When it comes to location Destin, FL certainly has all the elements that make it a prime option for a family vacation. An important decision when booking a vacation is where you will stay and the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village stands out as THE hotel to stay at, especially if you have kids.
LOCATION AND CONTACT INFO:
ACCOMMODATIONS & RESERVATIONS
10 Harbor Blvd.
Destin, Florida 32541
Toll Free: (800) 676-0091
While it is certainly different to visit a location with 23 other women, as moms we were all paying attention to the things that the Emerald Grande offered from a family perspective.
FAMILY FRIENDLY AMENITIES AND ACTIVITIES:
Visit the kids page for more information: Emerald Grande Kids.
- Bungee Trampolines
- Aqua Spheres
- Dual Mechanical Surfboard Ride
- Laser Maze
- Buccaneer Pirate Ship
- Water Trampolines
- Mining Company
- Jet Skis
- and much more
We really have to credit the Emerald Grande and their stellar staff for making our entire event possible. From providing a suite for us to use for our welcome reception to securing activities for us to participate in, they went above and beyond to ensure we got the full Destin experience.
There are a number of different rooms at Emerald Grande, we stayed in 6 – 2 bedroom condos, 4 people per condo. Each condo had a full kitchen, 2 bathrooms, a dining area, living room, and a bonus room with a bunk bed for more sleeping options. The sofa also pulls out into a bed so they technically sleep 8. It was clean and roomy. There were 2 balconies as well. Our room looked over the pool and we could see the beach from it too. It was an amazing view!
The Emerald Grande also boasts one-bedroom units that can sleep 6, three bedroom units that can sleep 8 and four bedroom units that can sleep 10 people.
The staff at Emerald Grande was super friendly and prompt. They seemed handle everything quickly (including bringing extra towels) and did it with a smile.
The hotel itself has a walk-in pool that goes up to 4 feet deep. The deck area has a large number of chairs and lounging by the pool or taking a dip surrounded by the attractive building is habit-forming. The pool is heated and perfect for families with children.
There is also a small indoor pool for when the weather is less than ideal.
In addition to the on-site pools, the beach is accessible via boat shuttle from the hotel and HarborWalk Village is the home of many fun outdoor activities withing walking distance of your room.
Other area amenities include:
- Water Activities
- Live Entertainment
- Championship Golf
- And plenty of activities for kids!
Grande Vista Bar & Grill
The restaurant at the Emerald Grande was pretty amazing at accommodating our group. They provided us with breakfast on Friday morning and lunch on Saturday. They even customized a menu just for us!
The food was incredible, especially the breakfast. Bring your appetite or share with a friend because the portions are fairly large.
Emerald Grande Shuttle Beach Service
One of the highlights of our trip was the boat ride to Norriego Point. Because of the nature of our group they took us on a tour of the surrounding area before depositing us at the beach. The crew was awesome, especially a young man named Quentin.
Quentin was so much fun and fit in very well with a group of 24 women. He was charming and witty and I think he had as much fun as we did.
The Emerald Grande has a lot to offer a vacationing family on it’s own but also has the added benefit of having direct access to HarborWalk Village. This area connects on foot with the hotel and has a wide range of shopping, water activities and rentals and restaurants. You could have a complete family vacation at the Emerald Grande without ever getting back into your car.
Oh an if you visit Destin, make sure you visit Dalton & Company and check out their unique apparel, jewelry and gifts.
And coming soon to Destin is a unique zipline experience like no other, so keep your eyes open for that exciting new activity.
The Emerald Grande also has an iPhone app to help make sure you can find everything you need during your stay. Learn more and download here: Emerald Grande App.
For more information about Emerald Grande and a Destin vacation visit: http://www.emeraldgrande.com
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