About the property
- Condo980 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 28 nights
Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5-7)
With an amazing gulf view, a private balcony, the beach and pool at your immediate disposal, what more could you want in a getaway? Walk just a few steps to the beach and enjoy the sugar white sands and emerald green waters. Retreat to the private balcony to relish the golden sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. Come see the exquisite beaches that are among the most beautiful in the world, right here on Okaloosa Island.
Aqua Villa is a four-story, 24-unit condo building directly on the beach. Amenities include a large swimming pool, elevator, common grilling area, grass and fenced area for kids to play, poolside lounge chairs and tables with umbrellas. Because it is a smaller building, it provides a sense of intimacy with its environment of rustling palms, the scent of the gulf waters and the ever-present sound of the surf.
Conveniently located close to grocery, restaurants and shops, you won’t need to travel far for supplies or amenities while you vacation on the shore. A convenience store and post office located across the street provide for your immediate needs without even getting in your car.
This unit accommodates up to seven persons. Free Wi-Fi, flat-screen wall-mounted TVs in each room. The master bedroom has a California king bed and a private bath with Jacuzzi tub; the second bedroom has a queen and a single bed. A queen sofa sleeper is in the living area. The unit has a modern, fully-equipped kitchen with a breakfast bar. The living area includes a six person dining and coffee tables, couch and chairs. Private balcony is furnished at cocktail height, to enable spectacular gulf views. Plenty of closet and drawer space is available for your personal items. Off street parking and carts make it easy to load and unload your vehicle.
Aqua Villa and Okaloosa Island are conveniently located close to major highways and the Okaloosa Regional Airport. Ft. Walton Beach has public transportation that runs on a regular schedule from the Island to shopping and other local attractions. There is ample shopping close to Okaloosa Island. There are a number day trips you can take to see other sites including Destin, Seaside, and Pensacola, among others.
There is any number of golf courses at your disposal. If you like to fish, there are several fishing charter locations for Gulf excursions, inter-coastal and fresh water fishing. Other recreational activities include kayaking, snorkeling with dolphins, parasailing, surfing, boogie boarding, body surfing, sailing, boating, mini-golf, and beachcombing, just to name a few.
If you just want to relax, enjoy the pool area or take our umbrella and chairs to the beach (you'll find them in your unit). Aqua Villa is right on the beach where the action and relaxation meet in the most beautiful way. Come see why this is one of the nicest places you will ever find. Even if you only come once, you will always remember the time you spent in this front-row seat to paradise.
PET POLICY: While we are pet friendly, note that all dogs must be under 20 lbs. Additionally, dogs must be taken off of the condo property to "do their business". Also note that Okaloosa Island beaches do NOT allow dogs. There are two dog parks nearby that you can take your dogs on the beach. We will provide a complete list of Aqua Villa pet rules to you.
Keywords: Condominium, Beachfront, Gulf View
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- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 21, 2018
About John Hoggatt
My husband and I have been coming here together since our honeymoon in 1994. My folks owned two units, and we bought this condo from my mom in December 2015.
John Hoggatt purchased this Condo in 2015
Why John Hoggatt chose Ft Walton Beach
Aqua Villa is smaller - just 24 condos total - and you don't need to walk through a lobby to get to the beach. Just walk right out the front door, down a small set of stairs and you're at the pool! (There is an elevator too for when you have luggage, etc). You'll love staying here.
What makes this Condo unique
Since Aqua Villa has just 24 units and an expansive shoreline in front of it, there is always room at the beach for everyone. (The larger condos with a lot of people often have crowded beaches in front of them.)
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Disappointing. Ok if your expectations are low. Great view but the complex is run down.
The owners have tried to have a nice place with some obvious recent updates and a fully stocked kitchen with nice pans! (The carpet is ready to go though.) However, the Aqua Villa complex is a little run down. They were doing some repairs and blocked access to the beach for two days. Catch 22. We couldn't use the pool because there were always smokers all around the pool. If you are a smoker this is the place for you. We would not choose this place again. The layout is not my style- with everyone's front door on the Gulf side, you have people walking by your windows and the only real balcony is on the side. Good thing you are steps from the beach - when the access is clear. It was also nice having the Tom Thumb steps away.
Thank you for your review. We always welcome comments that can help us improve.
We chose to own at Aqua Villa because of its layout. It is directly on the beach, the entry doors are on the gulf side, and the unit has a private balcony. We love that there is no hotel-like lobby that you must go through to get to the beach like the big complexes on the Island. From our unit, there is only one flight of stairs down to the pool and out onto the beach.
I have never seen the beach access blocked while we were there, nor have we ever heard of this from any renters in the past. If the access is ever blocked for any reason in the future, there is public beach access one building over to the west. I did not know of your troubles when you were there. Had I been called I could have helped you with that.
We strongly encourage all renters to call us with any issues during your stay so we work to find a way to help you enjoy your time there more fully by offering solutions or suggestions.
Inside our condo, we have been updating things as we are able. With a full rental calendar, it does present a challenge. We updated the living room and master bedroom furniture (Fall 2017) with high quality furnishings. Spring 2018 we will be making improvements in the guest room. The only carpeting is the bedrooms, and we professionally clean it twice per year. Depending on the condition we find next week, we will either clean or replace it.
As for Aqua Villa, it has survived more than one major weather event in the past few years, and occasionally it needs more than a coat of paint. The Association has selected a new color scheme. We are anxiously awaiting a few building repairs so we can have the painting project completed. The new design is going to be beautiful.
