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No "Fees!"* Walk to the Beach! Family Friendly! Private Wifi, Netflix, Tram, W/D

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Last updated: 03/28/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-5 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:0
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Condo
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

Condo, Studio sleeps 4, kitchenette, full size frig and washer/dryer, tram pass

Welcome to PORTOFINO! This unit is not directly on the beach. It is just behind Elephant Walk, the beach access area, and adjacent to the parking lot to the beach access area. So you are as close to the beach as the folks who drive over, but you can walk right out of your condo to go to the beach. It is literally a three minute stroll to the beach. Luau has the best pool in the resort, and it is a salt water pool. There is a small tiki hut that is open seasonally.
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*I try to make my rate as transparent as possible. The rate is a nightly rate. My fixed costs are 90 per rental. This means longer stays will have a lower per noctem rate, and my guests who stay longer are fairly rewarded. Total tax (state and county) is 11%. The "Service Fee" you see is added by vrbo, not I.
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We are the Kimbles, a family with seven children, and we would love for you to stay at our condo. We rely on rental income from you to afford this unit, and we know how competitive rentals are right now. What we have to offer you, besides reasonable rates, is a condo that we love to come to when we can, and that we have stuffed full of everything you need for a wonderful family vacation, including beach stuff and kitchen stuff. We have upgraded the standard Cox cable so that you can watch SEC football, and we have our own private, secure, wifi so that you can connect with our password and get some work done with no privacy issues, and stream a Netflix movie or surf the internet with no buffering or connection loss. (Luau does not provide free wifi, and even when you pay for it, it is not very good.) Remember, we love this unit and we come and stay in it when we can, and I am very picky. And for as much as you pay, you should be, too. I am always open to suggestion on what I can do to make the condo better for you. So please, let me know your ideas on what to do.

This unit has been renovated by us, with rectified travertine tile floors (tiny grout lines), and labrador blue eyes granite. This studio condo is the only studio with a full size refrigerator, full size dishwasher, and a washer and dryer in the unit! There is a large farmhouse sink, microwave, cooktop appliances, toaster oven, and countertop appliances. You have more than enough available to make and enjoy breakfast and lunch in the condo, provided you are not planning on a twenty pound turkey thanksgiving style meal. The bathroom has a tub/shower with spray wand to hose the kids off. And there is also an apartment-size stacked washer and ventless dryer, like the ones they have in Europe. We have replaced the old water heater with a Euro-style tankless, in-line water heater, which means hot water is instant, and never runs out. The two TVs and DVD players in the unit are new blu-ray and internet capable devices. The TVs are hooked up to a dedicated Netflix account with thousands of free movies and tv shows. We also have our own private wifi for you to use, which allows you to stream anything from the internet and get past your firewall at work to check emails.

I want your vacation to be stress free, and most importantly, as much a vacation for mom as for the kids. In pursuit of this goal, I stock this unit with basic kitchen sundries, such as salt and spices, sugar, tea and coffee, condiments and more. I also keep paper plates and plastic cups, foil, wraps, and ziplock bags in the cabinets for you. Under the sink I have soap, dishwasher pods, wipes and garbage bags. The laundry area has detergent and dryer sheets, and I keep first aid items there, also. I have basic bathroom items under the sink, and the beach closet has lots of beach stuff in it, including chairs and umbrella, beach toys, etc.

I provide towels and linens, not a service. This means that you have the highest quality sheets I could find, Comphy brand, and the highest hotel-quality towels I could buy. I also provide you with the highest quality bathroom amenities I could find, Ecru New York. You will be welcomed with Italian candies on your pillow and a small gift on your nightstand. I really hope all of your needs are covered, and if you can think of anything else that I can supply for you, just let me know.

The height of this third floor condo is such that it is right over the palm trees, high enough to give you a heavenly breeze when it cools down. Despite the small size, you can still experience everything for which you came to the Emerald Coast. The blue-green water and snowy-sand beach lay just beyond the balcony. The window in this unit is west facing, with a view of the Tivoli condos just beyond. The balcony is tiny, with just enough room to stand and sit, or put your wet beach stuff out to dry. But most studios in Luau do not even have a balcony, so even tiny is nice.

