As I step into the two bedroom village suite in The Villages, I am welcomed by a bottle of champagne, fresh robes in the bedroom, and floor to ceiling windows with a wraparound balcony overlooking the village plaza, pool and the ocean in the distance. The space is nothing short of homey with a relaxing master bedroom that includes a large bathroom with a double vanity, walk in shower and relaxing soaker tub. The second bedroom offers neutral serene colours and a retreat like bathroom complete with a walk in shower and granite countertops, perfect for the in-laws. The kitchen boasts a large island with a corner table that overlooks the large glass slider to the balcony outside.
Wild Dunes, set on 1,600 acres of pristine bliss, is a perfect ocean escape whether traveling as a couple, with family or with friends. The Village resort on the property is the closest you can get to the beach with just a short one to two minute walk via a boardwalk to the two miles of warm Atlantic ocean waters.
My day started with a short trip to Hudson’s Market where ice coffee lovers, look no further, is located an elevator ride to the 1st floor. I would start by eating a delicious cinnamon roll, or breakfast platter. They also sell items like bread, milk, snacks and more if you so choose to stock your room as well as toys, books and souvenirs. By the end of my stay, I was greeted by first name and felt like I was part of the resort family.
I would then take a short and peaceful walk via the boardwalk to the beach until lunchtime. The boardwalk is surround by Lowcountry magnolia and palm trees - a perfect mix of a Lowcountry beach escape. The Atlantic Ocean water temperature stayed around 82 degrees, perfect for swimming and relaxing.
My afternoons were spent eating lunch at the Grand Pavilion Cafe and Bar which overlooks the beach and one of the resort’s four pools. The menu includes a variety of frozen drinks and grill items with their frozen margaritas, Beachside Burger and Grilled Cheese being my favourite. The beach cafe and bar also hosts live music on the weekends and in my case, on July 4th that makes you feel like you are experiencing nothing less than a beach paradise.
My early evenings were spent relaxing on the balcony outside of the room, reading a book and feeling the ocean breeze before eating dinner. I dined at both The Coastal Provisions Restaurant as well as Huey’s on site the property and recommend the fresh grilled Mahi Mahi from Huey’s and the Roasted Snapper from Coastal Provisions.
The resort features two golf courses ranked best in the state by Golf Digest and endless activities that include beach rentals, bicycle rentals, tennis, fitness, a spa, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. Excursions include boat tours, fishing and more.
Overall, I would rate this resort at par with the AAA Four Diamond rating it receives - I relaxed, listened to the waves and enjoyed every minute of my two bedroom oasis and the amenities that Wild Dunes has to offer.
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