Interior renderings for the Sandestin Hotel unveiled

special to The Sun

Sandestin Investments, LLC has released interior design renderings for the new Sandestin Hotel as developed in partnership with Design Continuum, Inc. (DCI). The approach for the Sandestin Hotel, slated for completion in April 2020, integrates thoughtful design with exquisite details.

“Our goal was to create a space that gives a nod to our location without being overtly coastal,” said Sara Becnel, vice president of development of Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. “We anticipate that the purposeful appointment of interior details will enhance the guest experience. The aesthetically pleasing interiors plus the multitude of amenities offered by the resort will create lifelong memories.”

Taking inspiration from the locale, sandy limestone floors and a palette of natural textures form the neutral envelope while bold chartreuse highlights interior features. Linear-grained grey wood is utilized as a contemporary framework throughout and is paired with classic linen and mixed maritime metals, as displayed in the lobby pilasters with large-scale sconces. Movement in the floor patterning echoes dunes and water upon shore grounded by substantial cleft-face stone slab walls. Reflective, illuminated elements, like the feature wall at reception, play against the textured mix of materials in the front desks, topped with lanterns. Light fixtures inspired by naval lamps are large and open, elevated with crystal and glass accents.

“Our team’s aim is to create an elegant yet approachable space that both captures the community’s culture and charts its progression,” said Stephanie A. Boyd, associate and senior designer of Design Continuum, Inc. “The final design creates a unique environment conducive for both leisure and business travelers.”

DCI worked closely with Becnel to conceive the thoughtful interiors for the Sandestin Hotel. DCI is an interior design firm with over 40-years of experience in the hospitality industry with a primary focus on hotels, working with brands such as Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Hyatt and boutique properties across the nation. With a focus on developing custom projects that surpass both the brand's needs and the client's vision and budget, DCI strives to design interiors that express a sense of time and place to create a unique guest experience. They invest time into the creativity and constructability of documents that reflect a detailed knowledge of the ever-evolving travel industry.

Highgate, a premier real estate investment and hospitality management company, will manage the newly developed hotel. Additionally, celebrity chef Hugh Acheson will develop the hotel’s culinary offerings, including a 3-meal restaurant, a signature rooftop pool bar and in-room dining. The Sandestin Hotel is being constructed by Batson-Cook, a company that builds a wide range of commercial projects for multi-family residential, office and private development clients throughout the Southeast. Internationally recognized design firm, Cooper Carry, which specializes in the design of hospitality, residential and restaurant projects, is the architect for the hotel project.

In addition to the food and beverage outlets, the full-service hotel will feature a spa and a fitness center appealing to leisure and business guests, alike. The Sandestin Hotel will contain 20,000-plus-square-feet of meeting space including a 13,000-square foot ballroom, contiguous to the 30,000-plus-square-feet of existing meeting space at Baytowne Conference Center.