Hilton Sandestin launches $35M propertywide renovation

Last year, the Hilton Sandestin Beach announced plans to begin a $35 million renovation, including updates to the guestrooms, restaurants, public spaces and pools. The team completed the first phase in March, transforming 305 of the 590 guest suites. Updates also were made to half of all hallways and elevator landings on guestroom floors.

Heading into the fall of 2023, the property will begin Phase 2 of the renovation plans, which includes elevating the remaining 285 rooms and adding four new lanai rooms to the hotel's premium selection.

The 40-year-old main lobby will get new furniture, accent lighting and coastal-inspired paint and fabrics. All six on-site dining outlets will likewise be refreshed. Updates to The Sandbar, Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill and Picnix Poolside Market will include a fresh coat of paint and modernized fixtures and furniture.

The 40,000 square feet of indoor meeting space—including the theater, ballroom foyers and smaller breakout rooms—will receive new color schemes and updated wallpaper and light fixtures. Carpet updates in the foyer began last year and have continued, along with the addition of coastal-inspired wood-grain doors. Ceilings will be raised in some of the meeting rooms during the design updates.

The 20-person boardroom will also receive a refresh, complete with a new oversized meeting table, carpets and furniture, all in a traditional boardroom style. Two new rooms were designed with input from the weddings, catering and events team and will accommodate up to 45 people. These rooms have an interactive touchscreen TV, bar service areas, loveseats and chaise lounges, a vanity, dual fridge and minimalist furnishings.

The fitness center has undergone a complete transformation and now has three Peloton bikes. The spa will receive new paint, flooring and furniture in both the men's and women's lounges and new additions like new lounge features and a couples treatment room, which will include a wet bar, a cozy electric fireplace and zero-gravity lounge chairs.

To complement the coastal design elements inside, the entire exterior of the hotel, including the spa, public spaces and pools, will be freshened up with lighting, furniture and subtle architectural elements. New seating will be added near the outdoor pool.