Across the Grand Lagoon from St. Andrews State Park, this expansive property exudes elegance and offers quiet away from the madness of Panama City Beach as well as proximity to excellent golf. The tropical-chic feel starts in the light-filled lobby, with its polished marble floors, glowing chandeliers, potted palms, and colorful floral paintings. Guest rooms continue the theme with light-wood furnishings and armoires, floral-print fabrics, and private balconies or patios
overlooking the lush grounds and peaceful bay. Rooms on the upper floors of the main building have expansive views of the bay and the gulf beyond, and villas are a mere tee-shot away from the hotel. A meandering boardwalk (which doubles as a jogging trail) leads to a private beach with an open-air bar and water sports. The 12,000-square-foot spa offers massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, and waxing.