A New Look for an Outer Banks Resort
By Kip Tabb –
The Sanderling Resort in Duck is at least 30 years old. Over the years there have been a number of facelifts and renovations, but the grounds themselves have remained pretty much the same concept over the whole period of time.
There have been some tweaking of the rooms this time around and they’ve added a few more suites, but the real news is what the resort has done with the grounds and lobby of the Inn.
Two pools and a wonderful outdoor bar are just the most obvious changes that have occurred. The overall effect is a much more open and inviting common area between the Inn and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Sandbar is one of the most inviting outdoor bars on the Outer Banks. Well protected from an ocean breeze—the bar and serving area is on the east side of the deck—it looks like a great place to just relax and have a drink and a casual meal.
Just to the south of the Sandbar is the Tranquility Pool, an adult-only pool that comes complete with a very large whirlpool. There is also a family pool on the other end and of course the indoor pool at the spa.
There are a couple of fire pits placed around the property—big enough for a large group to sit around and recount the day’s adventures, or just relax with family and friends.
The lobby has been opened up and the Beach House Bar, a cozy little espresso bar and café, sits under the balcony.
The Left Bank name is gone—but fine dining is still offered at Kimball’s Kitchen. The emphasis is much more on grass-fed beef, fresh seafood and a raw bar.
The work just finished as the North Beach Sun was going to press, so it’s too early to tell how the public will react to the changes, but at first glance, it sure looks good.