COVID-19 Updates at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf & Spa Resort
To Our Valued Guests:
Like so many of you, we have spent substantial time closely monitoring statements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Florida Department of Health (FDOH) regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The safety and wellbeing of our guests and employees is of paramount importance to us and we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure your next visit with us at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is most enjoyable.
Along with guidelines provided by the CDC and Hilton Hotels & Resorts we have made the following adjustments to our day-to-day procedures in an effort to keep our guests and team members safe.
Governor’s Actions Regarding Travel
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is not able to accommodate any guests needing to self-isolate or quarantine. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Executive Order Number 20-82:
- On March 24, 2020, Governor DeSantis directed all individuals entering the state of Florida from the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York) to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Florida or the duration of the individual’s presence in Florida, whichever is shorter.
- As of June 5th, 2020 we are actively welcoming visitors from Louisiana.
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is open as of May 15, 2020. We are actively taking reservations and the hotel is currently operating at 75% capacity.
Please note the opening of our outlets and the ability to execute onsite-catered events depends solely on the current executive orders put in place by Governor DeSantis. Should anything change regarding Florida’s Recovery - Phase 2 /ordinance EO-139 we will alert our guests.
Being in the business of hospitality our team members interact with guests on a face-to-face basis. As we begin to find our new normal here at Hilton Sandestin our staff will be equipped with gloves and masks to ensure their safety and yours. Should you feel the need to use a mask and gloves during your stay, we are unable to provide those and ask that you bring them with you. We hope you are still able to feel the light and warmth of hospitality through our team member interactions though things may look a little different these days.
Continue to monitor this COVID-19 page to ensure you’re receiving the most updated information.
Updated Policies and Procedures
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By visiting Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa and it’s affiliate outlets Serenity by the sea Spa and Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Walton County Beaches:
At this time the beaches in Walton County are open and our team is able to provide beach-vending services to include the rental of beach chairs, umbrellas, kayaks and paddle boards. Our team will be providing proper sanitization of equipment between each guest use to ensure everyone’s safety. While on the beach guests are asked to participate in social distancing – keeping 6 feet between them and other parties. We are no longer permitting tents of any kind on our beach in an effort to ensure enough space for all guests to enjoy themselves. Our security team along with the Walton County Code Enforcement will be monitoring the beach to ensure social distancing is followed.
Social distancing signage is placed throughout the entire hotel and on every floor in the elevator banks. We also have floor decals to show you where to stand and have socially distanced all tables in our dining outlets.
We've placed a plexi glass barrier at the front desk, concierge desk and bell stand to ensure you have a safe check in/out experience.
Pools & Deck Chairs:
Our outdoor deck seating has been reduced in number and spaced out according to social distancing standards set in place by the CDC. All guests using our onsite pools, deck and beach space will be required to show their Hilton Sandestin wristband provided at check in.
The CDC has stated there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g. with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. Our pool levels remain monitored 24/7 by EcoLab and our Hilton Sandestin Beach staff and are cleaned thoroughly multiple times a day.
Our onsite staff cleans our outdoor and indoor pools and hot tubs daily in addition to our whirlpools in the spa. We use the highest-grade cleaners including chlorine, muriatic acid, cyanaric acid, alkalinity powder, bromine tabs and more. Our facilities are monitored 24/7 by Ecolab to ensure around the clock cleanliness.
Sanitizer stations are located in each individual elevator car. Elevator capacity has been reduced to ensure the number of guests using our facilities at one time does not put any others at risk.
Sanitizing Guest Rooms & Housekeeping Services:
As part of the Hilton Hotels & Resorts CleanStay program, our team will be sealing off rooms that are ready to welcome new guests in an effort to keep everything sanitized prior to arrival.
All guest rooms are cleaned and disinfected using commercial grade cleaning solutions and products between guest stays. This includes all frequently touched objects and surfaces such as door handles, remote controls, telephones and more. All requests for amenities will be placed in sealed single-‐use bags placed outside the door of an individual’s guest room.
As of June 19th we are not providing traditional housekeeping services to guests unless they are staying a minimum of 5 nights in which case we will be providing limited housekeeping services.
As of June 15th our guest services staff resumed valet parking services. The bellmen wear gloves, wipe down (with sanitizer) the outside and inside door handles, steering wheel, gear shifter and start button or key starter.
The bellmen will sanitize their hands when they retrieve keys or place keys on the valet board, when they park a vehicle in the lot and when they pull a vehicle out of the valet lot and up on the driveway.
