MIRAMAR BEACH, FL — Located on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, Hotel Effie Sandestin is set to debut in the summer of 2020 and is now accepting group reservations. Tom Becnel, Chairman of Sandestin Investments LLC, and his daughter, Sara Becnel, Vice President of Development for Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort, developed the hotel, which is named after Tom’s grandmother.
The 250-room property offers 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including a 13,000-sq.-ft. ballroom. Other highlights include a luxury spa, state-of-the-art fitness center and the only rooftop hotel pool on the Emerald Coast.
Celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson will oversee the F&B service throughout the hotel, including a three-meal restaurant, coffee bar and market, lobby bar, rooftop pool bar and in-room dining. Acheson is a James Beard Award winner who has competed on Top Chef Masters and served as a judge on Top Chef.
See the 2019 F&D Spring issue for an update on Florida’s meetings industry.