Palms of Destin
Palms of Destin

A couple of weeks ago I posted about my first impressions of The Palms of Destin in my post Destin Florida – Day 1. Now that I am back from my vacation I wanted to take some time to write a full review of The Palms of Destin because I want my readers to know about this place.

I’ll start by saying we really enjoyed our stay in our condo. The 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo had plenty of room for my family of four. Both bedrooms had really comfortable king size beds and plenty of closet and dresser space for our belongings. There was a huge balcony accessible from both bedrooms and the living room with a view of the Gulf of Mexico and Destin from the 7th floor. The kitchen was equipped with everything we needed to prepare all of our meals from our condo. All we had to do was make a trip to Winn Dixie (which is less than 5 minutes away) to stock up for the week to save money from eating out all week. Another huge perk was the stackable washer and dryer in the condo. This particularly comes in handy if you are like my husband and I and forgot to pack extra pants for your husband! (We washed his one pair of jeans all week to keep from having to buy clothes while we were there.)

The Palms of Destin Kitchen

Oh and in my original post I complained about a sulfur water smell. The good news is that smell went away! My husband thinks the condo hadn’t been rented out in a while (since we stayed in the off season) and they changed water systems and the hot water heater still had the old sulfur water. Once we went through all of that sulfur water the water the rest of the week was fine. I know it’s not that we just got used to the smell because I’ve lived with sulfur water before and you don’t just get used to the smell.

lagoon pool

Onto The Palms of Destin amenities. The Palms of Destin has a HUGE lagoon pool  and splash area for the kids. The lagoon area has a zero entry area right next to the splash area which I could see being very nice for families with younger kids. It was way too cold for us to use the lagoon pool while we were there and the splash area was turned off for the season, but I could see this area being a popular spot in the peak season. We did get to take advantage of the heated pool right next to the lagoon pool and the jacuzzi. We are the only crazy people in the condo complex that swam in the heated pool in 50 degree weather so we enjoyed having the pool to ourselves. After swimming in the heated pool we jumped over in the jacuzzi (which was also HUGE with a small island in the middle of it) to heat ourselves up before we walked back to our condo. (You have to have a method to the madness if you are going to be crazy enough to swim when it’s 50 degrees outside.)

fitness center

The Palms of Destin also had a really nice fitness center that we got to take advantage of. The fitness center was equipped with lots of treadmills, elliptical machines, bikes, weight machines, free weights and fitness balls. I can honestly say it was almost as nice as the gym I have a membership to and right downstairs from us so we really had no excuse  not to work out while we were there. They also had full service spa (at an extra cost) that I didn’t get to take advantage of and a bar/restaurant downstairs in the lobby.

If you are going to stay at the Palms of Destin during peak season they have a shuttle service to take you to Henderson Beach Park across the street from the condo. You could technically walk to the beach, but you would have to cross the main highway. During off season this isn’t a big deal, but during peak season I could see this being very dangerous.

Here are some things you will need to bring for your stay:

1. Beach towels (the condo provides regular towels for condo use only)

2. Beach chairs and toys (Our condo had boogie boards, but no chairs. This may vary from one condo to another.)

3. Toilet paper and paper towels (the condo provides one roll of toilet paper per bathroom and one roll of paper towels)

4. Dishwasher detergent and laundry detergent (the condo provide one tablet for the dishwasher and nothing for the washer and dryer)

5. Anything you will want for entertainment, games, movies etc (unlike other places I’ve stayed this condo provides the cable tvs and a dvd player and that’s it)

The Palms of Destin

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  1. Looks amazing:)

  2. A beautiful place and would love to escape from the cold weather right now.

  3. Until you get good experience in a hotel/resort etc you hardly talk about that. Since this is your second blog on The Palms of Destin I must believe you and make a note of them to keep under consideration for a stay there on my future vacations.

  4. Nice setup! I really like the idea of a balcony off the bedrooms! And king size beds!

  5. You had me at washer and dryer. Traveling with 3 kids I am always in need of that. I usually have to hand wash something on vacation. The kitchen is a plus too!

  6. Looks like you had a good time there.. I love heated pools I can spend hours in there.. Cool you had king size bed too…
    Thanks for sharing

  7. The condo you rented looks absolutely amazing! I agree with you, if our family stays somewhere more than 3 days, the washer and dryer is a must! Its great that you broke down exactly what is included and what a family should bring if they stay here, since amenities and expectations with condos can vary so greatly.

  8. What a gorgeous looking condo! Really good tip about bringing along your own dishwasher and laundry detergent! One tab wouldn’t cut it for my family of 6 for a week! lol

  9. Wow!! That’s all I have to say!! What an amazing hotel…

  10. That looks like you had a great time! I would love to stay in a place like that. I prefer staying somewhere where I can cook my own food due to my celiac disease. Its the only way I know its not contaminated!

  11. The condo looks like it has allot of room! And who can beat that view! looked like a really good time!

  12. That lagoon pool looks fantastic. As does the room/condo. I’ve never actually stayed at a resort but it sounds like this place has all of the amenities to provide a really great home away from home. How do people get to the beach in the off peak season? Is there still a shuttle service then?

    1. During the off season there is no shuttle. Our first day there is way too cold and windy to walk to the beach so we drove across the street to go to the beach and visited a few other beaches in the area. Another day when it was a little warmer and not as windy we walked to the beach. The walk to the beach was short and it was actually pretty easy to cross the street even with my kids.

  13. I love the kitchen and the provisions for doing your own laundry. Travelling out of town has always made me anxious because of the fear of food poisoning whenever we eat out. I am glad that there are places now that you can rent which allows vacationers to prepare their own meals

  14. We never vacationed in a condo, but have been thinking about it for longer vacation. It looks very nice & king size bed has my approval,lol 🙂

  15. The pics are beautiful and the place looks amazing! I’m glad you got rid of the suphur smell, it’s nasty. But it seems that you have really enjoyed the rest of the stay. Looks really fun and geourgeous!

  16. I hate those smell too, but I’m glad it went away! And looks like you had a great time. You have a beautiful condo btw 🙂

  17. The view of the pool is just beautiful.

  18. Beautiful! thanks for sharing! Would love to be there right now!

  19. Take a look at that pool! I am completely envious. I’m in minus 20 degree weather here right now. And the fact that you have now mentioned them twice – I’ll definitely keep their chain in mind in the future! Thanks 🙂

  20. This looks like a wonderful place to vacation. I live having a kitchen in the room when we vacation.

  21. Now that looks like an awesome place to be!

  22. I love it when I can find a place like home. I would rather stay in a condo. Thanks for this review.

  23. Honestly, once you mentioned the washer and dryer in there, I was totally sold. How nice to not go home with a suitcase of dirty clothes! Beautiful location!

  24. Beautiful, I love Destin Florida, not to bad of a drive from Ohio!

  25. This looks beautiful! I love that they have washer and dryers. What great amenities! Thanks for sharing!

  26. oh my goodness- I wish we could go there today (its cold & rainy today!!) 🙂

  27. What a nice place. With washer and dryers and that gym – I could get get use to condo living. 🙂

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