Rooms & Suites: 602
Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa sits on the 'Best Beach on Earth for Families' as named by Travel + Leisure magazine.
For over 30 years, the hotel has become a beloved home-away-from-home for countless guests. People who first traveled here for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, a wedding or a meeting tend to come back, year after year. Sandestin is among the famed beaches of South Walton, home to the storied 30A coastal road which follows the stretch of dazzling powder white sand beaches along NW Florida's Gulf Coast connecting charming coastal communities each with their own unique character from traditional beach retreat to eclectic artist colony. Guests both returning and new will now enjoy completely refurbished Spa Tower guest rooms, a redesigned indoor pool and a new main lobby and arrival experience. Sandcastles Restaurant and Lounge, Hadashi Sushi Bar and Serenity by the sea Spa have also been renovated. This transformation, completed March 1, 2015, came right on the heels of a $5.5 million project that revamped the resort's meeting and event space as well as its AAA Four-Diamond Seagar's restaurant. Indulge in the hotel's classic fine dining cuisine of Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood, the longest standing AAA Four-Diamond Restaurant on Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast. (It's rated Four-Diamond but we experienced a true five-star dining experience here). The atmosphere, service, and food are wonderful and you may just catch a glimpse of Emeril Lagasse who is known to eat here about once a month! A Master Certified Sommelier can help you choose a bottle of wine for the table based on the menu selections. So what are you waiting for? Crystal clear, emerald waters and powdery soft white sands await you at this wonderful Florida resort...
Destin, Voted "Best Beach" by the readers of USA Today
"Top 100 U.S. Resort Spas" (2013) - Conde Nast Traveler
"Top 20 Florida Golf Resorts" (2011) - Conde Nast Traveler
Business Meeting, Family Vacation, Golf Getaway, Romantic Getaway, Shopping & Fashion, Spa & Wellness, Wedding
• The incredible beach at Hilton Sandestin is one of the "world's most beautiful" -- the sand is nearly pure quartz crystal -- powdery white and soft. The calm water is a crystal clear, emerald-green color making this stretch of coast truly mesmerizing!
• Seager's restaurant offers a wonderful, memorable dining experience worthy of five stars. (Even vegetarians and vegans will be delighted if you call in your request ahead of time)
• 'Serenity by the Sea' is the only full service Spa in the area and just unveiled a full renovation including a fitness center.
• The Destin area is a shopper's paradise with hundreds of stores and boutiques. Shopping destinations include: Grand Boulevard Sandestin, Destin's Silver Sands Premium Outlets, The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Destin Commons and more.
Check-In Age = 25 Years or Older
Summer months, with sunny days and average temperatures in the mid-80s, are the peak season.
2 PRESIDENTIAL SUITES - The Spa Tower is home to the two most luxurious and spacious accommodations – the spectacularly elegant Presidential Suites, completely new as of March 1, 2014. The suites measure 1,100 square feet.
4 AMBASSADOR SUITES - Popular with both business travelers and families, because at 768 square feet they are spacious enough for an intimate family gathering or a business meeting. Parlor Suites offer couch seating areas, separate bedroom and bathroom and a furnished private balcony.
400 DELUXE JUNIOR SUITES - Located in the Emerald Tower, these accommodations are perfect for families with 575 square feet of space, elegant furnishings and amenities as well as a private balcony overlooking Florida's Emerald Coast. Each suite is designed with bunk beds for children, including a state-of-the-art media center.
196 SPA TOWER GUEST ROOMS - Located in the newly renovated Spa Tower offering a choice of a king or two double beds as well as a sofa sleeper and parlor area for relaxing. These rooms measure 460 square feet and have a contemporary decor with a private balcony.
Premier amenities are available in rooms, including two telephones, a seating area, in-room refreshment center, refrigerator and wet bar, a microwave and special touches throughout. In addition, each room includes an oversized bathroom with hair dryer, dressing area and double vanity.
Complimentary Internet access in hotel lobby/lounge areas
24-hour business center (self service)
Beach - a stretch of coastline that is considered one of the world's most beautiful.
3 heated pools (1 indoors), 2 whirlpools
11,000-square-feet world-class spa and fitness center
4 championship golf courses at Sandestin®
15 tennis courts at Sandestin®
Serenity by the sea's tranquil and elegant spa facilities comprise separate, private women's and men's areas, where you can take advantage of whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, lounges, lockers, beauty products, ultra-luxe double-layer, microfiber robes and slippers, plus a selection of fresh juices, teas and healthy snacks. These amenities are complimentary for those purchasing a spa treatment on the day of the treatment. We suggest you arrive early in order to experience all of them so you can be extra relaxed for your treatment.
For those not purchasing spa treatments, the use of the spa facilities is available for a daily fee of $20/registered hotel guest and $25/non-registered hotel guest. Only guests ages 18 and older can use the spa facilities, which are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day.
Hilton Sandestin's variety of beaches, decks and ballrooms accommodate any size guest list, making the resort a sought-after choice among Destin wedding locations.
Over 32,000 square feet of meeting space. The resort has won all kinds of meetings accolades and awards, including being named one of only eight resorts inducted into the Meetings & Conventions magazine's “Gold Hall of Fame.”
Drive the storied 30A Coastal Road which follows the stretch of dazzling powder white sand beaches along NW Florida's Gulf Coast connecting charming coastal communities such as Seaside each with their own unique character from traditional beach retreat to eclectic artist colony.
Hurricane Lanes, Destin - 26 bowling lanes, Cabana Café, 12 pool tables, an arcade and ping-pong are the offerings here. The place also houses Rupert's Billiards & Blues Sports Bar.
