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“Do not stay in St. Maarten unit 1104” 3 of 5 stars
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Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   15000 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, FL 32541   |  
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Ranked #21 of 39 hotels in Destin
Paducah, Kentucky
1 review
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Do not stay in St. Maarten unit 1104”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We have been coming to Destin for many years. We have never stayed at Silver Shells, but always admired the grounds and beach at this resort. We booked a unit in St. Maarten 1104, and will have to say this was the most disappointing and filthy place we have ever rented. The unit is outdated with old worn leather sofa, dusty plants and accessories, electronics mid 90's technology, rusted refrigerator door, permanently stained sinks and tub, gross tile and woodwork. Do not be deceive by the description on it's listing. We rented through Bestbeach getaway and they were very accommodating and allowed us to transfer into another unit in St. Croix bldg. We can say the resort is beautiful, the grounds are immaculate and the beach is quite nice. Please do not be inconvenienced on your vacation and rent the St.Maarten Unit 1104!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Milton, Ontario
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Our family with four children, ages 10-2, rented a three bedroom end unit condo in the St. Lucia building from a VRBO owner. St. Lucia is closer to the road and at a distance from the beach and the pools - it takes a few minutes to walk to the pool area. I would have preferred to stay in a building closer to the amenities and with a better ocean view, but that would have meant paying a premium. St. Lucia does have it's own smaller pool with a waterfall feature, hot tub and washrooms right at the base of the building. We swam in it a number of times and had it all to ourselves. Our condo was wonderfully kept, clean, well furnished, comfy couch in the living room, pillow top beds in the bedrooms. The master suite was huge. Two of the bedroom walls were actually floor to ceiling windows. The walk-in closet was so large, it served as a bedroom for our littlest one. The ensuite was luxurious. The other two bedrooms were in a separate wing. Off the kitchen was a laundry room with full sized washer and dryer and tub. The living room/kitchen area was bright with more floor to ceiling windows. Internet reception was very strong. This unit was utterly quiet. I didn't hear another neighbour from within; didn't hear traffic or the constant planes flying overhead to the Destin airport. The balcony which wrapped around the unit had high railings that made me confident that the kids were never in danger. The Silver Shells property is gorgeous. It must take a full time landscape crew to maintain the gardens and lawns. The beach is beautiful, with white sand and warm water. When we arrived at the end of August the water was the colour of dark brewed iced tea. Apparently this was due to the heavy and constant rainfall over the past several months that flooded the Florida rivers causing them to empty themselves with all of their organic materia into the Gulf. We met a man from Arkansas who had vacationed in Destin annually for a number of years. He said that he had never seen it like this; usually it was like crystal clear Carribbean water. Compared to other properties in Destin, this one seemed newer, more private, and exclusive. It's less than 10 minutes north of Destin Harbor and a few minutes south of the Premium Outlet Mall. There are plenty of grocery stores, beach shops, and restaurants nearby. We had a great fish lunch with a view of the Harbor at Dewey Destin Harborside, and the best pizza ever at Landshark's Pizza.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Frisco, Texas
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

Nice views, decent location to "things to do" around area. Beach was pretty and quite large. Pool was also large and nice, but without wait service. The outside bar is 40-60 yards from pool and often has lines.
There are some silly things like really stinky garbage chutes, but overall it's cool place.
I thought the PH was gorgeous and well worth the price. The rooftop hot tub and marble throughout we're really nice. I'd recommend the unit to anybody asking.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Benjamin C, Manager at Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us at Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa. We were very excited to hear that you enjoyed our luxury accommodations. Centrally located in the heart of Destin there is truly something for everyone to do and see. During the spring and summer months we do offer poolside and beachside service for The Sand Bar. However, as we enter our offseason we do have to scale back on our wait staff.