Summer is wonderful, but I hope you have a chance to go in the off season. There is nothing better than throwing the balcony doors open and waking up with the rising sun and lapping waves, and having a cup of coffee with the golden sunrise and the distant peal of seagulls.

The decor is kid friendly, with happy colors. I grew up in Italy, and the Tivoli condos next door reminded me of Italy and inspired the Italianate decor. We know you will love this unit, and we hope that you will feel it love you right back.

Oh, I almost forgot -- Here is the boring information. This is a studio unit. There is one room and a bathroom, just like a hotel room. In the room is a king bed and a queen bed. I also have a packnplay crib and high chair available for you if you need them. The room has a full size refrigerator, sink, dishwasher, microwave, two cooktops, and various countertop appliances. The bathroom has a tub/shower combo with a spray wand. There is also a small clothes washer and ventless dryer which will do small loads.

We also have the most wonderful housekeepers, Sue and Suzie, who do the cleaning and who help me keep the unit spic and span. They pleasantly tolerate the closets and cabinets I have stuffed full of vacation extras for you guys, and live in Destin if you need anything. Johnny, my maintenance man, is on site, and can fix just about anything. I am the owner and not a management company, and I want to give you personal service and make your vacation very special.

I have one other unit at Luau. It is vrbo590897. It is a two bedroom unit with a great view. I also have two units at Westwinds, vrbo429145 and 436647, also two bedroom units. And at Westwinds, I have golf carts you are welcome to use. If this unit is already booked, or if there is something about it that you do not like, you can always take a look at the other units. Each of my condos is completely different, in location and in feel.

P.S. This unit is available for short term rentals (two weeks or less) only. While I have loved having my snowbirds in years past, we have made the difficult decision to keep the unit open in January and February for shorter term guests.
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Owner

Member since: 2012

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/28/2017

Property Type

  • Condo
  • On floor 3
  • 400 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 5
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    The minimum age is 25....moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    Luau does not allow pets. I am an animal lover, so I know how hard it is to leave your pet behind. I am very sorry. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Marina
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront:

    Luau is beachfront, and on the beachfront side of Sandestin. However, it is not directly on the beach. It is a very short walk across a parking lot to the beach....moreless

  • Golf Course View
  • Lake View
  • Resort

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Jet Skiing
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    There is a hotel-type kitchen....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    There is a full size refrigerator....moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    There is a very small balcony just big enough to sit on and smoke a cigarette. ...moreless

  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub

Building Type

  • Building

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 Spring Break
Mar 4 - Apr 16, 2017
5 night min stay
$175
2017 Late Spring
Apr 17 - May 20, 2017
4 night min stay
$95
2017 Summer! Yay!
May 21 - Aug 19, 2017
5 night min stay
$200
2017 Late Summer
Aug 20 - Sep 3, 2017
4 night min stay
$150
2017 Fall
Sep 4 - Nov 20, 2017
3 night min stay
$95
2017 Thanksgiving
Nov 21 - Nov 26, 2017
4 night min stay
$200
2017 December
Nov 27 - Dec 21, 2017
3 night min stay
$95
2017 Christmas/New Year's
Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2018
5 night min stay
$125
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$80

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • My fixed costs $90 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%

Notes:

In the Fall and Winter, I welcome an excuse to offer you a discount by covering your cleaning fees for a week-long stay: military, first responder, teacher, clergy, active or retired. It is my way of thanking you for everything you do.


Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.


