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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

Hotel Contact:
9300 Emerald Coast Parkway
Destin, Florida 32550
United States
Main: 866.870.9352
Email: Email Hotel Nancy Wilkerson
Director of Group Sales: Nancy Wilkerson
Website: www.sandestin.com
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 4.8
Chain Independent
Opened 1973
Guest Rooms 1,250
Kings/Suites/Doubles 352 / 725 / 173
Room Rates High $149 - 1,329 Low $99 - 699
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Ideal Group Size 800
Max Group Size 1600

Fees/Taxes

Resort Fee 12%
Room Tax 4.5%
Sales Tax 7.5%

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 13,500ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 65,000ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 80,000ft²

Airport Proximity

Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport
15 min 10 miles (16 km)
Northwest Florida Beaches international Airport
60 min 47 miles (75 km)
Northwest Florida Regional Airport
30 min 30 miles (48 km)
Pensacola Regional Airport
70 min 65 miles (105 km)

Business:

Two business centers
concert-quality sound and lighting
digital and broadcast-caliber video production
advanced presentation capability
teleconferencing
and high-speed Internet access.

Recreation:

Four golf courses
putting course
19 pools
15 tennis courts
fitness center
spa
seven miles of beaches and bay front
parasailing
stand-up paddleboarding
kayaks
113-slip marina
zipline
ropes course
EuroBungy
and children’s programs.

Nearby:

Silver Sands Premium Outlets and state recreation areas.
Onsite Dining: Capacity
Acme Oyster House
50
raw bar
Bistro Bijoux
50
New Orleans cuisine
Elephant Walk
175
steak and seafood
Marina Bar & Grill
200
outdoor dining
Marlin Grill
150
seafood

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet $19 - 26 Cont. $14 - 16
Lunch Buffet $24 - 28 Plated $18 - 32
Dinner Buffet $49 - 70 Plated $35 - 68
Coffee Break $10 - 14
2-Hour Open Bar On Consumption
Elite Overview Planner Ratings & Reviews Hot Dates
Elite Rating Average Planner Rating
This property has been certified Elite Gold and meets at least 15 of Elite Meetings Criteria.
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4.8
4 reviews
Arrival Experience:
5.0
Accommodations:
4.5
Food & Beverage:
5.0
Guest Service Experience:
5.0
Conference Services Staff:
5.0
Meeting and Function Facilities:
4.5
Activity or Recreation Options:
4.0
Planner-to-Planner Recommendation:
5.0
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Capacity Charts
Room Name Total Square Meters Room Size(meters) Ceiling Height (meters) Total Square Feet Room Size (feet) Ceiling Height (feet) Classroom Theater Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square 10 x 10s
Azalea Ballroom 516 33.2 x 15.5 0 5,550 109' x 51' 0 350 640 460 800 0 0 0 0
Azalea Ballroom Foyer 232 11 x 21.3 0 2,500 36' x 70' 0 0 0 0 370 0 0 0 0
Azalea Ballroom Section I 172 11 x 15.5 0 1,850 36' x 51' 0 115 200 140 265 0 54 70 0
Azalea Ballroom Section II 172 11 x 15.5 0 1,850 36' x 51' 0 115 200 140 265 0 54 70 0
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Property News
Sandestin Named #1 Hotel in Destin
Posted August 26, 2014
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, voted the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, announced it has been ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, voted the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, announced it has been ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Sandestin the #1 Hotel in Destin in its 2014 rankings.

“We've ranked the top hotels in Destin based on an unbiased analysis of awards, expert recommendations and user ratings,” U.S. News & World Report stated. “Out of 144 hotels, one property — Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort — stands out for exceptional quality.”

At U.S. News & World Report, their mission is to bring comprehensive, useful, and trusted information to assist in making important life decisions and purchases. For the U.S. News Travel website, its editors analyze thousands of travel guides, user reviews, and online sources to bring their Vacation Rankings, Hotel Rankings, and Travel Guides. They provide what both travelers and travel professionals say about where to stay and what to do in the world's most popular travel destinations. Its rankings represent an unprecedented look into the collective opinions of users and travel critics. They provide the must-have knowledge about travel destinations worldwide.

“We are excited to be recognized as the #1 hotel in Destin,” said Robert Kallmeyer, director of resort operations for Sandestin. “It’s all about giving that world-class experience. It’s about creating memories that guests are going to have forever. That’s what we’re in the business of doing — creating memories and experiences.”

