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The Islander
Ranked #13 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Destin
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Reviewed July 29, 2007

my family and I visited Destin last summer. We stayed at the Islander. Their beach is extemely crowded. The water was very clear there, way too many people, though! There were not many shells or fish around. Just sand. Lots of soft ,powdery sand. The hotel was not the greatest, either. Small rooms. Will not return.

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Reviewed July 21, 2007

This was our first time to stay in Destin. We chose the Islander because of its location and price. We stayed in unit 718 on the west side. The view was wonderful, a little different than just seeing the ocean side. We also got to see the beaches around the jetties, the water was the best I have ever seen, watching the boats come in and out was really neat and watching the sun going down before we went out for the evening was great. Also, The Property is beautifully landscaped and the pools and hot Tubs were wonderful. We spent most of our time at the beach, A little crowded at times, But wonderful !!!!!!!!!!

Rosie and David Fite
Sparkman, Arkansas

Stayed: July 2007
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Reviewed April 19, 2007

We thought the view was terrific. People were very friendly here. We really had a nice time.

Fun beach atmosphere--it seemed like the best place to be!

Stayed: April 2007
2  Thank JMFlesch
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Reviewed April 11, 2007

We stayed at the Islander after reading many reviews on Tripadvisor. This was our 1st time in Destin. The condo was very nice and the view of the sunset/gulf was REALLY NICE. I would recommend the sunset view to watch the boats and dolphins (and the sunset). We were on the 7th floor. When I phoned to make reservations and explained that I liked to sit on the balcony and watch whatever was going on they recommended the gulf/sunset view.

  • Stayed: March 2007, traveled with family
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2  Thank kaloja
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Reviewed March 31, 2007

Feb 1 - Feb 5
Unit - 7th floor

What a wonderful place to stay for a nice relaxing weekend. Our anniversary stay was just what we were looking for, quiet, relaxing, and wonderful walks on the beach. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The unit we stayed in was very nice and the view was wonderful. We really did get to watch the dolphins play in the mornings. Although a cold front came through it was still nice to walk on the beach. The fun part was the Super Bowl party with all the other tenants (which were snowbirds) and watching the game on a big screen T.V. We did however find out that we were the youngest couple (40's) in the complex. All the other snowbirds (60's +) were very friendly. We plan on going back again.

K Credeur - Mobile, AL

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 10, 2007

Going back for our 3rd Spring Break (Adult) in March, 2007. Found The Islander to be perfect for 2 couples. Clean, maintained, personable staff. You can view the beautiful white, sugar sand beach and sunsets from your balcony. Only a 5 minute walk across the driveway to the beach.

We meet 5 other couples (and some with college age children) for a relaxing, fun-filled week. Can't wait to leave on Friday to head down.

An earlier review spoke of water lapping at the corner of Jetty East. This is true. Only happened last year after the hurricane removed abou 100' of sand from the beach. City and County are working diligently to reclaim the beach. Nature takes away quickly and it takes alot of work and Govt. approval to reclaim. Give it time. Anyway, you won't be disappointed if you're looking for somewhere clean, relaxing and next to the beach.

Stayed: March 2006
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Reviewed February 12, 2007

After looking on Tripadvisor at the available lodging, called the Islander and booked a 3 night stay. We just got back yesterday. My husband and I went, and the condo was very clean and spacious. Would be large enough for us and our teenaged son and college aged daughter. Could tell it is an older place, and the rail on the balcony was a little wobbly, as well as a few towel racks being shaky. Otherwise, they give you ample large towels, and the view was great. Other guests were so friendly, most this time of year are there for a few months. The staff at check in were great also. Will definitely return, would recommend. Really close to the jettys, about a 15 minute beach walk, where I watched the dolphins go by. Enjoyed this area of Destin, Holiday Isle, and loved the Islander.

Stayed: February 2007
2  Thank hubcap64
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Additional Information about The Islander

Address: 502 Gulf Shore Dr, Destin, FL 32541-5076
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Destin
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #13 of 55 Specialty Lodging in Destin
Price Range: $170 - $217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Islander 3.5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Islander condos are 2 bdrm/2 bath and feature a private balcony and a fully equipped kitchen. Amenities include 2 pools, whirlpools, tennis courts, shuffleboard courts, and a gym. Please note you must book through the Islander Rental Company to get the VIP program including FREE beach service. The off site rental companies do not offer our VIP program. ... more   less 
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