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Awards & Testimonials

The Hilton Sandestin Beach's Meetings and Event venues have earned the highest level of prestige among Florida Gulf Coast hotels.

Florida Meeting Venue Awards

"Best of Meetings Today" (2016)

Convention South Magazine
"Readers Choice Award" (2016)
"New or Renovated Award" (2015)
"South's Top Resort with All Around Perks for Groups" (2014)
"Best Boardroom in the South" (2014)
"Green Meetings Approved" (2013)

Convention South Magazine
"Top Resort With A View" (2016)

Meetings And Conventions
"Gold Key Award" (1997 – 2000, 2002-2009, 2014, 2015)
"Hall of Fame Gold Key Inductee" (2009, 2014)
"Gold Tee Award" (1991, 1992, 2005 & 2007-2009, 2013-2015)

Corporate Incentive Travel
"Greens of Distinction" Golf Resort Award Winner 2013
"Greens of Distinction" (11 years in a row; 1999 - 2012,2014)
"Award of Excellence" (12 years is a row; 1998 - 2014,2016)

Successful Meetings
"Pinnacle Award" (8 years in a row; 2000 - 2007,2012 - 2015)

Meetings News Magazine
"Planner's Choice Award" (1999 & 2000)

Meetings South Magazine
"Best of the South" award (13 years in a row; 2000 - 2014)

Elite Meetings International
"Elite Gold Certification" (2009)

Platinum Choice Award Winner
"Platinum Choice Award Winner" (2015)

Destin Meeting Testimonials

At the Hilton Sandestin Beach, we pride ourselves in helping you plan an unforgettable gathering. We especially love it when groups join us year after year and allow us to become an integral part of their events. Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to remind us why we love what we do.

Please tell EVERYONE at the Sandestin Hilton "thank you". Every single person I came in contact with - Bo the Bellman, everyone at the front desk, Concierge, Housekeeping, Rick and the Banquet staff, Major and the A/V staff, Martin, Brant, Alex and everyone out on the beach Friday night - helped me do my job successfully. Our employees had a great time. Your great staff even saw to it that I had dinner when I was too busy to remember to eat. My husband likes knowing that I'm being taken care of when I'm away from home. Even better than that is everyone at Sandestin Hilton ALSO made it possible for me to have a good time and enjoy the "party" that was created for my group. I have a feeling that we'll end up having this meeting at the Hilton again in the next few years. :) - Republic Finance - Debi Thompson

 "We just returned from a phenomenal stay at the Hilton Sandestin. We so enjoyed our time on the area's pristine beaches, as well as our panoramic view from our rooms' oceanfront balconies. Whether going on a long walk or bathing in the clear emerald-colored water, everyone in our large group was impressed and pleased with their beach experience.We understand that the Hilton Sandestin and all of Walton County have been extremely proactive in light of the recent Deepwater Horizon incident, and we feel confident planning our family beach vacation in July. We're so anxiously awaiting our next Detsin beach family reunion at the Hilton Sandestin!" – Sutton & Associates - Liz Sutton, CTC, President

"I can't say enough about the Event Planning Department. They exceeded my expectations on every occasion and on every level. This applies to each and every staff person I encountered. In my opinion, the level of service provided by the Hilton Sandestin is unmatched: the standard to which other resort hotels should strive to match." – The American Institute of Architects Mississippi – Brenda Crain 

"I have just returned from what I would consider one of my best experiences in sometime.  I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to you and your entire staff.  Our recent say with ALFA last week was by far "fantastic."  You succeeded in exceeding our expectations!  Thank you."ALFA Insurance- Mark G. Allen   

"My meeting went exceptionally well and I got very positive feedback from the attendees about the facility and the event. Overall the meeting was a resounding success. I will use the Hilton again in the future." AL State University Board of Trustees & Managers Retreat Sandra Malone  

"Overall Comments - Our attendees were very impressed with the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort. We hope to bring the group back in the future - if not as an annual event, perhaps every 2-3 years or so." - Missouri Farm Bureau, Jim Perch

"I just wanted to say Thank You for making me look so good.  I've been getting back feedback from our members saying this was the best convention on 20 years.  So again, THANK YOU and your staff did a great job." – Louisiana Finance Association- Kimberly Baggett, 

"Hilton Sandestin Beach is in our top two list of the most organized and most professional hotels and/or resorts that we use for our student groups. And we've been sending groups places for about 28 years! We already have a May 2011 group on the books!" – Higher Education Partnership-  Theresa Kimberling  

"This is our third year and we are scheduled through 2013. Everyone brags about the hotel and how helpful everyone is. They love the food at the receptions, also! Ya'll have done a good job of stressing the importance of staff being friendly and helpful. Maid service was great! As you can tell, the Boilermakers love the Hilton Sandestin! Thanks for having us!" – Tripartite Event – Sandra Vance

"Another awesome conference completed...thanks to the incredible staff! Thanks to all for making our conference such a huge success. Of course, the fabulous conference site only adds to the experience. THANKS and we'll see y'all next year." – Louisiana District Attorneys Roxie Barrios 

"Thank you to the Hilton staff for making our summer conference unforgettable. Truly a meeting planner's dream... we are looking forward to coming back next year!" –  Louisiana Associated General Contractors - Kristy Hymel Smith 

"The Hilton Sandestin has the best hotel staff to work with. No matter how many times I called on them, they were always there with a smile and ready to help." - Alabama Trucking Association, Inc. – Frank Filgo

"My event planner is topnotch. I couldn't have asked for any one to be more hands-on than she was to make sure everything went well for our members. The meeting was a success largely because of her." – Home Builders Association of Alabama 2009 – Linda Chandler

"The ENTIRE staff was pleasant and went out of their way to help. I feel as though they are my friends and were truly concerned about my needs and the success of our convention." – AIA/MS 2009 Annual Convention – Brenda Crain

"Our entire group was very pleased with the stay, service, cleanliness and professionalism during our visit there. We do plan to schedule another event there in the future." – Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church- Angela McQueen

"I have been a planner at many events. It is the professionalism of the facility that makes or breaks it for me. This event was a success in large part due to the great staff at the Hilton. Thank you." – Austal- Elizabeth Loving

"This was, overall, the most accommodating an event staff has been in my 19 years of running my meeting." – Alabama Dermatology Society - Eric Baum

"All of our parties and meetings were set up perfectly. The staff was so friendly and willing to accommodate. Again, we were very impressed with the meeting facilities."   – Stone Pigman Firm Retreat – Kerry McEachin

"You and your team did a great job hosting the Home Builders Associations of Mississippi State Convention.  We had a successful meeting and it was made possible because of you and the outstanding team at the property.  There were a lot of happy customers when they left the property." – Home Builders Association of MS - Marty Milstead , CEO

 "Another great job from all of the staff at the Hilton, which made another great event for me. You guys (and girls) make my job easier each year! Thank you!" –Northport Health Services Administrators Conference – Ken Holmes

"The sand castle building contest was great. The staff really connected with the girls in my group, and that was awesome. It also started to sprinkle while they were working on the castles, so the staff provided us with umbrellas in each square. Excellent way to go above and beyond!" - Virtue Girl Retreat – Precious Ramsey