By Gabriele Walkow
Home to spectacular sunsets, award-winning beaches and luxurious accommodations with exceptional amenities, the Emerald Coast is the perfect place for couples to reconnect and rejuvenate all year long. These romantic retreats promise to pamper and provide the ultimate romantic beach vacation experience.
HENDERSON PARK INN
Romance is definitely in the air at Destin’s Henderson Park Inn, named #1 Most Romantic Hotel in North America and #2 Most Romantic Hotel in the World by About.com Reader’s Choice contest. This adults-only New England-style boutique hotel, overlooking more than a mile of pristine sandy beach on the sparkling shores of the Emerald Coast, is an exceptional blend of charm and grace. The 36 lavish rooms and suites include a gourmet breakfast, picnic boxed lunch, sunset cocktails at the tiki hut and more. Guests are welcomed with a complimentary bottle of wine, fresh grapes and chocolates upon arrival. Now that sets the tone for romance! This oceanfront jewel is also a popular destination for weddings, honeymoons and anniversaries. hendersonparkinn.com
EMERALD GRANDE AT HARBORWALK VILLAGE
Overlooking panoramic, turquoise waters and dazzling sunsets, the deluxe vacation rentals at the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village provide a stellar setting for romance. All units feature private balconies, spacious floor plans, large plush beds, rich finishings and a full service concierge. Amenities include a European spa, fitness center, indoor and outdoor heated pools and jacuzzis, free beach chair service and a boat shuttle to your own secluded beach. Add a private in-room chef and you have the recipe for a truly romantic experience! This Destin resort is surrounded by picturesque HarborWalk Village, home to a variety of lively restaurants, activities and entertainment. emeraldgrande.com
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT FORT WALTON BEACH-WEST DESTIN
Put your toes in the sand, relax under a beach umbrella or stroll for miles along the coastline at this beautiful beachfront hotel on Okaloosa Island. The Skywalk is a romantic transition from the sparkling outdoor pool area to the warm, soft sands and emerald green waters of the beach. The luxurious Ocean View, Bay View and Partial View Beachfront guest rooms offer panoramas of endless sand, sea and sky. Enjoy exotic drinks and nosh on delicious food at the Island Pool Bar or, should the temperatures dip, savor a bottle of fine wine by the warmth of the fire pit. This is the perfect destination for making romantic memories. marriott.com/vpscf