We spent six weeks in Jan-Feb at this condo, so feel well qualified to comment on its features. Amelia Island is definitely worth the trip and the location of Atlantis on Amelia was just perfect. The beach is delightful and uncrowded, the condo complex is small and friendly, the town of Fernandina Beach is fabulous and there are lots of activities such as golf, tennis, cycling and the big draw - spending time on the beach. The owner provides everything you need in the condo itself, which is well fitted out and has perfect views of the ocean.
That said, we had some issues with the state of the condo that are both short term and longer term in nature. All of these are not issues that a renter should have to deal with. We found problems in the following areas:
- Cleaning. The cleaning company left the condo in a less than satisfactory state. The entire condo was dusty and did not appear well cleaned on arrival. The floors smelled of "old mop" that we had to clean again. We found gross, unmentionable things from a previous renter when sweeping under the bed that had to be thrown away. There were towels used by the previous renter that had not been washed but placed again on the towel bar (the smell was obvious).
- Bathrooms. There were large deposits of calcium/lime on the bathroom faucets that needed serious scraping and cleaning to bring them to an acceptable standard (about an hour of work, completed personally using a scraper and CLR). The master shower's faucet was loose and seemed like it would break at anytime, while the floor of the shower had rust around the drain that required deep cleaning as well. The second bathroom tub has an amateurish fix to the floor where there was previously a large crack - the tub needs replacement. The drains were very slow and required a treatment of "Drano" to make them run better.
- Kitchen. The kitchen cupboards are in a poor state. There is a large gap in the countertop at the junction under the microwave and the floor of the cupboard under the sink has drooped significantly with moisture and age. The sink itself is loose under the faucets due to the condition of the countertop.The dishwasher, while relatively new, was strongly influenced by the local hard water, which we fixed by purchasing a "Finish Dishwasher Cleaner" at the local shop.
The owner might ask why we didn't just complain about any of the temporary issues found above. The answer is simple - we're not complainers. We try to fix things judged to be within our control and only elevate issues that we can't resolve ourselves. But the spirit of TripAdvisor is to pass on experiences in an honest, unbiased manner.
The owner advised me that there are renovations planned to the bathrooms and maybe the kitchen for later this year, so hopefully the issues that we found will be resolved soon.
However, because we had six weeks on site we had the luxury of being able to fully research the local rental market and to personally visit many condos in the same size bracket. Overall, we found lots of good properties in the area that offer better value than this one, so look closely at the cost of this condo when compared to others and decide for yourself whether it is worth the extra outlay.
Bottom line - do your research, especially on cost. There is plenty of choice in Fernandina Beach.
The condo is in a great location with beautiful second floor views. It has everything you might need to enjoy a peaceful time at the beach.
We will be back!
I rented this condo for visitation with my Mother and father who live in assisted care on the Island. They have lived there almost 20 years so I know the beach well having walked up to this nearby pier many times. The beach is rated one of the top in the nation by USA today. I loved the condo. The oceanfront deck has glass doors on the master room and family room with that lovely table on the deck. You can watch the sunrise from your bed in the master. Ample kitchen, dining, and family room. Would be a good rental for a family with kids as the second room has four bunks, boogie boards, chairs and everything you need for the beach. The pool is not beachside. I may rent this again as it is a beautiful spot just to sit and watch the ocean with my old folks... Amelia Island is the hidden gem of island beach communities in all of Florida.
This was our first visit to Amelia Island and it will not be our last! First i want to review the owner...Joan....we were there when hurricane Irma hit and after the fact she has been wonderful to deal with in compensating for our loss of vacation days. I think it will be difficult to find a better owner to deal with! The condo had everything we needed except of course our fresh food! We lived out on the covered porch when we were not on the beach....it is great to have coffee on and watch the ocean. The washer and dryer looked new and worked great....the beds were all comfortable and i especially liked having afghans to curl up in while watching "chip and joanna" which seemed to come on at the hottest part of the day (when we all needed to get off of the beach!) Also, the bedrooms are separated from each other so talking people in one will not bother sleeping people in the other. The kitchen had everything you can think of and the fridge was a large one.
It was a great vacation spot and the island has everything you need...you don't have to travel to find even organic food! Will definitely visit there again from joan!
If you are looking for the perfect Beach Condo to go to with family and friends for much relaxation and to make memories look no further! This condo has all the amenities of "home!" Our family enjoyed the beach, boogie boarding and visiting the town with all the unique shops and restaurants. We visited state parks, went horse back riding on the beach and wave running. My favorite part of the day was sitting on the balcony with my morning coffee watching the beautiful sunrise. None of us wanted to leave... So Beautiful!
WOW, is this place beautiful. I really don't want to share anything about it so I can book it again. LOL Don't want everyone know how AMAZING the view is from the 2nd floor. Or how well appointed the condo is with EVERYTHING you need here. Or how nice the pool is! Or the location is so close to grocery stores, restaurants and parks. I really want to keep it a secret but that wouldn't be fair to the owner who has done a WONDERFUL job sharing her "special place". The two bedroom/2 bath condo is very comfortable, clean and works well for your stay in Amelia Island. You won't be disappointed. NOW to get it booked up again before I can't :-) THANK YOU
This condo is the best!! Very clean and comfortable! We had so much fun watching the sunrise every morning from the balcony or while taking our walk along the beach. The condo is stocked with lots of fun games! There are a lot of great restaurants close by and the shopping at Fernandina Beach is wonderful!! I would definitely stay here again!! Can't wait to make my next vacation reservation!