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Owner info

Year Purchased: 2014

About the owner: I, Belinda Masdon Kimble, grew up in Haleyville, Alabama, about a six hour drive away from Destin, Florida. My uncle had a trailer at the trailer park that bites into part of the Sandestin resort, just on Hwy 98 called Destin East. I loved coming down with my girlfriends and staying there free, and driving into Ft. Walton for the night life, because in the late seventies and early eighties, there was nothing at Sandestin except the golf course, Clements Antiques, and Camping on the Gulf. Well, a lot has changed in my life and at Sandestin. I am so happy to have this condo, which we use at times in the off season, and rent out whenever we can. We live in Birmingham, Alabama. The kids range in age from 28 to 13. We also have dogs, cats, birds, chinchillas, tortoises, and fish.

Why the Owner Chose Sandestin, Miramar Beach, FL, USA:
My first thought with regard to buying unit at Luau was 'I am a Westwinds girl, and there is no way I am going to drag kids and stuff over to the beach.' And then I walked into it, and my heart melted. This unit is so special. The view really reminds me that I am in a spectacular resort. I love seeing the Hilton and the golf course, and the beach and bay. There are no other buildings around, and the privacy is wonderful. The building sits on a hill, and you can really feel the breezes, even at the pool. Everything is new because Luau is the newest building at Sandestin. The saltwater pool is fantastic, and everyone who works at Luau is wonderful. This unit is truly special.

The Unique Benefits at this Condo:
I want your vacation to be stress free, and most importantly, as much a vacation for mom as for the kids. In pursuit of this goal, I stock this unit with basic kitchen sundries, such as salt and spices, sugar and coffee. I also keep paper plates and plastic cups in the cabinets for you. The laundry area has detergent and dryer sheets, and I keep office supplies and first aid items there, also. I have basic bathroom items under the sink, and the beach closet has lots of beach stuff in it. I have Netflix on both tvs for you, and each has a dvd player. I do all the linens, not a service, including sheets and towels, and I only supply the very best. I really hope all of your needs are covered, and if you can think of anything else that I can supply for you, just let me know.


Contact us

Speaks: english, italian
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/28/2017

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Photos

  • I wanted to share this pic take by a guest.  Thank you, Darek!  It is beautiful!

    I wanted to share this pic take by a guest. Thank you, Darek! It is beautiful!

  • King bed and queen bed, small balcony, third floor, west facing.

    King bed and queen bed, small balcony, third floor, west facing.

  • Two TVs have enhanced cable that has SEC channel, and Netflix.

    Two TVs have enhanced cable that has SEC channel, and Netflix.

  • Bathroom has tub/shower, and euro-size W/D, with ventless dryer.

    Bathroom has tub/shower, and euro-size W/D, with ventless dryer.

  • Enormous salt water pool with waterfall,

    Enormous salt water pool with waterfall,

  • View from sunset deck. The beach access is a three minute walk.

    View from sunset deck. The beach access is a three minute walk.

  • This condo is west facing, for beautiful sunset views.

    This condo is west facing, for beautiful sunset views.

  • Take the shuttle over to Baytowne Village on the bay side of Sandestin.

    Take the shuttle over to Baytowne Village on the bay side of Sandestin.

  • Full size fridge, dishwasher, kitchen sink, microwave, oven, stove burner, etc.

    Full size fridge, dishwasher, kitchen sink, microwave, oven, stove burner, etc.

  • It is hard to tell, but one bed is a queen and the other is a king.

    It is hard to tell, but one bed is a queen and the other is a king.

  • Very small balcony.

    Very small balcony.

  • Small balcony, about 20 ft from the ground.  You can see the ocean water.

    Small balcony, about 20 ft from the ground. You can see the ocean water.

  • Luau Tower I lobby, exit to pool.

    Luau Tower I lobby, exit to pool.

  • Luau Tower I and Tower II.  This is the west side, same as this condo.

    Luau Tower I and Tower II. This is the west side, same as this condo.

  • Sandestin beach during a storm.  Waves are rare, so I had to snap this pic.

    Sandestin beach during a storm. Waves are rare, so I had to snap this pic.

  • Full moon night.  The night's lights are beautiful.

    Full moon night. The night's lights are beautiful.

  • Baytowne Village.

    Baytowne Village.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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