Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, located in Northwest Florida, is one of the few places that my husband and I drove away from and we both simultaneously exclaimed that we were going to stay there again. We travel all over the place and if given the choice to return to a city or property we have already been to or visit some place new, we usually choose the latter.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is one of those places that I know we will be returning to over and over again. The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort spans over 2400 acres. There is so much to do that you don’t even have to leave the property (we didn’t while we were there!) and so much of it is family friendly.
The luxury lodging options at Sandestin are limitless. There are one room studios, three bedroom townhomes, cottages and single family homes. We stayed in the The Grand Sandestin, which is located in the Village. The Grand Sandestin is a luxury condominium hotel. We stayed in a three bedroom, three bathroom condo that had a beautiful kitchen, living area, laundry (very important when traveling with small children!) and three separate balconies. After touring the property, it is our opinion that it is the perfect spot for a family. It has a large pool with a zero entry that is perfect for young children. There is also a small circular pool that is three feet deep all the way around and kids loved having a pool of their own! In the pool area, there are two hot tubs. The Grand Sandestin is located just steps away from the Village of Baytowne Wharf.
I was surprised to find out about the number of amenities that are included in a stay at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. You can get two complimentary 4-hour bicycle rentals each day of you stay, one hour free kayak, boogie board and canoe rentals, and an hour of free Destin tennis resort court time (times available may vary) per unit. All you have to do is show your Resort Card (your room key)! There are also services that you can take advantage of like children’s programs, spa services, laundry service, and golf club rentals for a fee. There are several forms of transportation around Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Even though we were staying in The Grand Sandestin away from the beach, we could use the Express Beach Route to get to and from the beach without having to move our car.
We took advantage of several of the available amenities. We rode bikes from the The Grand Sandestin down to Jolee Island, an island with play structures and nature trails, in the morning. The kids thought they were riding in style in the bike trailer! The bike paths around the resort are great for bikers or all levels. If you want to bike to the beach and are not staying on that side, there is a tunnel that you can take so you don’t have to cross the busy Highway 98.
After spending the morning riding bikes, my husband took the kids out on an ocean kayak. All we had to do was show our Resort Card at the Beach Hut! They did a great job of getting my husband ready to take the kayak out as this is one of the few sports he hadn’t tried yet. I stayed on the beach and read a book while sitting in a lovely beach chair under a palm tree…truly a highlight of the trip!
Activities and Events
In addition to the above amenities, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has a calendar full of activities and events that you can attend as a resort guest. We had the opportunity to attend the Easter Explosion event where there was a small concert, a massive egg hunt, face painting and more. There is a Wednesday Night Concert Series, magician shows, and family friendly events for just about every holiday.
Club KZ is a great way for you to take advantage of the spa services or play a round of golf on one of the four golf courses while the kids are still entertained. Club KZ is for children ages 4-12 from Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 2pm. The cost is $55 per child, which is really only about 10 dollars an hour (what I currently pay my babysitter!). Not only are they fed lunch from one of the many restaurants on the property but they are also treated to activities around the resort including mini golf, the carousel and other rides at the Village of Baytown Wharf, a trip to the beach and more. There are also Children’s Evenings Out with dinner, movies and other activities for a cost of $45 a night. We did not take advantage of the kid’s programs but I did get a tour of the building and I know my kids would love to be dropped off next time we stay at Sandestin!
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
The Village of Baytowne Wharf is just steps from The Grand Sandestin and the other Village properties. There are shops, nightclubs and bars, a number of restaurants that vary from casual to fine dining. There are also several activities for the children including a carousel, and playground. There is also the Adventure Zone which includes a ropes course, zip line, Eurobungy and miniature boats to race.
We had such an amazing weekend exploring Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and we can’t wait to return for another family vacation. We even looked up real estate information for units in The Grand Sandestin…this is something we haven’t done in a long time while visiting a property! Who knows? Maybe we will own one someday and we can return whenever we would like! Until then, we are going to plan our next weekend trip (which will hopefully be sooner than later!).
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort hosted my family for two nights. We paid for meals and transportation. My reviews are based solely on my experiences and opinion with no outside influence.