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5 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter at Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa

My daughter and I were invited to visit Hilton Sandestin and all of our expenses were paid. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

As a mother of three children, I struggle to find time to spend with each of them individually. We spend a tremendous amount of time together as a family (which I absolutely adore), but I have fallen short on the one-on-one time with my children.

Earlier this month my daughter and I were invited to Florida to visit the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. Located on Florida’s Northwest coast, it’s the largest full-service resort in the area. The property provides an array of amenities, including Four-Diamond dining, world class spa, three waterfront pools, a spectacular children’s program and miles of gorgeous, sandy beaches.

To make the most out the time I had to spend with my daughter, I listened intently to everything she had to say. And by doing that, I learned so much about and from her. At home I don’t get the opportunity to stop everything else and simply listen to her. Not just with her, but with any of my children. Life is so rushed and full of activities that I am constantly going at a hare’s pace just to keep up. So while we were at the Hilton, I tried to make it all about her.

Our itinerary for the event was booked with activities around the resort. Having a full itinerary allowed us to see many parts of the resort and experience many of the amenities offered.

5 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter at Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa

5 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter

Relax: The best way to wind down and connect is simply to relax. I know that relaxing is much easier said than done, but if you will allow yourself the luxury that being in that relaxed state brings, I think you’ll find more significance in normal, every day life.

5 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter at Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa

We stayed in a Jr. Deluxe Suite in the Emerald Tower which offered significant room, a private alcove with bunk beds for children, and a balcony overlooking the Emerald Coast. We didn’t spend too much time in our room (the beach was calling us) but the time we did spend in there was full of relaxing and connecting.

5 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter at Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa

Get a Mother/Daughter Pedicure: Serenity by the Sea, the world class spa on property, offers an extensive lists of services and treatments. I indulged in the Ultimate Spa Pedicure, which was really unbelievable. I’ve had many pedicures before folks, but the staff at Serenity went over and above to make me feel welcomed and pampered. Everything about the spa experience was absolutely perfect.

5 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter at Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa

Before the pedicure we spent some time soaking in the hot tub, and afterwards enjoyed a light, fresh lunch of a berry salad with yogurt dressing served with a raspberry lemonade. If you get a little hungry while you are enjoying your service(s), there are light snacks available throughout the spa.

5 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter at Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa

S’mores make everything better. After a long day of playing at the beach and exploring the property, we enjoyed s’mores beachside at Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill. With the waves crashing on the shore behind us, we roasted ooey, gooey marshmallows and smashed them between graham crackers. We may have eaten way too many to count, but the calories didn’t matter since we were at the beach.

5 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter at Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa

Spend some time at the beach. I haven’t asked my daughter, but I’m assuming that if I did ask, her favorite part of the whole experience would be the time she had to spend at the beach. She is such a little water bug and loves to be in or near the water. Me on the other hand, my body decided after having my children that it no longer likes the sun. Thankfully we had a beachside setup that gave us two chairs and an umbrella to shade me from the harsh rays.

5 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter at Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa

I enjoyed the safety of the shade, while she enjoyed talking and making new friends. While she was playing in the sand and splashing in the water, I was able to stop and think about the fun times we’ve had together. Before having my boys it was just her. It was pretty incredible, actually. I was able to focus all of my attention on her. While I miss those days of cuddling on the couch with her watching Dora the Explorer, I can’t imagine a life without my boys.

5 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter at Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa

Spend time apart. That is a contradiction to reconnecting, right? No. Actually spending time apart can be good in some instances. My daughter is growing up more quickly than I’d like, so I need to make sure I give her room to grow and learn. I can’t smother her. By giving her room to breathe I’m showing her that I trust in her to make the right decisions when we are apart.

5 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter at Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa

Kids Krew is a program offered by Hilton Sandestin that operates 6 days a week during their spring schedule and 7 days a week during the summer. It is mostly staffed by high school and college students (ages 17-24) that are CPR certified. There are many activities for the kids to do in the Kids Krew room, but they have other activities around the property as well. The morning hours are 9:30am – 1:30pm and the evening hours are 6:00pm – 10:00pm. The pricing starts at $50/day for the first child and each additional child is $40. Each registered child will receive their own customizable Kids Krew t-shirt.

5 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter at Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa

5 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter at Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa

5 Ways to Connect with Your Daughter at Hilton Sandestin Golf Resort & Spa

During the few days we had at the resort, we enjoyed our time together and began a new journey as mother and daughter. Reconnecting with my daughter was more about the time we spent together and not the location we were at. While the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is a LOVELY place (and we can’t wait to go back), it was the time together that made it special. That one-on-one interaction between a mother and her daughter.

