Fiercely proud of its place in the formation of the Independent United States, Delaware is steeped in history. Situated on the East Coast and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, the Delaware River and Delaware Bay, America’s First State boasts some amazing beaches and seaside experiences.
A visit to Delaware is incomplete without spending time in Chateau Country, where the origins of the DuPont company can be explored, along with an array of other mansions, museums, gardens and libraries that point out the majestic history and splendor of the region. Given it’s unique coastal location, visitors are bound to spend time at Rehoboth Beach, the Seashore State Park, and Cape Henlopen State Park which all provide access to the ocean and seaside cultures.
For a more peaceful experience, the stately cypress trees of the Trap Pond State Park are there to remind visitors of the fantastic age of the countryside. And the turning of the foliage as Summer dips into Fall provide for a visual event that must been seen to be appreciated.
Let’s have a look at the best resorts in Delaware:
1. The Resort at Massey’s Landing
In the heart of Delaware’s beachside precinct, The Resort at Massey’s Landing offers a range of campsites for tents and RVs, complemented by a selection of contemporary beachside cottages, craftily situated to provide access to the ocean, and the spectacular views they present.
The Resort has a number of restaurant/café options inside the grounds, as well as a marketplace where visitors can gather groceries, drinks and other necessities. Guests can visit local golf courses, experience biking, hiking, and stand up paddle boards all within close proximity of the Resort. And with an obvious tip of the hat to the coastal location, the operators ensure their guests have access to numerous charter fishing options.
2. Leisure Point Resort
Situated near the sandy beaches of Rehoboth Bay, Leisure Point Resort provides a secure base camp from which to explore the region. Equipped with shaded campsites and cabins, the resort has its own marina from which boating and fishing expeditions can be launched. The resort is family operated, with the owners residing on site, and fully engaged with the visitors. From Memorial Day through to Labor Day regular activities are planned daily to keep guests entertained, and ensure a stay at Leisure Point is memorable for everyone involved.
The proximity to Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, Cape Henolopen State Park and the Cape May – Lewes Ferry, as well as excellent fishing, clamming and crabbing grounds, means the Resort is ideally situated for guests to enjoy the highlights of a summer stay in Delaware.
3. Tall Pines Resort
Offering an array of camping and cabin accommodation, and a recently constructed water playground, the Tall Pines Resort in Lewes has a definite air of Family Time about it. The campsite features an 18-hole golf course, fitness centers and is even pet friendly for those who can’t bear to leave their four-legged family members at home.
The resort is located centrally, and provides access to the historical, shopping and recreational centers that will appeal to most visitors to the region. Additionally, the complex is well shaded by the name sake Pines, making it an ideal summer location. From deluxe cabins to tents, this place has a certain charm that you won’t forget.
4. The Delaware River Club Lodge
Ideally located on the banks of the West Branch of the Delaware River, the River Club Lodge is a perfect location for fishing enthusiasts. The Lodge has access to one of the top 5 trout fishing streams in the United States, and therefore appeals to a very specific style of holiday-maker.
The Lodge itself is comfortable and modern, sacrificing style and elegance for location and pragmatism. A mix of single and double rooms grant guest access to the continental breakfast made available by the River Club. The site also contains a 3-acre pond for the kids to use, and a private swimming pool with is accessible during the warmer months (for swimming, not fishing).
The community aspect sponsored by the club is a unique feature of the Lodge, and the advice on offer to newbie and experienced fishermen and women alike makes the Delaware River Club Lodge and ideal destination for lovers of fly fishing.
5. The Summer Place Resort, Bethany Beach
This is what you call your resort when you know exactly why you’re there. The Summer Place Resort is a perfect location for when the weather starts to get hot. Located at Bethany Beach, the resort has been designed to favor the summer seekers from across the United States, and deposit them as close to the clean sandy beaches as they can manage without fearing being washed away with the tide. Featuring on-site hot tub, Jacuzzi, swimming pool and dry sauna, this is paradise for those who just want to relax and unwind.
Comprised of self-contained townhouse-styled units, the Summer Place is a perfect base camp from which to branch out and explore the region, taking advantage of the rebirth of the town that happens every summer. The boardwalk is bristling with restaurants, bars, and shopping destinations, and the units are perfect place to retire when the sun goes down and the cool wind washes over the town.
6. The Bay Resort Motel
This award-winning Resort is situated in Dewey Bay, just minutes from popular Rehoboth Beach. Set in a private cove, the Resort boasts its own pier that stretches out into Rehoboth Bay, making the complex perfect for swimming, fishing and crabbing. And sunsets experienced from the pier are worth the price of admission alone. The complex has over 60 self-contained rooms, and its own private beach. You can choose to stay either in Bayside or Pool side rooms, whatever you prefer.
This resort has every dish your taste palate can wish for – from pizzas and grills to seafood and Mediterranean delights, you won’t have to worry about preferences! In addition, its proximity to Rehoboth Beach means guests can access the vibrant summer atmosphere before retiring to rooms that have a simple, contemporary elegance, and all the amenities you could want.