In addition to innumerable amenities, Sandestin boasts a variety of year-round festivals and events for families and guests of all ages. Not to be overlooked, Sandestin’s seven-plus miles of pristine beach and bay front are attributed as the “whitest, powdery sand beaches you have ever seen.”

All lodging options provide easy access to dining, shopping, world-famous beaches and other area attractions. Guests can enjoy the beautiful Florida weather and wide-array of activities by booking online at www.sandestin.com or calling 1-866-91-BEACH.


About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a major destination for all seasons and all ages, and was named the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring more than 1,250 Destin vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in Destin hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining and nightlife. People are invited to download Sandestin’s APP for iPhone and Android devices, or become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower for the latest events and news.

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Media Contacts:
BrookeScholl@sandestin.com
850.267.4164
Chef Eric Chopin Joins Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort as Executive Chef
Posted July 8, 2014
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort announced the appointment Eric Chopin to the position of executive chef.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort announced the appointment Eric Chopin to the position of executive chef.

Chopin is a Professional chef with more than 30 years of experience. Born in Guerande, Brittany, France, Chopin has been seasoning his way through the cooking world in Europe and America. Beginning his cooking experience at the early age of 14 in Paris as a charcutier, Chopin is classically trained in the art of making delicious, unique pastry and savory masterpieces, while always respecting their natural flavors and textures.

After graduating from Belliard Cooking School, Chopin honed his skills at restaurants in and around Paris. After moving to America in 1983, Chopin won the Gold medal in the Colorado Pastry Championships and started to accumulate numerous write-ups in newspapers and magazines. His specialties evolved to include macrobiotic and vegetarian recipes and catering to Hollywood's elite when he moved to California and joined the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company. His next position as executive chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Tyson's Corner in Washington, D.C., gave him the opportunity to cook for celebrities such as George Bush Sr., George Bush Jr., and Luciano Pavarotti to name a few. He also assisted in developing The Fine Art of Cuisine, an annual event which showcases chef talent.

While working for the Ritz-Carlton, he moved to Buckhead Atlanta, Georgia, where he hosted some of the most exclusive affairs and many celebrity chefs such as, Iron Chef Morimoto, Jean Banchet, Michel Richard and Fabio Trabocchi. He has had the chance to try daring, non-traditional recipes as he continued to develop his cuisine described as "Classical with a Twist!” Chef Chopin left his beloved position at The Ritz-Carlton to open a new boutique hotel, The Mansion on Peachtree, and then on to a new experience as the executive chef of The American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla., Chef to the NBA World Champions- Miami Heat.

Chef Chopin has now taken on the role of executive chef at the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. He never loses sight of his passion for his career and continues to learn and evolve. He is a Maîtres Cuisiniers De France- French Master Chef and a professional member of Academie Culinaire de France and the Chaine Des Rotisseurs which keeps him involved with his peers, assisting with developing the next generation of chefs and current on culinary trends. He continues to build on what he knows by enhancing his already perfect dishes with new millennium twists. While the times and tastes of his guests may change, the one thing that stays the same is his focus on delivering fresh, beautifully prepared foods that preserve classic flavors and make his diners tongues sing!

About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort was named the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,300 Destin vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in Destin hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a pedestrian village with shopping, dining and nightlife. Guests and prospective guests are invited to download Sandestin’s APP for iPhone and Android devices, or become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower for the latest events and news.
Sandestin Receives Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine’s 2014 Award of Excellence
Posted July 8, 2014
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, voted the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, today announced it has been recognized by Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, voted the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, today announced it has been recognized by Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine.

Corporate & Incentive Travel, the respected corporate meetings publication, presented Sandestin with a 2014 Award of Excellence.

Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine’s Award of Excellence recognizes those hotels, resorts, conference centers and convention and visitors bureaus that have demonstrated their overall commitment to excellence. Winning hotels and resorts receiving this coveted honor were selected by Corporate & Incentive Travel subscribers who voted for those hotels and resorts that best served their corporate meetings and/or incentive travel programs during the past year.

In related news, Sandestin released new fall and winter group offerings, including attractive rates for planners and their attendees.

To learn more about Sandestin meetings or to request a proposal, visit www.sandestin.com/meetings or call 850.267.8159.

About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort was named the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring nearly 1,300 vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a pedestrian village with shopping, dining and nightlife.

