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Romantic Getaway Ideas Along the Emerald Coast

Romantic Getaways

Emerald Coast presents lots of possibilities

What comes to mind when you picture your perfect romantic getaway? Images of exotic locales, scenic beaches and fruity cocktails may have you looking at airline tickets, but don’t book your seat just yet. Our region is home to some of the most stunning and sought after beaches in the world.

Whether you’re celebrating something special or simply need some alone time to reconnect, the Emerald Coast is forever a coast for lovers. Consider the possibilities …

Photo courtesy of Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Just like those sugar sands, any desired amenity is just steps away at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Spend your days beachside or at two outdoor pools sipping cocktails and enjoying grouper sandwiches from Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill. The resort has multiple onsite dining options including Hadashi Sushi Bar, Sandcastles Restaurant and the award-winning AAA Four-Diamond Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood. Hit the course with your sweetheart for a game of golf at one of the four award-winning championship golf courses available to guests. Then, wind down with a couple’s massage or facial at Serenity by the Sea Spa.

4000 Sandestin Boulevard South Miramar Beach, FL

The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa

The stately Henderson Beach Resort & Spa stands tall, overlooking Northwest Florida’s natural landscape. Luxury is standard at The Henderson with guest rooms bathed in cool blue and warm gold tones, premium amenities and designer bedding that instantly puts you at ease. Spend your days biking, paddle boarding, kayaking or simply enjoying the view from your beach set rental. Pamper yourselves with the spa’s couple-centric offerings. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, Primrose is the place to be. The property’s signature dining experience, Primrose serves seafood, steaks, sushi and scenic views daily. Shake things up with specialty margaritas, creative tacos and live music at Horizons. Take in the sunset at The Rooftop, offering cocktails and light bites.

200 Henderson Resort Way Destin, FL

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

The Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort caters to couples with a stay that is right for you. Whether it’s Osprey Pointe, the Bayside Villas, the Village & The Grand Complex or another of the resort’s many lodgings, you’re bound to find your perfect getaway at Sandestin.

Any stay guarantees access to four outstanding golf courses. Don’t miss The Village of Baytowne Wharf for shopping and dining, or find your inner child at Baytowne Adventure Zone, Blast Arcade, Laser Maze and the Dunes Putting Course. For outdoor fun, head over to the beach, or check out the watersports offerings at the Baytowne Marina, including WaveRunners, kayaks, pontoon boats, water bikes and boogie boards.

9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy W. Miramar Beach

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Hotel Effie

Hotel Effie emphasizes sensory experience. Guest rooms are plush with luxury bedding, throw blankets, overstuffed pillows and robes. You won’t want to leave the room, but when you do, take a moment to admire the hotel’s unique artwork, often by local artists. Relax and rejuvenate at Spa Liliana with scrubs, facials, massages and in-room services. The hotel boasts Ovide, a fine dining experience from Hugh Acheson, celebrity chef and James Beard award winner. End the night at Ara Rooftop Pool & Lounge with live music, craft cocktails and small plates.

1 Grand Sandestin Boulevard, Miramar Beach

WaterColor Inn & Resort

The WaterColor Inn & Resort embodies the spirit of the WaterColor community with an unpretentious approach to coastal fun, impeccable service and delectable cuisine. A pair of Adirondack chairs awaits on your balcony while the first floor offers private cabana showers. Beautiful landscaping lines your path to the pool, boathouse, tennis courts, shops, restaurants and private beach. Immerse yourself in coastal flavor with dining options including Fish Out of Water, The WaterColor Grill, Costa Chica, Beach Cow, The Canteen and Gather Kitchen + Bar, all of which feature ingredients from local farms and waters. No matter where you sit down for dinner, beachside views are always on the menu.

34 Goldenrod Circle, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

The Pointe on 30A 

The Pointe on 30A is a premier destination in Rosemary Beach. Upon entry, you know you will be living life in luxury for the extent of your stay. The boutique resort’s modern-meets-coastal atmosphere extends from architectural quirks to Restoration Hardware furniture displayed throughout. Complimentary beach cruisers ideal for exploring nearby stores and restaurants are included in your stay, but if you’d rather spend your sunshine hours at the resort, lounge in a plush cabana just steps from the sand. Enjoy panoramic views at the rooftop bar next to one of many fire pits.

