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“Wonderful Place for a Beach Vacation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

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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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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Sandestin
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
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“Wonderful Place for a Beach Vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I had read quite a few negative reviews about the Sandestin Golf Resort and was very concerned about what our experience here would be like. We were having a small family reunion here and I wanted it to be perfect. We stayed at the Luau Tower I and could not have had a better experience. Our condo was so spacious for the 6 adults and 2 children who were staying there. It was a three bedroom unit. The family with two small children stayed in a connecting suite and that was a perfect space for them. The unit was clean. We had beautiful views from all windows. We heard no noise from the hallways or other units. We found everyone at the resort to be helpful and friendly. I had some difficulty with the internet I had paid for and placed a phone call for help. I received a call within 15 minutes and had no more issues with the internet. The beach here is stunningly beautiful and the water is warm. We had a very short walk from our hotel to the beach. We used the fitness room. It's very nice. A highlight for us was using our free bicycle rental and riding bikes from the Baytowne Marina. I would recommend booking through the resort and getting all of the amenities. If I could change anything - I wish there were more places to eat at the resort. There is a lot of traffic driving into Destin, and while there are some very good restaurants there, there are times we would have preferred not to leave the property. I also wish you could receive a guarantee of rooms. I would love to come back and have rooms 7202 and 7204 again. That would alleviate some nervousness about coming here if one knew they had an ocean view and a high floor. Other than that, we loved it and hope to come back. I'm back in the desert now and picturing myself on the beach at Sandestin.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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, June 16, 2013
fcarolee,

Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us here at Sandestin. We appreciate your business and we are so pleased to see your family had an memorable stay with us. Luau is a great location and has many great amenities. The fitness room, grills, observation deck and a great salt water pool are a perfect completion to choosing Luau. We see you took advantage of our complimentary bike to explore the many miles of bike trails here at Sandestin. Regarding your units, we do have an assurance program that can guarantee your units for your next stay. Please feel free to contact one of our reservation specialist and they can assist you with the program while making your next reservation. We look forward to your next stay!

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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chattanooga, tn
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

As a family of 5 with young kids, our experience was incredible at SanDestin. There's so much to do, see & eat on the property. The view from our condo & the accommodation was perfect in every way! The amenities are more than you could ever ask for from the youngest of age to the oldest. The shuttles & bike rentals are perfect for getting around & seeing all the sites. There's even an app you can download that will help you find your way around. There's water sport rentals along with lessons, spectacular golf courses & miniature golfing for the young kiddos too! We loved the Wharf & all the fun games & the delicious food - ohmygoodness the food! By far our most favorite was hitting the white sands for hanging out on the beach & watching the sunset. Everything was exceptionally clean & neat. The grounds are incredibly lush & have every kind of sport to offer from land to sea. Staying in Sandestin was a pleasure to experience for our entire family!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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, June 16, 2013
nestofposies,

Thank you for visiting us here at Sandestin and sharing your experience. We are so pleased to see your family made great memories while you were here. We have so much to do among our 2400 acres and something for every member of the family. We see you downloaded our Explore Sandestin App and used it during your stay. It is a great tool for the entire family to use during your vacation and stay informed about all we have going on. Again, we appreciate your business and we look forward to you visiting us again soon and creating more lasting memories.

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

I've just returned from the most enjoyable work assignment in years. Sent to Sandestin Golf and Beach resort for the coverage of the most recent SEC meetings, I have to say, I am impressed!

Right from the beginning, everyone from the resort worked to provide everything we needed to carry out the broadcast we had planned. Keeping us informed all through the process.

I was greeted upon arrival, shown to the area we would be working from overlooking he Gulf. At check in, everything the resort had to offer was explained and I was given directions to Heaven.

Imagine, walking out your front door onto one of four of the most breathtaking Golf courses you have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. Working overlooking the Emerald green waters of the Gulf, watching the sun rise and set over the Choctawhatchee bay. Zip lining over the Lagoon in the Village at Baytowne Warf, shopping, dining, water sports, of coursethe Beaches. All within minuets and at your finger tips, at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Not to mention the unforgetable views, everywhere you turn, POSTCARD!

I can't say enough about the incredible staff, working tirelessly to make sure no detail was overlooked. I was a fantastic four days in Heaven. I'm already looking forward to next year!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 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, June 5, 2013
KirbyAllenKirby,

We are so glad you were able to come spend a few days in paradise and get your job done too! We do have an amazing place to live, work and play. We are so glad that your broadcast assignment of the SEC meetings were successful and you were able to get the job done in some sun and fun. Hopefully you will be able to come join us again for a few days of pleasure and enjoy all we have to offer here at Sandestin. We appreciate you choosing to stay with us and we certainly want your next stay to be POSTCARD perfect too!

