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“Top notch. Very nice for Dauphin Island”

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Holiday Isle Resort
Fairhope, Alabama
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“Top notch. Very nice for Dauphin Island”
Reviewed July 16, 2011

This condo has everything for a great vacation. Large workout room with beach view, tennis, ping pong, indoor & outdoor pools with hot tub. Granite countertops with nice bathrooms, upsale condos.

  • Stayed June 2011
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Spring Hill, Kansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2010

This was the best place ever. The staff at Holiday Isle is wonderful and so helpful. We have stayed at many places over the last 8 years in the Alabama gulf coast area. This was by far one of our favorties. Susan is a sweetheart and the condo is so beautifully decorated. Everything you could ever need. The pictures are deceiving it is better than it looks. The beaches were beautiful. There was no oil at all on the beaches. If you have plans to go do not cancel. If you are thinking about going then go it is so worth it. The island is quiet but still has lots to do. Great places to eat. We loved the common loon and rainbow? (sorry dont know the exact name but it is right across from the condo.) The sandbox and treasure trove are great places to buy souveniers. The Lighthouse Bakery wonderful cinnamon rolls and cookies. Loved the coffee too. We also ate at Flamingo Fayes hard to find but great location. We even got snow cones from the little trailer on the main road. They were huge and so good on a hot day. You can rent bikes and ride all over the island it is a great way to see the island.You have the sea lab the ferry and the bird sanctiary to go to for fun. You will not get bored on your trip. The pools are wonderful they are clean and well maintained. The people on Daulphin Island are so sweet and laid back. Everyone is helpful. I just cant say enough about the place. This is the best vacation spot ever. Please please go there. Support the gulf coast and have a great vacation at the same time.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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arkansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2009

My husband and I and our three kids--ages 10, 7, and 7 just returned from a week at Dauphin Island. This was our first trip there; we met friends there who have family on the island and were staying for the month of July.

First, the beach. I have read a few posts about how bad the beach/water is--that it's brackish, filled w/ debris, and that you should wear shoes in the water. That was definitely NOT our experience. The beach and ocean were much, much better than we expected. The beaches were white sand and on the four days we spent at the beach, the water was crystal clear. We could clearly see not only lots of fish swimming in the water, but all of the little crab holes in the sand at the bottom of the ocean. We have spent the last six years vacationing in the Florida panhandle (Seaside, FL) and although the water is not the brilliant sapphire blue of the panhandle, it's just as clear. In addition to seeing school of fish, we also saw a pod of dolphins jumping and playing not far from shore. I've read posts about how the waters at Dauphin Island are full of jellyfish. Again, that wasn't our experience. As I said, the water was crystal clear and we saw only one jellyfish during our four days on the beach. None of us were stung but the last day we were there a little boy w/ a family near us was stung. I didn't see or hear of anyone else getting stung while we were there.

We spent one day at the West End beach, which, as you would expect is at the far west end of the island. There's a small charge to get in (I think it was $8.00 for us). The beach is very nice, and if you walk farther to the west, the beach is covered w/ all kinds of seashells. There is a volleyball net set up, rentals of kayaks, jet skis, etc. and big inflatable waterslides and a bouncy house. A $5.00 wristband bought my seven year olds unlimited time on the water slide and bouncy house, which they made the most of. There's also a concession stand where you can buy funnel cakes, polish sausage, and chicken on a stick. I didn't check it out but I think there's also an outdoor bar, where I assume you can order a beer or margarita. The atmosphere was busy, fun and festive and the beach was really nice. My kids loved it.

We stayed at Holiday Isle, which appears to be the largest condos on the island. Holiday Isle is right on the beach, and it's a VERY wide beach. Apparently, the condos used to be much closer to the water but Hurricane Katrina dumped a huge load of sand on the beach making it a longer walk from the condos to the water. Next to the condos there's actually a fishing pier that pre-Katrina, extended over the water, but is now totally landlocked.

The accomodations were very nice. We stayed in unit 202, which I chose b/c the second bedroom had two sets of bunk beds, which were great for three kids. The balcony was very wide and deep and w/ three nice, flat screen t.v.s, there was no fussing from the kids as to what to watch on the rare occasions we were actually in the condo. The complex has two pools. One is an indoor pool, which is very shallow--this seemed to be where most of the younger kids played. The outdoor pool is great b/c it's mostly covered. Only about a fourth of it is in the sun. This was great for those afternoons when we'd been at the beach for four hours in the morning and still wanted to play in the water outside but get out of the sun. There's also a very nice exercise room, w/ what appeared to be new equipment, a ping pong table and a tennis court. The staff was very accomodating. We were booked to arrive on Saturday, July 11. I called on Friday, the day before, and asked if we could come that night, and check out the following friday instead of the following saturday. The staff said for us to come on down, and left our keys in a little safe deposit box in the lobby (we got there around 9:00 p.m.)

As for things to do on Dauphin Island, we went to the Sea Lab one morning, which was interesting. The kids got to hold a giant horseshoe crab as well as some hermit crabs and seashells. There's also a fishing pier just before you cross the bridge to the island where you can rent tackle, etc. and fish. Mobile is about 30 minutes away and we drove into Mobile one day and toured the USS Alabama and the submarine next to it. We also took the ferry from Dauphin Island to Fort Morgan one day. We took two cars on the ferry and my friend and I drove to Foley and hit the outlet stores, while the two dads took our combined five children to Waterville, USA. Other than the beach and pools, there's not a whole lot to do on the Island. No nightlife to speak of, and the restaurants close early. There are lots of houses, a few condo complexes, 4 or 5 restaurants, and a couple of shops. This is definitely not the place for people who want to be entertained or be going, going, going. However, if you want a laid back, family atmosphere at a nice beach that for our family in Arkansas was 3 hours closer than the panhandle, Dauphin Island deserves some consideration. We will probably return.

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Dauphin Island, Alabama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2009

I spent a night here while work was being done to my personal Dauphin Island home. The amenities are the best on the island with a heated indoor pool, workout room facing the beach and a steam room, etc. The parking garage is the only one on the island with plenty of room for your cars. No boats are allowed though.
They offer nightly rentals, weekly and Snow Bird options.
A local real estate office is onsite to handle rentals and sales inquiries.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
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Property: Holiday Isle Resort
Address: 1601 Bienville Boulevard, Dauphin Island, AL 36528-4396
Location: United States > Alabama > Dauphin Island
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Dauphin Island
Number of rooms: 30
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Holiday Isle Hotel Dauphin Island

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