10711 E County Hwy 30A Rosemary, Beach

Photo courtesy of Oyster Bay Boutique Hotel

Oyster Bay Boutique Hotel

Located in downtown Pensacola, the Oyster Bay Boutique Hotel is perfectly situated between the bay and Seville Square. This central location makes walking to downtown’s hottest restaurants, shopping and nightlife a snap. Not to mention, the beach is only a short drive away. Oyster Bay has a coastal cool feel, featuring a white and neutral color palette and the work of local artists and artisans. Service is highly personalized thanks to the hotel’s intimate, boutique approach. Each room offers a spa-like experience with LATHER bath products and plush robes, and your balcony or porch offers a private place to enjoy sunrise with coffee or sunset with a glass of wine.

400 Bayfront Parkway, Pensacola, FL

Hibiscus Coffee and Guesthouse

Hibiscus Coffee and Guesthouse is a quaint and inviting bed-and-breakfast in Grayton Beach. This family owned and operated business makes you feel like family during your stay. The property features 13 uniquely furnished guest rooms with an Old Florida feel, three of which are pet friendly. The guesthouse is known for its breakfast, served daily from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m., featuring cinnamon rolls, granola bowls, daily specials, signature coffee blends and more.

85 DeFuniak St. Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Carillon Beach Resort Inn

The Carillon Beach Resort Inn exudes old world charm. All rooms have a view of a private lake and the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy access to four pools, two hot tubs and two tennis courts, and then freshen up at the inn’s salon and spa. When you’re ready for a saltier experience, hop on the complimentary beach shuttle for a ride to go swim, kayak, sail, fish or surf. Want to explore? The inn’s Carillon Market Street address puts guests right at the heart of the seaside village. The main drag is brimming with eateries, stores and galleries made for a hand-in-hand stroll.

114 Carillon Market St. Panama City Beach

The Island Resort

If you want a couple’s weekend but still need to take the kids, The Island Resort might be the location for you. This family-friendly getaway features Gulf views and poolside rooms that can accommodate all your party’s needs, no matter the size. Take a dip at the resort’s iconic Grotto, complete with a cascading waterfall, a swim-up bar and even a mermaid. Island Fish House, Island Grille and Tripp Tide Beach Bar offer a wide selection of coastal eats, while the resort’s live music and drive-in movie nights are sure to keep the whole family entertained.

1500 Miracle Strip Parkway Southeast Fort Walton Beach, FL

Photo courtesy of The Pearl Hotel

The Pearl Hotel

The Pearl Hotel’s atmosphere and amenities are ideal for a couple’s weekend. The rooms feature private balconies, Kerstin Florian spa products and rainfall showerheads. As if the in-room amenities weren’t relaxing enough, Spa Pearl will further soothe you. Complimentary beach chairs and oversized umbrellas are set up each day of your stay, so whenever you decide to hit the beach, your spot is ready and waiting. The executive chef sources meat, fish and produce from small production, family-owned businesses within 100 miles of the hotel such as City Green Farms, Ocheesee Creamery and Camp Flowers Honey. Meanwhile, Havana Beach Bar & Grill features a zesty menu merging Gulf Coast and Caribbean cuisine.

63 Main Street Rosemary Beach

The Rosemary Beach Inn

You’ll know The Rosemary Beach Inn when you see it. The inn’s beautiful, classic look was designed by Trelles Architects of Miami. This boutique inn is intimate and accommodating with only 11 rooms, ensuring you receive hands-on, personalized service. A stay includes daily complimentary beach chairs, happy hour and breakfast at Summer Kitchen. The location is within easy walking distance of all the best spots in Rosemary Beach.

78 Main St, Rosemary Beach

WaterSound Inn

Stepping into WaterSound Inn, you might think you’ve been transported to Nantucket. The 11-suite hotel is located within the WaterSound Beach Community, and each condo-sized room comes complete with a full kitchen and comfortable furnishings. As a guest, you can head over to the WaterSound Beach Club to enjoy the inn’s Dune Lake-shaped pool, al fresco bar and dining or private golf clubs. If you’re looking for a bit of adventure, the WaterSound Beach Inn is happy to arrange personal bike, kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals upon request.

6652 E. County Hwy. 30A, Suite #120 Watersound, FL

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