Sandestin offers a variety of attractive meeting spaces. For large events, the resort features the 32,000-square-foot Baytowne Conference Center, the largest ballroom on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast and the most sophisticated meeting facility in the region. In addition to its 13,500-square-foot ballroom, the Baytowne Conference Center offers boardrooms, break-out rooms and functional meeting space on the Grand Lawn.

Sandestin also features more than 25 break-out rooms for meetings of virtually all sizes, a 12,600-square-foot exhibit hall, two bayside conference rooms and four boardrooms, all supported by Sandestin’s on-site team of award-winning professional sales, conference services and culinary staff experts. Meeting planners and attendees also have access to two fully-equipped business centers.

Individuals are invited to download Sandestin’s App for iPhone and Android devices, and become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower @Sandestin for the latest events and news.
Sandestin Awarded 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Posted June 24, 2014
Recognized as a Top Performing Resort as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort today announced that it received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. We are grateful to Sandestin guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Mark Hodgdon, resort general manager. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. This accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and the resort’s continued commitment to excellence.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”

About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a major destination for all seasons and all ages, and was named the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring more than 1,250 Destin vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in Destin hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining and nightlife. People are invited to download Sandestin’s APP for iPhone and Android devices, or become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower for the latest events and news.

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching nearly 260 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 150 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 39 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.
SANDESTIN GOLF AND BEACH RESORT RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS 2013 GOLD TEE AWARD FROM MEETINGS & CONVENTIONS MAGAZINE
Posted July 23, 2013
Destin, Fla (July 23, 2013) – Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort was awarded the 2013 Gold Tee Award from Meetings & Conventions magazine. This highly respected award is given to outstanding golf and meeting properties worldwide. Winners of the Gold Tee Award were nominated and selected by the readers of Meetings & Conventions based on their overall excellence.

What makes Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort different from other destinations and hotels is the combination of four championship courses, more than 65,000-square-feet of meeting space, nationally acclaimed on-site meeting support, beautiful accommodations from the beach to the bay, and gracious southern hospitality, all within the gates of one property.

“The meeting industry’s most highly-sought and respected critics, the readers of M&C have again chosen the world’s finest. M&C’s readership, of 50,000 corporate, association, and incentive meeting professionals, know quality when they experience it - and made their votes count, selecting the golf properties they believed to be most outstanding.” states Kirk Lewis, Meetings & Conventions’ Publisher. “Our industry salutes the 70 properties worldwide that have distinguished themselves in this industry and earned the Gold Tee honor.”

This recognition follows the recent news that Golfweek, one of the country’s leading golf publications, selected Sandestin’s Burnt Pine Golf Club as one of the 2013 Best Courses You Can Play. Sandestin offers excellent golf rates along with enticing benefits to groups. With four championship course options for the fearless, the beginner, or the family all in one place, Sandestin is well suited for any size group in all seasons of the year.

For full details on Sandestin’s seasonal rates, packages or for more information about meetings call 850.267.8159 or visit www.sandestin.com/meetings.

About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort was named the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 30 charming neighborhoods featuring more than 1,200 Destin vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in Destin hotel style accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a pedestrian village with shopping, dining and nightlife. Guests can visit www.sandestin.com or follow Sandestin on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information and events.

Sandestin offers a variety of attractive meeting spaces. For large events, the resort features the 32,000-square-foot Baytowne Conference Center, the largest ballroom on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast and the most sophisticated meeting facility in the region. In addition to its 13,500-square-foot ballroom, the Baytowne Conference Center offers boardrooms, break-out rooms and functional meeting space on the Grand Lawn.

Sandestin also features 24 break-out rooms for meetings of virtually all sizes, a 12,600-square-foot exhibit hall, two bayside conference rooms and four boardrooms, all supported by Sandestin’s on-site team of award-winning professional sales, conference services and culinary staff experts. Meeting planners and attendees also have access to two fully-equipped business centers.

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Media Contacts:
BrookeScholl@Sandestin.com
850/267-4164

LaurieHobbs@Sandestin.com
850/267-8261
MEETING PLANNERS HAVE IT ALL THIS FALL AT SANDESTIN; TOP NORTHWEST FLORIDA MEETING DESTINATION ANNOUNCES SPECIAL RATES
Posted June 24, 2013
Destin, Fla. (June 26, 2013) – Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, rated the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, today announced attractive rates and package offerings for meetings this fall and beyond.

