I've stayed at SanDestin Resort numerous times and am just now getting around to writing a review, but each year, some friends and I head down there for Memorial Day weekend (which I'm assuming is their busiest weekend of the year). I've stayed in Beachside II on at least 3 different occasions in different condos - - all of which were great, albeit one was in a little worse condition than the rest.
Please note: My positives and negatives below will pertain to my 3 rentals in the 2 BR, 2 BA units in Beachside II. My friends were in Beachside I this past year and did not have as nice of a condo. It was less convenient and had no view (they were only on the 3rd floor.) I've also stayed in one of the Beachwalk Villas, which are fabulous in terms of space, but don't expect to actually be able to walk to the beach if you plan on carrying chairs, coolers, umbrellas, etc. and you're not convenient to a pool. And, finally, I've had friends stay in a condo over at the Village - - great for the nighttime - - but obviously not that convenient for the beach, although they do run a shuttle. Ideally, when a group of us go down there, we have at least one group staying at the Village and at least one at Beachside II to get the best of both worlds.
Now - back to Beachside II:
- Great gulf front location with tremendous views from the Master BR and balcony.
- Large Master BR and bath with a separate door leading to the toilet and shower dividing them from the sink (nice if you're staying with a group of friends)
- Full kitchen with everything you could possibly need. (However, only one of our units had a blender - - we like to make daquiris.)
- Free shuttle to the Village where all of the restaurants and bars are
-2 pools right out back - - one quiet one for the families and one for the party crowd with bands playing and a bar, etc. There's also a snack bar out there serving burgers, etc. which comes in handy.
-Fantastic/Beautiful white sand beach (hard to walk on, though unless you're right at the water's edge)
-twin beds in the 2nd bedroom
Negatives (or unknowns):
-Watch the billing by SanDestin. 2 years in a row, I've had to question some form of the billing. One year, someone (not in my group) had charged drinks to my room and the next year, SanDestin charged for a rollaway despite being told that they would not charge. We had the rollaway brought in when there was no pull out sofa in the unit (despite being told that the unit would sleep 6). It took a bit a doing, but both bills were corrected. Also - - the billing, in general, seems to be a bit disorganized. With the deposit paid well in advance, then with additional deposits (for armbands) being due at time of check-in, and final billing being completed after you get home, you really need to watch what they're throwing on there. My friends in another condo also had issues - - they were charged extra fees that had not previously been disclosed.
-SanDestin is great and I continue to go back for the facilities and the fact that it's "the place to be" on Memorial Day weekend for 30-somethings. But, it IS expensive. And, they penny pinch - - rocketing up the prices at the restaurants for the holiday weekend not to mention the extraorbinant cover to get into the Village Door nightclub and charging extra fees for resort activities regardless of whether you participate in those activities or not. For example, they charged an activities fee this past Memorial Day to pay for things like the fireworks they had planned to have. Only problem - - the dry conditions (and risk of wildfires) forced them to cancel the show - - they did not, however, refund the activities fee.
-Each condo is different as they each have a different owner. Usually, the furniture and fixtures are just fine regardless - and don't worry - the basics will be there. However, a few units' owners have clearly chosen the very cheap route when selecting furniture. And, the last condo didn't have a DVD or stereo, whereas all of the others have.
- And my last negative isn't really the fault of the resort, but given the very few cabs available in Destin on a holiday weekend, the location of the resort is only good if you plan to stay at the resort in the evenings. If you plan to be drinking - - it's too far to head into Destin proper without appointing a designated driver.
Overall, I'm sure that I will stay here again.
- Also Known As:
- Beachside Towers At Sandestin Hotel Destin
- Beachside Hotel Destin
- Beachside Hotel At Sandestin
- Beachside Towers At Sandestin Destin, Florida