Charming Resort Village with Championship Golf Courses and Full-Service Spa
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort sprawls across more than 2,000 acres on Florida's panhandle. It packs in such a wealth of amenities and activities that Fodor's praised it as "everything you’d ever need in a resort—and more." There are tennis courts, more than 70 fishing ponds, and four award-winning golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Jackson, and Rees Jones. The Jones Jr.-designed Burnt Pine Golf Club spans 7,001 yards and has received awards from _ Golfweek_ and Golf Digest.
Nestled in the resort's Bayside area, the LeCiel offers easy access to the salon and day spa, where treatments infused with natural elements include aromatherapy facials and invigorating marine algae foot wraps.
Thanks to its position between the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway, Sandestin is ideal for almost any watersport, from canoeing and kayaking to parasailing. For a break from aquatic adventure, head over to Baytowne Wharf, where you'll find eclectic boutiques and eateries overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay.
Florida's Emerald Coast: Deep-Sea Fishing and Soft White Sands on the Panhandle
Along the northwest Florida panhandle, the shimmering waters of the Emerald Coast wash onto white, powdery shores made from millions of quartz crystals. Less than 10 miles from Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the popular resort town of Destin sits in the heart of this picture-perfect outdoor playground. Glass-bottom-boat tours showcase the Gulf Coast scenery and frequently offer glimpses of dolphins at play.
Deep-sea-fishing charters are popular, too. Even novice anglers might snag mahi-mahis or blue marlins. After all, the city has been unofficially dubbed the World's Luckiest Fishing Village. The Destin History & Fishing Museum provides a chance to learn more about the area via vintage photos, exhibits on marine ecosystems, and antique tackle such as Ernest Hemingway's fishing rod.