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.

Your Wedding Venue – It’s All About the Experience

After the butterflies have settled from your engagement, it’s time to find the perfect venue for your upcoming wedding. The first step in wedding planning for most couples is the venue for the ceremony and reception as this will set the tone for everything else. The wedding venue is one of the most important decisions in the wedding planning process. If you are planning a destination wedding in a beautiful location such as Destin Florida, the venue becomes increasingly important for all logistics related to your guests attending.
 
So what are you looking for in a wedding venue? The number one answer our wedding planners get from our couples is an amazing, stress-free and unforgettable experience. Whether you are planning something locally or a destination wedding, you want an experience that you, your spouse and your guests will never forget.
 
At the end of the day, your guests may not remember what colors your flowers were or how you styled your hair, but they’ll probably remember how they felt at your wedding and reception. What was the ceremony like? What was the view like? How was the food? Did they dance the night away? What was the best memory they took away from your wedding?
 
The experience your venue offers is one of the biggest decisions to consider when planning your wedding. Our wedding planners have experience planning all types of weddings, from small intimate Destin Florida beach weddings to extravagant destination weddings on the SOLARIS yacht in Sandestin including sunset weddings on the sky deck followed by a reception with delicious food and fun music.
 
What type of experience do you envision for your wedding and reception venue? How do you want your guests to feel when they leave your wedding and reception?
 
These are the types of questions our wedding planners will discuss with you as we make your wedding dreams a reality. We customize every wedding experience, big or small, to be as unique as the couple themselves. Each detail of your wedding is tailored and made personal for the couple and their vision.
 
SunQuest Cruises offers unforgettable, stress-free and amazing experiences for weddings in Destin Florida. We offer a variety of wedding venues in Destin, including beach weddings and the SOLARIS yacht in Sandestin. The services of our full-time wedding planners are included in all Destin wedding packages – from the initial planning to the send off – you are not alone. Our wedding planners can help with accommodations, floral arrangements, decor, menu planning and recommend / coordinate with the best wedding vendors in Destin Florida to make it a stress-free day. The sky’s the limit for what we can do – fireworks, specialty cocktails and menus and so much more.
 
Contact us today and let’s discuss how to make your wedding in Destin unforgettable, stress-free and amazing. Call us at 850-650-2519 or email us at events@sunquestcruises.com.
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