Sandestin– Relaxing Family Fun

by Pam on December 18, 2013


We received travel accommodations at Sandestin. All opinions are my own.

With temperatures dropping like a rock in North Georgia, the thought of a relaxing weekend at the beach was enough for the entire family to pile into the car and head to Sandestin, where the  seven miles of pristine beaches beckoned us to walk on them and splash in the surf.   Because December is the “off-season,” we practically had the beach to ourselves.  Bryan and I took long relaxing walks while allowing the kids to explore the beach and resort.  With over 1200 available rooms, condos and villas to choose from, there is accommodation for any size family.  We stayed in a two bedroom condo in Luau One and the kids continually exclaimed how happy they were to have “room to spread out.”  I liked the fully stocked kitchen with everything I needed to prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner, helping us save a ton of money that we used to splurge on a couple of  awesome meals.  Our condo could easily sleep six, with the two bedrooms and pull out sofa in the living area.  My favorite addition was the washer and dryer.  I absolutely hate returning home to a huge suitcase of dirty laundry.  I tossed some clothing into the washer each night and returned home with hardly any laundry.


We had a spacious dining area, living room and fully stocked kitchen.


Having two bathrooms, two bedrooms and 3 televisions made a pleasant experience.

We were located on the 12th floor and had  breathtaking views of the beach, the pool and one of the gold courses.  We had a spacious balcony, complete with a table and six chairs.  Bryan kept slipping out in the early morning to enjoy the peace and quiet while reading his newspaper.  Although I thought it was too chilly to play in the water, the kids disagreed and spent time in the private pool and hot tub as well as wading in the surf.   The resort has no shortage of options for entertainment for days when it is windy, chilly or rainy.  We spent one day exploring the Village of Baytowne Wharf, a collection of shops and restaurants set to look like a coastal fishing village from a bygone era.  The kids stopped to play at the Blast Arcade and Laser Maze, challenging each other to demonstrate their skill at skeetball, and then headed to the Baytowne Adventure Zone,  featuring Ziplining, a Carousel, bungy jumping, a tower climb and more.   Afterwards we all walked out on the wharf and took turns feeding the fish or seagulls and gazing out at the wildlife surrounding the bay.   Baytowne Wharf seemed to be the “happening place” in the evenings with activities scheduled all year long.  We stopped by and watched the 12 Nights of Lights, a festive light show set to Christmas music.


The view from our room.


Our balcony and more views from our room.


We didn’t have time to try all the facilities the resort offered including mini golf or playing on one of the four golf courses, biking, tennis and (when in season) daily water sports, but we did walk around the Marina and explore some of the tree houses.  They would be a fun place to relax on a summer evening and stare out over the bay or have a romantic picnic lunch.  With over 2400 acres we could have spent days exploring the resort without leaving.  The complementary shuttle bus picked us up and carried us to various drop off points so we didn’t have to drive anywhere on the resort.  The kids (and the adults!) were sad to see our weekend come to an end.

village of baytowne wharf

The Village of Baytowne Wharf


The Marina and the Bay.



Pam is a former teacher turned work from home mom. When she's not caring for her kids or cats, she can be found whipping up tasty recipes, trying her hand at the newest techie gadgets or reading. She loves to travel whenever she has a chance and spends way too much time on the computer sharing her experiences.

{ 72 comments… read them below or add one }

Aisha Kristine Chong December 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

Everything seems so much fun – I’d love to have a walk on the beach too – that kind of atmosphere and vibe must be so worth it.


Amy Desrosiers December 18, 2013 at 8:44 am

I think I fell in love with the view, and pool! I wish I could visit someday soon!


Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks) December 18, 2013 at 8:55 am

That does look relaxing and absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing!


Debbie Denny December 18, 2013 at 8:55 am

Looks like so much fun.


Ave December 18, 2013 at 9:18 am

Looks like you had a lot of fun! The view from your room is gorgeous!


Jennifer Williams December 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

I would love to go right now. I love the areas that look historic – love the pelicans!


Robin (Masshole Mommy) December 18, 2013 at 10:18 am

I’ve never heard of Sandestin – is it in Georgia? It’s been SO cold here in MA lately that I would LOVE some beach time right now.


Pam December 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm

No, it’s in Destin, Florida, Robin. It’s about an hour from Panama City.


Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell December 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

Oh wow, that set-up with all the amenities and washer and dryer — fabulous. I hate coming home with laundry too! Makes me grouchy. lol I love the idea of casual strolls along the beach. Glorious location.


Diane N - Philzendia December 18, 2013 at 10:39 am

Looks like you had a great time! We love to travel and are always looking out for new destinations so thanks for posting this!


Jennifer @TheRebelChick December 18, 2013 at 10:47 am

I’ve never been to Sandestin, but it looks amazing! I need a nice little beach vacation after my crazy month!


Nicole B December 18, 2013 at 11:01 am

We’re going that way for the holidays and are checking out hotels. I wish it was warm enough to swim!


Giveaways 4 Mom December 18, 2013 at 11:24 am

This looks like it is an amazing place to stay.


Trisha D. December 18, 2013 at 11:29 am

Wow, looks like such a relaxing weekend. Beautiful views and the cozy beach beats snow and bitter cold temperatures up here in the North!

Loved virtually hanging out on the beautiful beaches you showed!


Heather Lawrence December 18, 2013 at 12:08 pm

**sigh** -17C here this morning.
I would love to trade the ice and cold and go to any of those beaches right now!!


Ellen Christian December 18, 2013 at 12:14 pm

That does look amazing. I love the view from your room. So peaceful!


Jennifer December 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Sounds like a dream trip for RIGHT NOW!!! What a beautiful vacation!


Janel December 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm

That view is awesome!! What a beautiful place to visit!


Lolli @ Better in Bulk December 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm

That looks like the PERFECT place for me to be right NOW! I would love a relaxing week on the beach this time of year!


Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings December 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm

looks like a great vacation!


Melanie a/k/a Crazy Mom December 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I love Sandestin and we always have fun there… Soo jealous, wish we could have met up, but this time of the year it’s just too busy.. but looks like you had a great time and got a little sunshine out of it… thanks for sharing


Pam December 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I wish we could have met up too, Melanie! That would have been so much fun!


Mistee Dawn December 18, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Those pictures are so awesome. Looks like such a gorgeous place to visit. Thanks for the info.


Michelle December 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Would love to go Sandestin someday,looks like you had some great funthere.


Tara December 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Sandestin is so nice! And what a perfect time of the year to visit!


Alicia Taylor December 18, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Gorgeous hotel! I grew up in Pensacola just down the road from there. You won’t find prettier beaches anywhere than the Gulf Coast.


Tammy December 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Boy would I like to go visit there! We do the typical touristy things when we go to Florida, but that looks like a great relaxing escape. I’m ready for that over theme parks these days!


Angela December 18, 2013 at 3:49 pm

The beaches in that area are so lovely. I am looking forward to taking my own family to Sandestin.


Nancy Lustri (StyleDecor) December 18, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Looks like you had a fabulous time. What a lovely place to stay! Will make note of it for an upcoming vaca! :)


Ronnie December 18, 2013 at 4:25 pm

God that looks so relaxing.. it’s what I need, too. Just a few days to myself in a quiet paradise.


Amber Edwards December 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Ok, I think that is where I need to be right now! it looks absolutely amazing and very relaxing! I could definitely enjoy a vacation there and feel right at home!


Michele December 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

That beach looks so inviting right about now–I could definitely benefit from just sitting on that beach and staring out at the ocean.


Taralyn December 18, 2013 at 5:08 pm

What a beautiful place to visit! I love getaways with my children – especially to the beach!


Alecia @ Chicken Scratch NY December 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I love off season vacations! I went to Georgia in February, it was in the 50′s and all the locals were walking around in winter coats while I was hanging out in a t-shirt! It was practically summer compared to the -10 degree weather in New York!


Pam December 18, 2013 at 8:21 pm

It is in the 50′s here in Georgia right now and I have seen several people with toboggans and mittens. While I don’t have a tshirt on, I thought it was sweater weather! :)


brett December 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm

i’m in love with sandestin and i haven’t even GONE there. but i will one day, i’m sure of it!


Sarah Bailey December 18, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Wow that looks amazing – what a view you had as well. I’ll have to add it to my ‘too visit’ list. x


Chrishelle December 18, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Sandestin looks like a really great beach. The Luau One looks like a really wonderful place to stay. I would love to bring my family there for a vacation. We are in mid GA it would not be a long trip.


