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Enjoy 'Casual Elegance' At Alabama's Premiere Family Beach Resort

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 780 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

This Spacious 2 Bed/2 Bath 1st Floor Unit Is Steps From The Beach And Pool

Remodeled in the summer of 2014, this unit features a stunning new ceramic floor throughout, new furniture and a new full size cook's kitchen with new stainless steel appliances. Banana Wind is professionally decorated with Edison style designer lighting, two separate bedrooms with private baths. A full sized round dining table creates the perfect gathering place for family dinners or playing board games. Our housekeeping service washes every piece of linen, including the comforters on the bed, so you are assured of a clean and pleasant stay. It's hard to stay closer to the beach with the water and stunning beach pool (1 of 6) only steps away. In case it rains or in cooler seasons, our unit in Plantation East allows you access to our fabulous indoor pool and sauna. Guests staying at other Gulf Shores Plantation phases (Plantation dunes, Plantation Palms, Plantation West and the Beach Cottages) on the property are no longer allowed access to our indoor pool, ensuring our Plantation East guests enjoy an uncrowded swimming experience. We've included new flat screen televisions in each room. Our balcony features two rocking chairs and tables so you can relax and enjoy the beautiful evenings on the water. We've included everything imaginable to make your stay more fun. If you want crowded beaches, heavy traffic and non-stop noise you're looking at the wrong location. We are a family resort with a secure 24/7 gated entrance and quiet time beginning at 10:00 PM. Just a short 15 minute drive out the peninsula transports you worlds away to a true resort experience. Sandwiched between thousands of acres of National Wildlife refuge with hiking trails and empty or low density beaches, you'll feel like you're in old Key West.

We have shuffleboard, tennis, horseshoes, and one of the 70 best resort golf courses in The Unites States right next door. Kiva Dunes is a world class golf club open to the public with a driving range and practice facility. And the rates are surprisingly low! Enjoy a cocktail or coffee on the beach at Connections or walk next door to Kiva for lunch in the club house or tiki bar overlooking the 18th green. We have outdoor grills located throughout the property near each entrance and we offer a laundry on each floor in case you want to wash some clothes before returning home. Our island was discovered by the Spanish in 1500 and much of their fleet was destroyed in a hurricane in 1504 just behind our property. Because we are on a narrow peninsula separating the Gulf of Mexico from Bon Secour Bay, you can enjoy both the beach or bay when you stay with us. We have a boat launch across from our property and you are welcome to park your boat and trailer here at our resort. Just a few miles west you'll find historic Fort Morgan and museum, our ferry to Dauphin Island, a state park and marina. You can buy an ice cream cone, fill up with gas, get a massage or have dinner at sports bar within 1 mile of the resort.

More Details

Owner
Robin Shaw
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 11, 2017

About Robin Shaw

My wife and I grew up in the Midwest and discovered Fort Morgan when we moved to Birmingham in 2000. We left Alabama in 2005 and quickly figured out that once you've lived down here, it's hard to face the winters up north. We moved back a few years ago and bought a house next door at Kiva where will live full time with our dogs. We purchased and renovated the condo at Plantation because we fell in love with the resort and we knew our friends would love it too. With five adult kids and their growing families the extra space comes in handy!

Robin Shaw purchased this condo in 2014

Why Robin Shaw chose Alabama

We chose to purchase a condo at Gulf Shores Plantation East because we believe it is the very finest beach resort experience for the money anywhere on the gulf. We invested more than $25,000 during the summer to renovate this charming condo so our family, friends and guests can enjoy a first class stay at a great resort. When you've rented at the beach as much as we have you've been both elated and disappointed in the condition of the units over the years. Please know that when you stay at our place it will look like the photographs and will be clean and fresh.

What makes this condo unique

We love this place so much we live just a few hundred yards down the beach! We'll be happy to guide you to the best restaurants, shrimp markets, amusement parks, dolphin cruises and if you're nice, we'll even share where the good fishing holes are located. We hope you'll choose Banana Wind and we look forward to making your vacation the one your family talks about for years to come!

Amenities

Gulf Shores Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 780 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Master bath, tub, shower and granite topped vanity. The guest bath has a tub, shower, and granite toped vanity. Both with new mirrors and all new fixtures.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Suite - 1 queen
    Guest Suite - 2 twin/ single
  • Master suite with private bath, quality queen size pillow top bed for a great nights sleep. The guest suite has matching twin beds and private bath. Both bedrooms have flat screen televisions.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We have a boat launch across from the entrance on the bay side and you can park your boat and trailer on site while staying with us, great fishing from piers or the beach and we have a marina 3 or 4 miles west. You can enjoy a sports bar, get a message, play championship golf, drop by a convenience store, parasail or rent a kayak with in 1 mile of our entrance.

