Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Traveler - The Shores Resort & Spa

And the gift guide continues! Those who prefer experiences to material items  may require you to become a little more creative with your gift giving.  Theme Park tickets, concert tickets, and spa gift cards are great gift ideas but I highly recommend a stay at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores for your travel loving friends and family members.

Our Wedding at The Shores Resort & Spa
My husband and I decided a couple of years ago that instead of getting each other gifts during our anniversary, we would put that money towards spending time and doing something special together.  This year we decided to go back to the place where our married life began.  The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores.

Though we were married several years ago, this resort is still my favorite hotel I've ever been to.  I had such a terrific experience planning and celebrating our wedding day at The Shores that I will forever hold this resort high above the rest.  A day that is commonly stressful and full of Murphy's Law experiences for many was completely tranquil and smooth for us.  Our entire wedding day was completely perfect thanks to the wonderful staff at The Shores Resort & Spa.

Outdoor Lounge Area and Tiki Hut Bar
The last time we stayed overnight was our wedding night, though we have visited the restaurant on site many times since then.

Just like the day of our wedding, we were greeted by a friendly, professional hotel staff  the moment we stepped foot on property for our first child free night together in two years.  Everyone was very helpful, approachable, and genuinely warm.  It was great to see the resort still had amazingly inviting customer service.

As we entered the lobby I had the "we're on vacation" feeling- Even though we were only staying for one night.  There is something about the classy atmosphere of The Shores that instantly relaxes and pampers its guests. From the lobby the bar, spa entrance, and restaurant can all be accessed; making it incredibly easy to get around the hotel. 

Our room was decorated with a breezy, light elegance and included a balcony with an oceanfront view.  We stepped out to view the ocean and even spent some time relaxing,  listening to the waves and watching the people below.

Latte from Azure at The Shores Resort & Spa
We headed downstairs to have our lunch at Azure, the onsite restaurant, and we were not disappointed. We both ordered the grilled cheese and tomato bisque. The food is beyond delicious and fresh.  The chef seems to take such classic dishes and create flavorful additions without removing the comfort factor.

One of my favorite aspects of The Shores Resort is the outdoor eating and lounge area.  Its a perfect place to relax, take in the beautiful ocean sounds and sights, and enjoy a delicious latte (which, of course, I did.) Nothing says "Good Morning" like a salty beach breeze and a great cup of coffee.

During the warm months, the pool and lounge chairs are the perfect place to take a load off and just enjoy the beach life.  The cooler months are perhaps my favorite time to visit The Shores.  This resort features beachfront fire pits that are the perfect place to snuggle, sip hot cocoa, and make smores (smores kit available in all resort rooms for $10) when there is a bit of a chill in the air. 

My husband's favorite part of The Shores Resort? The beds.  Seriously, these beds and pillows are some of the most comfortable we have ever slept in.  And for tired parents looking forward to getting one night of truly restful sleep... comfortable beds are VERY important. The room's quiet, tranquil atmosphere made it very easy for us to deeply sleep through the night and awake pleasantly rested.

We had an amazing time visiting The Shores. I wish we could've stayed longer.  We may just head back with our son once Spring hits to enjoy a little family time at this spectacular hotel.


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