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Hilton Sandestin is a Dream Destination for Families – Frugal Novice

Hilton Sandestin is a Dream Destination for Families

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Note: We received our stay and a meal at the Hilton Sandestin to facilitate our review. We were not compensated monetarily. All opinions are honest and are entirely those of myself and my family.


Our next leg of our family road trip was in Destin, Florida at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. We were all pretty excited about this stop – our family loves spending time at the beach, and the boys couldn’t wait to start playing. I was thrilled because the Hilton Sandestin is right on the beach, which meant we could walk out of our hotel and straight onto the sand without having to pack up the car or walk with the kids for a long distance.

The Hilton Sandestin is breathtaking from the moment you walk inside. The lobby was updated this year; it’s modern, light, bright, and gives you an immediate view of the coast. Our room was on the 13th floor facing the beach, and the instant we walked in we were awestruck by our even better view of the beach. It was raining around us (which only lasted about 30 minutes, thankfully!) but even with the sun hidden away it’s a gorgeous vista.


From our balcony (which the kids loved), we also had a great view of the property:



There are two large pools, a hot tub, and a shallow toddler-friendly pool, too. See that dark green roof? That’s the Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill, an open-air restaurant that you can eat at – you guessed it – barefoot. We really enjoyed eating here and I’ll tell you more about it later in this post. The green awning to the right of Barefoot’s houses an ice cream shop that we also enjoyed, and to the right of that is the indoor pool. There’s even more not captured in this photo, from ballrooms to other dining options, but this was the area which we frequented the most – it’s such a great setup for families!

Our room was equally impressive. It consisted of a kids’ area with BUNK BEDS (oh my word did the boys think that was cool!) and their own TV, a bathroom and separate vanity area, and then a large space with our bed, a living area and desk. And, of course, floor-to-ceiling windows with a sliding door out on to the balcony.


The rooms in our part of the hotel were renovated in 2013, and it’s very apparent in how they’re decorated – clean and crisp, beachy and airy, they’ve achieved the perfect balance for a vacation destination. We loved the colorful pillows on the kids’ beds, and the beadboard-inspired bedframes (complete with an awesome porthole on the bottom bunk that I managed to just crop out of the photo above (whoops!). And did I mention they had their own TV? They loved watching cartoons in the morning while Brian and I got ready, and they each claimed one of the shelves below to house their books and toys.


As you can see below, they really nailed the design for the rooms. The peaceful blue on the walls with some light green accents was serene and so relaxing. We loved the little beverage center – and as parents of a toddler, we used this as a place to charge our electronics out of her reach, so that ended up being pretty great too.




The living area was really nice, too – we enjoyed sitting on the couch and looking out the windows, and it really made the space feel like a home away from home, and the chest under the TV was great for storing our things.

If you’re looking to travel with your family like we did, you’ll appreciate this – there was a standard bathroom, but there’s also a separate vanity area with a sink, which allows for multiple people to get ready at the same time and was a really smart setup.


Oh, and did I mention the amazing views? :)


We spent most of our time in Destin outside, though. We checked in around 4:30 in the afternoon, and by 5:30 we were out on the beach.




The next day we reserved an umbrella and chairs ($40 for the day, and totally worth it – I’d highly recommend it!) by calling the beach shack, and we set up camp with all our beach gear so we could get started playing early in the day.




The beach for the Hilton Sandestin is great, too, because it’s not overrun like public beaches can be. It’s also serviced by staff that can bring food and drinks straight out to your umbrella – and boy did we enjoy some cold lemonade mid-afternoon! We did venture off the beach just a few yards to eat lunch at Barefoot’s. It was so easy because we could leave most of our things down at our umbrella and go as we were to eat. You can see in the photo below the green roof; that’s how close it was. Love that!



It’s a bright, airy space with views straight out to the water, and the food is delicious, too. I couldn’t get over the variety of things they offered.


The top left photo above is a salad with sesame-coated tuna; the bottom photo is the best patty melt I’ve ever had, and the photo on the right is delicious chicken quesadillas. The kids really enjoyed their food, too, which is crucial when they need plenty of energy to play on the beach some more!



After a lot more playing and dinner back at Barefoot’s, we went out to the beach at sunset to read and relax a little before playing in the pool. This is one of my favorite memories of our time here.




We spent time at the outdoor & indoor pools, too – the kids loved them!



I can’t even convey how much we adored our time at the Hilton Sandestin. It was everything you’d want a beach vacation to be. Everything was gorgeous, the staff was friendly, it was convenient and completely relaxing. We didn’t want to leave, and the kids already asked if we can go back next summer. If you’re looking for a place to travel with your family, this is it.

