Have you ever gone new home shopping, found an unappealing one in a great neighborhood and thought as you drove away, “hmm, with a little paint here, a new driveway, a new fence and some shrubbery that place would be awesome”.
That’s the impression I got of Bluewater Bay Golf Resort.
Google Earth location, N30 28 55,W86 25 47.
Desperately wanted to go to Destin, but the hotels were full. So I had to look at alternate cities. Niceville was the closest town with a bridge carrying straight into Destin at the part of the beach I like the most.
With Destin hotels running $140 and above, Nicevill hotels weren't much cheaper.
So I searched for a non-traditional choice like Bluewater Bay Resort because I had seen signs for it when I have passed this way in the past.
It is literally across the bay from Destin Central Shopping District. It takes about 10 minutes or less over the long mid-bay bridge (when there is no backup). The fee for the bridge is about $3 each way unfortunately, unless you have a Sun Pass.
The resort is large and you primarily see nice homes when you drive into it. Got the registration building, which houses the rental units and had to pause outside and contemplate. Roof tiles were dislodged with some appearing gone, the pop-corn texture type paint was way too old and unappealing, the parking lot was not well maintained and was relatively empty. That's a little uncomfortable on a holiday weekend. There was damage to one of the columns that should have been repaired a long time ago.
Trying not to prejudge everything, the desk clerk was very nice and told me about the property. The property had a marine on the bay, but you have to ask for access to it from the marine officials, it is not automatically included. There are lots of home in the complex with very nice landscaping.
Well, the room was huge, in fact the proper word is ‘suite’. There was a kitchen with microwave, refrigerator and a double/deck washer and dryer. The dining/living room was very large and spacious. The couch in particular looks dated and well worn, but not torn. There were crumbs left in one of the seats at the table and each chair had a least one of two spots. The solid carpet, well, it could use a little updating.
The bedroom came out much better though. Although definitely not modern, it was basic and clean with simple furnishings. A quick look under the sheets showed no tearing, no stains and no other interesting spots. The beds themselves were decent, but I would not expect plush at this pricepoint. It is my favorite room.
The bathroom is another story. Although very large, the sink was chipped, there were scratches on the bottom of the tub and most annoying was the wallpaper peeling away from the top of the shower splashplate
The last irritant, which is hard to control is the fact that I was in a non-smoking room, but I could smell the residue of smoke in it. I never fault management, unless it is real bad and no effort was made to subdue it.
Ultimate Opinion: This place would be a fantastic bargain for a small family of four even if it cost 20% more. Everything that you need would be right there in the unit and you would be only about 10 minutes from the beach. The words ‘maintenance, slight renovation, some painting, new furnishings and upkeep’ come continuously in my mind.
On a 1 to 5 scale for basic accommodations, this place with a little TLC would easily be a 5+. Right now, I would give it a 2.33 and would stay again with the recommended improvements
- Also Known As:
- Bluewater Bay Hotel Niceville
- Blue Water Bay Resort