Finally, in Florida smoking is still legal in many places that you would not normally experience in other states. They still allow outdoor smoking at most restaurants. Aqua Villa is no different, smoking is still allowed outside. We are aware that some people smoke at the pool deck, but we have never received any word from any other guest that smoking caused the pool to feel inaccessible. I myself am sensitive to second-hand smoke. I am sorry that there is smoking allowed outdoors, and it’s a fact that it is out of our control. Most of the busy season Aqua Villa is filled with families, so hopefully Moms and Dads will be less likely to be smoking near the pool.
I hope you find this reply helpful. Sarah & John
This was a condo with a view for sure. Patio in front for morning sun and surf and patio on the side for lunch, afternoon sun and surf. Comfortable furniture in living room with panoramic views of the ocean. Three flat screen TV's placed in just the right places for optimum viewing. The kitchen was stocked with everything a chef could want or need. We enjoyed it so much, we have rented it again for 2019...........
varey nice condo
it was nice and clean great acess to beach great locason had a great time will come back agen
Hi Sidney - I hope you are able to come back again to the Emerald Coast. We loved having you, and are hopeful you will be able to see our updated first-hand. Sincerely, Sarah and John
Beautiful memories starring The Emerald Coast!
Annual beach vacations (more than one if possible) are a must for my sanity. I usually avoid peak summer season however, thankfully, Aqua Villa is a relatively small complex with an expansive beachfront setting so it was not as congested as the bigger buildings and the powdering white sand is fantastic. The water could not have been more gorgeous than it was the first several days of our stay. Towards the end of the week a heavy rain shower churned things up a bit but honestly it was fun to jump the waves and we even saw a guy doing a little surfing. The marine life was exciting ...sitting on the balcony we saw dolphins jumping and a guy catch 2 fish with his bare hands but the topper was a school of sharks that made their way down the coastline. Yes, it was amazing to marvel at the sight of an actual shark steps away but no worries, since the water was so clear you could see plain as day and we just moved out of the way.
Pros for the condo - beautiful beachfront view from the private balcony (high top table & chairs much appreciated), open kitchen equipped with nice cookware, good A/C cooled things down in hot temps and convenience store located next to the parking lot.
Cons for this condo - no ceiling fans, dated furniture and decor (most places I've stayed are much more updated), guest bed mattress was kind of hard, master bedroom needs window coverings that block the street lights and the front door lock was rough to open so probably needs to be thoroughly cleaned or replaced at this point.
I greatly appreciate owners that allow me to bring my small 4-legged baby so I will keep this condo in mind for future trips to the spectacular Emerald Coast!
Thank you so much for renting our condo and for your comments. We really appreciate the feedback. In November of 2017 we purchased brand new living room furniture. The new couch is a top-line queen pillow-top sleeper sofa and is very comfortable for both sitting and sleeping. Our new custom rocking and rotating side chairs are also top-line. We also added new art, end tables, lamps and coffee table. We are confident that our future guests will be more than pleased with the living room update.
We also purchased a new furniture set for the master bedroom, and we installed new window coverings for that room as well. Finally, our deadbolt lock has been replaced, so there should be no difficulties unlocking the door. The guest bed mattress was purchased as a “firm”, and this is the first time we have heard that there are any issues with it. It was new in 2016, and we will plan to replace it this fall of 2018.
We are very thankful for your feedback, as it has helped us to identify and resolve issues. We are hopeful you will return to check out the condo updates and again enjoy our wonderful beach, our uncongested beachfront (compared to the nearby bigger buildings).
Respectfully, Sarah and John
The condo was good. The sofa was not too comfortable and wished the whirlpool tub would have worked. The kitchen was stocked very well. But no hair dryer. Very good place to stay. Just wished the ocean had been clear. It had seaweed in it. But we still had a good time.
Hello Nina and prospective guests - We replaced all living room furnishings with high quality, new furniture in November 2017.
The gulf is unpredictable based on weather and currents. Sometimes the water is totally clear and flat, sometimes there are lots of waves and a strong current, and sometimes it has debris from other areas in the golf. More often than not our experience has been clear water with waves varying from day to day. We are glad you had a good time and hope to have you again in the future! Sarah
We had some problems while we were there. The Health Dept. closed the pool (while we were in it). It took a couple of days for them to fix the pool pump. Some units had 3 cars in 1 parking space so it was like backing out of a bowling alley. The unit looked clean but dated. From experience with beach rentals, I mopped the tile floors right when we got there, and they were very dirty. The pullout couch needs to be replaced, but it had plenty of good sized towels. That being said, we had a great time. The little private balcony was great. The second floor gave a great view of the gulf over the dunes and being right at the stairs gave easy access to the beach. Since this is a smaller building, you didn't have to fight for beach space and I love the beach.
Hello Debra - We have replaced all living room furnishings (Nov 2017) with really great, comfortable brand-new furnishings (see above responses to reviews for more details on our recent upgrades). Additionally, we have hired a “quality-clean checker” who is inspecting the unit after it is cleaned and prior to each new arrival. We want you to be happy with the cleanliness of our unit for your vacation. If you arrive and are not satisfied with the cleanliness of the tile floor, or any other area, we encourage future guests to call us. We will arrange for our cleaner to come back and correct any deficiencies. To the concerns about the pool and the parking lot: In October 2017, the Condo Association hired new condo custodians, a new management company and signed a new pool maintenance contract. We fully anticipate that most past problems are now prevented and that any new issues will be quickly addressed. We appreciate your honest assessment and the fact that it is helping the us make future guests happier. Respectfully, Sarah and John