Best Vacation Spots for Groups | Destin and SunQuest Cruises

FlipKey, a Tripadvisor Company, has just named two Destin areas as great for groups and named SunQuest Cruises as one of the top things to do in the Destin area. Their list, that includes top vacation spots with the most rentals that sleep 8+, including Hawaii, Las Vegas and our own Miramar Beach and Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. We couldn’t agree more.
 
Here is what they had to say:
 
“A group getaway sounds like a fun time – but securing a costly block of hotel rooms and dealing with the small space is difficult. Whether traveling with family or friends, book a vacation rental instead. You’ll have the space, privacy, and amenities you’re used to at home, for a fraction of the cost of a hotel.
 
Below we’ve listed the top vacation destinations with thousands of rentals on FlipKey that sleep 8 or more people. We’ve included restaurant, activity, and attraction suggestions, plus one of the best rentals offered in each destination.
 
About Santa Rosa Beach: Step outside your vacation rental onto white sand beaches overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Your group can swim, snorkel, sail, or sun amidst a clear blue water backdrop. Spend your days biking along the Santa Rosa coastline and through the nearby Point Washington State Forest, which includes more than 10 miles of trails. Also, be sure to explore the fine art galleries and museums, enjoy luxury spas, and indulge in world-class dining after the sun goes down.
 
Best option to Play Together: SunQuest Cruises Sunset Fine Dining Cruises
 
About Miramar Beach: Just a short drive from Destin along the Emerald Coast Parkway, Miramar Beach offers a postcard perfect Florida vacation. Miramar Beach is between Fort Walton Beach and Grayton Beach State Park, two of Florida’s most popular attractions. Your group will love the relative romantic quiet of Miramar and the friendly locals.”
 
There are some many different ways for groups to experience the SOLARIS Yacht. What makes SunQuest Cruises one of the best things for groups to do in the Destin area? The location and the award-winning experience.
 
1. All-inclusive Location: SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS yacht is conveniently located at the all-inclusive Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Your group can stay, dine, shop and play at this award-winning resort, offering property-wide transportation, wide variety of restaurants and entertainment, golf courses, family activities, beaches, water sports and more.
 
2. The Experience: What kind of experience do you want your group to remember as they leave? For over 12 years, our event planners have been treating guests to unforgettable and amazing experiences on the SOLARIS Yacht. In addition to weekly Destin sunset dining and dancing cruises, the yacht can host up to 150 people for any occasion, from Destin weddings to company meetings to retreats, spouse outings, family reunions, anything. Event planners and chef-prepared menus are included in our flexible packages for any size group.
 
The SOLARIS yacht has been an award-winning venue based on testimonials alone, for the past 8 consecutive years. The yacht features 3 decks of indoor and outdoor spaces as well as a full service bar, event planners, special event menus, live entertainment and more. SunQuest Cruises has won the Knot’s Best of Destin Wedding Venues award for the past 8 consecutive years as well as inducted into the Knot’s Weddings Hall of Fame. In addition, the company has won Emerald Coast Magazine’s Best of Destin awards for weddings and the event venue as well as the 2016 and 2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award.
 
Whether you are planning a Destin Spring Break beach vacation with your family, a wedding in Destin or hosting a large company meeting or event, SunQuest Cruises offers an all-inclusive, unforgettable experience your group will be talking about for years to come.
 
Contact our event planners today.
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Sandestin Wine Festival Cruise – Champagne & Seafood

Sip, savor and sail as sparkling waves and soft breezes set the mood for SunQuest Cruises’s Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise on Friday, April 21st from 12 – 3 p.m. SunQuest Cruises presents the ultimate way to kick off the Sandestin Wine Festival just steps away on a 125 foot yacht. Patrons will embark on a culinary voyage of four decadent courses all paired with premium champagnes.
 
“The Sandestin Wine Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year and our location just steps away makes it a perfect way to celebrate the start of the weekend,” stated James Murray, General Manager for SOLARIS. “Our chefs have created a signature menu that is art for the palette featuring fresh seafood and sparkling champagnes.”
 
This signature SOLARIS event begins with a Dockside Reception at noon at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina. Guests can take in the panoramic views and fresh coastal breezes from the open-air sky deck while sipping a Cocomoso Cocktail (Chandon Brut Champagne with Coconut Sake) and savoring a Butter-Poached Lobster Salad atop a toasted French Baguette, Shrimp Ceviche and Tuna Nachos with sweet Wasabi Aioli. As the SOLARIS yacht cruises the open waters, the “Make Way” Course will be served, featuring Jumbo Sea Scallops with Pineapple Mango Compote paired with a French Prohibition Cocktail with Moet Imperial Champagne.
 
