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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:
July 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
  • 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

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(57 traveler reviews)

NO "FEES!"* Walk to the Beach! Family Friendly! Private Wifi, Netflix, Tram, W/D
average rating of 4.982456 based on 57 reviews
Trussville, AL
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
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent!!

  • 5 of 5

Loved staying at this unit in the Luau!! Owner is very friendly and easy to communicate with. The unit is clean, beautifully decorated, and has everything you would need besides food already stocked. Having 2 big comfortable beds was also a plus. Most units this size only have one bed. Loved it!! Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Destin is beautiful place with spectacular beaches!

  • 5 of 5

The studio was very clean, cute, and well stocked. The pool is large and clean. It is close to beaches, shopping, and restaurants. We had a great time, especially viewing the fireworks from the beach.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Awesome!!!

  • 5 of 5

First class hospitality! We'llbe going back again for sure!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfect stay for a perfect beach getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This was my families first time to use HomeAway and I was a little nervous...especially being so far from home. I never should have doubted anything! We had an amazing time. Belinda really thought of everything and then some. Very thoughtful and accommodating and super easy to setup our stay. I will definitely use HomeAway again and when we travel through Destin we will definitely book with Belinda!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Unbelievable location and such a beautiful spot!

  • 5 of 5

Working with Belinda was fantastic. She made the whole process beyond easy and made us feel so welcome. If you're looking for a great little get away, you're not gonna find a better place (or more importantly, a person to work with) than this!

I'd give this a 10 star rating if I could!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Rates & Availability

Sandestin Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
2017 Summer
Jul 24 2017 - Aug 3 2017
2 night minimum stay
$175
 
 
2017 Late Summer
Aug 4 2017 - Aug 19 2017
2 night minimum stay
$160
$1,050
 
 
2017 Late Summer
Aug 20 2017 - Sep 3 2017
1 night minimum stay
$130
$850
 
 
2017 Fall
Sep 4 2017 - Nov 20 2017
1 night minimum stay
$95
$650
 
 
2017 Thanksgiving
Nov 21 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
$125
 
 
2017 December
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
1 night minimum stay
$95
$650
 
 
2017 Christmas/New Year's
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 2 2018
1 night minimum stay
$125
 
 
2018 Winter
Jan 3 2018 - Mar 9 2018
3 night minimum stay
$95
 
 
2017 Spring Break
Mar 10 2018 - Apr 16 2018
5 night minimum stay
$175
 
 
2018 Late Spring
Apr 17 2018 - May 18 2018
4 night minimum stay
$95
 
 
2018 Summer
May 19 2018 - Aug 20 2018
5 night minimum stay
$195
 
 
2018 Late Summer
Aug 21 2018 - Sep 4 2018
4 night minimum stay
$145
 
 
2018 Fall
Sep 5 2018 - Nov 27 2018
3 night minimum stay
$95
 
 
2018 Thanksgiving
Nov 28 2018 - Dec 2 2018
4 night minimum stay
$125
 
 
2018 December
Dec 3 2018 - Dec 21 2018
3 night minimum stay
$95
 
 
2018 Holidays
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 4 2019
4 night minimum stay
$125
 
 
2019 Winter
Jan 5 2019 - Mar 8 2019
3 night minimum stay
$95
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$80
 

Additional information about rental rates

My fixed costs $100 + 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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