A Luxury Hotel in Miramar Beach Unlike Any Other
Hotel Effie was thoughtfully designed and created by its owners to welcome all guests of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort to a new hotel experience that exemplifies genuine southern hospitality and exceptional service wrapped in comfortable luxury that feels like coming home.
Nestled among the meandering streets, mature landscape and abundant coastal wildlife, the popular community of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort readies itself to offer a new hospitality experience in 2021, Hotel Effie Sandestin. For the past forty-five plus years, the welcoming resort community of Sandestin has remained the ultimate destination for generations of coastal adventurers, multi-generational family travelers, couples, reunions, seasonal guests, quick getaways and successful meetings and events. This special community offers something for everyone, including bayside activities, emerald green water, sugar-white sandy beaches, golf courses, plentiful sunshine and nights to remember during special events. This resort community offers every amenity imaginable and boasts an abundance of family activities, inspired culinary including local-catch seafood and nightlife venues for those who shine bright in the night. It goes without saying that guests and residents don’t have to leave our 2,400 acres to have an incredible, adventurous and activity packed day.
This is life in Sandestin, where golf carts and bikes are the preferred method of transportation in a one-of-a-kind place imagined for guests and locals to create storybooks of memories to share with future generations and history come together.
It is a special place deeply rooted in community and values, steeped in a culture of genuine southern hospitality. The welcoming personality here is like being part of a large family sharing meaningful experiences amongst each other. There is a natural ease and polite familiarity where being helpful is part of the hospitable nature, making all who visit Sandestin feel comfortable and at home. This feeling of hospitality also transcends through the architecture, reflecting the vision to create a quaint vacation village where thoughtful and well-crafted construction unify the entire area. Endless walking and bike paths connect neighbors where golf courses, tennis courts, bayside marina and the beach create connections in the shared enjoyment of outdoor activities. If you are not in the water, you are on the water, bringing home bragging rights or tall tales of the one that got away. The Village of Baytowne Wharf creates a waterfront destination featuring an abundance of coveted boutiques, charming eateries and lively nightlife venues, set among an events plaza with a backdrop of the lagoon and Horseshoe Bayou. The “sound of fun” can be heard from laughing kids and their flurry of activity, all under the magnificent lighted trees, in the arcade, in children’s boutiques, over ice cream and more.
A New Chapter Begins
Like most great stories, the next chapter introduces new opportunities…meet Hotel Effie Sandestin. Named after owner Thomas Becnel’s grandmother, Hotel Effie Sandestin exemplifies all the charm and personality of its namesake. Best described as the ultimate hostess, Hotel Effie creates a personalized experience that surrounds each guest in a welcoming environment and authentic style of service that defines genuine southern hospitality. Effie welcomes each guest as one of the family and looks forward to fostering that relationship for years to come.
Located adjacent to the Baytowne Conference Center in the heart of the world-famous Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Hotel Effie Sandestin is a thoughtfully designed 250-room hotel, featuring a full-service spa, 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and signature restaurant by acclaimed two-time James Beard award-winning chef Hugh Acheson. Gorgeously appointed, Hotel Effie is a place where guests crave to spend time surrounded in an environment designed to enliven all the senses. Luxury textiles, natural wood grains, quartzite and sparkling minerals are all bathed in natural light, creating a vibrancy to the hotel that makes guests feel a part of something special. Graceful service and unpretentious luxury are at the core of Hotel Effie, creating an ease in which guests feel free to luxuriate and spend quality time. Every amenity here is anticipated and guests feel welcomed and appreciated in a place where personal touches create moments for every guest to feel special and included.
Our Culture of Service
Thoughtful guest interaction, personalized service and acute attention to detail are at the core of our service standards. Throughout their entire stay, from check-in to concierge service, our staff has a singular objective to make guests feel welcomed, valued and part of the Hotel Effie family experience. We always aim to comfort travelers while maintaining an ease in which we naturally operate, with grace, discretion and respect.
Our Team Members
The pride and respect with which we treat all team members and one another reflects the highest integrity and commitment to Hotel Effie Sandestin. We hold ourselves accountable for the highest-level of consistency in all that we do, how we operate, how we welcome our guests and how we thrive.
Our Artful Appearance
The southern elegance of Hotel Effie Sandestin features hand-selected fixtures, furnishings and meaningful décor that reinforce our attention to detail. Reflective, illuminated elements, like our feature wall at reception, play against the textured mix of materials and stylized furnishings under beautifully illuminated lighting fixtures reminiscent of the quartz crystal that makes up our white sand beaches. Hotel Effie’s grand staircase provides a striking entrance to the second-floor function space creating the ultimate sense of arrival for guests and groups.
Effie’s portrait is found in the main lobby for Instagramable moments, artfully displayed along with her signature rocking chair. Guests are welcome to have a seat and spend time like Effie herself, taking in the scene while enjoying a slower pace.
The Art of Nature
Commissioned art pieces, large and small, grace the walls, ballroom and guest rooms throughout the hotel. The custom works of Deb Paradise and Brendan Parker draw inspiration from Effie’s coastal location while reflecting on their own acute interests in nature.
