Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Florida plans to start 2021 with the opening of the new luxury hotel, Hotel Effie Sandestin. Facing setbacks due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) that delayed the 2020 opening, Hotel Effie is now confirmed to open February 1, 2021.
Located between the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay, Hotel Effie has 250 rooms in multiple configurations. The fully appointed rooms and suites will welcome guests with a complement of amenities, including an upscale spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and the only rooftop pool on Florida’s Emerald Coast. In addition, there is 20,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 13,000-square-foot ballroom. Hotel Effie says it is well suited for a wedding, corporate meetings, events and vacations.
Hotel Effie announced earlier this year an exclusive partnership with Georgia native and award-winning chef, Hugh Acheson, a highly acclaimed James Beard award winner. Acheson has conceptualized the following four exciting culinary outlets for the hotel:
- Ovide, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, will embrace the fresh, forward flavors and local seafood of the Gulf Coast.
- Ara Rooftop Pool & Lounge serve fine wine, hand-crafted cocktails and an original menu by chef Acheson. Ara has panoramic views, private cabanas and is the only rooftop pool on Florida's Emerald Coast.
- The Lobby Bar (TLB) is a gathering place and social hub where guests can unwind over creative libations and signature small plates.
- Sweetbay Coffee, a coffee marketplace curated by Acheson, offering a menu of gourmet, grab-and-go selections.
Hotel Effie Sandestin is managed by Highgate, a premier hospitality investment and management company whose growing portfolio includes more than 100 properties in gateway cities worldwide.
Hotel Effie is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection. All guests of Hotel Effie are eligible to enroll in the I Prefer hotel rewards program, which extends points redeemable for cash-value reward certificates, elite status, and special benefits such as complimentary internet to members upon every stay at more than 700 participating Preferred Hotels & Resorts locations worldwide.