I was a guest at Emerald Grand thanks to the generousity of a family member. We stayed in a beautiful 3br/2ba condo with a nice balcony that overlooked U.S. 98, the main "strip" in Destin, and the harbor. The condo was extremely comfortable - great beds and linens, well-stocked kitchen, several flat-screen TVs, nice combo living room/dining room. Other special touches included a washer/dryer, huge shower in one bathroom with a built-in seat, and huge soaking tub and separate walk-in shower in the other bathroom. The condo was nearly perfect - there was some noise at night but not bad enough to inhibit sleep.
What awaits you outside the condo is the best part of Emerald Grande, however! We LOVED taking the shuttle boat to the private beach. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes and is a fun way to get to the beach. The beach has nice umbrellas and chairs, with employees who bring you drinks, etc. The beach area is in a little cove, so the water is calm and a gorgeous, crystal-clear shade of emerald green. Lots of children were enjoying the water, which is nice and shallow. The best part: if you order room service from the hotel, it can be delievered right to the beach! And the room service food is actually really good!
I really can't imagine anything better than sitting on a comfortable lounge chair under a shade umbrella, eating a yummy lunch and looking at the fabulous views of beach, bridge and boats.
Other features I really liked included the large outdoor pool, good customer service and restaurants and shops located within a short walk of the condo.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village is Destin's shining jewel overlooking some of the most marvelous turquoise water and sugar sand beaches in creation. The one-of-a-kind architecture blends harmoniously with the harbor front setting. All rooms have spacious balconies with panoramic views overlooking the Emerald Coast. With four different resort residence categories to accommodate families of all sizes, you'll enjoy luxurious accommodations that include custom-crafted furnishings and lavish baths, with a level of service that sets the standard for all other family resorts. Amenities include a full service European spa and fitness center, indoor and outdoor heated pools overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, full-time concierge, numerous restaurants to choose from as well as in-room dining, state-of-the-art business center, garage parking and 24 hour security. Emerald Grande is nestled inside HarborWalk Village where activities and entertainment waits to please each and every member of your family-dive in and make memories that will last a lifetime. Here you can find waterfront shopping, water sports, boat, pontoon and ski rentals, world class fishing, aqua adventures, dolphin cruises, clubs and nightlife, weekly fireworks, seasonal festivals, live entertainment, magic shows, and an array of restaurants to satisfy all tastes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Emerald Grande Harbor Walk Village Hotel Destin