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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy West, Sandestin, FL 32550   |  
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Jackson, Miss.
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“Relaxing, with lots of options!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

In early October, I had the opportunity to spend a few days at the SanDestin Golf and Beach Resort. I very much enjoyed my stay. I had a studio-style room in the Pilot House building. Though not large, it was perfectly lovely and adequate for a couple with a child. (I had a queen bad, and the couch folded out. In addition, there was a small kitchenette (sink, coffee maker, microwave, mini-fridge) and balcony.

On one of the upper floors of the building, there is a beautiful rooftop garden, pool area, and fitness center exclusive to guests of the Pilot House. Additionally, the Pilot House abuts the Baytowne Wharf area, where the resort offers robust choices for shopping and dining (Acme Oyster House, Grafitti's, a fun little wine bar, seafood restaurants, pizza joints, you name it). Rooms at the Pilot House don't have a bay view, but other than that, they are ideal. Though prices are higher than normal at Baytowne Wharf, there is something to be said for the convenience of strolling to dinner and then ambling back to one's room.

I really enjoyed my time at the SanDestin. The property is large and beautifully maintained. One can spend time lounging by the pool, walking on some of the trails and boardwalks, admiring the bay, golfing, or renting boats and the like to actually get out in the water. The resort also offers kid-friendly activities such as ropes courses, a carousel, and hidden tree houses on site.

Also, if you're wanting to get to the beach, no worries. The resort has a shuttle service that picks up throughout the property and delivers one right to the beach. They didn't even mind that we brought our daiquiris with us!

To consider: the property was not crowded in early October, and the weather was gorgeous. I would imagine, however, that visiting here in the summers would be more of a trick.

Room Tip: A select number of rooms have a bay view. The Pilot House, however, does not.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beth S, Manager at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Dear bradshawgirl,

We are so happy to see you had an amazing stay with us here at Sandestin in October! The weather was beautiful and perfect for your exploring our 2400 acres. We thank you so much for you review and your business. We look forward to your next visit so you can take advantage once more of all we have to offer here at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. If I can be of assistance please do not hesitate to contact me at executiveoffice@sandestin.com.

Regards,
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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012 via mobile

Disappointed....foods is horrible and staff at restaurant and slow!!!! I am basing on the fact that i travel a lot and i see how good resorts are ran! I wont be coming back to this hotel..first room was dirty that we had to move rooms!!!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Beth S, Manager at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Dear carmenlivia,

We want to thank you for choosing to stay with us here at Sandestin during your most recent visit to the area. We are so sorry about the issues you encounted and the inconveniences they caused you and your family. Please know, what you experienced is not the standard here at Sandestin and we are so sorry we did not meet/exceed your expectations. I would like to discuss your stay in further detail if you would so kindly contact me at executiveoffice@sandestin.com. I look forward to hearing from you. Again, I apologize for the issues you encountered with the restaurant and your unit.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This is a very large , very posh resort with gorgeous landscaping, a beautiful pool and hot tub. We were in condos that were back from the beach. The seventh floor did have vistas of the beach over a parking lot. The walk to the beach was pleasant enough ,past the pool and onto a board walk that leads to the beach.

This beach is breathtakingly white and gorgeous in every way. Although it was Nov. we were able to walk the beach for miles in clean white sand with few people mostly birds. The water is superior.

We rented from an individual and I think we had a great bargain.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Beth S, Manager at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Dear emazon2000,
Thank you for your wonderful review regarding your most recent visit to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. So happy to see you had a wonderful time and enjoyed the resort. We would love for you to make your reservation with us at 1-800-277-0800 and take advantage of all of the wonderful complimentary amenities we offer...from free bikes to kayaks, tennis, unlimited transportation and more. We appreciate your business and look forward to your return.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

We were very pleased with our traded time share week at the Sandestin Resort. We opted for the Bay Club of Sandestin, which is a Wyndham property. The check in went very smoothly and the reception staff were very engaging and helpful. The unit (505) was spacious, well appointed, in good repair, and had a nice view of the bay. The extensive grounds of the entire resort were impeccably maintained, and the resort had an ideal location. As a guest of the resort, we were able to use the facilities and beautiful sugar sand beach of the Hyatt, as well as play any of the four golf courses (4 - 5 star) within the resort. Baytowne Wharf, a dining and entertainment complex within the resort, offers many dining and drinking establishments, with several offering live entertainment and dancing. There is a free tram which circles the entire resort every 20 minutes, so you never have to drive to and from Baytowne Wharf, the pool, the beach, or even the golf courses. There is even an on-line tram tracker for your convenience.

