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Romantic Grotto by the Sea - 'Breathtaking' ...

Bedrooms 1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

BEACH-FRONT Condo, 1 Bedroom + 1 Bath, Great balcony! Sleeps 4

Attitude adjustment will happen as soon as you walk through the door! This colorful, beachy condo is on the ground floor, where you can enjoy the largest covered balcony in the complex that directly overlooks the Gulf of Mexico! Yes - it's right on the beach.

Quiet and relaxing ... this cheerful and tropical "Romantic Grotto by the Sea" has the beach at your balcony and the pool at your back door. Pool is heated in the cooler months.

This ground floor unit offers the convenience of not having to use stairs or wait on the elevator. Although it's ground floor, it is elevated significantly from beach level, so the views are fantastic. The boardwalk that leads to the sugary white sandy beach is just steps away.

Emerald Skye is a low density complex with only 37 units, which means a less crowded beach ... and that makes your vacation quiet, luxurious and as private as possible. Your stress will disappear when you kick back at this magical place.

This condo is small and it only has one bedroom and one bathroom. So, it is best to have a maximum of 4 people - preferably 2 adults and 2 children. Plus, the interior seating really only accommodates 4 people ... and that's crowded. I just don't want anyone to feel cramped and uncomfortable. Forewarned! ** PLEASE NOTE: As of Oct. 20, 2016, I no longer have a sleeper sofa. The new sofa is just a sofa and not a sleeper. The new sofa is not designed to be slept on.

I DO NOT RENT TO ANYONE UNDER 25. This means that anyone under 25 is not allowed to stay in this condo without an older adult chaperone.

ONLY ONE VEHICLE ALLOWED PER CONDO RENTAL - NO EXCEPTIONS. This is an association rule that is strictly enforced.

Keywords: Condominium

More Details

Julee Doiron
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 17, 2017

About Julee Doiron

Baton Rouge native, Julee, sipping a celebratory glass of champagne on the balcony after purchasing the condo!

Julee Doiron purchased this condo in 2009

Why Julee Doiron chose Alabama

For years, I have wanted to have a vacation property on the Alabama Gulf Coast. It's an easy drive from my home and the beaches and ocean are gorgeous. I chose Emerald Skye because it is a low density complex and is less crowded. What sold me on the unit I purchased is the huge balcony/patio.

What makes this condo unique

It is a ground floor unit, so there is no need to climb stairs or wait on the elevator - so convenient! I updated the condo with ceramic tile and tropical colors. It is cheerful. The EXTRA-WIDE AND DEEP balcony/patio has comfortable furnishings. Emerald Skye is almost directly across the street from a big grocery store and lots of other shopping, so there is no need to drive for miles to get something you need for your stay. The restaurants in Orange Beach are superb.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Greetings! I am the owner of this condo. Please feel free to leave me any comments on your stay and suggestions to make your next visit even better! Thanks.
Aug 2009
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Orange Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No wet swimsuits or towels on furniture (inside or on balcony). Children cannot be rowdy. Only 1 vehicle per condo rental - strictly enforced by mgmt.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , vanity with drawers and medicine cabinet on the wall
  • Only one bathroom - it has a tub/shower combo.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Comfy bedding - fairly new / Chest of drawers / Nite stand.
    Bunk beds - 2 bunk bed , 2 twin mattresses on bunk - betw. bathroom & living room.
  • Queen size Beds (1), , Bunk Beds (1) NO SLEEPER SOFA ... sofa does NOT pull out into a bed.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Romantic Grotto by the Sea - 'Breathtaking' ...
average rating of 4.75 based on 25 reviews

Best on the beach!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect for a couple or small families. Very clean and charming....The only unit on the first floor...very close parking....extraordinarily convenient to the beach or pool. The back patio has a raised section that puts you at the perfect height for unobstructed views of the beach. The owner is awesome to work with. We are looking forward to our next stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the lovely review! I'm glad you want to return in a few months. I have many repeat renters, so I take that as an awesome compliment!! It speaks for itself. When my renters are happy, I'm happy! Thanks again ......................
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Loved it!!

  • 5 of 5

We have been to emerald Skye 4 times now. Each time a different condo. This one by far was my favorite. The deco was fun and cheerful. The balcony is twice the size as the other units. The owner is a very nice who would always get right back with me if I had a question. Can't wait to go back!!❤️

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you will soon be one of my many repeat renters! Thanks for the booking!
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Fabulous view. Great location.

