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Cindy Lou's 3BR/3BA Beachfront 10th Floor East Corner Condo in Island Royale!

Bedrooms 3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cindy Lou’s TOP TEN reasons to rent unit 1001 in Island Royale:

1. Beach/Gulf Front! Nothing separates you from the Gulf of Mexico other than a short walk on sugar white sand!

2. Balcony and Views! The private and spacious balcony is on the 10th floor and on the east corner of the building. The unobstructed views of the Gulf’s emerald green water and white sand beaches are to die for!! The sunrises and sunsets are will take your breath away! (Please view my photos!)

3. Location! The condo is located 0.8 miles from downtown Gulf Shores, making it an easy walk (along the street or beach) to restaurants like The Hangout and Bahama Bob’s, and The Pink Pony Pub. Pier 33 (a small carryout/grocery store) is just across the street.

4. Beach! Our beach is huge, clean and sugar white! Unlike other larger condo complexes where guests crowd the beach, Island Royale is a smaller but newer building which allows for a comfortable beach population! Set up your beach camp and have plenty of room to play!

5. Condo Layout! My family friendly, 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo sleeps 8 and has plenty of room for everyone to spread out and have their own space. Each bedroom has an attached bath for each guest’s privacy. There is a flat screen TV and Blu-ray or DVD player in each bedroom. The dining area seats 9. If you have an extended family and you need more space, check out my penthouse unit that’s just 5 floors above this unit (VRBO 838652). It will sleep 8 people too, so that gives a total of 16 family and friends all located in the same building and on the same beach!!

6. Convenient Beach Gear Storage: No need to lug your beach gear for miles after your day in the sun. Unit 1001 has parking near the entrance to the beach. Simply walk off the beach and drop your heavy beach gear in the back of your vehicle. Done!

7. Clean! How many units have you had to clean when you arrived to begin your vacation? Not here!! My unit is cleaned by a wonderful couple who treat my unit as if it were their own home. They do not cut corners, they clean ‘em!!

8. Updated! My unit has brand new carpet in all 3 bedrooms, a new dining set and bar stools. The bedrooms have been freshly painted for the 2017 season and 2 of the 3 bathrooms were remodeled in 2014.

9. Extra Features! There is a fabulous indoor/outdoor swim through heated pool and indoor and outdoor hot tubs. The Island Royale building has 2 outdoor charcoal grills, a fitness center, and sauna and steam room and upgraded Wi-Fi for 2017!

10. Owner Operated! I own my unit and I manage it. I do not use a hard to reach Management Company. You may call me 24/7 and I will either pick up my phone or return your call within minutes. If you have any issues, I will address them immediately!! Your vacation is very important to me and I want to make it the best ever! My goal, for my guests, is to have such a positive experience they want to make my condo and Gulf Shores part of their family tradition year after year!


** 1276 square feet of living space with an additional 311 square feet on the balcony.

** Spacious three bedrooms and three bathrooms with ample closet and drawer space.

** King, Queen, Twins, and Queen Size Sofa Sleeper.

** 46 in. Samsung HDTV with WiFi and Blu-Ray player with WiFi in living room.

** 42 in. Vizio HDTV and Blu-Ray player with WiFi in master bedroom

** 32 in. Samsung HDTV with WiFi and DVD Player in Queen BR

** 32 in. Samsung HDTV and Blu-Ray Player in Twin bedroom

** Books, and assorted games.

** Highchair

** 12 cup basket type filter coffee maker, George Foreman grill, crock-pot, waffle iron, in addition to a fully equipped kitchen.

** Full size laundry room with large washer and dryer, iron, and vacuum.

** Telephone for local calls and 911 service.

** Wireless Internet

** KEYLESS ENTRY - Don't hassle with keys - give your unique code to all guests for easy access. Code expires at the end of your stay.


** 200 Feet of private beachfront

** Beach-side heated indoor with swim through to outdoor pool.

** Two heated whirlpool/hot tubs.

** Exercise room.

** Sauna and steam rooms.

** Conference room

** Outside grilling area.

** Two large elevators with utility carts for transporting belongings.

** Beach boardwalk with showers (no steps allowing for handicap access to beach).

** Beach rentals providing chairs and umbrellas.

** Pier 33 convenience store across the street has most of your beach and vacation needs.


** Check In Time: 3:00 PM

** Check Out Time: 10:00 AM

** Non Smoking Unit.

** Absolutely No Pets (Local kennels available).

** Adults and Families Only. No Student Rentals.

** 11% State and Lodging Tax

** $135 Cleaning Fee

** $25 Per Vehicle Parking Pass

** $59 Damage Insurance Fee Replaces the Need for a Deposit by Providing $1500 in Accidental Damage Insurance.

** No Security Deposit

Keywords: Condominium, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Island Royale, Vacation Rental

More Details

Cindy Winkeljohn
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2017

About Cindy Winkeljohn

Hi! My name is Cindy Winkeljohn (my friends call me Cindy Lou) and I (along with my husband) own Island Royale units 1001 and P201. I really enjoy managing our condos and I truly wish for all who spend their vacation there to have a great time and a good experience! I live in a suburb of Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, but grew up on a hog/dairy farm in western Ohio with my 4 brothers and sisters, a horde of dogs, cats, chickens, pony, cows and pigs. I'm a Physical Therapist but my true love is spending time at the beach and managing these properties. I have twin boys and a daughter who are now out of college and doing their own thing, but every summer while they were growing up, we vacationed at the beaches along the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico. In 1996 we started vacationing in Gulf Shores and since our first visit, we never went anywhere else. When the real estate market corrected in 2008 and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill happened in 2010, it created the perfect opportunity for us to purchase in Gulf Shores and Island Royale. We purchased unit 1001 in 2012 and added P201 in 2016. We absolutely love the Island Royale property and love sharing it and all it has to offer with our guests.