Each of these ways to connect with your daughter can be done right in your own community. You don’t have to fly halfway across the country to spend some quality time with your children. I urge to try to find time for one-on-one time with each of your children. And don’t make it a one-time event. You’re children want to spend time with you and they want you to want to spend time with them.

How do you connect with your children? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comment section below.

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    Hi Crystal, This is wonderful – beautiful hotel and ideas for family – I would have loved to have time with my mother in a place like this

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    I don’t have a daughter, but I have two sons that would LOVE it there. We are a big beach family!

  3. 3

    How FUN! Just getting away on a vacation like that, would be a fine way to be with your daughter! I would love to take a trip like that with my girl!

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    Michelle F. says:

    What a great place to visit. I would love to take my daughter there!

  5. 5

    Beauty days and delicious nom noms. Two of the best ways ever to have a great time together.

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    Catherine S says:

    This looks like a great place to go on vacation. My son and I would enjoy bonding at the beach.

  7. 7

    What a great vacay! I would go there with my mother!

  8. 8

    What an awesome trip for the two of you! We recently started doing more “date nights” with my son one on one and it truly is super beneficial. I love just relaxing with my son at the park and kicking our soccer ball around, simple yet awesome time spent together!

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    How awesome! Such a great way to connect. I have 6 kiddos so I try to take them each for special time, do quality things with each of them. They love it. My husband does it too, movies, walks, shopping, arcade, whatever they want to do! Like a mom date!

  10. 10

    Man! I want a mother/daughter trip here with MY mom! This looks like such a great place to get away and your ideas are amazing!

  11. 11

    I love the Sandestin. It’s an awesome place to reconnect with your family!

  12. 12

    I don’t have any children but can honestly say it would have been nice to be able to connect with my Mom in some fashion or another. I think we spend more time together as adults-but it is not the same.

  13. 13

    These are some great ideas. My daughter and I go on trips together all the time!

  14. 14

    I can totally relate to the difficulties that come with trying to have individual alone time with each of my three children. That is something I have on our summer to-do list and think a girls getaway like this is a beautiful idea.

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    What a beautiful getaway with your daughter! I love doing things one on one with my kids when I get a chance, even if it’s just running errands. Tonight I took one of my teenagers with me to the grocery store and it was nice to talk to him and let him have a voice in our shopping list.

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    I might not NEED to fly across the country to the Hilton to connect with my daughter, but I certainly WANT to! I seriously feel the need to do everything on your list in exactly the same place you did it. It just looks so perfect and gorgeous I know it would be the best experience!

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    This looks like such a fun time. I bet you and your daughter made some wonderful memories!

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    My daughters are all grown, but we still like to connect and share time together. I would love to take them all to the Hilton Sandestin Beach. It would be so fun!

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    I didn’t realize Hilton had so much to offer kids. I know one of our favorite vacation traditions is getting some pampering time together. This would be so much fun for both of us.

  20. 20

    Wow! That looks like a really fantastic place to visit!

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    jamie sanders says:

    My daughter would definitely go for this!

  22. 22

    Oh wow! I know my girls would love a mom / daughter pampering trip like this. Plus all the activities to boot! Thanks for letting us know about all that is available.

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    Danielle K says:

    Oh my, how fun does all of this look! I have a little boy but it sure makes me wish I had a girl too 🙂 The bunk bed is adorable!

  24. 24

    Relaxing and pedicures are an awesome way to connect! What a great day spent together.

  25. 25

    Looks like a great spot to vacation! I’m a mo of three girls and I often have the same struggles connecting with each of my children. That time is so important. This looks like a fun place to be!

  26. 26

    My kids are teenagers and that has its own challenges. I’m sure they’d both enjoy some time at the Hilton though!

  27. 27

    What an awesome getaway! I love this and the thought they put into it!

  28. 28

    I have never been to Florida I will keep this place in mind for whenever I get out there!

  29. 29

    Wow does that look like a beautiful property! I want to go!

  30. 30

    What a way to connect with your daughter. It looks like it was a lovely time

  31. 31

    I can’t wait to do things like this with my daughter when she’s older. Looks like a perfect girls getaway.

  32. 32

    I was sold at the Junior Suite! What a beautiful hotel and I love the amenities. Thanks for sharing!

  33. 33

    Oh my! this is amazing! you took some really great photos and I love that you spent time with your daughter here! nice memories!!!

  34. 34

    Beautiful hotel! The junior suite is perfect for families!

  35. 35

    These are all wonderful ways to connect with your daughter! And s’mores most certainly make everything better. 😉

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