  • 5 of 5

I completely enjoyed my weekend getaway to your quaint little condo. I traveled solo so there was more than adequate room for me. The condo was clean. I loved that it is ground level which makes for easy access to your car and to the beach. The pool is steps from the condo, however I did not use it. It is convenient to shopping and restaurants. The beach was not crowded at all. I have already recommended your place to friends and I will most definitely return. It was my first Me-Cation but it certainly won't be my last. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice words, Stacey. Sounds like you'll join the ranks of my numerous repeat renters!
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Perfect location, beautful view!

  • 5 of 5

We have enjoyed our stay very much - the condo is clean, has a perfect/excellent location with a beautiful view! Being right on the beach gave me the chance to make 3 trips a day to the beach without driving/packing the car, I absolutely loved it! Since you need to have a special code to get to the beach (there is a gate there), that makes the beach is not as busy and crowded. I am giving 5 stars overall, but I would like to make a comment about bed and pull-up coach - i think they need to be updated( mattresses). We will definitely consider this spot for our next vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review! Yes, being right on the beach (and ground level) makes all the beach-going much easier. It's close enough where you don't have to haul stuff down for the day. When you want lunch, you just take a few steps up the boardwalk and you're at the condo! As for the mattresses ... the mattress on the bed is really pretty new. I try to get something in the middle, because some people like a soft mattress and others like (or need) a really firm mattress. I am getting rid of the old sleeper sofa. It has run its course. I'm shopping for a new sofa now, and I think I am not going to get another sleeper sofa. The condo is just too small for that many people. But I haven't really decided yet. It may end up being another sleeper. Those sofa mattresses are NEVER comfortable - even when they're new.
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Excellent View and wonderful condo

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for sharing your condo with us on our first family vacation. We enjoyed it so much. Perfect size for my husband, myself, my 2 year old and my 6 month old. The balcony is by far the best feature. We didn't have to worry about the typical rails with our children. Excellent view of the gulf. I love the bright decor in the condo. Everything we needed was right there. We loved the blue dolphin cruise, gulf shore zoo, and my 2 year old loved the hangout and the track. I would highly recommend this condo and we def return again!!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great Leah!! I'm so glad you guys want to return. That stretch of beach is beautiful and when you go into Gulf Shores, there's a lot to do with children. I'm glad you enjoyed the time! Hope to have you back!
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Cozy and Convenient

  • 5 of 5

This was our 1st time staying at a condo and not a hotel and it was awesome. The location on the first floor is so convenient. They say it's really small but I found it fine for my wife, 3 kids, and myself. Kids loved the bunk beds. Everything was clean and good to go. The large size of the balcony/deck was a surprise, really loved that. The owner communicates and responds very well to any questions and concerns you have. This will be our first choice to stay when we come back to Orange Beach.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a nice review - thanks! Yes, it is a bit crowded for 5 people, but I'm glad it worked out for you. The 3 kids must be small!! I'm glad you want to return. I look forward to having you back!
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Orange Beach is an upscale community with numerous fine dining restaurants, boutique shopping, great waterway bistros and a nice collection of casual dining options. Orange Beach is newer than many other places on the Gulf Coast and it holds an air of sophistication not often found in other Gulf Coast communities in this vicinity.


Rates & Availability

Orange Beach Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Summer, 2017
Jul 17 2017 - Sep 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Fall, 2017
Sep 18 2017 - Nov 16 2017
2 night minimum stay
Holiday Season, 2017
Nov 17 2017 - Jan 4 2018
2 night minimum stay
Winter, 2018
Jan 5 2018 - Mar 15 2018
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75

Once owner has received payment in full, renter will be sent a full instruction sheet which includes the lock box code. Lock box on condo door has keys to enter the condo. Early check-in and late check-out are offered when available - based on calendar bookings. Parking at Emerald Skye is limited, so there will be only one vehicle accepted per condo rental.

Payment in full is required 30 days prior to arrival (when possible) in the form of money order or bank cashier's check mailed to owner. PayPal is accepted also. Sorry - no personal checks. Credit cards accepted via PayPal with additional 3% fee.
** Owner does NOT take payments from the VRBO site.
*** Last-minute bookings are welcome. Contact owner to make arrangements for these payments

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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