We do apologize about the garbage chutes and the proper department has been notified and the issue is currently being resolved. Again we thank you for your business and your positive review. We look forward to hosting you and your family again in future vacations!
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Franklin, Tennessee
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Our family of four stayed in a 2 bed/2bath unit for a long Labor Day weekend. It was fantastic! The condo was clean and spacious. The view from the balcony was breathtaking...from the 10th floor we looked down onto the pool and the white sand beach beyond. The grounds were very well maintained and the pool was sparkling clean. I will definitely be back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

This place is so beautiful! Balcony view of the Gulf is amazing and so many ways to walk around the complex to the best white sand beaches. You're close to all the activities but feel like you are in your own piece of paradise. This is a great place to come to and get away from the 'normal life' to have some R&R! The seafood is fantastic at all the local places.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Benjamin C, Manager at Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 9, 2013
Thank you for recently staying with us at Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa.

We value each guest, as we know that you have a choice when deciding where to stay in Destin. We appreciate your positive feedback regarding our beautiful resort destination. We are pleased to know that the accommodations, resort amenities, and location provided you and your family with a memorable vacation. I agree Silver Shells truly is paradise!

Thank you again for your positive feedback and we look forward to hosting you and your family again on future vacations!
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Arkansas
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

In June 2013, we stayed in Destin for our wedding week. Although we didn't stay at Silver Shells, a local resident recommended The Spa as the best place to get a massage. I would highly recommend this spa if you're looking for a great place to help unwind. I had a deep tissue massage with John Lewis and it was amazing. A lot of times (especially with out of town clients) you don't always receive really good deep tissue massages. This was NOT the case with John. He was very professional and knowledgable. He definitely helped relieve some much needed tension and stress from all the wedding planning. My girlfriend who was 8 months pregnant also got a massage at the spa and enjoyed hers as well. Highly recommend them to help relax on vacation. Enjoy!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Our recent stay at Silver Shells was awesome. The condo was spacious, very well kept, and had an awesome pool. The location on Destin beach was ideal. My only negative would be the cost of beach chair rentals was outrageous. $250 per week for 2 chairs and an umbrella. The average price up and down the beach was $125.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Benjamin C, Manager at Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Thank you for your most recent stay at Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed our luxury accommodations along with our lagoon pool. We strive to exceed all of our guests’ expectations and glad to know we provided an excellent vacation for your family.

Visionary Destin is the onsite property management company at Silver Shells and renting a Destin vacation through us reduces the set-up price to $25 per day as well as more other perks and benefits.

Again, thank you for your positive feedback and please give Visionary Destin the opportunity to host your family on your next family vacation to Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa.
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Additional Information about Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa

Also Known As:
Silver Shells Beach Resort And Spa
Silver Shells Beach Hotel Destin
Silver Shells Beach Resort
Silver Shells Beach Hotel
Address: 15000 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, FL 32541
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Destin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Silver Shells Beach Resort & Spa 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa features the best in luxury Destin vacation rentals and accommodations. Enjoy luxury and elegance in our spacious gulf front one- to four- bedroom Destin, Florida vacation rentals. Our resort vacation rental amenities offer fully equipped kitchens, washer and dryer, extra linens and a serene view of the Gulf waters from your own private balcony and much more. All four vacation rental towers offer guests private parking, exclusive outdoor pool and hot tub with beach access for endless opportunities of peaceful relaxation or adventure. Visit Sunrise Beach Services for your complimentary beach chair and umbrella or see a list of all the fun offered water sports and excursions. You may also enjoy the center piece of our resort, a 7,500 square foot lagoon pool with waterfall and whirlpool where you may enjoy your favorite drink or snack from our Sandbar Restaurant and Beachside Bar. As an exclusive guest at Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa, you may also enjoy a variety of our vacation rental amenities. Savor a delicious meal at the famous Ruth’s Chris Steak House, escape to the luxurious The Spa at Silver Shells full service spa and fitness center, or play a game of tennis or basketball on our private courts. Centrally located among Destin’s premier shops, nightlife, dinning, and Destin area attractions there is something for everyone wishing to get away from it all. Silver Shells Beach Resort and Spa vacation rentals offer an experience as relaxing or as invigorating as you desire in beautiful Destin, Florida. ... more   less 
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