Our onsite restaurants with indoor seating will continue operating at 50% capacity to aid in social distancing and abide by the ordinance put in place by Governor DeSantis (Florida’s Recovery – Phase 2). Capacity levels are set by the Florida DBPR and will be strictly enforced by our food and beverage team.
All surfaces within the restaurants are cleaned and disinfected with commercial grade products in between each guest experience. Please note our menus and hours are subject to change during this time. Each dining outlet menu is available online by visiting our website.
- Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 5:30pm – 9pm; Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30pm – 10pm. Reservations are required: 850-622-1500. At this time, all barstools have been removed and guests are asked not to congregate in the bar area.
- Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill is open for hotel guests only. Guests must be seated to receive service OR must place a "to-go" order.
- Sandcastles Restaurant is open and as of June 17th the daily breakfast buffet will be served in the Coral Ballroom located in the Emerald Tower conference space from 7am – 11am. Sandcastles will not be serving lunch or dinner in the restaurant until further notice.
- Sandcastles Lounge; Hadashi Sushi Bar; Picnix Poolside Market; The Sand Bar and The Coffee Shop are all open daily, though capacity and hours may vary.
Serenity by the sea Spa:
Serenity is open to Hilton Sandestin guests, Serenity spa members and the public by appointment only. For the month of July, spa day passes are not available to the public, unless a guest is accompanied by a spa member. As of July 13th Serenity will be checking the temperature of each guest upon arrival.
At this time our hours of operation are 8am-7pm. The fitness center is open 24 hours a day for hotel guests and spa members only. We are currently able to offer all services including facials, massages, nail services, hair services and body treatments. Social distancing measures are in effect throughout the spa facilities.
All service providers will be wearing masks and gloves for the safety of our staff and guests. If at anytime a service provider feels uncomfortable during a treatment they have the ability to end the service at their discretion.
Bottled water and refreshments are available upon request. Please speak with our lounge attendants for any requests regarding towels, shower kits and other toiletries.
All guests visiting Serenity by the sea Spa must make an appointment in advance by calling the front desk at 850-622-9595.
Serenity by the sea Spa Members
Spa members have access to the hotel pools and private beach with their Member ID. Spa members have daily access to the 24‐hour fitness center as well as our spa facilities including the sauna, steam room, whirlpools and lounges.
Spa members are not currently permitted to dine in our restaurants, with the exception of Seagar's (reservation required).
Catered Food and Beverage Events:
Our catered events will be providing server attended buffets, action stations also served by employees and individually packaged/portioned items to ensure the safety of our guests. As of June 5th, 2020: Florida’s Recovery — Phase 2 states groups of 50 or less should stay 6 feet from the next group of 50 or less.
Our team has already begun working to incorporate social distancing guidelines into our meeting space layouts providing more space between chairs and tables. These efforts may require additional meeting space, different event space sets, or program modifications to accommodate groups as needed based on number of guests.
Team building activities and beach bonfires will be limited and based on number of group attendees. Kids Krew is currently closed. As ordinances change we will update our group guests to ensure they have the best experience possible.
Any questions regarding group efforts should be sent to the sales manager or event manager for the group in question.
The Sandestin Resort Tram is currently running from 8:30am – 12am daily. The tram is limited to 9 people and picks up by the entrance to the Spa Tower. Travel Traders Gift Shop is open daily from 8am – 10pm. Kids Krew is closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Guests choosing to use digital check-in must stop by the front desk for access to hotel amenities.
Reservations & Cancellation PolicyThe extended policy will officially go into effect on June 5, 2020 and applies to all individual reservations globally:
- For reservations made prior to March 12, 2020 - when our new, more flexible reservation policy went into effect: Guests may now change or cancel any future reservation, without penalty, as long as they do so at least 24 hours before their scheduled arrival date, but not later than August 31, 2020. This includes reservations described as "non-cancellable" or Advance Purchase.
- Flexibility for the Future: Any individual reservations booked on and between March 12 and August 31, 2020 for any future arrival date can be changed or cancelled at no charge, up to 24 hours before scheduled arrival day. This includes reservations described as "non-cancellable" or Advance Purchase.
We encourage you to take the following precautions to protect yourself and others:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you are in need of immediate medical attention please return to your guest room and reach out to our security team by dialing 0.
For more detailed information, we recommend referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) or your local health authority.
We remain vigilant in our efforts and will continue to do everything we can to ensure our guests have a safe and pleasant experience. Please continue to check back for updates at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf & Spa Resort. We value your business and hope to welcome you to beautiful South Walton.