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Awe-Inspiring! Sanctuary by the Sea - Top 10 Beach Destination

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,244 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Condo, 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Named "BEST IN THE US" by Lonely Planet in 2017.

VOTED TOP 10 BEACH for 2016 by Dr. Beach.

VOTED TOP 5 of America's Favorite Towns by Travel & Leisure in 2014.

VOTED TOP 10 BEACH DESTINATION FOR 2011 by Yahoo! Travel and Top Region for 2013 by Lonely Planet

Begin with unspoiled, sugar-white sand beaches. Add brilliant, warm emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Stir in a pristine lake (Big Red Fish Lake) perfect for fishing and kayaking. Combine all ingredients in a spectacular, resort-styled complex with unrivaled amenities. Finish with a breath-taking environment that delivers spectacular views, access and the perfect setting to relax and unwind.

Welcome to Sanctuary by the Sea! A magnificent resort located on picturesque HWY 30a, this exclusive gated community has over 650 feet of private frontage on the Gulf of Mexico and is nestled by Big Redfish Lake (a rare coastal dune lake) and a marvelous nature preserve. Only 82 condominium residences are uniquely positioned on 23 secluded acres providing a level of serenity and privacy unequaled anywhere on the Florida coast. Sanctuary by the Sea fronts the Gulf of Mexico’s most beautiful stretch of gleaming white sand, edged by golden sea oats and clear emerald waters. You can also fish, kayak or canoe in the cool, fresh waters of Big Redfish Lake.

Protected by water on two sides and by the gated Bannerman Estates on the east, Sanctuary by the Sea is truly a nature sanctuary, with nearly two-thirds of its 23 acres preserved for the private enjoyment of those who have the privilege of vacationing here. Sanctuary by the Sea provides every amenity you would expect of an exclusive, gated Gulf Front development. Three pools with a large fountain, stunning waterfalls, two expansive pool decks and two outdoor fire pits overlooking the sparkling pools. This complex offers walking trails on breathtaking terrain and magnificent landscaping throughout the property.

Do not confuse this property with Sanctuary at Redfish -- they are two separate properties! Redfish is not located on the beach (you have to take a boat to get to the beach or walk very far), nor can the people at Redfish use Sanctuary's private beach, pools or facilities.

The health club is outfitted with state-of-the-art fitness equipment. In addition, there is a professional theater room, PlayStation area with 4 gaming chairs, and a virtual golf room that can be reserved through on-site management or roving security officers. Concealed underground parking and every convenience is located nearby.

This is not your typical rental unit -- we consider it our home and you as our guests. Sanctuary by the Sea is a quiet residential community, and provides an escape from the hustle and bustle of an over-crowded Destin.

The 2,240 square foot unit has luxurious appointments including:

•Stone Travertine Flooring throughout

•Ceiling Heights of Ten Feet with Eight Foot Door Heights

•Viking Appliances in Kitchen Featuring Gas-Fired Range and Adjacent Pot Filler Faucet

•Gas Fireplace

•Granite Counter Tops and Backsplashes in Kitchen & Bathrooms

•Custom Glazed Cabinets in Kitchen & Bathroom

•Great Rooms and Master Bedrooms Featuring Panoramic Gulf and Lake Views

•Separate Wet Bar with under counter Ice Maker and Wine Refrigerator

•Spacious Walk in Master Bedroom Closet

•Whirlpool Bathtub in Master Bedroom

•400 sf Private Balcony, Featuring Rough Cut Stone Flooring and Gulf and Lake Views

•Flat Panel TVs with Cable in Living Room and Bedrooms.

•Health Club Including State of the Art Fitness Equipment

•Advanced Virtual Golf, Theater Room and PlayStation area, available when reserved through on-site security.

•Stunning Waterfalls

•Three Large Pools and Two Whirlpool Spas Located in Two Separate Landscaped Areas

•Two Outdoor Gas Fire Pits, and Four Outdoor Gas Grills

•Spectacular Gulf and Lake Views

•Direct Access To Gulf Beach and Fresh Water Big Redfish Lake

•Two beach chairs and umbrella provided (Mar. - Oct.); other beach service available (Yolo boards, kayaks, boogie boards, etc.)

The Area


Located virtually half way between Destin (20 miles) and Panama City (25 miles), and just West of Seaside (2 miles), the location is ideal. Attractions within 5 miles include the Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club, Grayton Beach State Park, and many local seafood and other restaurants. Drive a short distance to either Destin or Panama City Beach and enjoy great shopping and restaurants, as well as fishing charters, dolphin tours, and amusement parks. Silver Sands Outlet Mall, located in Sandestin, is only 17 miles away. The Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, serviced by Delta, Southwest and others, is about 30 minutes away.

Keywords: Flat, Condominium, Beach Condo, Beach Rental

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About The Owner

Welcome! We love to travel and over time found the most beautiful spot along the Emerald Coast - Sanctuary by the Sea! We hope you have a great time and know that you will grow to love this unspoiled part of Florida just as much as we do. Please come back for another visit soon.

