16 August 2012

Sandestin 2012, part 2 - Le Jardin

Part 2 of my vacation post! If you missed Part 1, you can click here to read it.

At Sandestin (and also at Baytowne Wharf), there are several condos/townhouses from which to choose, but we picked Le Jardin. I loved it when I saw it a few years ago - it looks like something you'd see in the French Quarter. Not that I've been to the French Quarter - but who's fault is that? I'll give you a hint - it's spelled G-U-S. I want to go to NOLA, but he won't cooperate. Sigh. Anyway, Le Jardin is gorgeous...


Our townhouse was just steps away from the action. Sooooo convenient!!

The entrance was so pretty! There was a lovely patio on the main level - and each of the other two levels had a balcony with comfy furniture.


The interior was even better. The furnishings were luxurious, yet comfortable and homey. The first floor had marble floors and 11' ceilings. I seriously could live here!


My only complaint was that the master bedroom was on the third floor. It was nice having an entire floor to ourselves - and the view was outstanding - but with all of my back problems, trekking up & down three flights of stairs was exhausting, LOL! I loved the French doors and the double-sided fireplace that was open to both the bedroom and the bath.


Our townhouse was one of the few that faced the bay, so we had a great view from all  levels.


There were two pools available for our use, and they both looked like a tropical oasis. The one we opted to use was just a 2-3 minute walk from the townhouse. There was a huge lagoon-style pool, a large kiddie pool (that was off in it's own little area, so it was possible to avoid the noisy brats little darlings), a couple of good-sized grilling areas with gas grills, a large "hot" spa, and a large "cool" spa. There were plenty of chairs - both in sun and shade - and the pool was never crowded.


Sandestin also offers a private beach area for the use of those who are staying at any of the Sandestin hotels, condos, townhouses, or homes. There is a tram that runs continuously, back and forth to the beach - or there is also a large parking area. You can bring your own chairs or rent some on the beach. You can rent kayaks, YOLO boards, and other stuff right there, too. There is a beach bar, a snow cone stand, and even a restaurant. Pretty much anything you want, you can get.


As I mentioned yesterday, things are a bit pricey in Sandestin - so if you want to rent chairs and umbrellas, buy drinks at the bar, and eat in the restaurant, you're going to shell out a lot of money. If you bring your own chairs, umbrella, and cooler, you can enjoy the same beach for a fraction of the price. And that's what we did (and so did most other people). But Gus did buy me a cherry snow cone. :-)

I hope you enjoyed today's pictures - the last set will be coming tomorrow!