The Best Luxury Hotels in Panama City, Florida

This Sheraton will impress you from the moment you step inside the lobby
This Sheraton will impress you from the moment you step inside the lobby | Courtesy of Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf and Spa Resort / Expedia
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1 July 2021

A stylish boutique hotel right by the beach? Or how about a want-for-nothing family resort? Find your ideal luxury getaway with easy access to Panama City, Florida, below – they’re bookable on Culture Trip.

Look beyond the theme parks in Orlando to discover the immaculate white-sand beaches, upmarket seafood restaurants and lively nightlife in and around Panama City. This watersports wonderland on the Gulf of Mexico is popular with spring breakers, families and divers, who adore the nearby artificial reefs for their kaleidoscopic marine life. Throw in dolphin watching, beautiful sunsets and these luxury hotels for the perfect vacation in the sun year-round.

The Pearl Hotel

Spa Hotel
4.4/5 (72 Reviews)
The Pearl Hotel
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Stay away from the crowds at this stylish boutique property in Rosemary Beach. There are just 55 understated rooms, each of which comes with Apple TV, a fridge stocked with complimentary juices and water, a Keurig coffee machine and an iPad for ordering anything you need. Many have balconies, and all include a nightly turndown with a freshly baked surprise. Elsewhere, there’s a spa steps from the private beach, complimentary sparkling wine at check-in, an adults-only pool and free beach chairs.

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Marriott’s Legends Edge at Bay Point

Chain Hotel, Hotel
4.8/5 (182 Reviews)
Marriott's Legends Edge
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The whole family will love this resort at Bay Point. It offers two-bedroom villas with fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities and large soaking tubs. There’s a fitness center, an outdoor pool with a children’s splash pad, a playground and a range of family-friendly activities, including crafts, a giant chessboard and a cinema. The restaurants and nightlife at Pier Park are minutes away if you can bring yourself to leave.

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Calypso Resort and Towers by Royal American Beach Getaways

Resort, Hotel, Luxury
3.6/5 (32 Reviews)
Calypso Resort & Towers by Royal American Beach Getaways
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If you can’t bear to be too far from the beach, this property is steps from the sand, ensuring that you’ll be able to maximize time in the sun. Indeed, these one-bedroom apartments are a short stroll from Russell-Fields Pier and have sweeping sea views for instant relaxation. Each apartment also has a fully stocked kitchen with a dishwasher and a fridge, a DVD player and a bright living room with a dining area so that you can really make yourself at home.

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Aqua Resort

Resort, Hotel, Luxury
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Aqua Resort By Blueswell
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Fancy a getaway with a group? This high-rise beachfront property has 22 stories of apartments with one, two or three bedrooms, allowing you to spread out and give everyone their own space. Inside, there are 9ft (3m) ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows to soak up the sea views, while extensive kitchens have premium GE appliances and granite countertops. Head downstairs to find water gardens, a poolside cafe, a whirlpool spa grotto, an aromatherapy steam room, a covered parking garage and a pool area steps from the sand.

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  • WaterSound Inn

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
    4.6/5 (72 Reviews)
    WaterSound Inn
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    Treat yourself to an exclusive stay at the WaterSound Inn, a boutique hotel on the second and third floors of the GateHouse at WaterSound Beach. There are only 11 roomy suites in the property, each with a furnished balcony, two Samsung flat-screen TVs, Bluetooth audio streaming and a fully equipped kitchen. You can also enjoy a beach club with a restaurant, an open-air bar and two huge pools, and the hotel can arrange bicycle and kayak rentals or catered beach bonfires.

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    Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf and Spa Resort

    Spa Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
    4.1/5 (598 Reviews)
    Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort
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    This top-rated hotel, on the spectacular St Andrews Bay, has plenty of wow factor. It’s home to the only Nicklaus Design golf course in northwest Florida, a swish spa, a private beach and an idyllic pool deck. Anyone looking to eat can choose the pool bar – with a dedicated doggie menu – a casual pub, an open-air seafood grill or a fine-dining restaurant with waterfront views.

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    Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach

    Chain Hotel, Hotel
    4.5/5 (904 Reviews)
    Holiday Inn Resort Panama City Beach
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    Children won’t want to leave this fun-packed resort right on the sand of Panama City Beach. The hotel has a kids’ water playground, a lagoon-style pool with a waterfall, seasonal entertainment, a ping-pong table, a poolside pizza parlor, rooms with bunk beds and free kids’ activities. Parents will be even happier to discover children under 12 stay and eat for free, too. Also, it’s close to favorite attractions, including Shipwreck Island Waterpark and Gulf World Marine Park.

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    Splash Beach Resort by Vacasa

    Resort, Hotel, Luxury
    4.4/5 (17 Reviews)
    Splash By Royal American Beach Getaways
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    You won’t need a car when you stay at these gulf-front condos, as there’s everything you need right on-site. Condos have one, two or three bedrooms, high-end appliances, granite countertops and plenty of space. But the extra amenities really make this property stand out – think a beachfront arcade, two bi-level pools, a water theme park with slides and waterfalls, a lazy river and even a cinema. Here, you can experience total relaxation without worrying about how you’ll get home afterward.

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