The Principles of Sandcastle Resorts and Hotels, Frank L. Flautt, Jr. of Destin, Florida and Fred Alias of Atlanta, Georgia are some of the most knowledgeable and respected businessmen in the hotel industry. They have extensive operational experience, having been associated with all the major chain hotel companies during their career, which spans 40 years.
Mr. Flautt and Mr. Alias began their careers in the hospitality industry with Holiday Inn in the 1960's. Mr. Flautt brought to the company an impressive background in finance, real estate and development; Mr. Alias in sales and marketing. Mr. Flautt has developed owned and/or managed some 39 hotels with more than 9,500 rooms. Mr. Alias has developed, owned and/or managed some 25 hotels with more than 9,000 rooms.
Mr. Flautt is recognized in his own right as a superior franchisee for development and operating profitability. A significant attribute is his ability to attract some of the finest professional managers, not only at the property level, but also in operational supervision, accounting, real estate and all industry sectors.
Today, Sandcastle Resorts and Hotels operate the largest and most profitable independently owned Hilton Hotel in the world, the Hilton Sandestin Beach & Golf Resort.
Located in Northwest Florida, the Gulf front Hilton Sandestin features 602 oversized guest suites, 60,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting facilities, 73 holes of championship golf and six on-site dining options. Additional features include Seagar's Prime Steaks & Seafood, AAA Four Diamond rated and one of the most recognized restaurants in the United States, 14 tennis courts, three swimming pools, private beach and Serenity by the Sea Spa, Salon & Fitness Center, the Emerald Coast's premier luxury spa experience.