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30A’s Best Resort Amenities

By: Abigail Abesamis Demarest | Posted May 28, 2021

30A’s best amenities — sugar-white sand and blue-green Gulf waters — are easy enough to find no matter where you are, but if you’re wondering where to go to lounge poolside, workout, or enjoy drinks on a rooftop, this guide is for you. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the latest, greatest, and most unique resort amenities you can find all along 30A.

1. Havana Beach Rooftop at The Pearl Hotel

It’s hard to miss the black-and-white striped awnings of The Pearl, a boutique hotel in Rosemary Beach.

Amenities include Spa Pearl (which has four poolside treatment rooms), Havana Beach Bar & Grill (inspired by Hemingway’s favorite Havana haunt), and Havana Beach Rooftop, which offers shared plates and drinks plus prime views of the town and Gulf.

Since The Pearl is managed by St. Joe Hospitality, guests also have access to amenities like private golf and beach club access, complimentary bicycle use, and discounted stand-up paddleboard rentals.

2. The Repertory Theatre

The Repertory Theatre

Located in Seaside, The REP is a premier professional theatre company that hosts indoor performances in the intimate 75-seat Meeting Hall Theatre. Here, you can watch professional theater productions or live music concerts––Griffin House and My One And Only have upcoming performances.

3. ZUMA at Alys Beach

ZUMA at Alys Beach

ZUMA Courtyard. Photo courtesy of Alys Beach

A haven for inner and outer wellness, this Alys Beach amenity is exclusive to Alys Beach homeowners and vacation rental guests. ZUMA is described as “a place for fitness, restoration, and an elegant spirit of balance our town strives to provide.” The Wellness Center hosts unique fitness classes (including BogaFit, a fitness class featuring a floating yoga mat), offers private training sessions, and has quiet outdoor spaces and steam rooms for relaxing and recovering. They also have two Har-Tru tennis courts. In their treatment rooms, they offer massages, OSEA facials, and body treatments designed to revitalize the mind and body.

4. The Beach Club at Alys Beach

The Beach Club at Alys Beach

Images by Kurt Lischka, Moon Creek Studios, Courtesy of Alys Beach

Alys Beach homeowners get exclusive access to this new tri-level Beach Club. On the street level is the main entrance and beach access. On the second level (the main level) is an elegantly furnished deck flanking a pool, plus locker rooms, beach access to the dune crossover, and a casual dining venue. The aptly-named Sunset Bar sits on the third level and offers prime views of the Gulf. The private Beach Club was designed by Hart Howerton to reflect and embrace the surrounding town.

5. Camp Watercolor

Camp WaterColor

Camp Watercolor. Credit: St. Joe Hospitality

Camp WaterColor

For family-friendly fun, Camp WaterColor has much to offer. Available to WaterColor Inn & Resort guests and WaterColor homeowners, this private amenity consists of the main pool with a slide, a zero-entry children’s pool, a lazy river, a playground, a basketball court, and a casual dining venue called The Canteen Restaurant & Bar.

Also in WaterColor, the recently expanded WaterColor Beach Club has three pool decks, including a new main pool with expanded seating and lounge areas.

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6. Tennis at Tops’l Beach & Racquet Resort

Tops’l Beach & Racquet Resort

Tennis fans flock to this award-winning resort in Miramar Beach. Here, you can play to your heart’s content on one of their 12 clay courts. Guests staying at the resort enjoy free use of the tennis courts during their stay. They have a dedicated tennis front desk for setting up lessons (private or group), tournaments, and more. Other tennis services include racquet stringing and racquet and ball machine rentals. There is also tennis equipment available for purchase. The Tops’l Tennis Center hosts weekly tennis events throughout the year, including round robins, drill sessions, and clinics.

7. Camp Creek Golf Club

Camp Creek Golf Club

One of three award-winning golf courses that are part of Watersound Club, Camp Creek Golf Club is a Tom Fazio-designed course that’s home to nearly 7,200 yards of fairways, greens, and bunkers. The manicured turf is accented with a mixture of native plants that give the course a more natural look.

A massive expansion of Watersound Camp Creek is currently underway, with plans to add a health and wellness center, kids club, casual cafe, multi-sport courts (including tennis and pickleball courts), leisure pools, a playground, and a 75-room boutique inn.

Shark’s Tooth Golf Course in Wild Heron is suitable for golfers of all skill levels and boasts a thoughtful design that lends a feeling of connectivity to the surrounding landscape. Origins Golf Club, which is open to the public, has a short course that’s perfect for families, beginners, and casual golfers.

8. Ara Rooftop Pool & Lounge at Hotel Effie

Ara Rooftop Pool & Lounge at Hotel Effie

Rooftop pool. Photos: Gary Bogdon

Hotel Effie Spa

This new luxury property opened at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in February ’21. Their rooftop pool boasts views of the resort, Choctawhatchee Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico. Other amenities include an upscale spa featuring 10 treatment rooms, and a fitness center with Peloton bikes and pop-up fitness classes. Hugh Acheson, a James Beard award-winning chef, heads up the culinary program, which includes Ovide (a fine dining restaurant highlighting Gulf Coast flavors), Ara ( the stylish rooftop lounge), a lobby bar, and a grab-and-go coffee bar.

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Abigail Abesamis Demarest is a writer, editor and former New Yorker based in sunny Panama City Beach, Florida. Her writing has been featured in HuffPost Food & Drink, Forbes.com, Insider, Business Insider, Apartment Therapy and more. When she’s not writing she’s reading up on the latest wellness trends, teaching Zumba classes, or reading a book on the beach.