With new attractive rates starting at just $109 per night for select units and times through March 2014 there is even more to love this fall for meeting planners at this top rated resort.

Sandestin continues to stay a top-of-mind meeting destination by capturing some of the industry’s most prestigious awards including: the 100 Most Popular Resorts in North America by Cvent, the Top All-Around Value Resort by Convention South Magazine, the Best of the South Award by Meetings Focus and more.

“With great savings on room rates, complimentary amenities and beautifully appointed meeting space, Sandestin is looking forward to welcoming many corporate, association, social meetings and events at Sandestin this fall,” said Dan Keyser, executive director of resort sales for Sandestin.

For planners looking to save on meeting destinations this fall, Sandestin is offering special rates including savings of 30 percent off three nights or 40 percent off four nights for qualifying groups. Complimentary amenities for attendees include bike rental, kayaks, tennis, fitness center and fun activities and events at the resort.

For full details on Sandestin’s seasonal rates, packages or for more information about meetings call 850.267.8159 or visit www.sandestin.com/meetings.

About Sandestin
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,300 condominiums, villas, town homes and some of the best in Destin vacation rentals and hotel accommodations. A member of Visit South Walton, the resort features: seven-plus miles of beaches and bay front; four championship golf courses; 15 tournament-caliber tennis courts; 19 swimming pools; a 113-slip marina; fitness center and spa and the charming Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Sandestin offers a variety of attractive meeting spaces. For large events, the resort features the 32,000-square-foot Baytowne Conference Center, the largest ballroom on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast and the most sophisticated meeting facility in the region. In addition to its 13,500-square-foot ballroom, the Baytowne Conference Center offers boardrooms, break-out rooms and functional meeting space on the Grand Lawn.

Sandestin also features 24 break-out rooms for meetings of virtually all sizes, a 12,600-square-foot exhibit hall, two bayside conference rooms and four boardrooms, all supported by Sandestin’s on-site team of award-winning professional sales, conference services and culinary staff experts. Meeting planners and attendees also have access to two fully-equipped business centers.

Individuals are invited to download Sandestin’s App for iPhone and Android devices, and become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower @Sandestin for the latest events and news.

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Media contacts:
BrookeScholl@sandestin.com
850/267-4164
LaurieHobbs@sandestin.com
850/267-8261
SANDESTIN GOLF AND BEACH RESORT RECOGNIZED ON CVENT’S LIST OF THE 100 MOST POPULAR RESORTS IN NORTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Posted June 18, 2013
Destin, Fla. (June 18, 2013) –Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, voted the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, today announced it has been recognized on Cvent’s list of the 100 most popular resorts in North America and the Caribbean, according to meeting and event booking activity in the Cvent Supplier Network. Cvent operates one of the world’s largest global marketplaces for group meetings business.

“We’re excited to recognize Sandestin and celebrate the fact that many resorts are seeing a growing demand for corporate meetings and events over the past few years,” said Eric Eden, vice president of marketing at Cvent.

Amenities define resorts and all of the properties on this coveted list feature luxuries such as spas, on-site restaurants, health clubs, concierge services and outdoor pools. Sandestin also offers additional amenities popular with guests, including seven-plus miles of beaches and bay front; four championship golf courses; 15 tournament-caliber tennis courts; 19 swimming pools; a 113-slip marina; fitness center and spa and the charming Village of Baytowne Wharf with shopping, dining and nightlife.

In related news, Sandestin released new fall and winter offerings, including attractive rates for planners and their attendees.

To learn more about Sandestin meetings or to request a proposal, visit www.sandestin.com/meetings or call 850.267.8159.

About Sandestin
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,300 condominiums, villas, town homes and some of the best in Destin vacation rentals and hotel accommodations.

Sandestin offers a variety of attractive meeting spaces. For large events, the resort features the 32,000-square-foot Baytowne Conference Center, the largest ballroom on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast and the most sophisticated meeting facility in the region. In addition to its 13,500-square-foot ballroom, the Baytowne Conference Center offers boardrooms, break-out rooms and functional meeting space on the Grand Lawn.

Individuals are invited to download Sandestin’s App for iPhone and Android devices, and become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower @Sandestin for the latest events and news.