The Owner purchased this condo in 2009

What makes this condo unique

OWNER OPERATED (not with a rental company)

Guestbook comments from the owner

Shauna from Texas writes: "We absolutely LOVED the condo and completely enjoyed our stay! Our friends ended up in the condo right above us so it was super convenient to go back and forth via the stairs. We all love to cook and your unit had EVERYTHING we needed. We felt right at home! Also, the decor is fabulous and exactly my taste. Everything in there could have been in our house! Again, we felt right at home!"
Jul 2012
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Blue Mountain Beach Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2244 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Sanctuary by the Sea Guest Rules and Regulations attached to Guest Agreement.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • 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 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3.5
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 4 bunk bed
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Bunk Beds (4)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Professionally decorated. Viking professional-grade appliances, including wine refrigerator and ice maker!


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Awe-Inspiring! Sanctuary by the Sea - Top 10 Beach Destination
average rating of 5.0 based on 40 reviews

Gorgeous Condo/Privacy/Helpful Friendly Owner

  • 5 of 5

The condo was gorgeous, comfortable, and functional. The patio was so welcoming as well. Lisa, the owner, is very friendly and helpful, and very prompt in answering questions. The pool is spectacular, but the best part is the privacy of the beach. It was labor day weekend when we went and you would never have known it on the beach! The coastal dune lake that communicates with the ocean is also super cool. Plenty of parking in the garage was a plus as well. My only wishes are (1) they would extend the boardwalk farther so there wouldn't be as much sand to walk through getting to the beach; and (2) they would add a bar/grill shack to the pool area (not having drinks on the beach/pool that you didn't have to bring yourself was the only real downside, but it was still very much offset by the privacy on the beach). Great location too!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay! There are two boardwalks to the beach. The one referred above is the boardwalk that runs along the lake -- that boardwalk is shorter and requires you to walk more on the sand and along the dunes. The second boardwalk extends from the south pool area over all of the dunes directly to the beach, and is a much easier walk (and has no stairs). We hope you return soon! Lisa
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Wendy G

  • 5 of 5

Great location with proximity to beach and pool. The owner leaves you spices, paper towels, garbage bags and cleaning supplies. She was attentive and easy to communicate with. I would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Condo!!

  • 5 of 5

Sanctuary by the Sea Resort is a beautiful property. My family and I were so impressed by everything in the condo and all the amenities to offer. We went out for dinner but the condo has everything you would ever need to make dinner. The owner has really invested in great quality cookware and every kitchen gadget you could need. The entire condo was decorated very beautiful and owner has definitely tried to make it very modern. The property had 3 swimming pools that were just gorgeous and well maintained. My parents especially enjoyed that they didn't have to walk down steep steps to beach it was just a boardwalk to the beach. We have stayed at many different condos and this by far was the nicest and favorite condo in my family's opinion. The owner is very great at communicating and really takes pride in this property. I would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fall Break 2016

  • 5 of 5

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our fall break stay at Sanctuary by the Sea, and particularly in this condo. Our kids loved the beach and the two lakes the border the resort's beach. The unit was clean, comfortable and set up with everything that we needed. We were blown away with how well stocked (and beautiful!) the kitchen was. Our three children loved that the bunk room had four beds and plenty of space. We especially enjoyed the balcony with a view of Redfish Lake and the gulf. Everything in this condo is of highest quality and it is obvious that the owners put a lot of time into keeping it updated, clean and well stocked. We have been using VRBO for many years in various destinations, and this is the nicest condo we have ever stayed in! We only experienced one small issue during our stay and it was related to a few channels on the tv reception. When we emailed the owner just to let her know, she had someone from the cable company come and remedy the situation the next day. While we did not expect this, it was greatly appreciated. The owner was great with communication and answering any questions (before or during the stay) that we had. She even called us on the first night to check in and make sure everything was okay. We look forward to returning soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Condo!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were so impressed with everything about Sanctuary by The Sea the minute we pulled up & our expectations were blown away when we saw our amazing condo!! The kitchen and living areas were perfect for our family, the open plan was great for cooking dinner & still able to spend time with everyone!! My favorite thing about this condo was that it did not feel like a vacation rental at all, i always hated when we would arrive somewhere to completely bare cabinets and sterile environment! Our second favorite part was how close we were to the most beautiful pool on 30A!! Also the beach environment was so nice, not having to fight the crowds, only having 1 row of chairs instead of 2 or 3 like in Seaside was so nice! I really cannot come up with enough positive things to say about our stay at SBS! Lisa asked me when we left if there was anything they could do to improve our stay and I, who am usually a pretty harsh critic, had nothing to say!!! I highly recommend this condo for your next trip to 30A!!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Summer Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have been vacationing in Destin and 30A for several years, enjoying condo's on both 98 and 30A. We found our home away from home ("our favorite") back in 2013 at SBS and Lisa's condo! SBS is quaint, private and so peaceful, and the condo is far superior to any we have ever stayed at during our vacations in the Destin area. The condo is decorated so beautifully, this is a home and not simply a vacation rental! You can tell this is their home away from home. The tile throughout the condo is awesome, no carpet for sand to collect; and is stocked with all of the necessities. Both pools are spectacular and well maintained, and what more can you say about the beach, simply peaceful and beautiful! To top it all off, Lisa is spectacular to work with, it's quite amazing that she takes the time to phone you on the night of your arrival to make sure everything is in order and is what you expected; that in itself speaks volumes for the type of person she is! As long as she and her family own a condo in the Destin area, our vacations will be spent in their property!

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
Sanctuary by the Sea

Theater room, virtual golf room


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $185 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Signed Guest Agreement will be required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.