I live in Atlanta which is driving distance from 30A, the stretch of road that parallels the gulf coast on the panhandle of Florida. I have always loved the white sand and teal waters of the “Emerald Coast”. When I found out I would be visiting Panama City Beach for a media experience, I had so many internal questions. Is that just a place for Spring Breakers? What about Hurricane Michael? Wasn’t there damage? Is that part of Northwest Florida just as picturesque as the places I have been?
Never fear. I now have ALL the answers to those questions.
Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort (formerly known as Sheraton Bay Point Resort) so graciously hosted our mini-vacay and showed us what PCB has to offer. Northwest Florida’s most celebrated resort, they unveiled their complete restoration and new name following the October 2018 impact of Hurricane Michael. Nestled along the historic St. Andrews Bay in Panama City Beach, Fla., the Resort underwent nearly a year of extensive renovations to return the modern coastal property back to its peak. With multiple pools and dining experiences to choose from, a gorgeous, palm tree speckled property to stroll, golf, tennis and spa- what else could you ask for? This resort has everything you need to enjoy the panhandle. Let’s dive in.
I’m not a golfer, but if you are- you should know that this lush, sprawling course is incredible. It’s actually the only Nicklaus Design golf course in Northwest Florida – newly-renovated with TifEagle greens.
I AM, however, a spa person- so I was highly intrigued by the spa on the property. I can tell you that I was not disappointed. The spa itself is beautiful, serene, and smells like heaven (naturally). I was met with a blueberry prosecco (their signature spa drink) and fruit infused water. I chose a customized scent (“ore”) for my massage and then enjoyed a blissful 50 minutes with a skilled massage therapist. Must do.
We were SO excited to be the first group to get to experience the private beach post-hurricane. They just opened it back up after months of repairs and rejuvenation and it is worth the wait. Following a winding boardwalk from the rear of the resort out into the water will take you to a private beach with a bar area and restrooms. It would be the perfect place to let your kids play without having to chase them too far, or just relax without the buzz of a more public area.
From the resort, there is boat access directly to Shell Island, a small uninhabited island just across the bay. This alone is a huge perk. We also drove just a few minutes over to St. Andrew’s National Park to explore. St. Andrews is the most visited state park in Florida and I can see why. It’s beautiful with unique landscape and wildlife.
Eats and Drinks
They have a few dining options, but our favorite was TIDES Restaurant & Lounge – which features vibrant sea-to-table cuisine served by acclaimed Executive Chef Michael McBride. We even got to experience one of the wine dinners that the resort offers monthly. We tasted multiple old-world wines that were carefully selected to complement our food courses. It was insanely delicious and a favorite food experience on property, followed closely by a delicious breakfast buffet. Eat all the things.
Sheraton Panama City Beach is the only AAA Four Diamond rated hotel in Panama City Beach and one of the region’s most celebrated resorts. They are offering special reopening rates starting at $109 per night*, based upon availability, through Dec. 31, 2019- so don’t waste time and grab a deal! To book a better than ever getaway to Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort, www.sheratonpcb.com or call 850-236-6000. For additional details, follow Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.