The Hotel Effie Sandestin on northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast is now accepting group bookings for stays beginning early next summer. The hotel has 250 guest rooms with multiple room types; a three-meal restaurant; a craft cocktail lobby bar; and in-room dining curated by celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson. It also has a luxury spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, the only rooftop pool on Florida’s Emerald Coast and 20,000 square feet of meeting space including a 13,000-square-foot ballroom.
Celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson is developing the food and beverage outlets throughout the hotel including a three-meal restaurant, coffee bar and market, lobby bar, rooftop pool bar and in-room dining. Chef Acheson, a Georgia chef and owner of nationally-celebrated eateries including Five & Ten, Empire State South and the National, is a James Beard award winner who has competed on “Top Chef Masters” and served as a judge on “Top Chef.”
Design Continuum, Inc. handled the design of the hotel, which is described as a “fresh take. On a coastal Florida hotel.” Taking inspiration from the locale, sandy limestone floors and a palette of natural textures form the neutral envelope while bold chartreuse highlights interior features. Linear grained grey wood is utilized as a contemporary framework throughout and is paired with classic linen and mixed maritime metals, as displayed in the lobby pilasters with large-scale sconces. Movement in the floor patterning echoes dunes and water upon shore grounded by substantial cleft-face stone slab walls. Light fixtures are inspired by naval lamps and will be elevated with crystal and glass accents.