Ultimate Venues

Hotel Effie


Located between the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Choctawhatchee Bay. The 250-room hotel features multiple room configurations with thoughtful design and exquisite detail. 20,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, to include a 13,000 sq. ft. ballroom, plus all of the unique offerings of the hotel and resort, and Hotel Effie is the perfect setting for a dream wedding, corporate meetings, memorable events and unforgettable vacations.


A six-time James Beard nominee and 2012 winner for Best Chef Southeast, Hugh Acheson’s fresh approach to Southern food has earned him a great deal of recognition including Food & Wine’s Best New Chef and the Atlanta Journal Constitution Restaurant of the Year. In 2010, Acheson competed on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters: Season 3.” He returned to the hit series as a judge on “Top Chef” as well as “Top Chef: Duels.” He also hosted Bravo’s online complement to “Top Chef Masters” Season 5, “Battle of the Sous Chefs.”

Hotel Effie

Ovide, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, embraces the fresh, forward flavors and local seafood of the Gulf Coast. The menu showcases Acheson’s creativity and passion for distinctive ingredients and cooking techniques by fusing coastal cuisine with a sophisticated French influence.


Hotel Effie’s signature rooftop is home to Ara Rooftop Pool & Lounge, which has a full menu of wine, craft cocktails and bottle service served daily. The rooftop pool has a stylish vibe, and amazing views of the resort, Choctawhatchee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. As Northwest Florida’s only rooftop pool, Ara’s open-air event environment provides an ideal location for a poolside DJ to provide chill music by day and up-tempo beats by night. Interactive game space allows for competitive fun and creates a vibrancy for the overall experience. Highlights include luxury cabanas (By reservation + additional fee) and chaise Loungers on pool perimeter.

Hotel Effie Sandestin

Hotel Effie at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort with Culinary by James Beard winner Hugh Acheson

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