Jennifer B December 18, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Wow this place looks so beautiful! I would love to stay there!


Lady Lilith December 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Oh how nice. It looks like you really had a nice time. Thank you for sharing the photographs. Some of the views are breathtaking.


Angela S December 18, 2013 at 7:19 pm

It’s rather chilly outside right now. I would love to escape to Sandestin beach for a few days.


Daisy December 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

This looks like an amazing trip, especially at this time of year when we would love to escape the cold. I am impressed with all of the amenities and activities they have!


Matthew's Mom December 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm

This looks like a huge resort with 2400 sq ft. My son would love swimming and seeing the birds. I’d love the chance to relax. :)


Tough Cookie Mommy December 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

This looks like such a beautiful place. With the temperatures dropping here in New York City and all the snow, I would love to get away to a place with mild weather like this one.


Shanna December 18, 2013 at 8:12 pm

OMG, Sandestin looks like a lot of fun. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be on that beach right now!


Pam December 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Now that is my kind of place! I loved where you stayed too! And the washer and dryer would be such a bonus especially for longer trips.


Mariana December 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm

oh, that looks DREAMY! I’d love to go to the beach right now… I’m so cold!


Natalie @ A Turtle's Life for Me December 18, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Ha! I think my kids would disagree with me about the water temp too! Looks gorgeous there!


Amanda December 18, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I have always wanted to visit Sandestin! The beaches look amazing and their resort seems to have something for everyone.


Malia December 18, 2013 at 9:17 pm

What a nice view. That looks like a great place to visit!


Rosey December 18, 2013 at 9:31 pm

I love that oasis of a pool!!!


Carlee C December 18, 2013 at 10:07 pm

I have never heard of this place before, but I am loving that pool. It sound like a really nice spot with plenty of things to do. This may have to be on the short list for future vacations.


Tess December 18, 2013 at 10:23 pm

I would love to be there right now! I cant believe you had all that room-we would need that too!


Tammilee December 18, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I have heard so many good things about Sandestin. I would love a beach vacation right now as it is snowing outside.


Deborah December 18, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Great photos.. really shows how appealing this would be for a family vacation. Thanks!


Liza @ Views From the 'Ville December 18, 2013 at 11:29 pm

What pretty photos! With as cold as it’s been lately, the Sandestin beach and ocean are very inviting!


Debi@TheSpringMount6Pack December 18, 2013 at 11:48 pm

I want to be there either on the beach or by the pool. It looks amazing


Dawn December 19, 2013 at 12:49 am

Love the parrot!!! And that bed looks super comfy!


Michelle H December 19, 2013 at 12:54 am

I have always wanted to visit the southeast part of the country and these beaches look beautiful. Thanks for sharing your vacation.


Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas December 19, 2013 at 2:12 am

I’m so vacation-deprived. This place makes me daydream…a lot!


Cynthia L. December 19, 2013 at 7:57 am

I was just telling a good friend of mine that I need a vacation to the beach and the sunshine! This looks like a perfect spot for me.


Mama to 5 BLessings December 19, 2013 at 8:37 am

looks like a nice place to stay with beautiful ocean views!


Courtney Pies December 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm

You got some great pictures! I love the place you stayed at – especially since it had a washer and dryer! So nice!


Rachee December 19, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Your pictures are great! It looks like a great vacation.


katherine December 19, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I’d go just to see that beautiful parrot!


Ashley Gill December 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm

This is a beautiful post! The pictures from your room, the parrot, oh my gosh, I just want to stay there! Great place to go to escape!


Amanda Love ~ Growing Up Madison December 19, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Wow you got some amazing shots and it does seem like a great place to be. Maybe one day if I may get lucky and go there. :)


Shannah @ Just Us Four December 20, 2013 at 6:26 am

Sandestin looks really great. I have heard a lot of people love it.


candice December 20, 2013 at 9:45 am

with all the snow on the ground i could certainly use a trip to a warm place!


Danielle @ We Have It All December 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

Looks like a fantastic place to stay – I’ll have to keep this in mind for next time we pass through!


Charise December 20, 2013 at 3:35 pm

This looks like a gorgeous destination!


Robyn December 22, 2013 at 12:43 am

What a nice place to relax with family.


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