Many of our Ocean Reef guests seek a romantic destination for two in order to relax, reinvigorate their spirits and celebrate the love they share with each other. Perhaps you are celebrating a special anniversary or birthday or just need to get away. The Emerald Coast with its jewel toned waters and sugar white sand beaches is the perfect place to be for this kind of romantic liaison. Imagine enjoying your own favorite frozen beverage at the beach-side Destin Tiki Bar on a hot day with your loved one or watching pods of playful dolphin skimming across the luminous waters in the distance. Hold hands again as you walk down the beach feeling the warmth of the sun on your back while relishing the salty scent of the breezy air and the sensual sound of the surf. During the summer you may go out onto the balcony together and look down on the shimmering, silver splattered gulf when the moon shines down across the watery southern horizon. From fall into early spring you may find yourselves arm in arm as you become enthralled by the spectacular sunsets that occur over the gulf during this particular time of the year. Ocean Reef Resorts has hundreds wonderful vacation rentals for you to choose if you are planning your own special getaway, and three locations are condos in Destin that host a Tiki Bar on-site.
Your first condominium complex with a tiki bar is Westwinds, a luxurious high rise residential tower located at Sandestin. The Sandestin Golf, Tennis and Beach Resort is a tropical paradise in Miramar Beach (just east of Destin) that sits beside the famed emerald green waters of this uniquely beautiful part of the world. Sandestin’s Westwinds provides some of our most popular offerings since it sits beachfront and soars above the sugar white shores and jeweled waters of the Gulf of Mexico. You catch your first glimpse of Westwinds and the other towers as soon you enter the gated gulf entrance of this famous Northwest Florida resort. The beauty of this spectacular setting almost makes you gasp. The main drive meanders beside a lushly landscaped golf course with a row of towering Royal Palms that are majestically up lighted at night. Westwinds and the other opulent towers stand in the distance, right on the beach with the shimmering waters behind them. Westwinds looks like a tanned curved box sandcastle of sorts and has full western exposures which offer guests dazzling sunset views. Westwinds has a seasonally heated, large lagoon pool surrounded by a lush forest of palm trees and a man-made creek that flows down from a majestic waterfall. There is also a bubbling hot tub for adult pleasure where you may soak in serenity. The views of the gulf are awesome with several restaurants, retail shops and a large marina which harbors yachts. Fireworks, free live musical entertainment, seasonal festivals, art shows occur on a regular basis. When you visit Baytowne be sure to check out the SS Solaris which is docked at the Marina. This triple decked ship has regularly scheduled dinner cruises with musical entertainment and goes out on the bay where diners enjoy a romantic sunset. With our Reef Rewards program you’ll receive a special discount on your bill. Sandestin's main town center Grand Boulevard is adjacent to the Emerald Coast Parkway and has its own set of restaurants, a new stadium movie theater, interesting galleries and upscale boutiques. During the evenings it has a Palm Beach kind of look as visitors stroll from place to place past up lighted palms and dancing interactive fountains.
A short distance away near the juncture of the Emerald Coast Parkway and Scenic Gulf Drive in Miramar Beach, Ocean Reef offers another Destin condo with a tiki bar at Edgewater Beach Resort which is truly an awesome sight to behold. Towering above the jewel toned gulf water's edge this monumental landmark was inspired by the design of an original luxury hotel built on the French Riviera. Our Southern Riviera duplicate is a stunning piece of work and an architectural treasure. Like the original, Edgewater's design rises up in step like form at each level, going from three stories tall at one end to nineteen stories in height at the other. At the end of each tier is a large, open terraced balcony complete with vines that cascade over the sides for a “Hanging Gardens of Babylon” look! The entire crescent shaped building curves around the tropical lagoon shaped swimming pools which are nestled beside it below. As you view this splendid structure from Scenic Highway 98, it looks like a giant luxury ocean liner has just arrived and decided to dock at this particularly beautiful part of the beach. The design provides a spectacular image after nightfall since the decorative white lights glow around the curves of this “ship” on every tier. The resort grounds extend away from the building towards the powder white beach with expansive green lawns accented with clustered islands of tropical palms. A reflection pool contains multicolored Japanese Koi fish that leisurely glide below the surface. Two big lagoon shaped, sparkling swimming pools sit side by side on two different levels. Here you are pool side and beach side at the same time. Both of them are literally right next to the beach so that you can enjoy pool action and the shimmering Gulf of Mexico simultaneously. One of the pools has a refreshing waterfall which is particularly wonderful on a hot, sunny day. The other pool is heated for use during the cooler times of the year. An arc of lounge chairs frames the side terrace, usually pointing towards the sun. There is also a simmering hot tub for further relaxation. The gulf front boundary of this lush oasis extends east to west with over 420 linear feet of beach providing an expansive unobstructed view of the shimmering emerald hued waters. Numerous water sports are offered for excitement which includes activities like para sailing, jet skiing and surfing. You will find your tasty frozen cocktails along with fresh fish sandwiches, burgers and yummy munchies at the Tiki Hut Bar and Grill which is conveniently located next to one of the pools beside the beach.
If you want to be closer to all the action offered in central Destin, you may want to check out the sensational Silver Shells Beach Resort. Besides the convenient location just minutes away from area amusements, the Destin Harbor and the lifestyle retail complex known as Destin Commons, these luxury condominiums also sit beachfront on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Silver Shells is beside 1,000 linear feet of crystalline white shoreline, overlooking the dazzling, emerald toned gulf with southerly views all the way to the horizon. Big balconies take full advantage of these awesome vista views. Towards the east, Silver Shells adjoins the expanse of Henderson Beach State Park with even more beach to roam. An expansive 7,500 square feet of pristine pool sits between the luxury residential towers and the sugar white beach. The lagoon pool has an expansive patio for sunning and is surrounded by mini landscaped islands of palm trees that rustle and sway gently in the ocean breeze. A waterfall provides a splashy, attractive accent and a bubbling hot tub is nearby. There is an additional rectangular lap pool with classic lines adjoining a columned patio area that is partly indoors and partly outside. The big lagoon shaped pool flanks a big park-like oasis that borders the sparkling shore and the Silver Shells “Sandbar & Grille”. This particular Destin Tiki Bar has a wraparound deck and faces the beach. The setting provides a perfect place to sip on a frozen tropical drink while checking out the waves and watching all the people action. The fully stocked bar is available to suit all of your thirsty needs. This Tiki Bar also serves great salads, seafood sandwiches, burgers and tasty snacks. For a special occasion you may consider making reservations at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse which is conveniently located at Silver Shells near the front gate. This nationally acclaimed, award winning fine dining restaurant offers custom selected, prime corn fed beef. USDA Prime steaks are served sizzling hot from a patented 1800 degree broiler oven. Besides their famous steaks, they also serve local delicacies including fresh seasonal seafood, New Orleans inspired appetizers and decadent desserts. For a full day of “his and her's” indulgence you may visit the Spa at Silver Shells. This luxurious facility offers both European and Swedish styled full body massages. The elegant spa also offers facials, manicures, pedicures, hydro therapy, aroma therapy and has a full service salon for all of your hair care needs.
Enjoy reviewing your options on our very user friendly Ocean Reef Resort website as you plan your own exciting, special Destin vacation with your loved one. Larger accommodations are also available if you decide to include close friends or family. Soon, you too will experience your own beach-side cocktail in our beautiful white sand paradise.