Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa review
Staci Salazar of 7 on a Shoestring provides this post about her experience at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa on behalf of Dear Crissy.
Escaping to Florida in the midst of cold temps and winter weather in April was just what my 9 year old daughter and I needed. The minute we stepped off the plane in Florida we were greeted with warm sun and a light breeze. Once we drove onto the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa property we discovered a paradise of white sand beaches and sparkling gulf water.
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Although I only had one child along for this trip, we stayed in a Deluxe Junior Suite nestled high in the Emerald Tower. Our view spanned the beautiful white sand, as well as the luxurious, heated pools the resort offered. The sunset was a beautiful backdrop to the end of each day of our stay just outside our balcony doors.
The suite itself features a private alcove made especially for the kids. A set of bunk beds offers each child a bit of their own space on vacation, while an in-room media center entertains them during indoor time.
Once you move through the kids’ room, you enter the rest of the 575 sq. ft. space which offers a premium king size bed, sleeper sofa and sitting area, as well as a workspace. Plus, each suite has a refreshment center that includes a coffee maker, microwave, and mini refrigerator for use during your stay.
After exploring every aspect of our room, my daughter and I were on the beach ready to join in a sandcastle building contest.
The white sand was much softer than any I have ever experienced and the build was a fun challenge. We decided to create an underwater scene anchored by a large octopus instead of the traditional sand castle. After the judges had time to take a look at all of the creations, they declared all of the kids winners and passed out prizes.
Dinner was at Barefoot’s Beachside Bar and Grill centered by the resort pools. A fire pit warmed us as we enjoyed the beach view and seafood menu throughout the evening.
The next day we were able to enjoy several of the Hilton Sandestin Beach resort’s amenities. We began our day with a breakfast buffet at Sandcastles Restaurant located inside the hotel. Once full of a wide array of delectable breakfast foods, the children were all escorted to the Kids’ Krew program area and the bloggers began a tour of the resort.
While at Kids Krew for the day, the kids made t-shirts, decorated a Frisbee, ate lunch, played games, watched cartoons, and made friends. All 7 of the children in our group had a fantastic time and could not wait to go back later that night for Kids’ Night Out.
As the children enjoyed their time with friends, we were treated to services at the Serenity by the Sea Spa. This Spa, Salon and Fitness Center has been voted the “Best Spa” since 2003 by Emerald Coast Magazine… and it was easy to see why. All 11,000 sq. ft. of the Serenity Spa is indulgent and set up to dissolve stress and pamper you.
Separate men’s and women’s lounges feature whirlpools, steam rooms, private lockers, and a sitting area filled with fresh snacks and juices. Outside the private lounges, a state of the art fitness center and full-service salon are available to all guests of the hotel. The use of the private areas requires a $20 fee that is well worth the comfort and relaxation found within the confines of the space.
After being pampered at the spa, we picked up the kids once again for ice cream at Picnix Poolside Market and then a few hours of beach time. As the children jumped the waves and played in the sand, we were able to comfortably sit beachside and enjoy the Florida sun under a large umbrella. Afterwards, a little time swimming in the pool and a few minutes in the hot tub rounded out our day in the sun.
The kids once again made their way downstairs for “Secret Agent Training” with the Kids Krew, while we met for dinner once again fireside on the patio of Barefoot’s. This time dinner was catered by the resort and was 3 courses of pure deliciousness. A Caesar salad was served first to begin the meal, followed by a main course that featured an excellent Filet Mignon with a Baked Potato.
Dessert was a Chef Specialty and was absolutely divine: creamy cheesecake covered in fresh berries that included strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries, as well as 2 slices of kiwi. Overall, the dinner was fabulous and the conversation was engaging and hilarious. We had a fantastic time and knew the kids would not be ready to say goodbye yet so we moved to the indoor pool.
Our final day, my daughter and I walked the beach looking for shells and enjoyed the light breeze and sounds of the gulf waters. A quick frolic in the water and we had to pack up and prepare to head home. Saying goodbye to the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort was bittersweet. We were ready to get back home to our family, but cannot wait to come back again soon with the rest of our family in tow. The resort had so much to offer every member of the family and we know they are going to love it!
Staci is a Texas Mom Blogger of 5 from toddler to teens living the dream… from home! She is a Blogger and Brand Ambassador with reviews and lifestyle content. Find more from her at 7onashoestring.com.