I was happy to end an extremely busy 4-city trip through the US at Daytona’s The Shores Resort & Spa. And aside from literally getting my heart – and the NASCAR I was driving – racing at the Daytona International Speedway, I was more than happy to do nothing more than plant my bum on the beach and relax. *Gasp* I even put away the camera and mostly put down my phone to just enjoy lounging on the beach.
Just three miles from the beach shops and historic district, The Shores Resort & Spa sits on a beautiful (and quiet) strand of the barrier island. The boutique beachfront luxury hotel offers a menu of luxe amenities from an un-crowded beach to four-poster feather beds you’ll hardly want to pull yourself out of.
As I checked in, the friendly staff handed over my S’mores kit and I knew I was going to love this hotel. Every night from sunset on, you can toast up marshmallows in The Shores’ fire pits to enjoy beachfront S’mores. My kind of place!
The rooms are spacious and decorated in a beachy chic theme, though the four-poster feather bed is the pièce de résistance. The bathroom is on the small side, but a separate vanity area outside the bathroom makes up for the lack of space.
The white sand beach, outdoor swimming pools, jacuzzi, tiki bar, and spa beckon you to actually leave the otherwise cozy room and experience the rest of what the resort has to offer. Can’t choose between beach and pool? Private access to the beach for resort guests makes it easy to alternate between the oasis of the resort’s sun deck and the gorgeous beach. There were chair and umbrellas rentals on the beach or just put your towel down in the sand.
After working up an appetite swimming around in the couldn’t-be-a-more-perfect-temperature Atlantic Ocean, the on-site restaurant Azure’s menu tempted me with plenty of fish and seafood. Since I couldn’t choose just one dish for lunch and since I was indulging, I had the coconut mussels and a fried oyster po’boy. You can dine outside on the elevated terrace or indoors in the elegant restaurant. But who would want to be indoors when the weather was so gorgeous?
As sun sets, which unfortunately is behind you as the beach faces east, the lovely blue of dusk sets in and the fire pits are lit. Grab an Adirondack and have your S’more kit ready. It’s the perfect way to end a day of relaxation in Daytona!
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