WATCH: Take Your Family Beach Portraits To A Whole New Level
The Sanderling Resort on North Carolina's Outer Banks keeps finding ways to kick up the summertime fun. We first heard about the creative shenanigans in the Resort (Family) Pool a couple of years ago, when we got wind that the Sanderling had begun offering mermaid school—serious swimming-in-fins lessons with highly trained outfitters . . . and swimmers decked out in colorful mermaid fins. As if training the next generation of merpeople weren't enough, here comes Sanderling Resort underwater photography.
The Sanderling is offering underwater portrait sessions through an exclusive arrangement with Brooke Mayo Photographers. Sessions ($35 each) can be arranged Wednesdays at the Resort Pool throughout the summer. Mayo hosts each portrait on a private website for two weeks; during that time, you can download your images onto your personal devices as much as you'd like. You can also order professional prints from Mayo.
Located in Duck, North Carolina, on Bodie Island, the Sanderling sits on 13 acres between the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound, with spectacular waterfront views just about anywhere you look. The resort nicely blends rich hardwoods and other classic coastal details with modern comforts and amenities. Guests can choose from the central Beach House, featuring the Beach House Bar and fire pit; a family-friendly North Inn overlooking the Resort Pool; a quiet South Inn, recommended for couples; and house rentals that include access to resort amenities.
The Sanderling has renovated its wedding venues, including a waterfront pavilion and over-water gazebo on the sound. Two "Sea to Sound Suites" offer Currituck and Atlantic views from dual balconies. And the Spa at Sanderling just got an upgrade (and added a "Sea Creations Facial").
P.S. If underwater portraits, Currituck Sound, and the Atlantic Ocean don't offer enough water for you, mermaid school is still open for business. There's plenty of summer left to earn your fins.
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