by Jennifer Nicole Dienst | December 01, 2007

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

 Shore pleasures:
Sandestin Golfand Beach Resort

No, Florida is not synonomous with Orlando and Disney. The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, in the slower-paced panhandle, offers a glimpse of the state’s laid-back alter ego, complete with emerald green waters and sand so soft you could sleep on it.

The 2,400-acre resort offers 65,000 square feet of meeting space (including two conference centers) and 1,800 guest units, 19 pools, 72 holes of golf, 15 tennis courts and a full-service spa.

The hotel’s Village of Baytowne Wharf includes 42 restaurants, nightclubs and boutiques, giving attendees plenty of options for downtown activities. The 98-slip marina features sailboat lessons and sunset cruises.