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Avista Resort Newsletter

Summer 2022 - Vol. 13  |  Issue 3

Greetings from Avista Resort!

Summer is in full swing here at Avista Resort. We've enjoyed beautiful weather, awesome activities, and have helped deliver the best vacation experiences possible. We can't wait to see you at our lovely resort!

4th of July Celebration

This year, our 4th of July celebration was met with the fury of mother nature, who delivered a mega-storm in the morning and early afternoon. Not to worry - we were able to move our cookout to our 4th floor mezzanine, where our hungry guests were able to enjoy great food, games, and great drinks and tunes at the Tree Top Lounge! We know how to keep the good times rolling!

Amped up Summer Activities

This year, we have amped up our activities to 11! We've added many new things to do, including Spike Ball, Beach Volleyball, Rock Painting, Tie-Dye Shirt Making, Paracord Bracelet Making, Sandcastle & Hula Hoop Contests, and the VERY popular Night Crab Hunt! There's also been the ever popular movie night and even a "Wine and Painting Night" for older guests in our Tree Top Lounge! Guests have let us know on social media, reviews, and direct feedback how much these great activities were the highlight of their entire vacation.


Beautiful Blue Water

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This year has produced some of the most beautiful blue water that we've ever seen.

Our water is always beautiful, of course, with variations of jade and emerald greens, and navy blues. But this year - we've had Caribbean-esque color and lighter aqua blues. WMBF First Alert Meteorologist Sean Baily said a combination of higher salt levels and lower levels of algae and sediment are making the water appear more tropical-like and according to information from Coastal Carolina University, these levels are a result of wind over the continental shelf that has been bringing marine waters closer to the Grand Strand's shoreline. It's been great for photos and we've seen a lot of great ones from our guests!

Mermaid Swims

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We've had mermaid sightings at Avista Resort in the indoor and outdoor pools!

Our friends at Mermaid Adventure Swim are at Avista twice a week during the summer and are also available for private swims and photo shoots. Children of all ages are welcome to don mermaid or shark fins and learn to swim like a mermaid or shark and participate in fun activities like underwater scavenger hunts, obstacle courses, and fun games! You'll also be able to get some great photos.

1-hour sessions are available for $30 each. Be sure to sign up with Guest Services during check-on or during your stay. It's Mer-Mazing!

Employee Spotlight: Thomas

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Introducing Thomas, Avista Resort's Activities Director

Not much is known about Thomas before he was Captain of the Black Pearl. Only rumors, hearsay and myths. Legend has it, he was made in California and raised throughout the southeastern United States. Aside from being home schooled along the southern dirt track circuit, Thomas was reared in the various mountains, backwoods, lakes, swamps and rivers of North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. 

As a youth, he spent most summers in Cherry Grove and Myrtle Beach, where he honed his skills as a "Beach Bum", making it his mission to know every beauty and danger of the coast. After dropping out of college twice, he joined the army where he worked as a "Computer and Satellite Specialist". From there, Thomas presumably developed skills as a technician, while continuing to develop his fishing, hunting and recreational skills. 

He resurfaced around 2017, managing the River Park at Cooleemee Falls, while owning and operating "River Bottom Adventures", where he hosted fishing and camping tours up and down the Yadkin and South Yadkin River. After COVID and a much needed sabbatical, circumstance and the advice of a fortune teller "who was strictly commercial", Thomas returned to the Myrtle Beach area to pursue his destiny of bringing fun and happiness to anyone willing to accept it.

Guest feedback for Thomas and the new activities has been extremely positive!

"We loved the children activities with Thomas! Such a kid at heart! This makes the resort much more child friendly. Loved the addition this year!" - Cassandra R.

"Thomas was a great activity director. The kids enjoyed the movie by the pool and the crab hunt." - Marcus B.

"Loved the extra activities with Thomas. We participated in rock painting, kite flying, night crab hunting and the duck race where our son won the championship round!" - Jaymes S.

New to Myrtle Beach: The Hangout

A very fun and exciting restaurant has come to Myrtle Beach - The Hangout! This brand new center for fun and great food and drinks is perfectly located at Broadway at the Beach. You'll find it right across from Ripley's Aquarium and you can't miss it - it's HUGE! The first thing you'll notice is the large stage and grassy area with chairs where live music is performed nightly. There's even a sand pile, foam pit, games, shopping, and more that's fun for the entire family!

The fun doesn't stop when you go inside, as you can dine on excellent food and specialty drinks, while participating in dance-offs, hula hooping, and crazy fun! The staff encourages all the participate (even to dance on your chair or table!), so if you're looking at having a fun experience, this is the spot! Plus - there's a winding slide you can use INSIDE the restaurant. Let's go!

Recent Guest Comments

“Our experience with the Avista Resort was absolutely AMAZING! So many fun things for the family to do, the kids had a blast, the beach was a stone's throw away, the food was great at all the eateries on site, the staff was WONDERFUL, and the white glove/red carpet treatment was absolutely perfect. Will definitely stay here again! 5 STARS WITHOUT A DOUBT!" - Bridgette S.

“Our Anniversary vacation was excellent! Check in with ease at the front desk with previous online check-in. Housekeeping made sure we never ran out of amenities. We fully enjoyed ourselves and couldn't ask for more. Thanks for the memories Avista! Will definitely be back." - Shanique M.

“Michelle in reservations is absolutely awesome! She was so kind and patient with me while helping me to pick a room type best suited for our visit. She answered all my silly questions with a smile I could feel through the phone.” - Joseph W.


Check In Online & Skip the Line

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Our Contactless Mobile Check-in service and app has been speeding up and simplifying the arrival process for our guests since its January launch.

Guests can check-in online before arriving to the resort, significantly reducing the wait at the front desk! Your mobile device becomes your shareable room key, and you only need to visit the front desk after arrival to pick up your parking passes and pool tags. The app also has valuable resort information and exclusive deals for our users. To learn more click HERE.