Let's get one thing settled up front: This is in no way a "beach house," despite the name. The construction of this joint is hotel all the way. The property consists of four towers, the tallest of which scrapes six stories, each with identical, partially glassed-in balconies. Nothing homey in the architecture. Room decor, too, shows a disconnect between intentions and results. Each has faux distressed wood floors (they're actually tile), and picket fence-esque backboards on the bed, but all of this farm-chic styling clashes with the tropical aqua and tangerine color scheme and the tropical fish throw pillows. Still, there's much to like here, too, from the unusually roomy stretch of beach out front to the variety of facilities (four restaurants, four bars, three pools) and activities. Best of all, there's no extra charge for anything (except motorized beach sports) at this rare, true all-inclusive resort. On the activities front, the super-friendly staff here is always bustling about, creating pop-up restaurants on the lawn or beach, operating the well-run kids clubs (one for tweens and teens, the other for tots), and orchestrating rum tastings, bingo, and other diversions for adult guests. One warning: Because of tidal and wind patterns, the beach becomes heavily bearded with seaweed in the summer months. It's fine the rest of the year.
Sea Breeze Beach House
Maxwell Coast Road, Christchurch
Our Rating Neighborhood South Coast Phone 1-888-964-0300 or 246-428-2825 Prices From $338 per couple in a standard double, more for high season Amenities Beach, 3 pools, 4 restaurants (plus two pop restaurants), 4 bars, children's club, spa, fitness room (mediocre), free Wi-Fi Web site Sea Breeze Beach House
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