Set on 2,400 acres and 7 miles of beach, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a sprawling complex of 30 different neighborhoods, featuring rental condominiums, villas, town homes, and a wide variety of luxury beach hotel accommodations. It can be overwhelming, yes, but once you're situated, you will find that everything you need is right here—four championship golf courses, 15 tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, marina dockage facilities, water sports, children's programs, a fitness center and spa, and, my favorite, a pedestrian village complete with shopping, restaurants, ice skating, zip-lining, and actual signs of nightlife. Luxury accommodations run from hotel-style rooms with a mini-fridge and microwave to one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom luxury accommodations, with a full kitchen, dining room, washer and dryer, and patio or balcony. All units have spectacular views of the Gulf, the Bay, fairways, lagoons, or nature preserves. I like the rooms surrounding the Village of Baytowne Wharf, because restaurants, shops, and nightlife are all right here. Some prefer the quiet condo side of things. Decor ranges from old and tired to grandmotherly and up to glam-motherly. It all depends on what sort of unit you choose. Ask up front what the interiors are like if aesthetics are important, because when it comes to resorts, this is a Forrest Gump box of chocolates—you never know what you're gonna get. There are plenty of amenities, including two free four-hr. bike rentals each day of your stay, one hr. of free kayak rentals, one hr. of boogie boards, a free hr. of tennis, access to the fitness center, free seasonal tram service, and preferred beach parking. The daily resort fee of $17.28 is well worth it.
Destin and Fort Walton Beach
Destin and Fort Walton Beach› Hotel
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W. (U.S. 98)
Our Rating Neighborhood Destin Phone 866/805-2169 or 800/933-7846 Prices $93–$749 Units 1,300 Amenities 22 restaurants, 8 bars, babysitting, concierge, free use of bikes, kayaks, boogie boards, children's programs, 4 golf courses, gym, 19 outdoor pools (some heated), spa, 15 tennis courts, watersports equipment/rentals, Wi-Fi (free) Web site Sandestin Golf and Beach ResortBook a Room Now
Map9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy. W. Destin and Fort Walton Beach
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