Beaches of South Waltonís world-class accommodations become more varied and plentiful this year. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is adding 209 units in The Village of Baytowne Wharf with the openings of Lasata and Bahia. These new accommodations are only steps from the gardens, pools and conference facilities that make The Village so unique. Lasata, which opened in July 2004, features a Southern Plantation-inspired design throughout its 97, one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites. Projected to open in Spring 2005, Bahia, meaning ďbayĒ in Spanish, is named for its sprawling bay-front location. Featuring a contemporary, South Beach-inspired design, Bahia is described as ďSandestinís answer to the boutique hotel.Ē It offers 112 one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. Bahia also boasts three bay-front penthouses with stunning views of the Choctawhatchee Bay and expansive bay-front balconies.
On Scenic Highway 30-A in Rosemary Beach, Hotel Saba is taking shape. The new luxury inn includes 58 guestrooms, a restaurant and bar, conference center and underground parking. Located in the heart of the growing Town Centre, Hotel Saba is expected to open summer 2005.
In Miramar Beach, Hampton Inn and Suites will serve leisure and business travelers. Slated in open in summer 2005, the 75-room property includes guestrooms and suites.
Two Marriott-branded hotels are also in the pipeline for one of Sandestinís off-resort locations. A Residence Inn by Marriott and Courtyard by Marriott are scheduled to open in the fall of 2005. Offering more than 300 rooms to the resortís room inventory, the hotels are located at Sandestinís Grand Boulevard, a 520-acre planned shopping, office and entertainment area located at the resortís entrance.
The idyllic community of WaterSound is developing rapidly in Seagrove Beach, offering new options for private residences and rental properties. An Arvida development, WaterSound is comprised of 256 acres of magnificent landscaping along the Gulf of Mexico. WaterSound is master planned to include 499 residences as well as a village center, landscaped parks and recreational buildings.