Guest Rooms & Suites
The carefully curated design of Hotel Effie creates moments of discovery as hand-selected textures, textiles, colors and patterns weave throughout. Guests will stay in style in any of our 250 thoughtfully appointed guest rooms, including our Executive Suites and a spacious Presidential Suite. Drawing inspiration from our surroundings, each guestroom is creatively designed to feel coastal-contemporary that includes modern luxury at the forefront. Residential touches fill each guestroom as well as natural light streaming in from each of the vast windows.
Ultra-chic luxury bedding, overstuffed pillows, cozy throw blankets and refined furnishings add to the guests’ comfort where soothing coastal color palettes and luxurious fabrics all create a cohesive guestroom experience. Blissful amenities in each of our spacious bathrooms means that guests will luxuriate with LATHER soaps, shampoos and lotions while enjoying their stay wrapped in our cozy robe and slippers.
Our variety of guest room accommodations includes one King or two Queen beds, spacious bathrooms and many feature balconies with a view. Extended king rooms and suites and executive suites feature a king bed or a queen-queen suite, ideal for work travel and families.
Coveted Meeting & Event Space
Meeting, event and wedding planners will delight in the debut of Hotel Effie’s stunning, state-of-the-art event space. Attention to detail and boutique-like design make the vast spaces feel as if the tide is ebbing and flowing underneath, while expansive bright interiors make the tall ceilings light and airy. With over 20,000 square feet of dedicated meeting and event space at the hotel, including a spectacular 13,000 square foot Juniper Ballroom, the space is contiguous to the existing 30,000 square feet of function space located at the Baytowne Conference
Center. Together, the 50,000 square feet of space will enable Hotel Effie Sandestin to accommodate groups upwards of 1,200 participants.
The Tempting Table of Chef Acheson
Hotel Effie Sandestin has partnered with celebrity chef Hugh Acheson to develop the culinary offerings of Hotel Effie. Chef Acheson, a Georgia chef and owner of eateries including Five & Ten, Empire State South and The National, is a James Beard award winner who won Iron Chef Canada, competed on “Top Chef Masters” and served as a judge on “Top Chef.” Chef Acheson and his team bring amazing skills to the table and bar top that will heighten the travel experience for hotel guests. The hotel’s restaurant, Ovide, affectionately named after Effie’s husband, accommodates 133 guests (103 inside/thirty on patio), preparing food based on the local flavors of the Gulf Coast presented with French cooking techniques. The interior spaces of Ovide are a designer’s dream featuring a dramatic large overhead flowery art piece that brings together traditional florals with a modern application. The spacious social bar area and creative cocktail menu inspired by the talents of famed cocktail queen Kellie Thorn and Sommelier Steven Grubbs means fun is in the future for guests of Ovide and Effie, going down smoothly…southern style.
Sweetbay Coffee, curated by Chef Hugh Acheson, brews an array of freshly roasted coffees and offers a variety of tea blends. For guests who prefer the ease of in-room dining, the menu from chef Acheson will provide the best of comforting dishes and a variety of à la carte options. From small starters to fresh salads, delectable entrees, options for the kid-o’s and binge-worthy desserts, in-room dining offers all Chef’s creativity with all of the convenience.
Feel Sky High with Ara
Guests and locals alike will delight in the rooftop pool scene at Hotel Effie’s Ara Rooftop Pool + Lounge. Northwest Florida’s only hotel rooftop pool, Ara will offer guests a one-of-a-kind experience where they’ll enjoy a variety of high-end wines, spirits, creative hand-crafted cocktails and a thoughtfully curated food menu. The open-air event environment provides an ideal location for a poolside DJ to provide chill music by day and up-tempo beats by night. Cabanas create privacy and provide extra luxuries for guests, while poolside loungers offer comfort for everyone. Interactive game space allows for competitive fun and TVs will feature all the games! With panoramic views overlooking Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, The Village of Baytowne Wharf and Choctawhatchee Bay, Ara will create a coveted venue all its own.
The Lobby Bar
Ready to refresh arriving travelers and an ideal gathering place for hotel guests, The Lobby Bar mixes up creative craft cocktails and features a small plates menu perfect for sharing. The creativity of Chef Hugh Acheson and his signature of flavor forward bites create a not-to-be-missed mini dining destination.
Luxury at Spa Lilliana
Spa Lilliana at Hotel Effie exemplifies beauty and grace, together with an easy elegance that transcends time. In the true spirit of Southern hospitality, Spa Lilliana provides visitors wellbeing and self-care services surrounded by the ultimate serenity. For those seeking the ultimate luxury treatments, Spa Lilliana treats spa goers with a variety of special services designed to rejuvenate, restore and relax. Spa Lilliana features ten treatment rooms, one couples room, four flexible rooms that can be combined to make two additional couples’ rooms and a coed relaxation lounge with private men’s and women’s relaxation lounges inside the locker rooms. The spa is the perfect getaway experience for bachelor/bachelorette parties, mother-daughter duos or a pampered spa day away with friends. Well planned coed spaces mean guests and couples can mingle before their treatment and enjoy time together as part of an entire luxury spa experience. The salon offers bridal services, makeup and styling, blow outs, and up-dos, and manicures and pedicures.