Top Destin Luxury Hotels
Panama City Beach, Florida
PCB is often known only for its Spring break scene, but in truth it's a spectacular destination throughout the year. Nowhere is that more evident than Sterling Resorts!
Sterling Resorts offers PCB's best and most diverse selection of condo vacation rentals, all equipped with abundant amenities and upscale, well-appointed interiors. When you aren't basking in the majesty of your property, you'll be out and about in beautiful PCB, soaking in the sun while you go wherever the wind takes you. Shopping, dining, and entertainment options are plentiful, while nearby beaches are ideal for catching a tan (or a nap)! Come see why Sterling Resorts has such a sterling reputation!
The city has a year-round population of just over 12,000.
Panama City Beach has an average of 320 days of sunshine per year.
The area boasts one of the highest concentrations of bottlenose dolphins in the world!close
Sterling Sands Condominiums
Coming in at No. 6 is Sterling Sands, a classic Destin beach vacation upgraded to the Sterling standard. It’s here you’ll have access to the famous sugar-white sand beaches without the huge crowds.
All of Sterling Sands’ one, two, and three-bedroom condominiums are equipped with a full-size kitchen, private balconies, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. The resort also provides guests with plenty of convenient amenities so you can spend more time enjoying your vacation and less time fussing over the little things. Each unit has a washer and dryer, linens and towels, plus laundry detergent, toiletries, dish soap, and coffee. As you explore the resort, you’ll find a 71 foot free-form pool, and outdoor hot tub, a fitness room, and a covered barbeque area with gas grills and picnic tables- so if you go fishing, you can easily cook up your catch of the day! Sterling Sands is also home to a conference/reception facility, a perfect space to host a meeting, group event, or family reunion! Last but not least, the resort has over 300 feet of pristine beach at your disposal and beach service is available. Come enjoy this sprawling playground!
1080 Highway 98 East, Destin, FL 32541
Sterling Sands is owned by Sterling Resorts, which owns 21 resorts in Destin.
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Condos include a full-size kitchen, washer & dryer, and starter kits of Wolfgang Puck coffee, dish soap/powder, laundry detergent and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries.close
Palms of Destin Resort & Conference Center
You won’t find an upscale experience anywhere in Destin like the one you’ll get at our next resort. The Palms of Destin Resort and Conference Center offers vacationers high-class luxury at an unbeatable price, landing it the No. 2 spot on our list.
Take a three-minute complimentary shuttle ride to Henderson Beach State Park, home to more than 6,000 feet of scenic shoreline. Here, you can walk along nature trails or the boardwalk, picnic in a pavilion, or just spread out on the sand and soak in some of that radiant Florida sunshine. When you’ve had your fill of the beach, back at the resort you can enjoy Destin’s largest lagoon pool. Play a game of tennis or basketball, take the little ones to the playground, or indulge in a luxurious treatment at the day spa- all onsite! After a long day of exploration, fun on the beach, and resort activities, you’re sure to be exhausted. Retreat to your contemporary condo and relax. The Palms offers one, two, and three-bedroom vacation rentals that have fully equipped kitchens featuring granite countertops, a breakfast bar, and plenty of cooking utensils and appliances. In your condo you’ll also find flat screen televisions with premium cable, DVD player, two full baths, and a washer and dryer. And we can’t forget the added bonus of a balcony overlooking the gorgeous lagoon pool, the city of Destin, or the Gulf of Mexico! Come feel at home among The Palms’ luxurious accommodations!
From Northwest Florida Regional Airport, head north on Highway 85/State Road 85. Turn left at E. John Sims Parkway/State Road 20. Continue approximately 6 miles. Turn right at State Road 293. Cross Mid-Bay bridge (toll). Turn right at US 98 W (there will be signs for Destin). Continue 1.8 miles, then turn right at Indian Bayou Trail. From Pensacola Regional Airport, head northeast on Airport Boulevard toward College Boulevard. Turn left at N 9th Avenue/County Road 289. Turn left onto E. Chase Street (signs for Gulf Breeze). Turn left at Bayfront Parkway/US-98 E. Continue approximately 49 miles. Turn left at Indian Bayou Trail.
The Palms of Destin boasts the largest lagoon pool in Destin – an 11,000 square foot, 259,000 gallon zero-entry pool, featuring five dancing waterfalls, walking bridges and fun for all ages.
