A summer vacation can start three hours away from home at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Sandestin, Fla.
This resort is only a short drive from New Orleans. The resort offers a day spa and salon that features manicures and pedicures, waxing, make-up applications, hair care services and a slew of facial and body treatments. Groups of four or more can experience the Beach Bliss package that includes a hydroactive facial, full body massage and paraffin manicure and pedicure.
Baytowne Wharf, located on the bay side of Sandestin, offers the feeling of a southern coastal community with all the amenities, including shopping, dining and a condo hotel.
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort also offers a full fitness center with a complete golf and tennis court. There are also the Destin outlet malls for some shopping and nightlife all around the resort in case you need a drink after dark.
The white sand beaches provide a backdrop for water sports, swimming, R&R and more. Plus, if your family books a room for four nights before Aug. 14, you get one night free.
Information, 9300 Emerald Coast Parkway West, Destin, FL; (800) 622-1038.
Garden Inn Stay-cation
For a New Orleans getaway close to the action, the Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans is located in the Central Business District, providing guests with access to the French Quarter, the Superdome, Café Du Monde, Harrah’s Casino and other popular destinations.
The Inn offers “value added amenities in every guest room, like a microwave, coffeemaker and refrigerator (as well as) a relaxed and comfortable lobby,” says Kathleen Hodgins of the Hilton. She says that its amenities and location are what set the Hilton Garden Inn apart from other local hotel options.
Built in 2003, the Hilton offers complimentary wireless and high-speed Internet as well as remote printing. It also features a fitness center and rooftop swimming pool to beat the summer heat.
Information, 821 Gravier St., 324-6000.
– Jordan DeFrank