The culinary voyage continues with the “Waypoint” Course, including New England style Seafood Chowder and Chandon Sweet Star Champagne. The final “Marker” course features a Blackened-Redfish with Southern Style Cheese Grits and Creamed Maque Choux, paired with a Cliquot Yellow Label Champagne.
 
The SOLARIS Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise is $90 per person including a four-course meal, premium champagne pairings and two-hour cruise. The dockside reception begins at 12 p.m. with cruise from 1 – 3 p.m. Reservations required online or call 850.650.2519.
 
About SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS
Docked at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina, SunQuest Cruises’ SOLARIS yacht is a magnificent 125 foot, 5,200 square foot yacht with three decks of indoor and outdoor spaces. The SOLARIS is the only dining and entertainment yacht in Northwest Florida, offering public dinner cruises year-round for up to 150 people. Since 2004, the award-winning SOLARIS has also served as a unique venue for Destin weddings/receptions, corporate functions, group activities and other events. The SOLARIS has been the recipient of several review-based accolades, including the “Best Wedding and Reception Venue” Knot award for eight consecutive years and the 2016/2017 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice award.
 
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Docked just steps away from the Sandestin Wine Festival, the SOLARIS yacht’s Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise on Friday, April 21st features four-courses with premium champagne pairings and a two-hour cruise.

SOLARIS Yacht Venue – Dinner Cruises, Weddings and More

SOLARIS Yacht Venue for Dinner Cruises, Weddings and More

 
Top 5 Ways to Experience a SOLARIS Cruise
 
The SOLARIS yacht cruises year-round from the Baytowne Marina at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. As the only dining and entertainment yacht in Destin and Northwest Florida, the 125-foot yacht features three decks of indoor and outdoor fun, including an open-air sky deck, covered outdoor seating and spacious indoor spaces with panoramic windows. Guests enjoy sweeping views of the local Destin waters, surrounding beaches and the Sandestin Resort.
 
Unforgettable memories for many occasions are created weekly on the water. Here are the top ways to experience a SOLARIS cruise:
 
Sunset Dinner Cruise – Rated as one of the top things to do in Sandestin by Tripadvisor, SOLARIS dinner cruises offer a three hour dining and dancing voyage perfectly suited for all ages. The SOLARIS is an unforgettable alternative to fine dining restaurants in Destin Florida. Guests embark on a memorable evening that begins with toasting to the sunset on the sky deck. As the SOLARIS cruises the waters, guests indulge in a three-course, chef-prepared fine dining meal from the outdoor or indoor spaces with panoramic windows. Menu favorites include organic chicken, prime steaks, fresh, local seafood and a special children’s menu. Dance under the stars or on the dancefloor to live music. Fireworks dinner cruises happen twice a week in the summer. The SOLARIS is the recent recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award. We also offer dinner cruise gift cards that never expire so you can give the gift of an unforgettable experience.
 
Destin Weddings – What says romantic or unforgettable better than a sunset yacht wedding on the open waters? The SOLARIS yacht was specifically built as a wedding venue in Sandestin and Destin, featuring a private bridal suite, an altar and photo platform on the sky deck, mahogany bar and spacious indoor and outdoor spaces for any size group. SOLARIS weddings are stress-free for many reasons: hosting the ceremony and reception in the same weather-proof venue; affordable, flexible packages that include full-time event planners; and having accommodations steps away at the Sandestin Resort. For seven consecutive years, the SOLARIS team has been honored with review-based wedding accolades including the Knot’s Best of Weddings, the Knot’s Hall of Fame and WeddingWire’s Couples Choice Award.
 
Holidays – SOLARIS specialty cruises have evolved into a time-honored tradition for families to celebrate the holidays. Annual lunch cruises are planned for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Thanksgiving. Sandestin Fireworks can be viewed weekly in the summer from the dinner cruises as well as 4th of July and New Year’s Eve.
 
Meetings & Corporate Functions – The SOLARIS event planners are known for “thinking outside the ballroom” by planning meetings and corporate functions dockside. The flexible and inspirational spaces on the yacht have been tailored for semi-private or private functions including presentations, conferences, retreats, banquets, meetings, ceremonies, military events and more.
 
Events – A seven–year recipient of the Best of the Emerald Coast Award for Weddings and Venues, the SOLARIS yacht venue features 5,300 square feet of luxurious space for up to 150 people. Group rates are available for many events from large bridal events and holiday parties to small anniversaries and birthdays.
 
Request information from our event planners online or call us at 850.650.2519.
 
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