Open hallways catching ocean breezes and lagoons winding their way through lush foliage give this beachfront hotel at Palmetto Dunes a semitropical aura. The extra-large rooms have equally spacious balconies, each with at least a partial view of the beach and sea. All 295 larger guest rooms and 28 suites boast mini-kitchens and amenities such as ceiling fans in dining areas and separate vanities in bathrooms. The five-story hotel is built in a horseshoe shape that opens onto the beach, and the nooks and crannies of the spacious garden within the horseshoe feature small courtyards and rambling wooden decks. Eat casually at the Palmetto Market or ocean-side Buoy Bar; fine dining is available at HH Prime, which offers USDA prime beef. Also kick back at the XO Lounge. There’s an adults-only pool for those seeking a quieter atmosphere. For more relaxation, try one of the two oceanfront whirlpool baths or the variety of services at the Ocean Tides Spa and Fitness Center. The hotel offers special rates for golf and tennis at the courses and courts at Palmetto Dunes and special activities for children. The Hilton has 15,000 square feet of meeting space and the shorehouse open-air pavilion, and there’s a shuttle from the hotel to all the activities that Palmetto Dunes and nearby Shelter Cove Harbour have to offer.