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Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #22 of 38 Hotels in Destin
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 February 2012

I own a condo at St. barth's and it's a family friendly place on the beach. You can walk to some good places to eat. We have been coming to destin for 20 years & love every minute there.

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Reviewed 2 February 2012

We stayed in the St Maarten building last spring and liked it so much we came back for a week for our summer vacation.

This place beats staying in any hotel in Destin and offers a perfect location plus many amentities. It has a very long beach which is private which makes it great for families.

There is a tki hut set up at the beach behind the pool area where drinks and sandwiches are served but we had no issues bringing our own coolers right onto the beach.

The water - oh the water - in mid to late summer in gets perfectly calm and you can see the little fish swimming around your toes:) And its like a warm bath water....

Fishing - tons of choices abound from the beach to the pier and if you want to spend a couple bucks you can charter a deep sea trip for about $175 per hour. We did and caught enough red snapper to pay for our trip!

Where to stay - all the building are not equal. St Croix is older and more of a hotel set up. And sits behind the pool.

St Lucia is the lowest end of the buildings but is newer with limted gulf views.

St Thomas and St Barths have rental restrictions.

The top building for a vacation is St Maarten. It is gulf front with some terrific views. We stayed on the bottom floor (called the 2nd floor due to the garage being 1) and liked it for younger kids as the terrace area is huge. Not all condos were alike as we stayed in one which was nice but not spectacular whereas friends of ours stayed in a bottom floor 2 BR that would rival a Ritz!

Overall - very nice place!

Room Tip: 2nd floor is on the terrace and affords alot of room and easy access to gas grills. Friends stayed...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank pat3797
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Reviewed 21 January 2012

We stayed here in 2009. The pools were really cold. On the last day we found out that there was a heated pool in the back but it was so secluded and no fun. The rooms were nice but I wouldn't stay here again.

  • Stayed: October 2011
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2  Thank Teejer
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

This was our third trip to Silver Shells with previous visits in 2004 and 2006. With some reviewers commenting on a decline in the property we were hoping for the best. Not to worry as we found the resort to be pretty much as we remembered it. The first thing in our favor was vacationing at the end of August when most kids are back in school. We felt as though we had the place and the beach to ourself. There was no longer poolside service but the Tiki Bar was open (limited hours). Most people packed coolers and brought their own beverages to the pool. We love the large pool area with hot tub and kiddie pool as well as the private beach for Silver Shells guests. There is a limitation that no personal umbrellas can be used in this area but you can bring your own chairs. Rental for two chairs and an umbrella seemed a little steep at $45/day or $225 for the week but we did it anyway. However, the chairs could only be used from 9-5. We found the beaches to be very clean and the water clear. We rented through VRBO so checkin was a breeze after getting a parking pass from the front gate. Our 3BR/3Bath condo was huge, recently renovated and very clean. Additional amenities include a great fitness room, tennis and basketball courts. We found all staff from the front gate to the security guards to be very helpful and friendly. Another thing we like about Silver Shells is the fact that it sits next to Henderson Park so you don't have anymore hotels or condos to one side of you. The location is right on Hwy 98 and near any shopping, grocery or restaurants you could want. While I imagine if the summer crowds are heavy things could be a little less relaxed, we had a great week at Silver Shells and wouldn't hesitate to return.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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5  Thank kycoltsfan
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

This is a great place to stay. The resort was wonderful, they have a great beach and views from the balcony are breathtaking. The pool was the best I have found at any resort. Will definitley be back. We did not encounter any issues that some have mentioned.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

Great place, great beach, great time....we will definetly return in the future!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

No longer a resort! My family and I have been going to Silvers Shells (SS) for eleven years. We have always loved the property and stayed in the same unit each year. We skipped 2010 because of the oil in the gulf but were eager to get back in 2011. What a difference 24 months makes!! We were curious as to why the price dropped and when we arrived on the property we understood. The person behind the counter greeted me with “you need something?” From there it was all downhill. There is no longer any poolside service. Property was not kept cleaned. Activities for the kids have been eliminated. The tiki bar was closed several days so you could not even walk to get a drink. Kid’s pool and hot tub were never cleaned. Because the price has dropped the clientele level has dropped also. People were yelling and screaming on their balconies until the early morning. I have never seen so many mullets and tattoos. No security was present like in past years. One guy was so drunk that he vomited in the pool and it had to be shut down. A fight almost broke out at the pool. This would not have been tolerated in the past by SS. At one time this property was a family oriented place and was a true resort. Now SS is no more than a glorified Holiday Inn at best! If you are looking for a large hotel room on the beach then this is your place. If you are looking for a family oriented resort with activates and great services then stay away!!!!!!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Abec, General Manager at Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2011

Thank you for choosing Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa on your recent visit to Destin.

Upon reading the review that you completed regarding your stay, I was deeply concerned to hear about your experience with our resort. We strive to accommodate all of our guests and their needs, and I was disappointed to hear about the issues you encountered. We strive to excel in customer service and guest satisfaction is of the utmost importance to us. I understand this does not change your experience, but I hope that you can feel confident that we have heard your concern and are taking strides to improve our operation through communication with the properties amenity and security facilitators.

I apologize again for the problems, and thank you for taking the time to let me know about it. Without your guest feedback we cannot continue to improve our services. We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again the next time you are in Destin.

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Additional Information about Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa

Address: 15000 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Destin, FL 32541-3338
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Destin
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Destin
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Destin
Price Range: £131 - £183 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa features the best in luxury Destin vacation rentals and accommodations. Enjoy luxury and elegance in our spacious gulf front one- to four- bedroom Destin, Florida vacation rentals. Our resort vacation rental amenities offer fully equipped kitchens, washer and dryer, extra linens and a serene view of the Gulf waters from your own private balcony and much more. All four vacation rental towers offer guests private parking, exclusive outdoor pool and hot tub with beach access for endless opportunities of peaceful relaxation or adventure. Visit Sunrise Beach Services for your complimentary beach chair and umbrella or see a list of all the fun offered water sports and excursions. You may also enjoy the center piece of our resort, a 7,500 square foot lagoon pool with waterfall and whirlpool where you may enjoy your favorite drink or snack from our Sandbar Restaurant and Beachside Bar. As an exclusive guest at Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa, you may also enjoy a variety of our vacation rental amenities. Savor a delicious meal at the famous Ruth’s Chris Steak House, escape to the luxurious The Spa at Silver Shells full service spa and fitness center, or play a game of tennis or basketball on our private courts. Centrally located among Destin’s premier shops, nightlife, dinning, and Destin area attractions there is something for everyone wishing to get away from it all. Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa vacation rentals offer an experience as relaxing or as invigorating as you desire in beautiful Destin, Florida. ... more   less 
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