MAY 2017

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M A Y 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 39 Sponsored Content Southern Resorts Selection Guide #1 Meeting Destination On Florida's Emerald Coast andestin Golf and Beach Resort is the premier resort destination for meetings and retreats in Northwest Florida. Proven professionals in the conference industry, Sandestin delivers seamless service, flawless programs and impressive corporate retreat facili- ties. A meeting resort like Sandestin is the perfect way to make your next business function a fun, productive and memorable one. This award-winning 2,400-acre resort features the most beautiful beaches, 4 championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swim- ming pools, 113-slip marina, fitness center, spa, and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a pedestrian village with shopping, dining and nightlife. Recognized as a premier meeting and confer- ence destination capturing the industry's highest awards, Sandestin's facilities (Baytowne Con- ference Center and Linkside Conference Center) offer 65,000 square feet of function space on the gulf and bay. In addition to numerous ballrooms, conference facilities, and meeting rooms, more than 1,300 deluxe accommodations and afford- able meeting packages and promotions, make Sandestin one of the most comprehensive meet- ing resorts in the Southeast. Sandestin's facilities accommodate groups from 10 to 1,600 and feature more than 25 breakout rooms, a 13,500-square-foot ball- room, a 12,600-square-foot exhibit hall and 4 handsome boardrooms. Sandestin's cut- ting-edge technology and support promise concert quality sound and lighting, videocon- ferencing and flawless presentations. Meeting planners can utilize creative and unique landscape options including outdoor gath- ering spots—lawns, marina, pool decks, terraces and beach, a sunset luau on the beach, a night of entertainment aboard a luxury yacht, charter boat fishing, team-building and much more. Options for gatherings and private dining abound just steps away in the 26-acre pedestrian Village of Baytowne Wharf, offering several entertainment and dining options including a variety of restau- rants, bars and nightclubs, retail merchants and a seasonal ice-skating rink. From this Florida vacation resort's white sand beach to Choctawhatchee Bay and everywhere in between, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has an impressive list of activities for groups. For starters, Sandestin's four championship golf courses are perfect for hosting company tourneys featuring tee prizes and 19th hole cocktails and catering. There's also charter boat fishing from Baytowne Marina, beach bonfires with live entertainment and a diverse menu of dining and nightlife options in the lively Village of Baytowne Wharf. Teambuilding activities include: fun runs, beach Olympics, scavenger hunts, relay races, bay fishing, Baytowne Adventure Zone, stand-up paddle board relays on Choctawhatchee Bay, interactive games like spider web challenge and Minute to Win it Challenges, and much more. Baytowne Adventure Zone challenges groups with everything from a ropes course and zipline to a rock climbing wall in the Village. Sandestin has a professional staff of meet- ings and events managers that can assist you in planning meetings, corporate retreats, or special events. From planning transportation needs, recreation activities, theme parties and recep- tions, the staff does it all. At Sandestin, the most difficult decision will be choosing what to do first. No matter the decision, every choice is a great one. To start planning a meeting at Sandestin, call (855) 551-3866 or visit south. n S See Ad On Bellyband Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort (850) 267-6647 Dan Keyser, Executive Director of Resort Sales Dan Keyser has more than 30 years of hospitality experience at some of the country's top hotel companies and resort destination properties. "The Tennessee Hospital Association has hosted its summer conference at the Village at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort for the past 10 years and we keep coming back for good reason. We are grateful for our partnership with the Sandestin team to produce a successful conference year after year and appreciate the resort's outstanding customer service, professionalism and commitment to our needs. Our members love the property and we're happy to be headed back to Sandestin in 2017." —Lisa Wright, Tennessee Hospital Association

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