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“Beautiful Beach Resort!” 5 of 5 stars
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Kiva Dunes Resort
815 Plantation Drive, Gulf Shores, AL 36542   |  
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Ranked #6 of 23 hotels in Gulf Shores
Kansas City, Missouri
Senior Contributor
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Beautiful Beach Resort!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

We stayed in Kiva Village and loved it! The view of the golf course was amazing! Didn't play the course but it looked well kept! My family really enjoyed watching the alligator off of the balcony each and everyday! The beach at Kiva Dunes was beautiful! It was just about a 10 minute walk from the village or we would drive to the pool and walk across the dunes to the beach. The beach itself was quiet and very peaceful! We really enjoyed looking for shells and making sand castles each day of our stay! Definitely would stay at Kiva Village again in the future!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

This Resort is in a beautiful location on Fort Morgan Road outside Gulf Shores. It is about a 15 mile drive from central Gulf Shores but well worth the ride. Very nice facilities that include Condo and house rentals. This Resort has a must play golf course - both challenging and beautiful. You will enjoy your experience at Kiva Dunes.

Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Russellville, Arkansas
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012 via mobile

The Kiva Dunes Lodge is in a great location with wonderful views. Even has a restaurant which is very convenient for late arrivals and days when you do not feel like fighting the crowds in Gulf Shores. The private beaches were uncrowded even during the peak months. The only disadvantage is the distance from the beach; however, there is shuttle service available and very limited parking near the boardwalk.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

This was our first visit to Kiva Dunes and we are so glad we chose unit 607 at the Lodge. Our party was celebrating a 50th birthday and this penthouse was the perfect place. The views are spectacular from the master suite wraparound balcony! The gulf beach views were breathtaking especially with the surf being so high due to tropical storm Debby being nearby. There are also views of several holes of their golf course to enjoy. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Loved the private beach access and 3 beautiful pools. The area is quiet but close to all the action if that's what you're looking for. This may have been our first visit but it definitely won't be our last.

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

This was our second time to stay at Kiva Dunes and a wonderful time was had by all! The beach is beautiful, wonderful staff, and very clean. Fort Morgan is our kind of place, far from the crowds!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Olathe, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

My family stayed in Kiva Seacrets within the Kiva Dunes Resort property May 26th thru June 2nd. The home was perfect for our extended party of 10. It was 5 bedrooms, all with their own bathroom; 2 masters with kings, one queen, 2-twins, and 2-fulls. All bedrooms had newer TVs and ceiling fans, with private access to a deck, balcony, or patio. The great room (kitchen, living, dining, and screened in furnished porch) was our meeting place, with plenty of comfortable seating. The kitchen had 2 dishwashers, an oversized refrigerator with ice maker, and an additional separate ice making appliance. There was not a single dish, pan, container, appliance, or utensil we wished we had that wasn't there. There is an elevator in this 3 story home which made the kids happy, as well as those of us hauling suitcases and groceries to the 2nd and 3rd floors. There was an additional 1/2 bath between the 3rd and 2nd floor. Furniture was nice and decor was tropically themed; a little cluttered of decorative items for my taste, but nothing tacky.

The placement of Kiva Seacrets could not have been better. On the 3rd floor, you had views of the gulf to the south and directly on the 13th hole of the golf course to the east. Early morning coffee on the screened in porch provided golf course views and maintenance crews grooming the greens, with a few very talented singers out there. :) Straight across the street from the home is the Blue Heron pool. South across the street is the boardwalk to the beach. We opted to rent a golf cart for our stay for additional transportation within the resort area, which was convenient. We made a trip to the clubhouse grill one night to pick up take-out pizzas we ordered, which were very good. Security was top notch and absolutely no one entered the resort or private beach access without passing through security.

The private beach area was very nice. One day, about 25 yards out from us in the ocean were a pod of dolphin swimming by. On a couple other occasions, stingray were strolling through the shallow waters. Neither were interested in us, just strolling along. We saw no jellyfish at all and no other sea or beach creature irritants. The sand was white and soft, water was clear green/blue, and we had Ike's Beach Service setup loungers and umbrellas each day for us, which were very comfortable and an inexpensive luxury to take away the burden of carrying beach chairs/umbrellas to the beach. However, there were many beach chairs/loungers/umbrellas/toys/boogie boards in the garage of Kiva Seacrets for us to use, as well as 5 adult sized bicycles.

The Blue Heron pool was very clean and the 2 times we opted to hang out at the pool rather than the beach, it was visited by both security and maintenance. The resort areas, including the pool and beach, were very private, clean, and quiet. You felt like it was your own personal oasis, a world away from tourism and clusters of people partying, very luxurious and relaxing - a pace I could get used to.

Our week included many rounds of golf at Kiva Dunes Golf Club, a private catamarran cruise with Cetacean Cruises, parasailing with the parasailing company operating off the beach of The Beach Club, we ate at Lulu's and Tacky Jack's, and we shopped at many souvenir shops (our favorite being The Happy Shack - a Hippy Boutique). I am posting further reviews for these experiences.

Overall, I will, without a doubt, return to Kiva Dunes Resort in the future. I met a couple at the pool who have been there 15 times, always staying in a different private rental vacation home, with only one they said they would never return to, and that because the home had carpeting rather than tile throughout. Kiva Dunes Resort is the only way to do Gulf Shores Alabama, in my opinion, and we cannot wait to become frequent visitors there. All staff were very friendly and Kerri, property manager, does a fabulous job communicating and responding to requests and inquiries. We are quick to recognize and appreciate Southern Hospitality, and at Kiva Dunes it is a given. Good times, good memories!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Daleville, Alabama
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Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Recently returned from our country club's get away golf outing at Kiva dunes. 20 guys staying in 5 three BR condos (4 beds in each condo). The accommodations were great, but the course was the greatest. I have been to Augusta National several times and the course conditions at Kiva were on par. The staff was very helpful. The only drawback was that the evening dinner service at the Lodge is pretty limited and it is a little bit of a drive to the restaurants of Gulf Shores.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 815 Plantation Drive, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Location: United States > Alabama > Gulf Shores
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Ranked #6 of 23 hotels in Gulf Shores

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