When you think of Daytona Beach, visions of bikini-clad Spring Breakers, beer can-crushing NASCAR fans or Hell's Angels on Harleys may come to mind. But -- if you venture just a few miles south of the main drag, you'll encounter quiet, tiny hamlets with names like "Wilbur by the Sea", "Ponce Inlet" and "Daytona Beach Shores". This is The Shores Barrier Island, one of Florida's hidden treasures – and where we discovered The Shores Resort & Spa – Daytona's only AAA Four-Diamond luxury beachfront hotel.
Location, location, location : The Shores Resort & Spa at The Shores Barrier Island offers the best of both worlds: proximity to Daytona's world-famous attractions, including the Daytona International Speedway (for those of you not well-versed in all things Ricky Bobby, that's where the Daytona 500 is held); Daytona Beach Pier, Daytona Lagoon Water Park, Ocean Walk Shoppes & Movies, the Historic Daytona Beach Bandshell (check out the ‘Sizzling Seaside Summer Concert Series', and ‘Fireworks Light Up Daytona Beach', every Saturday through Labor Day Weekend). And oh yeah, miles and miles and white sandy beaches.
Now, onto The Shores Resort & Spa's luxurious accommodations: Each room at the resort presents a refreshing retreat with breathtaking views of Daytona Beach, the Atlantic and the Intracoastal Waterway. Chic furnishings, warm hues, Italian marble bathrooms and pillow-top beds help you sink into a relaxed, Florida luxury beach hotel state of mind.
And, as the only AAA Four Diamond resort among all the oceanfront Daytona Beach hotels, The Shores Resort & Spa also offers a long list of luxurious guest services and amenities to ensure your ultimate comfort. The four-poster feather beds with plush pillow-top bed and ultra-soft, 300-thread-count linens will top your list. Trust us. If only you could roll those beds out onto the beach …
If you can tear yourself away from your room for a few hours, miles of white sandy beaches are just steps away. With 229 days of sunshine a year, this is why you're here. Perfectly family-friendly and quiet, you can bring your own beach gear or meet the friendly beach vendors – with everything from beach chairs & umbrellas, to sunscreen & ice cream. And, because you're in Daytona Beach Shores, not Daytona Beach, it somehow never feels crowded here.
Then, when you're ready to rinse of the salt and sand, The Shores Resort & Spa's Oceanside Sundeck with outdoor swimming pools, Jacuzzi, beachfront cabanas, Tiki Bar and beachside fire pits await. Here's a tip: get a good spot at one of those fire pits at sunset, and indulge your sweet tooth with a kit of Shores S'mores. Try saying that three times fast with a mouth full of marshmallow.
But wait, there's more … the resort has a delightful restaurant too. Azure Restaurant features ocean-inspired cuisine in a beachfront setting. Ask about their signature dishes and an extensive wine selection. And where you dine is half the fun – Azure offers indoor and beachfront fine dining. My recommendation? If you really feeling like spoiling yourself, have your lunch or dinner delivered to you in your private cabana. Oh yes, you're allowed.
And when all that lounging, sunning, dining and napping has gotten you 98% de-stressed … go for the extra 2% and indulge in The Shores Resort & Spa's Indulge Spa. With spa package names like ‘Chocolate Raspberry Delight' and ‘Sacred Spa Journey' – you'll be transported to your happy place in no time.
So, the CBS Atlanta Better Destinations Team is confident that after a weekend or week-long stay at The Shores Resort & Spa, your disposition may be sunny enough to go back and face your co-workers. Maybe.
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