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Sago restaurant offers a selection of popular southern-style foods along with classic favorites prepared with your choice of two cooking styles: Asian Wok Cuisine or slow cooking in an ancient Chinese clay oven.close
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Coming in at No. 3 on our list is a hotel chain known far and wide for offering their guests luxurious accommodations and a plethora of amazing amenities. And let us assure you, The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa is no different.
You’ll find the Hilton Sandestin at its sparkling location on one of the world’s best beaches in Northwest Florida. Between their prime location on the beach and their oversized accommodations, it’s no wonder the Hilton Sandestin is Northwest Florida’s premier hotel. Experience paradise as you dig your toes into the sugar white sand and gaze out into the emerald green waters. Every beach activity you could possibly think of is available for you at the Hilton Sandestin. If all of the beach amenities aren’t convincing enough, the resort also offers a long list of other amenities. The hotel has two outdoor pools and a whirlpool, along with one indoor heated pool and whirlpool. If you’re traveling with kids, they’re sure to love the Game Room and Kids Krew, where they can enjoy tailor-made programs just for them. While the kids are off on an adventure of their own, parents can get in a round of golf at one of Sandestin’s four championship courses or maybe squeeze in a game of tennis. If you’d rather just spend your alone time relaxing, go indulge at the world-class Serenity By the Sea Spa. At the end of a long, fun-filled day, retire to your guestroom or suite. The Hilton Sandestin has four room types to choose from: Standard Guest Rooms, Deluxe Junior Suites, Parlour Suites, and Presidential Suites. You can count on every room to provide you with luxurious amenities and the perfect atmosphere during your stay. That’s only a brief glimpse into everything you’ll find at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. To discover it all you’ll have to just book a trip, pack your suitcases, and go!
4000 South Sandestin Boulevard, Destin, FL 32550
At this kid-friendly resort, the Deluxe Junior suite is designed with bunk beds tucked away in a private alcove for children and includes a state-of-the-art media center.
This is Northwest Florida's only beachfront resort hotel.close
Miramar Beach, Florida
Sitting front and center among Seascape’s luxury high-rise condos, Majestic Sun faces Destin’s beaches with unobstructed, breathtaking Gulf views that extend as far as you can see towards southern horizon. Its unbeatable location and upscale condos easily land Majestic Sun the No. 4 spot on our list.
If you’re looking for a more exclusive Destin experience, this is it. As a guest at Majestic Sun, you’ll be granted exclusive perks and discounts to many Seascape Resort amenities, including free beach service and free Cabana Café Breakfast Buffet. In the middle of the Majestic Sun, you’ll find an impressive “see through” arch, which towers eight stories above a heated indoor swimming pool that flows into an outdoor pool. There’s also an onsite Fitness Center and shopping at the Silver Sands Outlet Mall is only one mile away. Majestic Sun has one, two, and three-bedroom condos available. By far the best feature of your vacation rental will be a breathtaking, unobstructed view of Seascape Beach and the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, which you can fully enjoy from your private balcony. Inside your condo, you’ll find a fully furnished unit equipped with a kitchen, multiple bathrooms, a washer and dryer, and cable TV. These charming units will give you the perfect place to relax and unwind during your Destin vacation.
1160 Scenic Gulf Drive, Destin, FL 32550
Every vacation condo has a balcony with a full gulf front view. The 3,200 square foot, multi-level pool includes two hot tubs, waterfall accents and a sundeck that is nearly beachfront.
Majestic Sun has been ranked among the favorite complexes in the Beaches of South Walton and Destin area since its beginnings.close
Stay and play at Destin’s shining jewel. Our No. 5 choice is Emerald Grand, where you can witness spectacular sunsets, shop to your heart’s content, dine on decadent cuisine, take in a live show, plus so much more.
Adults and kids alike will love discovering all of the fun-filled activities and hidden luxurious at Emerald Grand at HarborWalk Village. This destination sets the stage for you and your family to make memories that will last a lifetime. Go fishing, snorkeling, sailing, or build sand castles on the beach. At night, let loose at a live music celebration in the village’s amphitheater-styled main stage. Let the kids have their own adventure at the Crew Club, which gives kids extra attention with tailor-made fun just for them. Both you and the little ones are sure to feel like VIPs! And the good feelings won’t stop once you return to your condo. All of Emerald Grand’s units have luxurious custom-crafted furnishings, modern kitchens, lavish baths, and balconies with panoramic views of the emerald coast. Luxury One-Bedroom condos are perfect for vacationing couples and the Two-Bedroom Plus Bunk Room Condo is ideal for families. If you desire even more space, there are Luxury Three and Four-Bedroom units available. Every guest, young or old, will receive Emerald Grande’s unbeatable customer service, which sets the standard for all other family resorts.
