"Ocean Sands was in a perfect location for us (about 1 mile from a wedding we were attending in one direction and about 1 mile from the main business district of AB in the other). The condo was exceptionally clean, well stocked with basic essentials, and very welcoming. Perfectly sized for a couple, but I can't imagine using the pull-out sofa! There is no closet for luggage/hanging clothes so be prepared to pack light/keep it neat as you're likely going to be looking at your suitcase. There was a dresser with some open storage, and two large basket/drawers that pulled out from under bed. These worked great to put away my duffel bag/toiletries/shoe bag, but couldn't do much to conceal an actual suitcase/rolling luggage.
We took full advantage of the common grounds and were pleased to find there were lots of picnic tables and benches spread around a surprisingly large grassy area right along the dunes. Would be a great area to play cornhole or frisbee, let kids run around, or just throw down a blanket to enjoy the sounds of the ocean without crossing over the dunes into the sand. The main grilling area had two brick grill stations (very basic, charcoal on concrete, no ventilation from beneath) and another grilling station in the far corner of the property (near the fish cleaning station- a cool community perk!) had a classic park charcoal grill. We would have rather used this one, but unfortunately rains had filled the bottom with water and being as it was stationary there was no way to dump it out- bummer! The grill by the pool ended up working just fine, just make sure you take your own charcoal, etc!
The pool area is right beside a community building which was not open but had access to bathrooms from the poolside which is really nice whether you are swimming, in the grill/picnic area, or on a quick stop from the beach. There is also a really nice gazebo built up on the sand dune which was a great place to take advantage of the morning breeze and enjoy the views as we drank coffee!
Overall we enjoyed our stay and would definitely consider Ocean Sands the next time we need to be in the AB area!"
Guest: Kelly K.
Date of Stay: September 2016
Review Submitted: October 10, 2016