Beachfront Destin Hotels

by Baldwin Ellis
Destin's emerald green ocean waters provide a striking contrast to the white sandy beaches.

Destin's emerald green ocean waters provide a striking contrast to the white sandy beaches.

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The powder white beaches of Destin, Florida, are lined with a selection of hotels that offer picturesque views of the area's stunning emerald green oceans. The hotels range from a sprawling resort that is home to four championship golf courses and a full-service spa to a moderately-priced property with several family-friendly amenities. The hotels are also near theme parks, Destin-Ft. Walton Beach Airport, nightlife and shopping districts.

Embassy Suites Destin at Miramar Beach

The Embassy Suites Destin at Miramar Beach offers beachfront accommodations on the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel is within minutes of family-friendly fun at Big Kahuna’s Waterpark, which offers waterslides and children’s play areas, and the sprawling Silver Sands Outlet Mall, home to Cole-Haan, Coach and BCBG Max Azria factory stores. Accommodations include multi-room suites with sleeper sofas, garden tubs and balconies with city or ocean views, as well as romantic suites that offer jetted Jacuzzi tubs. Amenities include an outdoor pool, private beach access and complimentary area shuttle service. The hotel also offers complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and evening manager’s receptions with light snacks and cocktails.

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa offers upscale accommodations on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. The Emerald Coast Parkway is near the hotel, providing access to restaurants, the Destin-Ft. Walton Beach Airport and Big Kahuna’s Waterpark. Accommodations consist of contemporary guest rooms offering private balconies with ocean, garden, pool or golf course views. The property is teeming with a variety of recreational amenities, including four championship golf courses, children’s and lap pools, tennis courts, a fully-equipped fitness center, and a full-service spa with plunge pools. Dining options are highlighted by Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, a gourmet eatery offering an extensive wine list, caviar, Chilean sea bass, filet mignon and porterhouse steaks.

Holiday Inn Destin On the Beach

The Holiday Inn Destin On the Beach is an oceanfront property within minutes of Big Kahuna’s Waterpark and the Destin HarborWalk Village, which offers a marina, glass-bottom boat rides and vibrant nightlife. Accommodations consist of traditionally decorated guest rooms with wood furnishings, mini-fridges, and ocean or pool views. Amenities include lagoon-style and children’s pools; complimentary DVD kiosk; and boogie board, kayak and beachfront cabana rentals. Dining options consist of a full-breakfast buffet that is free for children and complimentary afternoon receptions with free popcorn and frozen treats.

Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach

The Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach is beachfront property within a five-minute drive of Destin. The hotel is near Henderson Beach State Recreation area, which offers water sports, camping and hiking trails, the Emerald Coast Science Center, a year-round facility featuring interactive exhibits and the Gulfquarium, Florida’s oldest marine life research center. Accommodations are highlighted by the beachfront rooms which include mahogany furnishings, full-size fridges, kitchen cabinets and private balconies with views of the Gulf of Mexico. Recreational amenities consist of private beach access, a heated outdoor pool and whirlpool, while hotel dining options include a breakfast eatery with indoor and patio dining as well as Kiwi’s Bar and Grill, which offers American cuisine and live entertainment on weekends.


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