Room Tip: Ask for a unit on the fourth floor, or above, on the bay side for the best view.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beth S, Manager at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Dear Dupers,

Thank you so much for the 5 star rating. We appreciate your business and thank you so much for choosing Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. We are glad you enjoyed the resort and all our 2400 acres has to offer. We look forward to your next visit!!

Regards,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

Excellent location for group trip or reunion. Many activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment to keep everyone busy and safe in one place.

However, I was there alone for business and became a little bored on the compound after second night. With a rental car it was a quick trip to Destin proper or venture 20 min east to Seaside. Either way you're in a great location to enjoy the resort or wander around a bit.

Cons-Room left a little bit to be updated. Toliet had been scrubbed so much the white paint was coming off. Thick shag carpet..eh. There's no tolietries availavle either comp, vending or sundries stand. You are in the middle of a very large resort so you'd think they'd have a little shop or something for emergencies. Come prepared. This stay was at the end of the season so the hallways were always vacent...a little Shining creepy.

Pros-Kitchenette was perfect and had everything you needed to dine a few meals on a budget or actually enjoy the leftovers from the night before. Pool and hottubs were great. Beach access great even if you are staying on the Bayside. Tram will drive you over. Staff was beyond helpful and super sweet.

Bottom line, I would love to get a couple friends together and all meet here for a vacation. There was plenty to do for a family and concidering the ave price in the area, cost was fair if not great for amenities provided.

Bonus- Gulf swimming and sunset worth the trip.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beth S, Manager at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 26, 2012
Dear ChiRedFlyer,
Thank you so much for your great review of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We do have so much to offer and we look forward to you returning to enjoy every inch of the resort. I do apologize that you were not completely satisfied with your unit. We strive to keep all of our units in the best possible condition for all of our guests. Please contact me at executiveoffice@sandestin.com upon your return and I will see you are placed in a unit that meets/exceeds your expectations. We look forward to your next visit.
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York, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

Super getaway with everything you need right on the resort! Tennis courts and staff were awesome! Location, restaurants, shopping, late night scene were perfect! Great for family or a perfect girls weekend!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Beth S, Manager at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Stephanie A,

Thanks to you and your girlfriends for choosing Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort for your most recent "Girls Weekend". There is so much fun to be had and shopping to be done here in the Village of Baytowne Wharf. We are so happy to see you all had a great time and enjoyed every minute of it. Todd and everyone at the Tennis Center are great and they always have a good time and go above and beyond when taking care of our tennis guests.
We look forward to your next "Girls Weekend".

Regards,
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Daleville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

I booked here for the sole purpose of attending the beer festival so didn't explore much of the property but it is a typical resort property with mostly privately owned condos that they rent out. I stayed right at Baytowne which was perfect, there are shops and clubs right there and has quite a few things for the kids to do also. Zip lines, merry go round etc.. They have a shuttle that will take you around the property so you can catch it to the beach.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Beth S, Manager at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 6, 2012
Dear Fredy F,

Thank you for your most recent stay with us during the BeerFest. We appreciate your business and your choosing to stay at Sandestin. Glad to see you had a great time and enjoyed all of the amenities and festivities at the Village and BeerFest. We have 2400 acres for you to explore and take advantage of golf courses, beach, marina and so much more. We do hope you will visit us again and make good use of our many complimentary amenities we offer our guests who book through Sandestin. We look forward to your stay and your exploring our world here at Sandestin.
Regards,
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Address: 9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy West, Sandestin, FL 32550
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Sandestin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 hotels in Sandestin
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Hotel Class:4 star — Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort 4*
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