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Waterscape Condominiums
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   1110 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548   |  
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Fabulous for families!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

Great condo with ocean view. The beach is clean and beautiful. What is really impressive is the pool area!Waterscapes has a lazy river with tubes as well as the best young children's water play area I have seen. It is perfectfor toddlers and younger ones. Love this condo and what it has. Definitely one to return to next year.

  • Stayed September 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Directly on the beach and tons of amenities. Toddler water park area, kids-teens water park area, heated pool and lazy river. Love the free DVD kiosk (similar to redbox) and the poolside lunch/snack/drink area. Only 5 miles from Destin.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 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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Brandon, Mississippi, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

This is where we stay every year. I wish I could live there. The staff is great. The pools are the best ever. The beaches are perfect. Ive stayed here numerous times and never plan on staying anywhere else when in the Ft Walton/Destin area. It is the perfect family vacation spot. If you dont love this place then you are just looking for something to complain about!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Waterscape had everything we needed, plenty of pool areas for both adults and kids and beautiful beach just steps away. Condo was clean and spacious and resort quest even included free DVD rental that was perfect for the occasional rainy day.

  • 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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Meridian, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This is a great Condo. We were in a two bedroom with a set of bunk beds. It was very roomy and nicely decorated. It was perfect for a family of 6. We were close to the parking garage and thought it might be noisy -- but no issue. And it certainly made packing and unpacking easy. While the walk to the beach was further, it was not a big deal. The swimming pool areas were awesome. Something for every one. Great location on the beach.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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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Ankeny, Iowa
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We just returned from a 5-day stay at the Waterscape condos and had a great time! We stayed in Unit A326, which is in a great location overlooking the upper level pool area and very close to the parking ramp. It is updated and very nice (granite, tile, bunk beds, 2 full bathrooms, laundry, etc.), although it must have sat empty for some time, as it hadn't been dusted and the floors were dirty/sandy.

Pros:
The property itself is very nice, well taken care of and clean. The pools are nice sized with different things for the kids to do, splash pools, a snack bar (which desperately needs more than 2 employees), a lazy river and is within steps to the beach. The amenity card that comes with the unit allows you 2 chairs and an umbrella per day to use on the beach, which is definitely a nice perk.

The Waffle House directly in front of the resort is small but the servers are always happy and the food is great!

It's generally very quiet in the buildings. You occasionally can hear little feet running up and down the halls but for the most part, we couldn't hear other units or people talking outside at all.

Cons:
If you've never stayed at an owner-resort before, it's a bit of a different process. We checked in after 5pm and, as the Resort Quest front desk folks are happy to tell you, "this is not a full service hotel"! For late check ins, you go to this little cubby by the front lobby, use the phone to call a secret number and they give you a secret code to open the secret door to retrieve your packet. Examine the packet carefully! This has your gate code, wi-fi code, etc. but it's hidden pretty well if you're just flipping through the papers and not paying attention (which is what I did).

Because this resort is not like a hotel, there is no housekeeping service and your supplies in the unit are limited (although this unit had an abundance of bath towels, oddly enough). For instance, you are provided with 1 box of laundry soap and one (1) roll of toilet paper for the entirety of your stay. Understanding that they shouldn't have to fund your laundry for the week, one roll of toilet paper --- for four (4) people, for five (5) days? Anyway, if you're there for more than a few days, plan to make a trip to the Tom Thumb down on the corner.

The units are owned by individuals who presumably are responsible for repairs, maintenance, etc. This particular unit needed some love in the way of fresh paint, wiping down walls, locks on the doors, etc. (there are two sliding glass doors in this unit and neither of them had functional locks but instead used 2x4s or whatever to block them from sliding open). Just FYI that there are some things Resort Quest may not handle.

The parking ramp is an absolute nightmare. I don't know what the architect was thinking in the design phase but it's two-way traffic throughout, there are huge columns at every turn and very limited space for cars to pass. You have to completely stop before going up to the next level to let other cars by. If someone takes the corner too fast and isn't watching ahead for cars, there could be issues. There simply is not enough space in there for a two-lane format.

I don't know if this is a 'con' necessarily but there are no restaurants or bars attached to the resort. That being said, the resort is within walking distance - or a short drive - to just about everything so it's a non-issue. There are several grills in the pool areas as well that were always busy.

One final comment (also not a con): this is a very family friendly resort. Lots of kids around all the time. If you're looking for an adult get-away, this is not the place for you.

Overall, we would definitely recommend Waterscape. We will stay somewhere else next time but only because Destin is beautiful and we like to try different places.

Sidenote: Boshamps restaurant in Destin is a must! Fantastic food, beautiful views and a fun sandy area for the kids to mess around in. Loved it!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

After reading some of the negative reviews regarding WAterscape, I was a little concerned about how our stay was going to turn out. This was our first time to fort Walton beach. In the past,we have went to gulf shores, this year we wanted to try something different. Waterscape is a great place for families. I have 3 boys(6,9 and 12 yrs old),and they all had a great time. They loved playing on the rope ladder across the pool and swimming in the lazy river. I would advise bring some type of water gloves for the rope climbing across the pool. By the 2nd day, all 3 of my boys had blisters on their hands because they played on it so much. I was concerned about the pool security/ personnel, and how they were going to be. We didn't have any problems with them. Just have to wear the wristbands and no drinking containers within 3 feet of the pool. I was a little disappointed with all of the seaweed at the beach. It was clear a couple of days, but majority of the time there was a lot of seaweed. That was one of the reasons that we decided to not stay at gulf shores this year, we wanted clear emerald green water. So, the water situation was a little disappointing.The sand was very nice. I enjoyed having the beach service of umbrella and chairs included in the rental. It was very nice not having to haul chairs and umbrellas to the beach. Definite plus. We enjoyed paddle boarding and kayaking.
Our condo was on the 6th floor and was very nice, updated. It had everything that we needed.
The boys did well with the bunk beds, they had their own tv mounted on the wall by the bunk beds, which was a nice plus for them.
Overall, waterscape is definitely a resort/condominium that our family would love to come back to.

  • 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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Address: 1110 Santa Rosa Blvd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Fort Walton Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Waterscape Condominiums 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waterscape Condominiums, professionally managed by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, are located on beautiful Okaloosa Island, which is infamous for its emerald green waters and white sandy beaches. Waterscape was constructed as a U-shaped property to house the "heartbeat" of the facility; the tropical oasis and pools. Waterscape has a two tiered pool deck separated by a 10 foot waterfall. The lower pool deck includes a large zero entry pool with spray toys and lily pads for the young at heart. The resort's lower pool deck features a long lazy river for you to float down on resort inner tubes. The upper deck houses a seasonally heated pool. There is a children's splash area on the upper pool deck that features toys for toddlers and a covered play area for maximum sun protection. There are two hot tubs located in the tropical oasis for your relaxation. ... more   less 
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