

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  19. Nice! That resort looks so cool. Happy Thanksgiving and have fun! :)

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  20. This place looks so great! Thank you for providing such a thorough review.

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  21. Wow! I hope I can stay at Caravelle Premier Family and Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach. Looks like a nice place to be at.

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  22. looks like a blast. i'll have to check it out for my family. we .love to travel.

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  23. I've never been to the Myrtle Beach area since I grew up near the beach in Florida but I've always heard it's gorgeous there. This looks like a great place to go with family, though, and would be a great getaway.

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  24. What a fantastic place to head to with your family! I love how spacious the rooms look especially the beds and with so much to do such as the pool and indoor play area they won't be bored at all

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  25. It's great that it was relatively inexpensive, especially during the holiday time of the year. And right on the beach! That must have been fantastic. I love the look of those hammocks.

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  26. Wow, why would you ever want to leave? Sure looks like a great spot. I like when places you stay have a kitchen. True, when you can just step to the beach and not pack up and drive it is better, should one like the giant litterbox lol I would stick to the games room maybe.

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  27. This looks like a wonderful resort to stay at - and I love that it is affordable too. Hope you've had a wonderful Thanksgiving break.

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  28. So many amenities you never really have to leave! This looks amazing!

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  29. What a perfect place for a family Thanksgiving getaway. The room looks spacious.

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  30. Place looks great, i wanna see the the wax museum!

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  31. Oh gosh that looks like an amazing place to spend Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us!

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  32. The resort looks really nice! Seems like a good place for vacation.

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  33. Kristine Nicole AlessandraNovember 28, 2019 at 10:22 PM

    You chose a really good place for a Thanksgiving holiday with the family. The views are fantastic! I love the rooms and that kitchen! The Caravelle Resort has so much to offer for families to have a really great time.

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  34. That looks like such a fun place to check out! I love going to golf clubs and hanging out with my husband.

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  35. This looks absolutely fabulous! I really appreciate places that have everything in one place! I haven't been to Myrtle Beach before but this looks like a great place to stay when we get there!

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  36. Patricia ChamberlainNovember 29, 2019 at 7:26 AM

    I have always wanted to visit Myrtle Beach! This hotel looks wonderful. I like the splash pad area.

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  37. I was in Myrtle Beach with my parents many many years a go.

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  38. That looks like so much fun! Beautiful rooms, lots of food options, and so much to do, even when it is too cold to stay long at the beach. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. We visited Caravelle resort last year and we loved the location, property being so close to the beach with great beach access. The best thing about this resort is the incredible breakfast.
    By: Calleigh K

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  40. What a cool place! The views are just wow! My kids would definitely enjoy the pool’s splash area!

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  41. It’s been so long since I last visited Myrtle Beach but this looks like a fabulous place to stay!

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  42. One of these days I'm going to plan a getaway for the holidays! Myrtle Beach is so beautiful!

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  43. It looks like a great place to spend the thanksgiving! And the peach looks so beautiful x

    Laura
    https://www.beautywithlala.com/

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  44. It looks like you've had a lovely Thanksgiving break at the Caravelle Hotel. I like that they have everything on site, even a laundromat. The view from the room is so beautiful.

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  45. This looks like a lovely place to stay! It looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I will keep this place in mind--we love to be by the water!

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  46. That sounds like a wonderful place to have a vacation with the family. Looks like you guys had an amazing time there.

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  47. What a fun way to spend the holidays! It must be nice to not have to stress over the cooking and cleaning for once. :)

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  48. I am super late to the game (battling a nasty cold for the past week) but first, I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!! Also, the resort looks AH-Mazing! However will you find the strength to leave? It looks there is so much to see and do. I have always wanted to fall asleep listening to the ocean waves hit the shore. I can imagine how well you guys have been sleeping!

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  49. Looks like you guys had lots of fun there... hotel looks decent and having beach near is definitely a plus point. Thanks for sharing

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  50. That does look fun.

    I'm glad you had a great Thanksgiving!

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  51. Looks like a fun area to visit. My son lives 5 hours away from Myrtle Beach and has mentioned wanting to go there. Your pics definitely help pique my interest!

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