MAY 2018

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M A Y 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 43 Sponsored Content Southern Resorts Selection Guide andestin Golf and Beach Resort is the premier resort destination for meetings and retreats in Northwest Florida, cap- turing the industry's highest awards. The 2,400-acre resort features the most beautiful beaches with crystal clear emerald green waters, 1,300 deluxe accommodations, 4 championship golf courses, 15 tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, 113-slip marina, fitness center, spa, and The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Proven professionals in the conference indus- try, Sandestin delivers seamless service, flawless programs and impressive corporate retreat facil- ities. Sandestin's Baytowne Conference Center and Linkside Conference Center offer 65,000 square feet of function space on the gulf and bay. The resort accommodates groups from 10 to 1,600 and features more than 25 breakout rooms, a 13,500-square-foot ballroom, a 12,600-square- foot exhibit hall and 4 handsome boardrooms. Sandestin's cutting-edge technology and support promise concert quality sound and lighting, vid- eoconferencing 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 mixers and private dining abound just steps away in the 26-acre pedestrian Village of Bay- towne Wharf, offering several entertainment and dining options including a variety of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, retail merchants and a sea- sonal ice-skating rink. Sandestin recently announced its multimillion dollar renovation of the 15,000-square-foot Linkside Conference Center. Offering superbly equipped function space adjacent to Sandestin's bayside area and a short stroll from the Bayside Villas, the conference center is ideal for groups from 10 to 1,200; including two bayfront ven- ues, a 5,500-square-foot ballroom, four breakout rooms and an executive boardroom. The $2.7 million elegant transformation of Linkside Conference Center features a South- ern coastal contemporary look with soothing colors of chocolate brown, different hues of blue, and cool grays. The tasteful and elegant new design brings the space to light with cus- tom-colored carpet in the pre-function and ballroom areas. Beautiful pendant lighting and sconces, tasteful furniture, and eye-catching artwork all accentuate the space. The Bayview Room, featuring breathtaking views along Choctawhatchee Bay, has been elevated with elegant carpet and crystal chandeliers. This project signifies the resort's commit- ment to providing the highest quality meeting experience for attendees and resort guests. The meeting professionals of Sandestin look for- ward to presenting Linkside Conference Cen- ter's exterior and interior transformation. Sandestin has a professional and tenured staff of meetings and events managers that can assist you in planning meetings, corporate retreats, or special events. From planning transportation needs to recreation activities, theme parties and receptions, 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 888.498.6391 or visit south. n S #1 Meeting Destination On Florida's Emerald Coast See Ad On Bellyband Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort (850) 267-8265 Deidra Stange, Director of Regional Sales Deidra Stange has more than 25 years of hospitality experience in the resort industry including restaurant management and catering and conference services.

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