The Track Family Recreation Center, Destin - Here you can ride a variety of go-karts, play mini-golf, or ride in bumper cars and boats. There's an arcade and “Kids Country,” which includes kiddie karts, a train, a ferris wheel, swings and a carousel. Big thrills include a bungee jump with a 75-foot plunge and SkyFlyer, which allows visitors to experience the thrill of skydiving.
Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park, Destin - Any Destin family vacation should include a trip to this place, voted one of America's best waterparks by the Travel Channel. Big Kahuna's features more than 40 water attractions – water slides, pools, waterfalls and a wave pool – plus dry fun in the Adventure Park, home to mini golf, a race track and Sky Coaster. There are thrills here for every member of the family, from the smallest children to adults. “Kiddie Areas” include smaller slides, fountains and a low-depth pool.
Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, Fort Walton Beach - The huge draw at this aquarium is its various marina animal encounters. You can feed fish and penguins, and get up-close and personal with dolphins, harbor seals, sea lions and sea turtles. You can also snorkel with stingrays and swim with dolphins (age restrictions apply).
City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park & Cultural Center Fort Walton Beach - This is an educational and cultural center that aims to preserve, interpret and present the prehistory and history of the Fort Walton Beach community and the Northwest Florida area from 14,000 B.C. through the 1950′s. The Center encompasses the Indian Temple Mound Museum, Camp Walton Schoolhouse Museum, Garnier Post Office Museum, Fort Walton Temple Mound and the Civil War Exhibit Building.
Air Force Armament Museum, Eglin Air Force Base - View weaponry and interactive displays from World War I to present-day, including vintage military aircraft. Bonus: Admission is free.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa Beach. Rent a canoe to paddle one of the parks three (very rare) coastal dune lakes. You can also rent a bike or hike to explore, and you'll see why Topsail is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. Here you can also find 3.2 miles of secluded beaches and 25-foot dunes.
Henderson Beach State Park, Destin. The pristine sugar sand beach is the major draw here, with boardwalks providing beach access. Pavilions are available for picnicking and grilling, and there's also a playground and a nature trail.
Eden Gardens State Park, Santa Rosa Beach. Here you can picnic on the grounds of the historic Wesley mansion, a beautifully renovated two-story house with elegant white columns and a wrap-around porch. The house is surrounded by live oaks and gardens for heritage roses, butterflies and, in season, camellias and azaleas. There's also a one-mile hiking trail.
Grayton Beach State Park, Santa Rosa Beach - Hike the nature trail to glimpse sand dunes, pine forests and scrub environments, or while away the day on the pristine beach, which consistently ranks among the country's most beautiful. Activities here also include surf fishing, as well as freshwater and saltwater fishing, canoeing and kayaking on Western Lake.
Vortex Spring, Ponce De Leon - Located a bit inland from Destin, Vortex Spring produces 28 million gallons of crystal clear water daily, at a year-round temperature of 68 degrees. It claims the title of the largest diving facility in the state. It is also one of the best and safest diving destinations in the country. It offers SCUBA diving, equipment rental and diving training at any level, as well as snorkeling and swimming. There are two high-jump platforms, a diving board, zip line, two swimming pool-sized slides and a rope swing.
Grand Boulevard Sandestin is the closest large shopping area to Hilton Sandestin Beach. Its shops sell beauty products, home furnishings, décor, wine, and men, women and children's clothing. Examples include Brooks Brothers, J. Crew-at-the-beach, Chico's, Tommy Bahama, The Orvis Company and Billabong. There is also a 10-screen movie theater, art galleries, salons and a park, all set in a pedestrian friendly layout. Restaurants include some of Destin's fine dining options like P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Tommy Bahama's Restaurant & Bar and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
Destin's Silver Sands Premium Outlets is one of the country's best outlet centers – home to 110 designer and name brand outlet stores, as well as to several dining options including Carrabba's Italian Grill and Panera Bread. Gifts, beauty and food, housewares, accessories, luggage, shoes and designer fashions for men, women and children are all offered here. Stores include Banana Republic, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. Guests of Hilton Sandestin Beach have complimentary shuttle service to and from Silver Sands.
The Village of Baytowne Wharf, with its restaurants, nightlife offerings, attractions, festivals, parades, concerts and other special events, is much more than just a shopping center. But for shopaholics, the village's 16 unique retailers shouldn't be missed. They include Aloha Surf Company, American Doll, a Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store, Baytowne Jewelers, Coconut Kids, The Candymaker and Toys & Treasures. The charming village, located on the banks of the Choctawhatchee Bay, is close to Hilton Sandestin Beach, and shuttles run there regularly from our resort. The village is also home to Baytowne Adventure Zone's zip line and ropes course, arcades, a carousel, playground and 22 restaurants and nightlife venues.
Destin Commons, voted "Best Place to Shop" by readers of Emerald Coast magazine, award-winning Destin Commons continues to set the standard as Northwest Florida's premier open-air lifestyle center. Set on 56 acres featuring over 600,000 square feet, the center includes almost 100 retail stores and restaurants offering the finest shopping, dining and entertainment, including anchors Bass Pro Shops, Belk, AMC Destin 14-screen stadium style move theater, and in the expansion, H&M and Uncle Buck's Fishbowl & Grill. Destin Commons also offers 70,000 square feet of Class A office space, free Wi-Fi access, interactive fountain and Pirate's Cove children's soft play area.
Northwest Florida Regional Airport (VPS)
May through October