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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West | Destin, FL 32550-7844 [See Map]
#1 in Best Destin Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating
Property Type Resort with 1,280 rooms, 21 floors
Primary View(s) Ocean
Style Traditional, Modern
Best For Business travelers, Families, Couples
AMENITIES Shuttle Service, Internet Access, Business Center See all amenities

U.S. News Review

The massive 2,400-acre Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida, is a mini-metropolis in and of itself. Travelers come here for the wealth of activities and amenities — four championship golf courses, 15 tennis courts, several restaurants, multiple pools and a 7½-mile stretch of beach along the Emerald Coast are just a few of this compound's biggest draws. A stay at this resort also comes with complimentary kayak, boogie board and bike rentals included in the daily resort fee. As for accommodations, you have your pick of villas, townhomes or condos in four property categories — Beachside, Lakeside, Bayside and Village — that all offer different vantage points of the Florida landscape and varying in-suite amenities. Regardless of which digs you choose, recent visitors are quick to praise the pristine beach, the impeccably clean resort grounds and the helpful staff.

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Critic Reviews

Fodor's

“This place is its own little world — with shopping, charter fishing, spas, salons, tennis, water sports, golf, and special events — so it's no wonder newlyweds, conventioneers, and families all find something for them at this 2,400-acre resort.”
Award: Fodor's Choice

Smarter Travel

“With activities designed to please everyone from toddlers to grandparents, Sandestin makes a perfect choice a multigenerational resort getaway.”

Frommer's

“Luxury accommodations run from hotel-style rooms with a minifridge and microwave to one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom luxury accommodations, with a full kitchen, dining room, washer and dryer, and patio or balcony.”
Award: Frommer's Exceptional

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor.com. A total of 401 guests have reviewed the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, giving it a rating of 3.5, on a scale of 1-5.

Guest Ratings: 3.5 (based on 401 reviews)

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Amenities

  • Shuttle Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Pets Allowed
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

Located on the Florida Panhandle between Pensacola and Panama City, the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a sprawling 2,400-acre property. Guests will find lodging, 19 dining options, 15 tennis courts, four golf courses, four pools, more than 40 retail stores and even nightlife on-site. If visitors need to spend time away from the resort, surrounding towns like Freeport are just a short drive away.

  • Silver Sands Premium Outlets are about a mile west of the property
  • Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is about 3 miles east
  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle (with fee)
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

Accommodations are spread out over four distinct neighborhoods — Beachside, Bayside, Lakeside and Village — that offer varying spaces ranging from studio apartments to five-bedroom townhomes. Most accommodations include kitchenettes or full-size kitchens, living rooms and private balconies or patios.

  • Daily resort fee of 14 percent of your daily room rate includes access to the fitness center, the seasonal Sunshine Shuttle, preferred beach parking, beach umbrella and chairs, two 4-hour bike rentals per day of your stay, one free hour of kayak rental, one free hour of other water sports rentals and more
  • Internet access included in daily resort fee

Standard room size:

400 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Dining

With more than 20 distinct dining options on the property — including fine dining restaurants, more casual options like bars and nightclubs, and dinner cruises from the resort's marina — guests have a smorgasbord of dining experiences to choose from. Go casual at Roberto's Pizzeria, Osaka Sushi Rocks or even Subway. Take in live music, drinks and food at Rum Runners. Enjoy fine dining at Marlin Grill or Poppy's Seafood Factory.

  • SOLARIS dinner cruises in Choctawhatchee Bay in a 125-foot luxury yacht include seasonal fireworks
  • Quick-service breakfast options like Caffe Siena

Number of restaurants:

27

Cuisine types:

Asian, Italian, American, Mexican
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

The Sandestin resort houses four main pools and towels are complimentary for guests.

  • Must show your room key to use the pools
  • Multiple lounge chairs and umbrellas available for use

Number of pools:

4

Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar

Spa

The Spa Sandestin is located in the Bayside neighborhood of the resort. The spa offers a variety of body treatments in addition to salon services like waxing and makeup application. Special spa packages are available.

  • Complimentary use of the steam room, sauna and whirlpool included with any service.
  • 20 percent service charge added to all services except spa packages

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

Sandestin is a family-centric resort that offers specialty programs for children and teenagers. Younger kids can participate in junior golf and tennis programs, enjoy arcade games and even play mini-golf. The Baytowne Adventure Zone features a zip line and ropes course, and the 5-acre Jolee Island Nature Park provides plenty of hiking trails.

  • Registration for kids club is required
  • Kids Club hours are Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.
  • Kids club ($55 to $65)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

The Destin Fitness Center offers cardio and weight-training equipment as well as group fitness classes and personal training sessions. Facilities include a locker room outfitted with showers, sauna, steam room and hot tubs.

  • Fitness classes are $10 per class or you can purchase a package of three classes for $25
  • Non-guests and members incur a fee for access to the center and classes
  • Guests 16 and younger not permitted
  • Executive Health & Wellness Center features urgent care and routine medical and pharmacy services
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles (free)
  • Tennis (free)
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats

Business

This resort has more than 65,000 square feet of flexible meeting space across multiple conference center buildings. The Baytowne Conference Center, Linkside Conference Center and Linkside Center Exhibition Hall are all intended for larger gatherings. Take your business meeting outside at the Bayside Sandestin Pool Deck or even on the Solaris Yacht. An Elephant Walk event room provides event attendees with beach views.

  • Largest space is the Magnolia Ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,600 people for a standing reception
  • SOLARIS Yacht available for private events

Number of meeting rooms:

29
  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

Sandestin has about 15 pet-friendly units, mostly larger townhomes. There's no limit to the weight or breed of pet, but there is a $250 one-time fee. Call the resort directly to inquire.

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting

Golf

Sandestin is home to four different golf courses. Take in Choctawhatchee Bay views at the Rees Jones-designed Burnt Pine Golf Club. The Tom Jackson-designed Baytowne Golf Club and The Links Golf Club offer Emerald Coast views and challenging courses. Swing like the pros at the Raven Golf Club, which hosted the PGA Champions Tour in 2006 and 2007.

  • Nike360 offers swing observation and golf performance analysis for $90 per hour
  • Instruction, packages and corporate golf outings available
  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop

Wedding

Sandestin provides wedding parties with a variety of indoor and outdoor venues to choose from. Ceremonies can be held on the beach, poolside at the Beach Club and on the 10,000-square-foot Grand Lawn.

  • A reception is required as the hotel cannot host ceremony-only weddings
  • Minimum of 50 guests required

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

500
  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West | Destin, FL 32550-7844 [See Full Map]