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

Bedrooms Studio
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 5 nights

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.


*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.


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.

More Details

Belinda Kimble
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2017

About Belinda Kimble

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.

Belinda Kimble purchased this condo in 2014

Why Belinda Kimble chose Destin Area

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.

What makes this condo unique

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.


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NO "FEES!"* Walk to the Beach! Family Friendly! Private Wifi, Netflix, Tram, W/D
average rating of 4.976744 based on 43 reviews

It was so nice and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

The owners went above and beyond to make us comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Clean, convenient, and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

This was my second stay at Belinda's Portofino condo at Sandestin resort. Belinda thinks of every detail so that you can truly relax. She sends all of the information that you need prior to arrival so that you know exactly what to do and expect. The door has a programmable keypad lock so you never have to keep up with a room key or worry about being locked out. The beds are comfortable and the view is spectacular. Anything you can think of that you may need is stocked for you in the condo, down to paper plates, silverware, coffee, sugar, creamer, spices, laundry detergent, beach chairs, etc. The fridge, dishwasher, washer, and dryer are new, modern, and in working order. The decor is attractive and stylish, and everything has its place. The resort is clean and classy and there are many activities, food, music, and fun to be had. The beach is beautiful! The water is clear and the sand is smooth and white like sugar. The best thing about this condo is the owner, Belinda. You truly feel like a guest in her home. She is beyond amazing and her primary concern is to help you get away from it all! Thank you, Belinda, for yet another incredible vacation!!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Belinda was a great host! She was very accommodating and allowed us to have a great week away! I highly recommend staying at one of her places!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Totally Awesome!

  • 5 of 5

From the initial contact with the owner to the very last, I can't say enough about how kindly and graciously we were treated. The emails we received answered every question and so much more, the gifts were thoughtful, and the room itself had absolutely everything! We just kept saying, "Wow! This woman is so organized. Can you believe all this is here! This place is so much better than other places I have stayed!" I certainly hope to stay there again. Thank you so much for a stress-free get away!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Wonderful room and wonderful hospitality!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Belinda was amazing! From the detail emails with links about the area to all the comforts from home provided in our room! She had everything thing we needed! The room was great! Beds were comfortable as well! I look forward to staying again! Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about how hospitable and gracious the owners of the condo are. If you are looking for a relaxing weekend getaway, look no more. The condo is full of the little things that we all tend to forget on vacay. When we arrived the space was perfectly laid out for us with little happies for our children and the attention to detail to make us comfortable was better than a 5 star hotel. They went well out of their way to accommodate us. The owners kept us abreast of weather moving into the area, activities in the general area and were available to answer any questions that we had pop up. We will definitely be booking with Belinda again. Thank you again for a fabulous vacation, it was much needed and we appreciate the part you played in helping us getaway and relax.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Rates & Availability

Sandestin Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 Winter
Jan 4 2017 - Mar 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Spring Break
Mar 4 2017 - Apr 16 2017
5 night minimum stay
2017 Late Spring
Apr 17 2017 - May 20 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017 Summer! Yay!
May 21 2017 - Aug 19 2017
5 night minimum stay
2017 Late Summer
Aug 20 2017 - Sep 3 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017 Fall
Sep 4 2017 - Nov 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Thanksgiving
Nov 21 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017 December
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 Christmas/New Year's
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

My fixed costs $90 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

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 if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Sandestin Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course View
  • Lake View
  • Resort
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 queen , 1 baby crib
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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

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