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Media contacts:
BrookeScholl@Sandestin.com LaurieHobbs@sandestin.com
850/267-4164 850/267-8261
SANDESTIN GOLF AND BEACH RESORT STRENGTHENS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Posted May 28, 2013
Keyser and Wilkerson Appointed to Top Sales Leadership Positions
Destin, FL (May, 2013) –Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast, today announced it is strengthening its business development team with the appointment of two key executives.

Nancy Wilkerson has been promoted to director of group sales and Daniel Keyser has been named to executive director of resort sales, overseeing the resort’s sales efforts inclusive of group, transient and social business.

According to Mark Hodgdon, general manager of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Dan and Nancy will bring significant strength and leadership to the resort. “Based on market indicators and steadily improving economic conditions, we are seeing an increased interest in Sandestin,” said Hodgdon. “Nancy’s and Dan’s excellent leadership combined with our established, strong group sales team will allow Sandestin to serve existing customers and new business like never before.”
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Nancy Wilkerson has been promoted to director of group sales after serving 18 years at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Recognized industry-wide as a Sandestin veteran and highly respected sales executive, Ms. Wilkerson brings more than 25 years of diverse experience where she will serve in a senior role leading and enhancing the group sales efforts.

During her tenure, Ms. Wilkerson has built client partnerships based on mutual respect and has successfully grown most every major market for the resort. She most recently served as director of regional sales, based out of Atlanta, a satellite office she first opened for the resort in 1996 allowing her to grow the market exponentially.

Ms. Wilkerson’s other sales management experience includes her role as director of sales and marketing with Barnsley Gardens Resort in Georgia, and opening a Atlanta satellite office for Mirage Resorts & Casinos as regional sales manager for Beau Rivage Resort, located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where she also provided lead generation for Bellagio, Mirage Resort, Treasure Island, located in Las Vegas. Ms. Wilkerson is a licensed real estate agent in Florida and prior experience also includes real estate sales and property management. She also held sales positions with the Seascape Resort in Florida and the Florida Lottery.

She has been a member of Meeting Planners International (MPI), the American Society of Association Executives, Georgia Society of Association Executives, Site Southeast and the Society of Government Meeting Planners. Her leadership positions have also included vice president and director of the Walton Chamber of Commerce, vice president of the Georgia chapter of Hospitality Sales & Marketing International and a trustee of the Birmingham Business Alliance.

Dan Keyser joins Sandestin as executive director of resort sales with more than 30 years of hospitality experience at some of the country’s top hotel companies and resort destination properties. Included in that timeframe is more than 25 years with Marriott International and eight years with KLS Resorts, opening and championing the Sales and Marketing efforts at prestigious properties such as JW Marriott Desert Springs, La Quinta Resort & Spa, Renaissance Esmeralda and Rancho Las Palmas Resort.

He most recently was the regional director of sales and marketing for the BF Saul Company’s Hospitality division out of Bethesda, MD. Here he led the Crystal City hotels this past year to an improvement of $1 million year over year in group revenue. Outside of the 13 years spent in the Southern California resort market, Keyser also spent 12 years in the resort, downtown and boutique markets of Atlanta, GA.

In Atlanta, Keyser was director of sales and marketing at Milan Crowne Plaza Buckhead, opened the Wyndham Atlanta Hotel as director of sales and marketing, as well as infusing new talent and direction at the Emerald Point Resort in north Georgia. He also served in sales management positions at Renaissance and Marriott properties in Atlanta, California, Washington DC and Texas. He began his hospitality career at the Marriott Crystal City in Virginia.

Keyser has been a member of MPI, the American Society of Association Executives, California Society of Association Executives, Association of Meeting Professionals (AMPS) in Washington, DC and other industry groups.

Penny Jackson, who previously served as director of group sales for Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, remains in the Sandestin family and is now a licensed agent at Sandestin Real Estate.

About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a top destination for all seasons and all ages, and was named the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,300 hotel style accommodations, villas and town homes. A member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining and nightlife.

Guests and visitors are invited to learn more about Sandestin by downloading the Sandestin’s APP for iPhone and Android devices, or become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower for the latest events and news.

For additional information, visit www.sandestin.com or call 1.866.91.BEACH.


