Awards and Recognitions

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Awards and Recognitions

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is committed to excellence for our guests, our community, our homeowners and our employees. Below you will see numerous examples of the recognition Sandestin has received for its outstanding, service-centered culture and commitment to all who visit, meet, live and come to enjoy this top rated resort year after year.

  • 2014 Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor
  • 2015, 2014 Best Hotels in the USA, U.S. News & World Report
  • 2015, 2014 #1 Best Hotel in Destin, U.S. News & World Report
  • Best Travel Finds of 2014, Redbook magazine
  • 10Best: Beach Resort Kids' Clubs, USA Today
  • 2014, 2013, 2012 Best Resort, Emerald Coast Magazine
  • 2014 Award of Excellence, Corporate & Incentive Travel magazine
  • 2015, 2013, 2012 Best Resort in Destin, Destin Magazine
  • 2013, 2012 Emerald Coast’s Finest Resort, by Northwest Florida Daily News
  • Best of the Emerald Coast presented by Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Named one of the Best Beaches for Families, iVillage
  • 2012, 2011 Fodor’s Choice selection
  • Best of Weddings 2013, 2012 presented by The Knot
  • Florida’s Emerald Coast named Best Fall Trips 2011 Voted by National Geographic
  • Destin area named one of the 10 Most Beautiful Places in America, ABC-TV “Good Morning America”
  • 2015, 2014 Best Local Event in Destin, Destin Magazine for the Annual Sandestin Wine Festival
  • 2015 Best Meeting Facility in Destin, Destin Magazine
  • 2015 Best Reception Venue in Destin, Destin Magazine for Magnolia Ballroom
  • 2014, 2013 100 Most Popular Meeting Resorts, Cvent
  • 2014 Top 100 Resorts, Cvent
  • 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 Gold Tee Award, Meetings & Conventions magazine
  • 2013 Gold Key Award, Meetings & Conventions magazine
  • Best of the South Award, Meetings South magazine
  • 2013, 2012 Reader’s Choice recipient, Convention South magazine
  • 2013 Editor’s Hot Pick for South’s Top All-Around Value Resort, Convention South magazine
  • 2012 New or Renovated Meeting Site Award, Convention South magazine
  • 2014 #15 in Top 100 Tennis Resorts and Camps, Tennis Resorts Online
  • 50 Top Tennis Resorts, Tennis magazine
  • 2015 Top 75 Florida Golf Courses, Golf Digest for Burnt Pine, Raven and The Links Golf Club
  • 2015 Best Courses in NW Florida, Florida Golf Magazine Reader’s Choice Award for Burnt Pine Golf Club
  • 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 Best Courses You Can Play, Golfweek magazine
  • Top 12 Golf Communities, Forbes
  • Top 10 Golf Getaways, Links Magazine
  • 2012 Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor for Sandestin Golf Courses
  • BEST Courses in the Top 100 & the Best Courses of Distinction, Golfweek magazine
  • Emerald Coast’s Finest Golf Course, Northwest Florida Daily News
  • 2012 Best Public Courses, GOLF Magazine
  • 2012 Premier Golf Resorts, GOLF Magazine
  • Top 10 Best Courses to Play in Florida, Golficity
  • 2015 Best Women’s Clothing in Destin, Destin Magazine for Barefoot Princess
  • 2015 Best Men’s Clothing in Destin, Destin Magazine for Island Clothiers
  • 2015 Best Place to Spoil Him in Destin, Destin Magazine for Island Clothiers
  • 2015 Best Children’s Clothing in Destin, Destin Magazine for Coconut Kidz
  • 2015 Best Toy Store in Destin, Destin Magazine for Toys & Treasures
  • 2014 Best Women’s Accessories: Barefoot Princess, Emerald Coast Magazine
  • 2013 Finest Women’s Clothing (Barefoot Princess), Northwest Florida Daily News 
  • Emerald Coast’s Finest Place to Work, Northwest Florida Daily News 
  • 2015 Best Casual Dining, Destin Magazine for Marina Bar & Grill
  • 2015 Best Buffalo Wings, Destin Magazine for Fat Tuesday
  • 2015, 2014 Best Bartender, Destin Magazine for Fat Tuesday