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Hilton Sandestin: A Review and Some Tips!

We just returned from a glorious girl’s trip to Destin, Florida. The beautiful gulf beach and the hospitality of the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa were just what two moms and their girls needed. Sweet T enjoyed fun with friends and so did I!

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa for families

If you’re considering a family resort vacation, the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is a very family-friendly one for several reasons.

1. Bunk Bed Alcoves – Y’all are going to think I’m lying, but Sweet T was more excited about sleeping on the top bunk than she was the beach itself.

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa bunk bed alcoves

The bunk bed alcove has it’s own TV which was great for late night movies and popcorn

Hilton Sandestin with kids

2. Kids Krew and Kids Night Out programs – Mom and Dad can take a break and enjoy a little couple’s time thanks to these supervised programs. Rest assured that your kids are being well taken care of and having a great time while you enjoy a break. May I suggest you take your break at Serenity by the Sea Spa? Get a beach-proof gel pedicure or a massage!

Serenity Spa at The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

More about the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa children’s programs coming in May when Sweet T and I check them out for ourselves.

3. Proximity and Complimentary Transit to The Village of Baytowne Wharf – I actually did a whole post on The Village during our last visit to Destin. Much like the Hilton Sandestin, The Village of Baytown Wharf is a family-friendly place with lots to offer both children and adults (pardon the night shots.)

Village of Baytowne Wharf giant Adirondack chair

A complimentary tram runs from The Hilton to The Village so there’s no need to drive during your family resort vacation if you don’t want to!

Hilton Sandestin transportation

4. Pools – With two outdoor pools and one indoor, you’ll be having fun no matter the weather or condition of the surf.

Hilton Sandestin Pool
Hilton Sandestin Indoor Pool

5. Easy Beach Access – A lot of times when you stay in beachfront rental, condo, or even some hotels you often have a hike to the beach. I’ve stayed on the second floor of a two-story rental and had to walk down stairs, across the parking area, and over a walkway before actually getting my feet sandy. At Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa you are close enough to the beach that you don’t mind making multiple trips back to your room if needed for snacks, diapers, etc. This is great for families with small children!

Hilton Sandestin room view

3 Tips for your stay at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Carry some cash – This is probably a no-brainer for most of you, but I am the world’s worst about carrying cash, even when traveling. You’ll encounter some toll roads on the way to Destin that require cash or check. No plastic. Also be prepared to tip your bellman, valet, etc. You’re at the Hilton, you swanky mama you! An ATM is located in the lobby for your convenience.

Rent your beach setup early – The beach rental hut opens at 9:00, and during peak season they sell out! We were able to get one no problem, but the end spots were always already taken. Maybe you can get put on the list the day before? Not really sure honestly, but if a beach setup is important to you, make sure to rent one early in the day or bring your own chairs and umbrella.

Hilton Sandestin beach chairs

The are popular with good reason. ahhh…

Hilton Sandestin beach chairs

Enjoy the Breakfast Buffet at Least Once – Enjoy it every morning if you want to really feel like you are on vacation.

Hilton Sandestin Breakfast Buffet

The breakfast buffet at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa has enough variety for even the pickiest of eaters and enough luxury for moms and dads to feel pampered. We’re talking cloth napkins, fresh cream for your coffee (or get some whipped cream from the buffet to top it off. We were winning at breakfast each morning,) plus there’s this guy. Meet the waffle whisperer:

Hilton Sandestin Breakfast Buffet

He doesn’t remain still long enough for a good photo because he’s juggling custom waffles (chocolate chip with fresh whipped cream? Yes please!) and made-to-order omelettes. Juggling them well I might add. My friend and I were in awe (Granted he doesn’t have small children fighting or clinging to his leg while he cooks, but still. Wow.)

Hilton Sandestin Breakfast Buffet

If you miss breakfast at The Hilton Sandestin, you are missing out! Plus…bacon

Hilton Sandestin Breakfast Buffet

We can’t wait to return to The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Hubs actually got to stay here during a business trip several years ago and still talks about it. If you’re considering a visit to the Gulf beaches, you won’t be disappointed by The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa.

This is a partnered post. All opinions are my own.