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Media contacts:

Laurie Hobbs
850/267-8261
LaurieHobbs@sandestin.com

Sarah Brazwell
850/267-6131
SarahBrazwell@sandestin.com
Sandestin launches LeCiel, Destin, Florida’s only contemporary boutique hotel experience
Posted January 28, 2013
http://hotelleciel.com/rendezvous/
Hotel Description | Guest Room Amenities | Hotel Amenities | Dining Options | Meeting Facilities | http://hotelleciel.com/rendezvous/

HOTEL DESCRIPTION
130 rooms, 8 floors, 10 Suites
LeCiel is Destin, Florida’s only contemporary boutique hotel experience. Located on the banks of the Choctawhatchee Bay, LeCiel offers a tranquil setting with stunning views and sounds of water. Most recently known as Bayside Inn, Sandestin invested more than $2 million in this elegant transformation of LeCiel.

In addition to the rich mixture of chrome, woods, copper, leather and fabrics, guests will enjoy water walls, tranquil colors to set the tone of this experience.

LeCiel guests enjoy their choice of one bedroom suites, king and double-double guest rooms with hand-picked, sophisticated décor. One bedroom suites are appointed with a full kitchen and dining room; and studio rooms will include a refrigerator and microwave oven, and in-room coffee maker.

All guest rooms have wireless internet, upgraded linens and terry, terry robes, gourmet coffee, iPhone docking stations, flat screen televisions, spa quality toiletries, iron and ironing board and other comforts.

This lovely boutique hotel experience will also feature a stunning entrance and lobby, and even the use of Binoculars, available upon request for dolphin or bird watching. What makes LeCiel even more special are the amenities and offerings around it. Guests can enjoy views of the bay from the lounge or on the nearby pool deck.

LeCiel is located in the gates of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, located in Northwest Florida, between Pensacola & Panama City, eight miles east of Destin and approximately 30 minutes from Northwest Florida Regional Airport and 50 minutes from the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, just outside of Panama City.

Nestled on the Choctawhatchee Bay near LeCiel, the Linkside Conference Center features a scenic and convenient locale for events. With this 32,000 square-foot conference center, ideal for both social events and traditional meetings, you can imagine your gala banquet for 440 people, set up theatre-style for 650 people, or use the fifteen breakout rooms, foyer and patio to extend your function.

Just steps away is Sandestin’s fitness center, the resort’s Day Spa and Salon, and the Link’s Golf Course.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort features The Village of Baytowne Wharf, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, a 98-slip marina, casual and fine dining, boutique and designer shopping, and so much more.
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Guest Room Types
• One bedroom suites
• King bed
• Two double beds

Amenities in Guest Rooms

• Wireless internet (complimentary)
• Terry robes
• Keurig coffee maker and gourmet coffee
• iPhone docking stations
• Flat screen televisions
• Spa quality toiletries
• Iron and ironing board and other comforts.
• Mini Fridge
• Microwave
• Stovetop, oven, refrigerator, dishwasher and glassware in one bedroom suites

Hotel Amenities
• Outdoor Swimming Pool
• Fitness Center (complimentary)
• Non-Smoking
• Self-Parking (complimentary)
• Complimentary coffee service (6 – 9 a.m.)
• Restaurants
• Golf Courses
• Meeting Rooms (complimentary WIFI)
• Interior Corridors
• Kid’s Activities
• Tennis Courts (one hour of tennis court time is complimentary based on availability)
• Bike rental (four hours complimentary per day, two per unit).
• Canoes, Kayaks or Beach Boogie Boards (choice of one activity daily for one hour)
• Limited On-site Transportation
• Business Center
• Wheelchair Accessible


Meeting Facilities

Linkside Conference Center-
• 32,000 square feet of Flexible Meeting Space
• Linkside Center Exhibit Hall, 12,600 sq. ft.
• Executive Boardroom with Parlor
• Up to 15 Breakout Rooms
• Business Center
• Poolside Terrace with sweeping Bay Views
Meeting Awards
• Gold Key Award, Meeting & Conventions Magazine
• Pinnacle Award, Successful Meetings Magazine
• Greens of Distinction and Award of Excellence, Corporate Incentive Travel Magazine
• Best of the South, Meetings South Magazine
• Gold Tee Award, Meetings & Convention Magazine
• Planner’s Choice Award, Meeting News Magazine
Resort Activities
• 7 miles of Beach and Pristine Bayfront Property
• 4 Championship Golf Courses
• 15 World-Class Tennis Courts
• 19 Swimming Pools
• 98-slip Marina, Boating and Fishing
• 51 Retail Outlets
• Fitness Center, Day Spa & Salon
• Water Sports and Beach Activities
• Nature Preserves, Hiking and Bike Trails
• Team Building Programs
• KidZone and Dunes Putting Course
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Dining Options

