Last winter, I had the pleasure of traveling to Destin, a beautiful Florida seaside and Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway location halfway between Panama City and Pensacola, not very far from Ft. Walton Beach. Although I was there to preview the new Tiara 4000 with its revolutionary IPS drive, I also had the opportunity to stay overnight and inspect the property at the award-winning Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, one of northwest Florida's best-known planned coastal communities. With over seven miles of beach and bayfront, this 2,400-acre site is home to a carefully balanced mix of resort properties ranging from luxury towers to quiet villages, all connected by resort-wide transportation and served by 24-hour guest services. Four championship golf courses, a dedicated tennis center with 15 top-notch courts, a full-service marina and a wide range of marine sports and children's programs are all part of the attraction. And with 42 unique restaurants and nightlife, spa and fitness centers, specialty shops in the vibrant Village, plus the luxury of its white sugar-sand beaches, Sandestin's owners have created an on-property lifestyle that's hard to resist.
Resort home ownership is also popular at Sandestin, with over 60 distinct neighborhoods from which to choose. These range from luxury second homes to condos and town homes that can be included in the Sandestin rental program when you're absent. A 24-hour security staff provides peace of mind, just part of the care and maintenance support that typifies a well-found small town. Many residents who now call Sandestin home year-round came to play and stayed for life.
The newest bayfront neighborhood, 20 private luxury residences with an owner's clubhouse, live-in innkeeper and attentive staff, will take the Sandestin experience to an entirely new level. Surrounded by the natural delights of the Choctawhatchee Bay and its protected wetlands, the village known as Inspiration will be within easy-walking distance of the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Developed by Intrawest, the resort company internationally known for creating destinations like British Columbia's Whistler Blackcomb, Quebec's Mt. Tremblant, Colorado's Winter Park and the Village at California's Squaw Valley (among many others), Inspiration will offer owners advantaged access to Sandestin's finest facilities and services. Living at Inspiration will be flexible, with deeded ownership and access to any of the 20 magnificent homes for the times you choose. Maintenance and upkeep responsibilities are never your worry.
If you're interested in seeing Sandestin for yourself, the resort offers a full spectrum of themed vacation travel plans, from family getaways to sports-specific adventures to couple's retreats. With its brand new 32,000 square-foot Baytowne Conference Center, over 65,000 square feet of meeting space, and 1,350 accommodations and a professional meeting staff with the latest technology resources at their fingertips, you might also consider mixing business with pleasure for an upcoming visit.
Contact: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, (800) 622-1038; www.sandestin.com.