Reviews

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Enjoy 'Casual Elegance' At Alabama's Premiere Family Beach Resort
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Loved everything about this condo!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this condo. The property is even nicer in person than it is in the pictures. We couldn't have asked for a nicer property. The condo is beautifully decorated and we really appreciated the "extras" including full size bottles of shampoo and body wash and items for the beach. Thank you for keeping up such a nice place.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Not for us....

  • 3 of 5

While the owners seem to take great pride in their condo that has been recently remodeled, unfortunately we found some things that made our stay not so great.

First I will say, driving into the Plantation property it seemed great. Then once we were directed to the area of our condo, it wasn't so great. The grounds and the outward appearance of the condo did not seem like it was well kept. However, once we got inside our condo that we rented for the week, it was clean, new and well kept.

I was disappointed that our balcony was facing the parking lot. There is no pleasure in sitting outside and looking at dumpsters and cars from a balcony.

The condominium is very small. There is a lot of big furniture in such small space. We only had 3 average people in our party and there was not much spare room. Especially in the master bedroom. There was no room to walk around the bed with two people.

The condo description reads that 6 can sleep there. I do not know how. However, if you have 4 children and 2 adults I suppose it could be possible.

There were only 3 of us, but yet we had to time our showers so we did not run out of hot water. Pretty disappointing on vacation.

In the kitchen, the trash door by the sink the face of the door is about to come off.

Air conditioner seem to be undependable in the middle of the night. It seem to shut off or reset itself. It always got hot in the middle of the night. The thermostat did not stay on what we program it.

The main door to the condo was very difficult to get open after putting in the combination. You have to give it a big push.

Twin bedroom desperately needs more lighting...very dark in the room.

Dishwasher when you pull out when loading, it wants to fall towards the floor. Not installed correctly.

TV in the main Living Room wall plug is very loose...TV didn't want to work several times. You need a new receptacle.

Because of the kitchen floor being tile, and the kitchen chairs being so heavy you should put chair pads on the bottom of the chairs...they were so noisy to move.

Salt/Pepper shakers on the stove were totally empty.

Finally, in the master bedroom besides being extremely small and to much furniture for a small room. The bed was so squeaky! There was no way any body could make any movement with out so much noice. Very annoying!

I thought Robin Shaw was extremely kind and thoughtful. She answered all our questions quickly. She definitely works to make your stay more enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful vacation

  • 5 of 5

The condo has every you need and is very clean.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect for us!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Condo is cozy, and includes unexpected luxuries such as updated appliances and fixtures, well-stocked basics and cleaning supplies, and name-brand bath products. The condo was extremely clean and smelled GREAT! We especially appreciated the gift basket that included precious treats and floats for our boys! The owner even brought us a new beach umbrella during our stay. The property has so much for the kids to do (beach, indoor and outdoor pools, basketball and tennis courts, etc.). We will definitely be returning for family getaways in the future! Owners were extremely friendly and reaponsive!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful condo and great family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our week at Banana Wind. The condo had everything we needed and was a great place to come back to after a fun day at the beach, which was never overly crowded. Robin was very helpful from start to finish, and was great to work with. The condo was very clean and comfy, and my kids said they would like to just move in and have it be their home! We also loved having access to the indoor pool for the cooler days and nights. Overall a great family vacation!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The property met my expectations. Clean and felt like home.

  • 5 of 5

Our week at Banana Wind was wonderful. The property was just like the pictures. Felt a lot like home. We will return no doubt.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Gulf Shores, Pensacola, Mobile
Nearest Ferry
4 Miles
Fort Morgan Ferry
Nearest Golf
kiva Dunes
Nearest Motorway
180
Nearest Beach
Plantation, Kiva Dunes, Beach Club
Car: necessary

Discovered by the Spanish in 1500 AD, our narrow peninsula is home to historic Fort Morgan--seeing action in both The War of 1812 and The Civil War. While all Alabama and Florida beaches offer you spectacular white sugar sand and clear turquoise water, experienced vacationers know only the Fort Morgan Peninsula offers the quiet, low density, private beach experience families enjoy and romantic couples crave.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.