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How to Actually Stick to Your Resolutions—Even on Vacation

With the new year comes new routines and new goals. According to Time magazine, some of the most popular resolutions are to get fit, learn something new, and spend more time with family. If you have trouble sticking to new routines, we can help!

At Hotel Effie, you can customize your experience to find the right mix of activities to help you stick to any resolution, even while you are busy soaking in the Florida sun.

  • Bicycles on a bike rack on the boardwalk at Hotel Effie

1. Get Fit

Hotel Effie Sandestin is a fitness lover’s paradise! Our on-property gym is complimentary to all guests, and the golf course and bay views are enough motivation to get through any workout. If you would rather take your workout outside, hop on a complimentary bike and take a spin throughout our 2,400 acre property. When you ride from beach to bay, you’ll find secret wooded trails, bridges and paved lake loops.

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2. Learn Something New

There is no shortage of activities you can try when you stay at Hotel Effie. Paddle in the protected waters of the beautiful Choctawhatchee Bay and around the nearby Jolee Island Nature Preserve with a YOLO Paddle Board rental at Baytowne Marina. Paddle Board Yoga classes, lessons, and a kids camp are just some of the fun activities they have to offer. Head to dry land to tee up on one of our four award-winning golf courses: Raven Golf Club, Baytowne Golf Club, The Links Golf Club and our exclusive semi-private Burnt Pine Club. When it comes to a love of the game, nothing beats playing at one of the top 25 US Tennis Resorts. Take advantage of a complimentary hour of court time offered to guests. Try your hand with a different type of racket on one of our six Pickleball courts, open during regular tennis facility hours (Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.). Gear can be rented from the pro shop, and you can call ahead to check availability: 850.267.7060.

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  • a family relaxing on the beach

3. Spend More Time with Family

When you stay at Hotel Effie, you can park your car and never have to leave! Take the family on our complimentary tram to the hit beach and bond over soaking up the sun, building sand castles, or taking a refreshing dip in the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. While you're there, swing over to the Dunes Putting Course for a hole-in-one miniature golf experience the whole family can enjoy.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf is the perfect spot to have fun any time of the day or evening, thanks to a jam-packed schedule of outdoor festivals and special events for the entire family! Events include a Wednesday night concert series, movies on the lawn, hydroflight shows, fireworks, and so much more!