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Hammock Beach Resort plays host to a variety of different vacation concepts, from spa, golf and beach to endless kids’ activities. Before you book your room, here are five things you should know:
1. Hammock Beach Resort is a cashless hotel, so you don’t have to worry about tipping your bellman, concierge or valet during your stay. A 9.75 percent resort fee is charged to your room per day, based on the rate of your room per night. This resort fee takes care of everything from Internet access to beach and pool services, as well as tips and gratuities for hotel staff.
2. Hammock Beach Resort is also an owner-and-member property, meaning many of the rooms and villas are owned and rented out to the hotel for guests. There is also a members’ option that gives local residents the opportunity to make use of the grounds and facilities for a yearly fee.
3. There are five onsite restaurants, including Italian, sushi and seafood spots. They are each open at different times, and be warned that some might close at the last minute during the hotel’s low-occupancy nights. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend having a backup plan for dinner while you’re staying here. If it’s a slow night or you’re visiting during the slow season, you run the risk of not being able to dine at the onsite restaurant of your choice.
4. Hammock Beach Resort has two golf courses: The Ocean Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the Conservatory Course, designed by Tom Watson. The hotel also offers golf lessons and instruction for kids and adults, as well as a putting green course with nine holes created specifically for junior golfers. You will need to book tee times and pay to play on the championship courses, but the putting green is free to use during your stay.
5. Know the type of room you want before you book. Stay in the Main Tower for one- or two-bedroom suites; the Ocean Tower for the most recent suites, which come in three-bedroom configurations; The Villas at Hammock Beach Resort for two- and three-bedroom setups that are located a bit off property from the main tower (though it’s just a short walk on a nice night); and The Lodge at Hammock Beach Resort for easy access to the beach. Hammock Beach Resort also owns two complexes off-property: Yacht Harbor Village and Hammock Beach Resort at Cinnamon Beach. If you stay at either of these properties, you’ll have full access to all of Hammock Beach Resort’s amenities and restaurants (though you’ll need to drive to get there).