To make the most of a coastal vacation in Wrightsville Beach, book a stay at one of the island’s three oceanfront resorts. With plenty of room to make yourself at home, activities galore and full-service amenities, embracing our active island lifestyle has never been easier. Each resort offers a variety of unique offerings, from delicious eats and refreshing cocktails to water-based adventures.
Read on to discover a resort-style vacation in Wrightsville Beach:
If you’re searching for a perfect getaway with unique views and award-winning food, look no further than Blockade Runner Beach Resort. The resort is a tropical oasis known for its island-chic décor. Hand-painted murals and boardwalk-inspired wooden accents stand out as you enter the lobby, making you feel like you’ve just walked into an underwater dream. Each of the seven floors is decorated distinctly, from a Bohemian-themed floor to a nautical-themed floor lined with porthole mirrors.
With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the sound on the other, Blockade Runner is the only resort in the area offering surf-to-sound amenities. Watch the sun rise over the water from the lush oceanfront garden or enjoy the spectacular view of the sun setting over Banks Channel. Lounge poolside in your own cabana and order drinks or a bite to eat from the poolside bar. For those who wish to stay active, the fitness center featuring a sauna and a new saltwater Jacuzzi tub has everything you need.
EAST Oceanfront Dining, Blockade Runner’s award-winning on-site restaurant, boasts fresh-to-table dishes complemented by produce grown in the resort’s own garden. The vegetarian and seafood-centric dishes are crafted with influences from California, Mexico, Asia and the Mediterranean by Chef Jessica Cabo of FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen and can be enjoyed either indoors or outside on a canopied deck overlooking the gardens.
Discover numerous opportunities for adventure with Soundside Adventures. Become your own captain with sailing lessons – including American Sailing Association classes that can count towards ASA certifications – and sailboat rentals, or kick back and let someone else steer the ship on a relaxing Sunset Harbor Cruise or a Palm Tree Island Cruise. Appreciate the beauty of Wrightsville Beach’s coastal ecosystem with an Eco Paddle Tour as you are guided through a wide variety of scenic marshlands and tidal flats. Adventure around several nearby uninhabited islands of Masonboro with the Island Hopper Cruise, where you might even spot dolphins and other marine life. From sailing and stand-up paddleboarding to kayaking and fishing, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained.
Beach Day Bliss
The Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach is the perfect destination to find your coastal oasis. Featuring scenic views overlooking the ocean and pristine tidal marshes, the resort offers both indoor and outdoor pools with two hot tubs, a sand volleyball court and a fitness center. Choose a room with a private oceanfront balcony to wake up to a delicious breakfast on the balcony. Enjoy private beach access and rentals including bicycles, umbrellas and beach chairs for the perfect day on the sand. Plus, upcoming renovations will transform the entire resort to bring a fresh, new vibe to the space leaning into a luxe resort feel.
After a relaxing day on the beach or by the pool, enjoy an oceanfront evening at Oceans Restaurant and Bar. The menu features delectable offerings from the land and sea, cooked to perfection by the hotel’s expert chef. For a delicious entrée that promises a flavor profile you’ll never forget, try the Almond Encrusted Scallops with a vanilla bean risotto, pickled melon and a charred orange emulsion. Beef lovers will be in heaven with their Filet of Beef Shoulder, served with a garlic potato cake, asparagus and poblano aioli. With the upcoming resort renovations, Oceans will have a completely new look for a lighter, brighter and fresher atmosphere that promises ocean views from every seat in the house and plenty of natural light.
Front Row Seat to Paradise
Oceanfront views abound at Shell Island Resort, the perfect destination for anyone wanting a VIP invite to the beach. The suites feature oceanfront balconies, ensuring amazing views of the ocean, Mason's Inlet, Figure Eight Island and a wildlife sanctuary. In addition to your own private balcony, each suite is equipped with a spacious living room, a kitchenette and beach chic décor.
While lounging by the indoor or outdoor pool, you can grab a snack or frozen tropical drink at the poolside tiki bar. Beach days are made easy with private beach access to miles of sandy shores and beach chairs, umbrellas and bicycles for rent on site. You can even keep up with your fitness routine with the on-site fitness center and sand volleyball court.
The Shell Island Restaurant and Oceanfront Lounge offers American cuisine with seafood specialties in a relaxed setting with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Grab a fried shrimp basket, pulled BBQ sandwich or firecracker shrimp tacos. Enjoy a specialty cocktail with your meal like the Spicy Jalapeno Margarita or the Wrightsville Peach. Whether you choose one of our oceanfront resorts or another island accommodation, adventure-seekers, beachgoers and foodies alike will all find what they’re looking for in Wrightsville Beach.