Hello jdn005 - we are so happy you had the opportunity to be one of our first guests in the historic opening of our property! You are absolutely correct in your explanation of our property design as we want to not only preserve the State Park and Beaches, we want to educate our guests in sustainability and eco-tourism and all of the unique features of our property. We are thrilled you are able to appreciate the layout and the opportunity the walks provided you to enjoy they views, smells, and sounds of the Gulf only 100 yards away. We also encourage the valet and bellmen service so you can experience our friendly and engaging team members from the moment you arrive through your final farewell. We can't wait to welcome you back on your next visit to Gulf Shores, I suggest joining us for dinner one night in our second story restaurant Perch for a beautiful sunset over the Gulf while you dine!