7. The Sea Colony Resort, Bethany Beach
The award-winning Sea Colony Resort is situated between Bethany Beach and Ocean City, and avails guests of stunning ocean views and access. A private beach, 12 pools, 34 tennis courts as well as basketball courts, and a modern fitness center make the Sea Colony an ideal destination for an active family. Tennis lovers are particularly well catered for at the resort, given the complex has won multiple awards.
Once again, proximity to the livewire summer atmosphere, food and shopping at Rehoboth Bay is an added bonus, if you can manage to pull yourself away from the beautifully crafted and landscaped grounds. A magnificent, contemporary experience in Delaware.
8. Atlantic View Hotel, Dewey Beach
Situated at absolute beachfront, the Atlantic View Hotel stakes the claim to the best beachfront hotel in Dewey Beach. This is a location that understands its strengths, and plays very well to them. With a viewing deck on the sand, there is nothing to impair the views from the hotel rooms. The sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean will make for either a perfect way to start the day, or a perfect way to end a long summer night.
The hotel has been operating for 35 years, and the rooms have a bright, modern beachside feel. The staff pride themselves on their friendliness and desire to create an experience for the guests, rather than just provide accommodation. The Hotel is also within reach of the Rehoboth Beach precinct for those looking for vibrancy to cap off their stay.
9. The Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Centre
The Atlantic Sands is another beachfront hotel taking up the hotly contested space at Rehoboth Beach. With an oceanfront pool, private beach and three on site restaurants, the Atlantic Sands provides for a fully self-contained experience. Everything someone comes to the beach to experience is available without leaving the grounds.
With rooms to suit any size group, the Hotel has a conference center on site to appeal to the corporate market. In-room Jacuzzis and bridal suits are also available upon request. In addition to the three restaurants available on the grounds, the hotel is walking distance from the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk district.
10. The Hotel Dupont
The Dupont Hotel is a timeless destination that has been welcoming visitors to Wilmington for over a hundred years. With a classic elegance in the design and interior decoration, the hotel boasts 217 rooms of escalating levels of opulence. The 12-storey Italian Renaissance building was commissioned by Pierre S du Pont, president of the Du Pont company, and opened its doors in 1913.
The hotel is a prominent part of the history of Delaware, and the Du Pont family, and remains a part of the company. The hotel offers a truly unique experience in Delaware, and perhaps in the world, transporting visitors back into an error of craftsmanship, sophistication and style. If it is the First State you have chosen to visit, and not the First Beach, then taking time to experience the Du Pont Hotel is essential.
11. The Brick Hotel
Proving that not all Resorts in Delaware are on the beach, the Brick Hotel on the Circle in Georgetown is 15 miles from the ocean. Your first view of the however, will convince you the right choice has been made. The red brick building, and the iconic town where it is located, are quite frankly overflowing with character and history.
The Hotel itself has been refurbished in 2008, and now projects charm and longevity into the center of this historic town. Surrounded by manicured gardens (including one on the roof), and housing a restaurant and bar on site, the Brick Hotel is emblematic of the cultural and historical significance of Georgetown itself, and is therefore worth a visit.
12. Boardwalk Plaza Hotel
“Think of us as a beach house with 84 bedrooms”. The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel on Rehoboth Beach plays to its strengths, however carries itself with class as well. Built of red brick and wrought iron, the charisma of the building is difficult to question. Standing on an ocean-front balcony overlooking the sparkling blue Atlantic Ocean is an exercise in luxury.
The Victorian styling of the building is unique for the Rehoboth Beach area, and a welcome relief. It is encouraging to see that the character that is Delaware can still hold a place in the tourist center. The hotel includes an indoor pool, and on-site restaurant that can provide for room service, or a magical dining experience overlooking the ocean.
13. Hotel Blue
The Hotel Blue is situated canal-side in Lewes, allowing guests the opportunity for a unique holiday experience in Delaware, away from the hive of activity that is Rehoboth Beach. The Hotel has a rooftop pool to accommodate summer guests, and a fireplace in every room for those who wish to visit the First State in the cooler months.
The rooms have a unique feel to them, and have clean, contemporary lines and a private balcony, complementing the classic coastal building with modern interior amenities. The central location and free on-site parking allows guests to explore Lewes, or even venture out to Rehoboth Beach with ease.
14. The Beach House – Dewey
Located at Rehoboth Beach, the Beach House is a family owned enterprise that offers clean, contemporary accommodation, in a vibrant location. Equipped with its own pool, beachfront location, and modern interior, the hotel provides for a comfortable and appealing destination from which to explore Rehoboth.
Whether you decide to stay in a King Room, a Double Room or a King Suit, you’re going to experience hospitality and luxury like never before, and the best part? They’re just steps away from the glistering waters of the beach!
15. Hotel Rodney
The Hotel Rodney is a boutique hotel in Lewes, within reach of the beach. The Hotel displays the character one would expect from a historic town, but which can be lacking from the center of the tourist strip at Rehoboth Beach. Built in 1926 the building itself is central to the charm of Lewes, and does provide a view into the history of the town, and of Delaware.
The classic exterior of the hotel belies the modern amenities that can be found within, with a conference room for 50 people, modern fitness center, wi-fi and computer access, the hotel’s central location provides access to the recognizable Rose and Crown Restaurant in central Lewes.