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