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Review: Blockade Runner Beach Resort

by Tracey Cullen

Jun 14, 2023

PHOTO: © BLOCKADE RUNNER BEACH RESORT

Leisure Lifestyle 2023

ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN: I had no trouble spotting Blockade Runner Beach Resort because of its sheer size. It’s not the most attractive building as viewed from the sound side, but don’t let that fool you. The beauty of this property is best seen on the ocean side. With its height and sweeping views, the hotel offers both ocean and sound views, depending upon which side you are staying. I was surprised to be greeted by a doorman, as this isn’t something I have encountered at any beach hotel I’ve been to on the East Coast. The resort also offered free valet service when the parking lot was full.

Our first impression of the hotel was it felt like a Caribbean resort rather than coastal North Carolina. Light blue fabric waves covered the ceiling of the lobby, and the floor reminded me of a deep blue ocean. Then, as we walked toward the beach side of the hotel, we discovered a tropical paradise. The landscaping leading to the pool area and beach was lush, green and meticulously maintained. I especially enjoyed the giant rattan hanging “snuggle pods,” as I named them.

PHOTO: © BLOCKADE RUNNER BEACH RESORT

GUEST QUARTERS: Our Club Level room offered great views of the beach and grounds through oversized sliding glass windows. Spacious, it included two queen-sized beds and a little seating area to enjoy the view. I did wish there was a balcony, but there were enough beautiful outdoor seating areas around the resort to make up for that.

The room’s décor of muted blue and gray hues gave it a subtle beachy feel. Both beds were lit up with unique industrial-style lights, and a nightstand stood in between. We had an issue with one of the platform beds — the headboard was separating from the base, which made the bed unstable. I called the front desk, and within five minutes a maintenance worker came and promptly fixed the bed. We were pleased with the quick response!

The bathroom had an unusual barn door-style sliding door, nice for the small area, but since it didn’t close completely, it didn’t offer a lot of privacy.

SERVICES/AMENITIES: On Saturday we booked a Carolina Runner Boat Tour, conveniently located on the sound side, right across the street. The tour guide took us to Money Island, home to the area’s largest sand dune — perfect for sliding down. From there, we cruised to Masonboro Island, the longest undisturbed barrier island ecosystem in southern North Carolina, for some sunbathing.

After our boat tour, we enjoyed dinner at the hotel’s on- site restaurant, East Oceanfront Dining. We each ordered something different, but all chose seafood since it felt appropriate at the beach. The crab cake, fresh fish and scallops were all delicious. And I enjoyed a hibiscus cocktail, which I learned was made from hibiscus that grows on site.

If you’re looking for a tropical getaway without having to travel to a far-off island, I’d definitely recommend Blockade Runner Beach Resort for your beach fix.

TOP TAKEAWAYS:

  • There are many activities on site, including yoga, surfing lessons and in-room massages.
  • Don’t miss Friday lobster nights or Sunday jazz brunch with local musicians.
  • A monthly Full Moon Harbor Cruise gives you a front-row seat to this spectacular sight.

BLOCKADE RUNNER BEACH RESORT
275 Waynick Blvd. Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480
tel 877 684 8009
blockade-runner.com

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