Stayed in condo 718 in early August 2009 with a family of four (two kids, one 4, one 3 months) and we had a great time at the condo.
View was amazing. Two of our four nights the sunset was gorgeous and we had a front row seat.
Kitchen to make meals instead of having to eat out.
We actually used the free dolphin cruise amenity and it came in handy.
Noise from the shuffleboard/BBQ area/pool below was high during sunset hours. Usually tailed off by 8:30 or 9 except on "Karaoke Night Monday" which lasted until around 10.
Beach is small and a bit of a hike from the room. At least 100 yards to the elevator from 718, down to the lobby, through one of the pool areas and then back across a cut through to a beach that was probably about 50 feet from surfline to grass. Not sure if it was due to storm erosion or what but some of the pictures posted here from 2006 show a much bigger beach area than was actually there.
One bank of elevators (central) and a lengthy walk to room. It's an older property but an elevator on each end and one in the middle probably would have been a better design.
All in all, for the price we paid even during the season, I wouldn't hesitate to go back. It's on a quiet stretch off of US 98 and has numerous places nearby to eat like La Paz, Mellow Mushroom Pizza, a Target & Winn Dixie, etc.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Islander condos are 2 bdrm/2 bath and feature a private balcony and a fully equipped kitchen. Amenities include 2 pools, whirlpools, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, and a gym. Please note you must book through the Islander Rental Company to get the VIP program including FREE beach service. The off site rental companies do not offer our VIP program. ... more less
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