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Holidays are FREE at Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort
Popular Resort Unveils New Program for Free Christmas and New Year’s Eve Stay with Free Activities & Amenities

Destin FL, December 10, 2008 -   With the holidays and New Year’s Eve around the corner, many people, including families are looking for value-added trips, ways to stretch budgets and an opportunity to escape the pressures of home and everyday demands.

Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort, a leading destination resort in the South, is offering a solution and its new Holidays are Free Program, including free accommodations and amenities on upcoming holidays.

The Holidays are Free Program includes free overnight accommodations on holidays including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Years Eve, with a paid three consecutive night stay.

Special discounted rates at the Bayside Inn start at $119 and at Luau for $139.  People can also receive additional savings on fees, a special savings booklet, a free welcome gift if they book their stay on

According to Mike Stange, Sandestin president and chief operating officer, “This program is our way to thank our loyal guests and to showcase the beauty and value of Sandestin during popular holidays and vacation times.”

“Especially during these challenging economic conditions and all the stressors that come with them, there are many important psychological benefits when people get away together, even for a short period of time, said family expert Dr. Victoria Fleming.   “Get aways are an expression of commitment, a way of putting friends and family first and an opportunity to reconnect.   They are an investment in personal relationships that will pay off both short term and in the long run,” said Dr. Fleming.

Located on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, Sandestin is a convenient drive from many metropolitan areas.   As part of a stay at Sandestin, people are able to enjoy a wide variety of free activities including:

  • Bicycling – Adult and children’s single-speed coaster bicycles are free for four hours a day by showing the Resort Card. Helmets, baskets, child seats, training wheels and locks are also available.
  • Tennis – A free hour of tennis court time a day is available with guest stay, based on availability.
  • Fishing – Resort guests can land bass and other pan fish from one of the 72 stocked ponds included in Sandestin’s catch and release program.   
  • Watersports – Cruise around Choctawhatchee Bay and enjoy complimentary use of canoes from Sandestin's Baytowne Marina with a Sandestin Resort Card. For extreme play on the Bay or Gulf of Mexico, check out the complimentary kayaks too.
  • Beautiful Beach Walks and Explorations – People of all ages love the sugar-white sand beach at Sandestin for a peaceful rest, building a sandcastle or even night time crab hunting.  It’s a great way to relax, spend time together and recharge.


Based on the success of the program, Sandestin will also extend the Holidays are Free Program through January and the popular Martin Luther King holiday weekend on January 19. 

Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort offers the most complete resort experience in North America.  Located on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, Sandestin is a 2,400-acre destination resort for all seasons and for all ages.  As a member of Beaches of South Walton, Sandestin invites guests to enter a world of world famous sugar white sand beaches, 30 charming neighborhoods featuring 1,700 condominiums, villas, town homes and a wide variety of hotel accommodations. The resort features four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, a fitness center and Spa, 65,000 square feet of meeting space and a pedestrian village featuring a host of boutique shops, casual and fine dining restaurants and nightlife venues.  Sandestin is part of Intrawest Hospitality Management (, a world leader in destination resorts. 

For more information about the Holidays are Free Program, go to or call 800-470-7389.