The Holiday Inn Club Vacations South Beach Resort is a nice resort away from the skyscraper hotels that line the coastline of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We are big fans of the Holiday Inn brand. The hotels are reasonably priced, our rooms are always clean, and we have never had any issues so when I was offered the chance to visit the Holiday Inn Club Vacations South Beach Resort I jumped at the chance. I had never been to Myrtle Beach and I was excited to check out these Club Vacation properties, the newest additions to the Holiday Inn brand family.
We quickly checked in and headed to our villa and started exploring. The South Beach Resort has a variety of one-, two-, and three-bedroom luxury villas. We stayed in a two bedroom villa that had a washer and dryer, two bathrooms, a living room area, and a full kitchen.
Our room overlooked the lagoon pool and it is my children’s opinion that this was the best pool out of the three that we visited. I liked that the pool had a zero entry and even when it got crowded, it didn’t seem like it was. Captain Cliff’s Lagoon Bar, where you can purchase a number of drinks, is located here. There is a very small lazy river and several hot tubs, too. I liked that there was a stack of pool towels in our room ready for use.
There are activities for all ages going on each day at the resort. Activities range from flip-flop decorating, water aerobics, princess parties, scavenger hunts, and ice cream sundaes. A lot of activities are complimentary and the ones that have an additional fee are reasonably priced. When you check in, you will receive a schedule with the listed events. Every Thursday, they celebrate “Southern Nights” with a Southern BBQ, music and games. It had to be postponed due to weather, but we attended the next day and had a delicious meal and lots of fun splashing in the water. There are also off site activities available for an additional fee. They take groups to the La Bell Amie Vineyard for a tour and tasting. There are casino cruises and nights out at local restaurants.
When you are ready to leave the resort and explore Myrtle Beach, stop by the Concierge Desk to get information, maps, and discounted tickets. The concierge was helpful in pointing out some attractions that were off the tourist path and recommended a few kid friendly activities that were a hit with my family.
Because we had the full kitchen, we decided to eat many of our meals in the room. We ordered pizza and wings the first night from a pizza place that was recommended by the front lobby staff. The pizza was inexpensive, was delivered quickly and was piping hot and delicious! The other nights we were there, we ate food that we had purchased at a grocery store around the corner. It was so nice to be able to come home from a day of exploring, relax on the couch or take one last evening swim in the pool and put the kids in their own room so I could have some peace and quiet for a few minutes!
Although the South Beach Resort is not directly on the beach (something I realized was not necessarily a bad thing!), they own a piece of property on the beach across from the resort. It is called the Oceanfront Breezes Beach Club. The club offers access to the beach, a pool, and a lounge area equipped with nice, clean restrooms. There is a shuttle that will pick you up in front of your villa and run you back and forth from the resort to the Breezes Beach Club. The shuttle pick up is pretty quick but expect to wait a few minutes if the shuttle is running a group to an offsite attraction. I was told that in the summer there are two shuttles that run to help ease the wait time. We were picked up quickly to be dropped off at the beach, but when we were ready to go back to the resort we waited about 20 minutes for pick up. There is parking available but you still have to cross a major highway so the 20 minute wait didn’t bother us.
The best part about the Holiday Inn Club Vacations program is that you don’t have to be an owner to stay there. You certainly can look into ownership at one of their six properties, but you can just reserve a room like you would any other hotel. The properties are located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Gatlinburg, Tennessee (see a review by Amy at the Q Family Adventures), Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Brownsville, Vermont (see a review by Find and Go Seek), Panama City Beach, Florida and Orlando, Florida. I stayed at the Orlando property on a girl’s weekend getaway (review to come soon!) a while back and we had a lovely time. I am hoping to explore the Panama City Beach property on one of our many PCB trips! When we stayed in Orlando, we joined the Priority Club Rewards Program which allows you to collect points with each stay to put towards a subsequent stay.
The Holiday Inn Vacation Club South Beach Resort was the perfect place for my family to rest our heads, have some fun in the sun, and use as a home base to explore Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!
My trip was sponsored by Holiday Inn Club Vacations, who provided a three-night stay, expense credit and attraction tickets. We paid for all other expenses. This post is solely my opinion and based on my experience without outside influence.