-Dining and Nightlife
Sandestin’s Village of Baytowne Wharf, a waterfront haven featuring a collection of charming eateries, quaint boutiques and lively nightspots. Just a short on-property tram ride from LeCiel.
LeCiel Pool Bar, open for casual breakfast and lunches daily (seasonal)
Nearby Linkside Pub, is open for casual lunches and dinners.
Another Broken Egg, located in the Village and just steps away from LeCiel, is open for breakfast.
Complimentary Coffee Service available from 6-9 a.m. each morning
MEETING PLANNERS HAVE IT ALL AT SANDESTIN
Posted January 10, 2013
WHERE MEETINGS ARE MADE EASY
Destin, FL (January 10, 2013) – Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, rated the #1 resort destination on Florida’s Emerald Coast announces new quarterly packages for groups and meetings in 2013.

Packed full of added value items, great rates and special benefits only a meeting planner could appreciate – planning meetings at Sandestin just got even easier.

A winner of Successful Meetings’ Pinnacle Award, Meetings and Conventions’ Gold Key and Gold Tee and Meetings South Magazines’ Best of the South Award, Sandestin is known for its seamless service for meetings, events and corporate retreats. With new package rates starting at just $129 per night during the months of January through March there is even more to love in 2013.

“We understand that convenience, value and service are important factors for our planners,” said Penny Jackson, director of sales for Sandestin. “Our new quarterly packages were designed with our planners in mind as a means to make their planning experience with Sandestin seamless.”

In addition to great savings, here are five reasons why Sandestin is the top choice for meetings in 2013:

1. Quarterly package offerings throughout the year, including the Wellness Essential Package, focused on the start to a healthy new year. This package includes rates starting at just $129 per night and complimentary offerings: Yoga or Fitness class, 30-Minute Healthy Break (a.m. or p.m.), a 5K Fun Run and so much more. The Wellness Essential Package is available through March 31, 2013. Call 850.267.8159 or visit www.sandestin.com/meetings for more information.

2. The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Sandestin’s very own 27-acre pedestrian village which offers planners and attendees dozens of choices for shopping, dining and nightlife is just steps away from Sandestin’s Baytowne Conference Center.

3. Innovative team building exercises including golf outings, the Baytowne Adventure Zone Challenge with zip lining, a ropes course, YOLO stand up paddle boarding and so much more!

4. Complimentary amenities includes tennis court time, fitness center access, daily bicycle rentals, kayaks and canoes.

5. Celebrating 40 years of seamless service. From 1973 to 2013, Sandestin has gone the extra mile to ensure lasting memories for planners and their attendees.

For more information on Sandestin’s quarterly meeting packages call 850.267.8159 or visit www.sandestin.com.

About Sandestin
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has been a treasured meeting tradition for groups of all sizes, and was named the #1 resort by Emerald Coast Magazine and one of the “Best Family Beaches” by iVillage.com. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,300 condominiums, villas, town homes and some of the best in Destin vacation rentals and hotel accommodations. A member of Visit South Walton, the resort features: seven-plus miles of beaches and bay front; four championship golf courses; 15 tournament-caliber tennis courts; 19 swimming pools; a 113-slip marina; fitness center and spa and the charming Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Sandestin offers a variety of attractive meeting spaces at the beautiful 2,400-acre four-season resort that spans from the Gulf of Mexico to the Choctawhatchee Bay. For large events, the resort features the 32,000-square-foot Baytowne Conference Center, the largest ballroom on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast and the most sophisticated meeting facility in the region. In addition to its 13,500-square-foot ballroom, the Baytowne Conference Center offers boardrooms, break-out rooms and functional meeting space on the Grand Lawn.

Sandestin also features 24 break-out rooms for meetings of virtually all sizes, a 12,600-square-foot exhibit hall, two bayside conference rooms and four boardrooms, all supported by Sandestin’s on-site team of award-winning professional sales, conference services and culinary staff experts. Meeting planners and attendees also have access to two fully-equipped business centers.

Individuals are invited to download Sandestin’s App for iPhone and Android devices, and become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower @Sandestin for the latest events and news.