Cindy Winkeljohn purchased this condo in 2012

Why Cindy Winkeljohn chose Alabama

When I was growing up and newly married, I lived in Ohio and Northern Virginia. We always went to the beach for vacation, so I’ve vacationed at Cape Cod, Long Beach Island, Virginia Beach, Emerald Isle, Oak Island, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, Amelia Island, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Cape San Blas. In 1996 we moved to Collierville, TN, and the closest beach was Gulf Shores, Alabama. I had never heard of the beach in L.A. (Lower Alabama), but was blown away by what I found. The beach was sugar white and the people very relaxed and laid back. Gulf Shores has managed to stay a well kept secret that allows us to stay at a perfect beach that is not nearly as commercialized as any of the other beaches we visited. After we moved to Texas, Gulf Shores was still the best beach we had visited, so rather than go to the Texas beaches, we kept making the trip to Gulf Shores, and eventually purchased our first Island Royale property there in 2012.

What makes this condo unique

The best feature of this property is the corner view! The wide open east end balcony offers a panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico to the south and to the east. Most of your time at this property will be spent on the balcony. Another unique feature is the inclusion of a full bath in each of the three bedrooms. This really presents itself as three individual suites where you can get away from your group for some down time if desired. Each bedroom has a HDTV along with either a DVD or Blu ray player.

Finally, unlike many of the properties in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, I manage the properties I this is truly a vacation rental by owner, and you will always work directly with me. The majority of properties are managed by BIG real estate companies that are hard to contact and add big fees to their total rental price.

I hope you will love Gulf Shores as much as I do, and I look forward to working with you to provide a wonderful vacation experience.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Once again we had a wonderful and relaxing time in your condo. Thank you so much the wonderful gift. Condo is still as pretty as last time we stayed.
Dec 2010
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Water and Amusement Parks, Dolphin Cruises, Several Golf Courses to choose from.


Gulf Shores Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 10
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Elevator
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Access from master bedroom - includes a single sink vanity
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Access from 2nd bedroom - includes single sink vanity
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Access from 3rd BR & hallway - includes single sink vanity
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Living Room Sleeper Sofa - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Sauna
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Cindy Lou's 3BR/3BA Beachfront 10th Floor East Corner Condo in Island Royale!
average rating of 4.8727274 based on 87 reviews

Condo is well maintained and great shape only down fall was outside hot tub closed for a day for ma,

  • 4 of 5

Great fun and close to restaurants

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review. Tom! Hope you can come back next year!
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Perfect in every way. Location was ideal. The condo was beautiful, spacious and immaculate.

  • 5 of 5

I would stay here everytime I visit!. Loved that the kids could walk to the store. The view off both balconies was excellent. Condo was comfortable and wonderfully decorated. I will book this one again! Loved the coded key lock. No keys to keep up with.

Thanks Cindy!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review, Dana! As you pointed out, Pier 33 grocery/convenience store is right across the street making it super easy to grab that one thing you forgot! I'm glad you liked the key-less entry! You sure don't need to be worrying about keeping track of keys during your vacation! See you next time!
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Very well equipped and looked very nice

  • 5 of 5

Although a tropical storm hit while we were there, we still enjoyed our stay.... The guards were very nice and helpful.... The entire condo was a joy !!!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for leaving a review! I'm so sorry the weather didn't cooperate with your vacation but it sounds like you made the best of it! I hope when you come back next year, every day will be sunny!
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A wonderful vacation and wonderful condo

  • 5 of 5

Loved this condo. The huge balcony was so nice for eating meals or just hanging out. The kitchen had everything we needed. The decor is up to date. Very well maintained property. We will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for leaving a review and for pointing out the unit's awesome and spacious balcony! I hope you have a chance to return to Gulf Shores. I'd love to have you back!
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Fantastic location, fantastic owner, fantastic condo!!!

  • 5 of 5

She isn't joking about the view! Beautiful from all angles, including the lagoon side. Great amenities and everyone working there was so pleasant and helpful. Easiest vacation booking ever thanks to Cindy. Never met her but like her immediately! The condo is clean and decorated very nice with just enough beach accents so you know where you are at but not too much to overpower the rooms. Great job! Plenty of stuff in the condo for families to use and do - again very thoughtful on the owners part. Would highly recommend this condo unit to anyone who asks. Super comfortable and roomy for all of my family members.

  • Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review, Peggy! I really do try and stock the condo with what I think families need to be comfortable during their stay. Thanks, too, for highlighting the awesome views "from all angles." Please come back and stay during your next trip to Gulf Shores!
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Truly as advertised

  • 5 of 5

Condo is very nice, cutely decorated, very clean, beautiful views, and has everything you need to enjoy a great vacation. Construction next door created a little bit of noise but that is almost complete, and I was surprised that it didn't really interfere with the views of the beach or gulf. This was our 12th year in gulf shores and this was one of the nicest condos we've rented. Our only complaint was the 2 hot tubs were not working properly, which is not the fault of the owners, and hopefully will be fixed as we would like to rent this condo again next year.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for leaving a review and thanks too, for all the nice comments!! I'm sorry about your issue with the hot tubs. I made the building's management company aware of the problem. I hope you can come back next year and stay in my unit. I'd love to have you back!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $135
Damage Insurance $59


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.