10 Harbor Boulevard, Destin, FL 32541
Emerald Grande is the only all-inclusive hotel in Destin.
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Aside from weekly firework shows, you can enjoy a full-service European spa, fitness center, restaurants, waterfront shopping, aqua activities and family-friendly water playground, child care, dolphin cruises, live entertainment and championship golf.close
Resorts of Pelican Beach
We’re nearing the end of our list of Top 10 Destin Luxury Hotels, but the No. 7 resort is nowhere near the bottom end of anything. The Resorts of Pelican Beach is a private resort community located right on the beaches of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. It’s a preferred destination for those looking to leave the hustle and bustle of the outside world behind.
The Resorts of Pelican Beach is home to some of Destin’s best vacation condominium rentals. Once you step inside you’ll be in awe of your condo’s attractive combination of relaxed elegance and refined Southern charm. There are two buildings from which you can choose your accommodations. Stay in the Pelican Beach Resort & Conference Center or at The Terrace at Pelican Beach. In both buildings you’ll find a selection of one, two, and three-bedroom condos, all of which are fully equipped and ready for you to call them “home” while in Destin. You’ll love the diversified amenities that can be found at the Resorts of Pelican Beach. Few other resorts in the area have such a wide range of offerings like their Video Game Room, Beachside Tiki Bar, and hot tub spas. You can also rent kayaks, body boards, and other beach equipment. At night, stroll hand in hand along the boardwalk and watch the fiery sun sink below the emerald horizon. Come enjoy the Resorts of Pelican Beach’s island spirit!
The beachside Pelican Tiki Bar is a full bar featuring XM Radio and wireless Internet access. Chan’s Market Café brews Starbucks coffee and serves breakfast and lunch that you can take the beach or enjoy poolside.
From the west, take Exit 22 off I-10 and go south on SR 281(toll) to US 98. Turn Left and proceed east on US 98 to Destin and The Resorts of Pelican Beach. From the east, take Exit 56 off I-10 and go south on SR 85 to SR 20 or take Exit 70 and go south on SR 285 to SR 20. Turn Left and proceed east on SR 20 to SR 293(Mid-Bay Bridge-toll). Turn right and proceed across bridge to US 98. Turn right and proceed west on US 98 to Destin and the Resorts of Pelican Beach.
Related Onsite Offerings
The Conference Center is a two-story facility located in the Pelican Beach Resort with services for groups to 300 people plus pre-function area- making it a meeting planners' dream facility.close
Seascape Resort & Conference Center
Miramar Beach, Florida
Located in the impressive Beaches of South Walton, the Seascape Resort offers luxurious condos in an all-inclusive family-friendly and pet-friendly vacation experience, as well as plenty of privacy, peace and quiet.
Nestled among more than three hundred acres of lush green vegetation, serene lakes and 2,000 feet of white sand beach, the Seascape promises an experience that will surpass your expectations. The resort grounds extend from the beach to Emerald Coast Parkway (US Highway 98). With a convenient location near the shore, Seascape’s luxury high rise condos are a better value than a hotel stay, providing families and couples a “home away from home" with such features as a fully stocked kitchen, multiple bathrooms, a living room for gatherings and a private balcony. If tennis is your game, the Destin Tennis Club, located at Seascape, and is nationally rated as a Five Star Tennis Resort. If you love golf, the eighteen hole Seascape Golf Course is sure to delight you with its numerous water features, such as lagoons and exotic dune lakes.
From Interstate 10, go south on Highway 85 to Niceville. This will end at State Road 20, or John Sims Parkway. At State Road 20, turn left (east) and follow the signs to Mid-Bay Bridge, approximately 5.8 miles. Turn right (south) onto White Point Road (Mid-Bay Bridge – a toll bridge). At Highway 98, turn left (east). Seascape Resort will be approximately four miles ahead, on the right side of Highway 98.
Seascape’s penthouse condos sit at the highest point in all of the Beaches of South Walton. Across the scenic Highway 98, the newly-renovated and award-winning Whale's Tail Beach Bar & Grill has been a Destin landmark for over thirty years.
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With over 2000 feet of beach, Seascape offers most of vacation needs on-site, including golf, tennis, water sports, bike rentals and several restaurants. By booking directly through the Seascape Rental Management program, you will enjoy exclusive discounts on a variety of recreation activities and have convenient access to the free Seascape Beach Tram service.close