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  • Robin (Masshole Mommy) September 4, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I would absolutely LOVE to take my family there for a getaway. It sounds like an amazing place.

  • MommaDJane September 4, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I love your view and the cool bunk beds. I would love to be relaxing, reading a book on the beach right now.

  • Amy Desrosiers September 4, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    wow, I am in love with the pools, food and ground! I would love to visit this property with my family.

  • Jennifer September 4, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This looks like a great place to take a vacation. It’s so beautiful there!

  • Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy September 4, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    The Hilton Sandestin looks beautiful! I’d love to take a vacation with the family there. It’s so pretty.

  • Stacey - Seattle Mom Blog September 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    How gorgeous! The rooms are great, and the beach is beautiful. That would make for an amazing vacation.

  • Ben @ Cheap is the New Classy September 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    It’s beautiful there. I’d love to take a vacation there. I’d just soak up the sun on that gorgeous beach and then just relax the evening away in those comfy rooms.

  • Dawn September 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    How beautiful. I love that beach, and those rooms look wonderful. I’d love to take a trip there with the family.

  • Courtney September 4, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Just gorgeous! I’d love to spend a week (or two) with my daughter and husband.

  • Amber Edwards September 4, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I’m already in love with the hilton spa resort just from your pictures! What an amazing place to stay! I love the kid’s room! It’s definitely a great home away from home!

  • Chelley @ A is For Adelaide September 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Looks like such a great time! I would love a getaway to a place that’s kid-friendly!

  • Dede September 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    We’ve been to Florida at least 5 times in the last 3 years but haven’t visited the beach!! Destin looks amazing. I’d love to stay at this hotel, it looks so family friendly.

  • Stefany September 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Ahhhh, i want to go there so bad! I would LOVE to get to the beach and that hotel looks so nice!

  • Kelsey Apley September 4, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    That is so neat, and I love the room! It looks like an apartment vs a normal room! That food looks mighty tasty too!

  • Pam September 4, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    The Hilton Sandestin is a beautiful place to stay. I went there with my family once and we loved it.

  • Anne September 4, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Looks like a perfect relaxing family vacation. My kids have been asking for a beach vacation next year, they would love this.

  • Tammi @ My Organized Chaos September 4, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I have seen a few review for this resort and it’s now tops on my must-visit list. We love Florida and the next chance we get to go, I need to check this place out – and it looks perfect for our family of 5 too. YAY!

  • Shauna September 4, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    This is just awesome… I love how they know that you need your kids with you, versus the hotels I have found that expect you to separate your family… ha! I am totally earmarking this so that we can make a visit… Thanks so much

  • Ann BAcciaglia September 4, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Wow, that looks like an incredible place to visit. I love the ocean and I am always looking for new resorts to visit.

  • Marina September 4, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Hilton Sandestin is really gorgeous. This would be a great trip for my family. I’m definitely planning our next vacation around this hotel and the gorgeous beach!

  • Liz Mays September 4, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    I could practically hear the waves as I was reading the post. What an amazing destination!

  • Nancy Lustri (StyleDecor) September 4, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Wow! It looks like you had the best vacation ever! The beach and hotel looks wonderful! Great memories for the adorable kids! :)

  • Jenn Park September 5, 2014 at 3:04 am

    I love how family friendly it seems to be, especially with the bunk beds. Man, I need a vacation!

  • Lori September 5, 2014 at 4:42 am

    It looks like such an inviting place. Great photos – my girls would definitely argue over who got the top bunk!

  • Krista September 5, 2014 at 9:07 am

    That looks like a perfect vacation! I could use one right now!!

  • Mama to 5 BLessings September 5, 2014 at 9:12 am

    What a beautiful place! I would love want to leave, the views are stunning!

  • Christine September 5, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Wow, what a beautiful place! I would love to go there and put my feet in the sand!

  • Tiffany (Fabulous Mom Blog) September 5, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Looks like you all had a great time. We aren’t too far from Destin and this place has been on our list of places to vacation for a while now. My kids like the idea of having a bunk bed in their hotel room. I hope we can go one day.

  • Rebekah September 6, 2014 at 12:08 am

    That Hilton looks pretty amazing. I love the view and my daughter would have a ball with those bunk-beds. It looks like your family made some great memories!

  • Trish September 7, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    That looks like such a nice play to stay. I love that they had a special kids area in the room!

  • Stefani Tolson September 9, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    This place looks like somewhere I would like to take my family. Or maybe a perfect anniversary getaway!