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

My fiancé and I recently stayed at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort for a friend’s wedding and it was fabulous! From the amenities to the service, everything about our experience was incredible. This is a fantastic place to relax and hangout with family and friends. I would certainly recommend this Resort to anyone. Oh and the food?... Amazing!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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, June 5, 2013
Kappie R,

Thank you so very much for your most recent stay with us here at Sandestin. We hope the wedding was wonderful and you created some great memories here at Sandestin during such a special occasion. We have something for everyone and there is always something to do. So happy to see you and your fiancé' enjoyed them all. We appreciate your business and we look forward to you choosing Sandestin again soon!

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Orlando
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

My boyfriend and I recently stayed at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and we absolutely loved it!

The room was clean and spacious and best of all the bed was SO comfortable which is something you normally don't find while on vacation and away from home.

I strongly recommend trying out the marina for lunch. It's a great place to grab a drink and some lunch and just relax. I ordered the grouper sandwich and the fish was so fresh and cooked perfectly! The staff is very friendly and easy going and overall it's just a fun place to stop in for lunch or drinks or both.

We really enjoyed riding bikes around the property and browsing around the countless shops that are located in the village. They even have a Fat Tuesdays on property which was perfect for Summer. We were able to stop in and grab a daiquiri and sit out on the patio with our drinks while we soaked up the sun a bit.

Overall we had a great time and we would definitely come back again!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 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, June 16, 2013
DSanders1202,

Thank you so much for your review. We appreciate your business and we thank you for choosing to stay with us here at Sandestin. We have so much to do and see and it looks like you took advantage of some of our complimentary amenities. We are pleased to see you enjoy our complimentary bikes. With 2400 acres we have plenty to explore. So happy you experienced the Marina Bar & Grill, the beautiful views and the grouper, it is amazing! We hope you made some amazing memories while you were here with us and we would love for you to visit us again soon.

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

I recently stayed at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. It was one of the best vacations I have had in years. There is so much to do, that you literally run out of time to get it all done. The golfing at Raven was the best. We also enjoyed para sailing right off one of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see. The Marina Bar was our favorite place to get something to eat and watch the sunset. Excellent service throughout our stay. All the employees were friendly and helpful. Our condo was in tip top shape with a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico. Biking was fun and so was the putt putt course which is close to the beach. Free trolleys take you anywhere you want to go. The free concert at the Village was great. I can't wait to return.

Room Tip: Choose a high floor for great views of the resort. Take the trolley.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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, June 5, 2013
Thomas M,

Thank you for choosing to stay with us here at Sandestin. We have so much to see and do among our 2400 acres and it looks like you took advantage of all of our amenities. So pleased to see you enjoyed every minute of your stay here at Sandestin. We have so much to offer our registered guests that as you know, there is not enough time to see and do it all. We look forward to your next visit where you can rediscover some of your favorite spots (Marina Bar & Grill) and discover a new favorite spot too.

Regards,
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Marion, IN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Several members of my family have recommended the resort, over the years. Several friends and I decided to go up for Memorial Day weekend. We got a two-bedroom at Westwinds. The view of the ocean was spectacular, especially on the higher floor. All I can say is that we had an absolute blast! The condo was the perfect size for four adults, with plenty of room. We had a great time in the Village area. The clubs were a lot of fun, at night. The beach was crowded, but awesome. Great service at checkin-the staff gave us a lot of tips on where to go and what to do, which was really helpful. Housekeeping staff were also great, and very prompt when we called for extra towels. Had lunch at the marina Bar and Grill-best burgers in the panhandle, for sure! We drove over to Seaside on Sunday, but came back to the Village to party some more that night, and had an absolute ball. Our only regret was having to leave on Monday. Definitely recommend, and we will be back.

Room Tip: Burgers at the marina bar and grill are superb. Tram service is also very handy when you don't w...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, June 5, 2013
zippy1113,

We are pleased to hear you had such an amazing stay with us over Memorial Day. We had an action packed weekend for all of our guests. There were fireworks on Sunday and plenty of fun, sun and beach to go around. Glad to see you enjoyed the Village and some of the nightlife that is available. And yes, the Marina Bar &Grill is a great spot to hang out, have some great food and watch the sunset. We appreciate you choosing Sandestin and we look forward to your next visit!

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*
Number of rooms: 1265
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