The pull of the sands is strong in Virginia Beach, but that’s only half the fun. Wildlife-filled state parks, the Virginia Aquarium and afternoons of fishing or surfing make for a dreamy holiday. The city is also replete with a varied collection of hotels, ranging from art-filled bolt holes to historic B&Bs. So, whatever you come here for, there’s a hotel to suit your needs.
From the grand exterior to the art-filled rooms housing extravagant light fixtures, you will immediately feel the grandeur of this historic hotel. Perched on a hill with views over the ocean, the Cavalier features a high-end spa with a hydrotherapy pool and a hydro capsule, as well as an indoor pool, a hot tub and an on-site bourbon distillery. As a guest, you can also take advantage of a 24-hour fitness center and the hotel’s three sophisticated restaurants. Rooms come with marble bathrooms featuring clawfoot baths.
At Turtle Cay, guests benefit from two heated pools, two hot tubs, a 9ft (3m) waterfall and an off-site tennis court. The resort is steps from the beach on the southern stretch of the boardwalk – keep an eye out for passing dolphins. If you’re coming with the whole clan, book a room with a kitchen to save on eating out. And, for entertainment with a splash of education, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Center is within walking distance.
Built in 1895, this beach cottage is one of the oldest lodgings in the city. Trim gardens, porches and a fire pit are all winners with the guests. There are five rooms, each with coastal-inspired decor and hardwood floors. Visitors are treated to a two-course breakfast cooked by self-taught chef Rich. An on-site spa has a tempting treatment menu – spoil your partner (and yourself) to the 1-hour long couple’s swedish massage.
Swerve the resorts with a stay at this beach cottage, which is within walking distance of Croatan Beach and Neptune’s Park. The eight guest rooms are suitably homely but can include some not-so-standard features such as rainfall showers and jetted tubs. A spa on the third floor with its own heated pool means you don’t have to give up all the resort amenities. If you drive, free private parking is a welcome bonus.
Looking to stay a little longer? This all-suite hotel offers apartment-style accommodation with a kitchen – ideal for when you want to save a little cash. Morning meals are taken care of by the complimentary breakfast buffet. And, after a day of splashing in the heated pool and hot tub, warm up around the barbecue grills, and cook a special family or group dinner.
The accurately named Coastal Accommodations offers a collection of delightful vacation homes, just moments from the shore. The two- to five-bedroom retreats are all light and airy and have a beachy theme. Entertainment is found on the nearby sands and waves; you may just want to go horizontal with a good book, or you could rent a boat using the concierge service provided.
A nightclub in the ‘60s hosting the likes of Roy Orbison and The Shirelles, this family-friendly resort is now a comfortable spot for a Virginia Beach break. Every room comes with an ocean view, and some rooms also feature private waterfront balconies. There’s also a heated indoor pool, and you’ll receive complimentary access to a nearby gym. For a less active vacation, Virginia Beach Fishing Pier is within walking distance.
The three-towered Courtyard hotel is a beach lover’s dream. Next to the boardwalk, it’s just a few steps until you hit the sand. And, when you’re not soaking up the rays, you can be swimming in the heated indoor pool, relaxing in a hot tub or pushing yourself to the max at the 24-hour gym. Retire to tropically colored rooms, all of which have ocean-facing balconies.
Built in the early 20th century, Angie’s Guest Cottage is a charming throwback with a home-from-home feel. The cutesy guest rooms come with tea- and coffee-making facilities to get your day off to a flyer. In the backyard, there are a barbecue area and picnic tables, but you’ll likely spend most of your time by the ocean (just a block away) or visiting the local attractions, such as the fishing pier and Neptune’s Park.