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

Sleeps5
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights

Overview

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 $100 per rental, which is what I pay for cleaning. 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.

More Details

Owner
Belinda Kimble
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 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.

Amenities

Sandestin Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
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  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course View
  • Lake View
  • Resort
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 queen , 1 baby crib
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

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average rating of 4.983871 based on 62 reviews
5

Absolutely wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Belinda thought of everything to make our stay as awesome as possible! The room is so cute with a lot of character and feels like home. The room was very clean. The walk to the beach is quick. The pool is big and felt great. The hot tub was more like a warm tub but we would rather spend more time at the beach anyway. We definitely recommend this condo and we will be back

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
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5

Wonderful Experience and Place to Stay!!

  • 5 of 5

This condo was perfect for our vacation! I and two other girlfriends made a getaway trip to Destin in the summer and it was overwhelming trying to find a place to stay. Even though there were so many options, we weren't completely satisfied with what we found. Until..... we came across this neat little condo! We first want to thank the Kimble family for opening up their place to us for our stay and we so enjoyed every minute from the time we arrived to our departure; the Kimble's were so accommodating and wonderful to us. Mrs. Kimble had EVERYTHING we needed and much more! She was much like our mom away from home. :) The condo was very neat and clean when we arrived; all the kitchen, bathroom and beach items provided were more than enough to meet our needs and the king and queen-size beds were so comfy and just the right size! Mrs. Kimble provided us with plenty bathroom items, including towels, wash cloths, soap, and laundry detergent for the nice washer and dryer. Any kitchen item you can think of (besides a stove), was provided for us! The private wifi worked wonderfully and we enjoyed it. The detailed instructions Mrs. Kimble provided for us were so helpful and spot on for everything, including how to get through the gate and parking garage and location of places. The grounds of Luau were pretty and the pool was super fun and a nice, big size. We enjoyed eating and shopping at the Destin Commons and Tanger Outlets that were right down the road. The only downside to our stay was that the weather was not as great as we hoped (tropical storm) but we still very much enjoyed our stay, nonetheless! We would definitely recommend this place and would stay here again! There is a reason for all the wonderful reviews and 5-star ratings for this condo and the owners; find out for yourself! :)

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

Great little experience!

  • 5 of 5

This is a cute little condo that slept 6 of us from 3mon to 47 yrs! I personally loved the private wifi and Netflix- our techies had plenty of outlets for charging devices and there was no slowness with the internet or connection. The condo had everything you needed so there was no need for loading down with lots of extras from beach items to kitchen items! The owner gives such great details before arrival that everything is laid out for you and it is explained very well. I printed my email and brought it along and when I could not remember I just referred to my paper. I did not have any problems but if I would have she provided me with lots of options for resolutions. The pool is nice and wasn't crowded any of the days we were there and it is super close...the beach is a short walk but if you have ever stayed in any kind of resorts there is usually a small walk and this would be no different. It's truly not far - the sand is pretty and white and the water is clear. My nephew found pocket fulls of sand dollars right off the beach! This condo is only one room but is completely furnished and "do" able for any group. The washer and dryer were small but great we only brought home a few dirties which I liked. The hospitality shown at this unit doesn't go unnoticed either- the owner had such sweet touches upon our arrival - mints - toddler surprises :) and more. We loved it! If you are looking for multiple rooms for privacy this is not your unit but the owner does have other properties I would suggest looking at in the area. If you don't mind togetherness and you want to make fun family memories this is your unit! Hoping to return sometime soon and would love to stay at one of the owners properties!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

It is clean and we don't need anything...they have everything

  • 5 of 5

We have kids and need many little things.

They have ready for everything we need and it was so convenience.

Place is nice and cozy.

We may come back whenever we have plans to go to destin, FL

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Awesome amazing!! Love it!!

  • 5 of 5

Belinda made our stay so comfortable and amazing. She really made this feel like a vacation everything you could think of she had on hand for us. All we had to worry about was our clothes and getting food to cook. I was able to text Sue and ask when room would be ready she made it very convenient for us seeing as we drove all night to get there. Even left little goodies for the boys out. It was like home away from home. Definitely will be coming back. Thanks again Belinda and Sue. ❣️

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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5

Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a "long weekend, short getaway" trip. This room was perfect for what we needed as a family of four. Belinda went out of her way to accommodate our needs and I am very grateful! We were able to enjoy our stay without worrying about anything! We will definitely be staying at one of Belinda's properties for our next trip! Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
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Additional information about rental rates

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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