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Media contacts:


Sarah Brazwell
850/267-6131
SarahBrazwell@sandestin.com

Laurie Hobbs
850/267-8261
LaurieHobbs@sandestin.com

SANDESTIN ANNOUNCES NEW TEAM-BUILDING ACTIVITIES FOR MEETINGS AND GROUP BUSINESS
Posted June 21, 2011
Favorite Florida Meeting Destination Provides Convenient Solutions for Meeting Planners
Destin, FL (June 21, 2011) – Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort today announced eight new ways for meeting planners to turn work into productive fun for groups of all sizes and interest, with its new Team Building Activities (TBA).

According to lead planners, it is important for meeting attendees to spend quality time together and learn how to more effectively work together. The skills and relationships that people obtain while in a relaxed setting can transfer into a work environment, improving communications and long term productivity. Planners and attendees alike are able to return home from Sandestin with a refreshed sense of connection.

Because of its expansive property, activities and options from the Beach to the Bay, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort provides a long list of new Team Building Activities (TBA) that can be customized for any group.

Fun Activities that Make Meetings Go from Blah to Ha-ha!
Among the eight customizable Team-Building Activities include:
• The Baytowne Adventure Challenge which encourages attendees to brave the most unique modified triathlon in the Southeast with a three-story ropes course, YOLO boarding and a scenic zipline just to name a few
• The Wine Education Seminar that emphasizes learning about wine through tasting in an informal and fun venue setting
• Golf which has a variety of options with The H.O.R.S.E. Race, The Executive Golf and The Night Golf – all perfect for golfers of all skill levels from beginner to pro.
• The Shopping/Spa Day with options of retail therapy at the Silver Sands Factory Stores or relax and indulge in ultimate luxury at the Sandestin Day Spa & Salon
• Many more team-building options with plenty of laughter and teambuilding to go around.
• As an added bonus, Sandestin is offering a free drink for each participating attendee valid at Sandestin’s Marina Bar & Grill

“Planners work hard enough and it’s our job to be the experts on fun and deliver a seamless meeting program that meets the needs of the planners and the desires of the attendees,” said Penny Jackson, group sales director for Sandestin. “We are thrilled to say our new team-building activities meet both of these needs.”

Located on Florida’s Emerald Gulf Coast, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has long been a favorite for association, corporate and social group meetings. Unlike single unit hotels, Sandestin offers a wide variety of attractive meeting spaces and venues. For large events, the resort features the 32,000-square-foot Baytowne Conference Center, the largest ballroom on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast and the most sophisticated meeting facility in the region. In addition to its 13,500-square-foot ballroom, the Baytowne Conference Center offers boardrooms, break-out rooms and functional meeting space on the Grand Lawn.

Sandestin also features 24 break-out rooms for meetings of virtually all sizes, a 12,600-square-foot exhibit hall, two bayside conference rooms and four boardrooms, all supported by Sandestin’s on-site team of award-winning professional sales, conference services and culinary staff experts. Meeting planners and attendees also have access to two fully-equipped business centers.

For panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, Sandestin offers a creative meeting and private dining venue location at Finz Beachside Grille.

Planners and meeting attendees can forgo the standard room with two double beds. At Sandestin, the majority of accommodations come in the form of studio up to four-bedroom cottage, villa, and condo rentals. High-rise condominiums, townhomes, and villas include fully-equipped kitchens, living areas whirlpool spa baths, laundry facilities and more. With more than 1,300 accommodations serving up views of the beach, bay, fairways and village, Sandestin offers a variety of options for meeting planners.

In addition to the new Team-Building Activity options, Sandestin guests can enjoy a wide variety of daily complimentary amenities including on-property transportation, a fitness center, complimentary bicycle rentals, complimentary canoes, kayak and boogie board rentals, tennis court time and free children's activities.

Another top attraction at Sandestin for meetings is The Village of Baytowne Wharf. The Village is a popular 28-acre pedestrian village featuring a collection of specialty merchants ranging from quaint boutique shops and charming eateries to lively nightspots. Year-round events and activities include festivals, live entertainment, zipline, ropes course, climbing wall and so much more.

For more information or to view videos on Sandestin’s new Team-Building Activities visit www.sandestin.com/team or call 850.267.8159.

About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort was named the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,400 Destin vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in Destin hotel accommodations. A member of Beaches of South Walton, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a pedestrian village with shopping, dining and nightlife.

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Media Contacts:
SarahBrazwell@sandestin.com
850.267.6131

LaurieHobbs@sandestin.com
850.267.8261
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