No hassles: Caravelle Resort offers a great Myrtle Beach, South Carolina stay and play

By Lisa Allen, Contributor

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- If you want to pack much more than golf into your trip to South Carolina's Grand Strand, the Caravelle Resort can be activity central.

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Located right on the Atlantic Ocean, the Caravelle Resort, blends variety and service for a hassle-free place to stay.
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Located right on the Atlantic Ocean, the Caravelle Resort, blends variety and service for a hassle-free place to stay. The resort, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has grown from 27 rooms and three floors to a 15-story tower and a collection of buildings offering 600 rooms that make up the resort.

Highlights of the Caravelle Resort

The sprawling resort includes the Caravelle Hotel, Caravelle Tower, St. Mark Tower, St. John's Inn and St. Clements. Nearby is the Arbor, Dry Dock and Harborside condos. Whatever accommodations you want, Caravelle has it.

Just at the tower alone, the amenities are such that one doesn't have to leave the property, from the Santa Maria restaurant to the Marco Polo cabana offering drinks and lunches that is ideally situated between the pool area and beach. Add to that a fitness room, game room, gift shop, ice cream shop and a laundromat.

If you want to spend some time in water, the resort has a large pool, a huge whirlpool, a lazy river and splash park. On the backside is an enclosed rooftop pool that tends to be a little quieter.

The rooms, many with efficiencies and full-sized refrigerators and stoves, are well equipped for eating in, if you so desire.

Golf: Myrtle Beach's drawing card

If you do want to explore beyond the property, the resort is keyed into a bevy of attractions, entertainment, dining and golf, offering discounts through its VMB, or Vacation Myrtle Beach discount card.

The list of partners runs two pages in small print, and discounts range from 10 to 15 percent off to several dollars off services or wares.

And, of course, this is Myrtle Beach, and golf is its mainstay. Resort staff can book tee times for you at any course and offers discounts at dozens of them, ranging from The Dunes and Barefoot Resort to Wild Wing and Willbrook Plantation.

The resort's location makes the entire Grand Strand accessible, from Litchfield to Little River. You're talking more courses than you could play in six months.

What's in it for the kids?

After a day on the links, return to the resort and listen to your children's exciting tales of their day. The resort can keep them entertained all day with supervised activities from games to nature walks.

A neat feature of the resort is the lawn right in front, ideal for whiffle ball games and Frisbee any time, and just down the beach, a sand volleyball net often appears.

But it's Myrtle Beach, so there is a lot to do, from Ripley's Aquarium to the Children's Museum and the Alabama Theater with great live shows. And the Caravelle is right in the middle of it all.

Caravelle Resort: The verdict

The Caravelle Resort understands there can be sensory overload in Myrtle Beach, so it offers ways to escape, from a leisurely buffet breakfast at Santa Maria's, to its large whirlpool and pool/beach-side cabana, there are plenty of ways to unwind.

Resort staff also can help you rev it up by steering you to all of the dining choices and attractions in Myrtle Beach, and there are a lot. All at a discount.

Caravelle has been doing this for a long time, and it's perfected it. Stay there, and take advantage of its expertise at hospitality.

Lisa AllenLisa Allen, Contributor

Lisa Allen is a golf, travel and business writer based in Beaufort, S.C. She has edited newspapers, magazines and books in Michigan, Indiana and South Carolina. Follow her on Twitter @LAllenSC.


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