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Destin West Beach and Bay Resort
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   1320 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE, Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548   |  
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Ooltewah, Tennessee, United States
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“BEST of the Best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

What a surprise! This resort has been perfect for our family. LOVE the lazy river and hot tubs and zero entry pool. We walk across a bridge to the beach. The beaches are beautiful and the water is so clear. The resort is well kept and the other visitors are respectful. We've been to alot of condos and beach/water vacations. This is the best by far. Our group included 54 yrs of age to 3 yrs of age with teen agers and 20 yr olds. We all agreed that it was perfect.

Room Tip: We preferred the bay side condos
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Destin West RV R, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this review, June 2, 2014
Thanks so much for taking the time to post your review. Because the unit you stayed in wasn't mentioned, we aren't able to determine whether or not you stayed with us, Destin West Vacations, the owner of this Tripadvisor page. In any event, we appreciate your feedback and are so glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay here at the resort.

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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Let me start by saying the views from the roof, and the grilling on the ceramic egg grill in this particular unit, were awesome for evening entertaining with friends and family. If the weather had been a little more cooperative, it would have been an ideal place to get some sun as well. We visited the week prior to Easter, and the whole country seemed to be in a cold snap!

This condo was very clean, nicely updated & decorated, and aside from a blow-dryer, had everything we could have needed. Beds were just-right comfy and new; our three sons all had plenty of room. The condo was located on the bayside, but the views at night were stunning, as the lazy river was lit in changing colors--very pretty to enjoy from the balcony.

We were there with another family in an adjacent condo, and their condo had umbrella/chair service on the beach. Ours did not, but we didn't really miss it. The beach itself is beautiful white--one of the prettiest we have been on, and very clean. You can walk for a long way, and even during a busy spring break time, it never felt crowded. Beach access from the bayside condos was via a walkway over the road and through the Destin West beachside complex,--it probably took five minutes to make the trip.

Lots of places to eat outside along the beach, but due to the cool weather, we ate mostly indoors. Once good place we stopped due to reviews on Tripadvisor was at Burrito del Sol, which was a very casual, pay at the counter place in Ft. Walton Beach. It had great fish tacos.

Overall, if you are visiting Ft. Walton Beach area, I can highly recommend this unit and location. As I said earlier, the biggest bummer was the transitional weather, which was not quite warm enough in the mid-60's to really feel like the beach vacation we were looking forward to. Would probably be much better a bit later in the spring or early summer.

Room Tip: All the penthouse units have rooftop access from a spiral staircase on the main balcony.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Destin West RV R, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thanks so much for posting your extensive review! Feedback like yours means a lot to us, and is very helpful for other travelers as well. We appreciate you and hope to see again!

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Destin West Vacations
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

My family arrived before check in time, and was greeted with smiles from the front desk. We knew we would probably have to wait for our room, but was surprised when they said it was ready to go, and even if it hadn't been ready we were welcome to go to the lazy river or head on out to the beach. Our unit was exactly as showed in the pictures and clean. The pools at Destin West and the Ramada were more than enough, so that we didn't have take our kids to Big Kahunahs in Destin. I couldn't really say anything for maintenance as we didn't need them for anything while we were there. On check out day I phoned down to find out what was required and was told to return their pool tags, take out the garbage, and load the dishwasher. Simple enough I can't wait to come back next year! Thank you for a great vacation!

Room Tip: Ask if they have any units that offer beach service, private four person hot tubs, or one car garage...
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Destin West RV R, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thank so you much for posting your review. We are so very happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see again real soon!


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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We really loved the place. It was nice to have a place to stay that could fit my family and in-laws. Having a place with a kitchen with all the pots, pans and other amenities was a plus. Also the close proximity of beach, pools and other attractions was a plus. The only complaint was from my in-law that the their queen bed was so hard and uncomfortable, that they opted to sleep on the floor the last night there. Otherwise we would we would recommend this room to any one and we look forward to coming back again.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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DestinWestVacations, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Thank you for posting your review of Destin West! Because the unit you stayed in wasn't identified in your review, we are unable to determine if you stayed with us, Destin West Vacations, the owner of this Tripadvisor page. But we happy that you enjoyed your vacation and we hope to see you again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

We have stayed at the Destin West many years ago but this year was our first year since they remodeled. It is gorgeous! The condos were great, pool, lazy river, jacuzzis (cleaned out completely every day) everything was immaculate! ALL the staff were so friendly and 100% efficient. Check out VRBO.com for great condo rental prices. The boardwalk is within walking distance and when you stay on the Bay Side, you have ALL the ammentities on the other side, plus the use of the Ramada pools and kiddie area (which is awesome!).
We will return next year! Great job Destin West!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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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DestinWestVacations, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Thank you so much for posting your review Because the unit you stayed in wasn't identified in your review, we are unable to determine whether you stayed with us, Destin West Vacations, the owner of this Tripadvisor page. In any event we are so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

This was my very first time to stay at the Destin West and I must say I will never stay anywhere else but the Destin West. The location was perfect, the room was excellent, and the staff were friendly. I booked room 214. The room was so convenient to the parking garage and still had a wonderful view. We didn't even use the elevators because of the stairwell being so close to the room and just one small flight of stairs. The pools were immaculately clean and there are several big pools heated for cool days. Having access to the beach and bay side was definitely a plus! The lazy river was so beautiful and bigger than I expected. Having all of this a few steps away along with sugary sand and emerald waters just made our vacation better than we ever expected!
My family included myself, my 18 year old daughter and 4 of her friends and my 3 yr old. The older girls loved the Destin West and are ready to go back this summer! My 3 yr old was ready to move in the condo forever!
Okaloosa island is definitely the place to stay! Convenient to everything. The room had everything you needed and space was perfect. I brought toilet paper, dish detergent and paper towels but condo was stocked with plenty to get you started. Plenty of silverware, very comfortable beds and spacious kitchen. Writing this makes me miss the beach and the Destin West. I hope to stay again this summer and would love to stay in 214 again!

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 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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Destin West RV R, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review. We are so happy that you and your family and friends enjoyed your condo, the resort and our local area. We hope to see you again next year!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

My family of 4 and my mother just left the resort on Monday. We had an amazing trip.we stayed in a newly remodled 1bedroom with bunk room. We had plenty of space for 5 people. The room was very well decorated, clean and fully stocked. The only problem we had was with our blender being broke, but the front desk was very helpful in trying to get us a new one. But I was impatient, and just asked our neighbor. The location is perfect exspecially if you like to go back and forth from destin to fort Walton. It's also great to have all the amenities of the surrounding resorts, there's always something to do in walking distance and it don't take long to get from one place to the other. You really don't have to leave the resort, other than to stock the kitchen with food!

  • Stayed April 2014
    • 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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Destin West RV R, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We are so pleased that you and your family enjoy the resort and the local amenities. We look forward to seeing you again in the future!

Sincerely,
Destin West Vacations
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Additional Information about Destin West Beach and Bay Resort

Address: 1320 Miracle Strip Parkway, SE, Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 18 Specialty lodging in Fort Walton Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Destin West Beach and Bay Resort 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Destin West offers the best of many worlds. We encompass both sides of the island, with beautiful views of both the Choctawhatchee Bay and Gulf of Mexico from our family-friendly condos and penthouses. Tired of the sand? Relax on the deck of our large Gulf-side pool while kids enjoy the adjacent Splash Garden. Or float in the Lazy River at our Bay-side tropical pool oasis. We feature villa units all the way to 3 bedroom fully equipped condominiums, all with private balconies. Penthouses feature double decks with roof-top private hot tubs. ... more   less 
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