Destin, Florida is known as the Emerald Coast for good reason. Its beautiful waters and white sandy beaches attract visitors throughout the year, and there’s plenty more in store for those who come to the area. Excellent restaurants, high end retail shopping, and fun attractions keep people coming back to Destin year after year. The city also has a nice selection of hotels, including some that offer a relaxing and luxurious experience.
Here are five of the top Destin, Florida hotels.
Emerald Grande At Harborwalk Village
Emerald Grande At Harborwalk Village is a 4-star condo resort that has gorgeous views of the coast. This property has a prime location right on Choctawhatchee Bay, and the hotel is also near Norriego Point and Destin Harbor. If you’re looking for Destin Florida hotels that are close to popular attractions, eateries, and great fishing spots, this is a good pick.
On-site at the hotel guests can enjoy shopping at several exclusive boutiques and upscale retailers, as well as an outdoor pool and a spa with world class treatments. Emerald Grande At Harborwalk Village offers children’s activities and complimentary boat shuttle services to the area’s beaches. There are a number of restaurants on-site as well, including a relaxed bar and grill, a saloon where you can get a cold drink or cocktail and small bites, a cafe with freshly made treats, and a fine dining Italian restaurant.
Rooms as this plush hotel include one, two, or three bedrooms along with full gourmet kitchens with granite counters, flat screen televisions, multiple en suite bathrooms, and private balconies. Upgraded suites add sofa beds and bunk beds.
Nightly rate: starts at $333
Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort
Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort is a great three-star hotel in the Destin area that’s less than five miles from both Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Horseshoe Bayou. The property sits along 27 acres of land on the Gulf of Mexico, and its private beach is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon and enjoy time in the sun.
There are few better places to stay while you’re in Destin if you enjoy tennis, as Hidden Dunes Resort has six premier clay championship tennis courts on-site. You can also take lessons there from esteemed players, and basketball and other sports courts are available to guests as well. Along with an expansive private beach, the resort has many scenic walking trails with lush trees, hot tubs, several pools, and barbecue areas with gas grills.
Accommodation options include stylish condo-style suites, four bedroom villas, and cozy cottages. Each features kitchens, washers and dryers, complimentary WiFi access, and flat screen televisions. Upgraded options include private balconies with views of the gulf.
Nightly rate: starts at $184
Embassy Suites by Hilton Destin Miramar Beach
Embassy Suites’ Destin Miramar Beach location is a 3-star hotel that’s a short walk from the beach. It’s also about 15 miles from Florida’s incredible Eden Gardens State Park. Some of the amenities at this property include complimentary parking and a hot breakfast, gym, business center, outdoor pool, hot tub, and an atrium that’s filled with lovely trees and decorative fountains.
Near the hotel’s atrium is a great Caribbean restaurant and bar with an upscale vibe called The Calypso Cafe. The suites feature refined and elegant decor, as well as flat screen televisions and complimentary WiFi access. Select rooms have views of the gulf, and most come with coffeemakers, sofa beds, separate living rooms, and kitchenettes.
Nightly rate: starts at $139
The Palms of Destin Resort & Conference Center
One of the largest hotels in Destin is the four-star Palms of Destin Resort & Conference Center. It’s within walking distance of Indian Bayou Golf Club and Henderson Beach State Park, and there are several fun attractions on-site as well.
The Palms of Destin Resort features basketball and tennis courts, a large gym and fitness center, and a ballroom that can be reserved for private events. There’s also a large conference center with many meeting rooms, a deluxe medi spa, hair and nail salon, and a lagoon pool with decorative bridges and towering waterfalls. Guests can also head to the resort’s signature restaurant and bar for meals and well prepared drinks.
Guests can choose from the following accommodation: two bedroom villas, or one, two, and three bedroom condos. The most luxurious options offer views of the gulf, and all rooms come with flat screen televisions, premium cable channels, DVD players, multiple bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, sofa beds, washers and dryers, and private balconies.
Nightly rate: starts at $159
Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa
The 3-star Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa is a Destin hotel that has a total of five different buildings. It’s less than one mile from Indian Bayou Golf Club and sits next to Henderson Beach State Park, making this hotel an excellent option for those who want to enjoy outdoor activities during their time in the area.
Silver Shells Beach Resort has a host of amenities including tennis courts, a fully equipped gym and fitness center, salon where you can receive beauty treatments, a tranquil spa, children’s pool, and a 7,500 square foot lagoon-style pool with its own waterfall. Right on the beach the hotel offers cabana rentals as well as rentals for watersports equipment and gear.
On-site is a Ruth’s Chris Steak House where you can dine on freshly prepared dishes such as crab cakes, lamb chops, and ribeye steaks. The resort also has a beach bar that serves cold drinks, juices, and casual eats.
The rooms at this hotel are condo-style and come with one to four bedrooms. Complimentary WiFi access and spacious bathrooms with spa tubs are included, as well as decked out gourmet kitchens, flat screen televisions with free cable, private balconies with beautiful views of the beach, and separate living areas.
Nightly rate: starts at $167