A wooden boardwalk leading to a hole on a beautiful Florida golf course.
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A couple walking around at Baytowne in the evening
The lively nightlife at the Village of Baytowne Wharf is within reach.

Things to Do Near Destin, FL

There’s a natural ease to days spent at Hotel Effie, where you could be lounging by the rooftop pool one minute and getting ready for a night out the next. There are moments to discover here at every turn, moments you want to capture and share with friends or indulge in private. Enjoy time exploring our beautiful natural surroundings, playing along our breathtaking shores, or even perfecting your golf swing.

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A Pool Above the Rest

You’ll want to lounge by our signature rooftop pool and lounge and sip a hand-crafted cocktail. Or maybe cool off with a dip and stare off into the staggering panoramic views. Luxurious cabanas give you a little privacy if that’s what you’re looking for. But if you’re feeling playful, join us for a little friendly competition and some fun and games by the pool.

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Clear Your Schedule

Some days call for some get-up-and-go energy. Other days are made to pause, breathe deeply, and shut the rest of the world out. Spa Lilliana will inspire you, take you away, and ground you all at the same time. Let the others go golfing while you indulge in special treatments designed to rejuvenate, restore, and relax. Find facials, scrubs, and massages, as well as a full-service salon.

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Get Moving

Going on vacation doesn’t have to mean taking a break from your fitness routine. If anything, our state-of-the-art fitness center will motivate you. A Peloton® bike and Life Fitness treadmills will keep you moving, exercise machines, kettlebells, TRX, and other equipment will help keep your goals in sight, against the sunny backdrop of our picture-perfect coastal landscape.

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So Instagrammable

Hotel Effie was thoughtfully designed, with personal touches of discovery and delight carefully crafted into your time here. Check in to your room and check out an engaging experience beneath the beautiful portrait of the hotel’s namesake, Effie Burns, and even take a seat in a replica of her signature rocking chair. There are so many spots to uncover and moments waiting to be made, and to share. What will you discover?

So Much to See & Do

Hotel Effie is nestled in the heart of the renowned Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, so you know the ultimate destination is waiting for you. Sandestin is a unique place, a special community with such an abundance of activities you’ll wish you had a little more time off.

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Beach & Water

Kayaking, parasailing, fishing, boating, or lounging on the beach, at Hotel Effie if you are not on the water, you're in it. That's life along the Emerald Coast.

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Entertainment & Nightlife

With award-winning restaurants, lively venues, and nightclubs with a full calendar of concerts, outdoor festivals, and special activities, get ready to paint the town red at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. 

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Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Rees Jones, Tom Jackson. When you want to play four championship golf courses designed by icons and to be surrounded by incredible natural beauty, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the place to tee off.

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At the Village of Baytowne Wharf, you'll find more than a dozen boutiques and stores, including the Sandestin Family Retail Shops, so you can get ready for a night on the town or pick up a special something, just because.

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Twelve world-class HydroGrid clay courts, three hard tennis courts, private lessons with USPTA and USPTR pros, our popular round robin tournaments, and more at the best tennis experience in northwest Florida.

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Stay Active

If relaxation isn’t your thing, it’s easy to get outside and get going. With so much beautiful coastal landscape and endless paths all around, venture out for a bike ride, an energizing hike, or connect to all there is to explore at Hotel Effie.

Hotel Effie

1 Grand Sandestin Boulevard

Miramar Beach, FL 32550