My wife and I like to vacation differently. I like large crowds, lots of excitement, and seeing lots of different things while on vacation. (Think New York, or Disney World!) My wife, on the other hand, likes to relax and take it easy while on vacation (think of a beach, or hotel pool.) In fact, my sweet wife often jokes that we need a vacation from my vacations. 🙂
Well, this past summer we decided to compromise and go on a beach / Disney World vacation…and it was amazing! In fact, it was so awesome I think I’ve found one of my new favorite places to visit.
The plan was to drive from Texas to Florida and stop at a beach on the coast for a long weekend then spend the rest of the week at Disney World. My wife and I researched hotels along the coast and to be honest I couldn’t find any I really liked. They all seemed old / out dated / and just not in a good location. We connected with the Hilton Sandestin and they invited us out for a weekend, and I have to say – it was awesome!
We woke up super early in the morning and made the drive to Florida (to be honest, it wasn’t that bad of a drive at all…totally doable in a day from where we live!) We got to the hotel a little before sunset so we got the kids dressed in their beach gear, and headed to the beach!
Noah has actually been to the beach before, but this was the first time Jaxten had ever stepped foot on one!
Here’s a Facebook live stream video we took the first night we made it to the beach!
We hung out at the beach until it got dark, then visited the hotels indoor pool for a while (which was amazing!) Then headed back up to the room to change and head to dinner. One thing Noah really liked about the room was the bunk beds! This room really is great for a family. In addition to the bunk beds there was a large king sized bed as well. We were actually a little nervous with Noah sleeping on the top bunk so we allowed him to sleep on the bottom bunk and Jaxten sleep in the pack and play at night.
The next two days we basically just hung out on the beach and hotel pools. One thing that was important for us when choosing a hotel is easy accesses to the beach. We didn’t want to cross any streets when going to the beach, we just wanted to walk out the hotel doors and be on the beach, and this was the case at the Hilton Sandestin!
Here’s a Facebook live stream we did on our second day!
It was so much fun watching Noah explore the beach and build sand castles. This “little” dude is growing up so fast!
I felt like my heart was going to burst out of my chest watching these two boys play with each other. They are really developing a special bond, and I hope it continues to build throughout their entire life.
I couldn’t believe this, but I actually thought about shortening our Disney trip and staying at this hotel for a few days longer! Our family had such a great time on the beach with the boys, that we didn’t want to go. In addition to the great hotel and beaches, the hotel has a free shuttle to Baytowne Wharf, which had lots of dining options and was a fun place to walk around. This hotel will be one we return to as often as well can. We loved it, and the boys loved playing in the sand, the pools, and the ocean!
What’s your favorite place to go on vacation? Are you a beach or city person? Leave a comment below and let us know! (Bonus points for sharing a picture!)