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Destin West Beach and Bay Resort
Vicksburg, MS
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

We stayed here for a week in July in a condo on 6th floor gulfside. It was amazing!

Loved the entire Destin West property and there was plenty to do! We spent a lot of time in the massive gulfside pool and in the lazy river on the bayside. The walk to the lazy river isn't that bad even though I see a lot of people complain about it. It took about 5 minutes and was very convenient with the walkway going over the highway so we didn't have to worry about crossing traffic.

Everything was clean and well kept and we had a wonderful time.

The only negative I can think of was the parking garage on the gulfside. I don't think it was built at the same time as the condos. If you have a lot of stuff, it may be a hassle getting it to your condo. There is no direct walkway from the parking garage level and the condo level and you have to either go up or down some stairs to access the floor. Not convenient when you are rolling luggage or a cart. They do have a ramp on the first floor that you can use but seems to be a lot of work just to get your stuff to your condo. We just carried our stuff up the stairs since we didn't have a whole lot.

Check in was very easy and fast. We did express which I would recommend to anyone staying here.

Overall was a wonderful experience in every way and can't wait to come back next year!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Monroeville
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

The condo was very nice, clean, well-stocked, comfortable, and with a great view. The pool was beautiful. Access to the bayside pool and lazy river was nice. Restraunts, shops, and a fishing pier with in walking distance right down the beach. Mini golf and arcade accross the street. Easy access to the town of Fort Walton Beach and to Destin. Lots of traffic when leaving Destin to come back. We found a nice little family friendly place in Fort Walton where kids where karaoking with the parents, and teens were hanging out playing pool and drinking sodas. (Fokkers). Beach was beautiful. Lots of seaweed,though the first day. The second day the water was clear. Just depends on the tide. We had two beach chairs and an umbrella as part of our package waiting for us each day at the beach. Nice!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Liberty Hill, Texas
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

The condo we rented was awesome. It was in great shape, plenty of room and excellent amenities. You get everything here...white sand beaches on the gulf on one side, the bay on the other side and then you get multiple pools and a lazy river. The kiddos loved the lazy river when we needed a break from the beach. Also, plenty of restaurants around and also check out True Blue Pontoon rentals...they are in walking distance and bring a cart down to pick up all your stuff. This was a great choice and I would highly recommend to others.

Room Tip: We stayed in Emerald Princess on the Gulf side. Had friends that stayed at the same time on the Bay...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2012 via mobile

To this day we haven't found a better place to stay. Everything is awesome there!

  • Stayed August 2011
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Zurich
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights in June in the Pelican 304. It was very nicely appointed, with a master suite and bath with tub, a bunk room in the hallway leading to the other bathroom with a shower. There was also a pull out couch, which was my only complaint as it was very uncomfortable. The condo had a fully appointed kitchen and the balcony overlooked the lazy river/bay side.

Before booking the place, I couldn't tell from their website which side of the complex to choose. We have to young children, and choosing a condo on the bay side was a gret choice. It was quiet at night, super quick access to the lazy river, beach-wade-in pool, shallow hot tubs (a adult only one, and one for families which wasnt as hot, and another pool. You could also access the bay from there where we saw dolphins swimming. You could snorkel in the bay if you wanted. Many kids were wading in there, catching crabs. There are no water sports in this area of the bay however. There were also nice grill areas here where we bought food and grilled out every night.

The beach was an easy access, we never had to leave the property as there was a sky bridge connecting to the beach-side. Beachside condos over looked a larger, more rowdy pool with less ambiance. Some grills on that side too. It also connected there to the Ramada Hotel which has a splash park (kinda dingy) and full access to the Ramada facilities (they looked pretty bad compared to the Destin West however). The Ramada did have a gift shop which was handy though.

Beach access was easy, and the beach was clean and beautifully emerald in color. You could walk down the beach a short distance to several over priced restaurants. A Publix grocery store was a quick drive away. We only saw jelly fish at dusk.

Overall, I'd highly recommend this for families with kids of any age. Seemed to entertain a large age span.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2012

We stayed here for a week on the gulfside and rented from VRBO. My review is for the resort, not our specific unit. The gulfside pools are taken care of VERY well. The two men in charge of the pool are the hardest working men we saw at the resort. However, the rest of the resort including: common areas, landscaping, halls, bayside pools, bridge, etc need some TLC. This is a fairly new resort and unfortunately in a few years it is going to look really bad unless they step up the maintenance. The bayside pools had some black "stuff" on the tiles on the lazy river which needed scrubbed. Many of the tile and edging around the lazy river was cracked and broken off. The landscaping is bare and not maintained in some places. The exterior common hallways need painted and ceramic floors need powerwashed. The resort (minus the gulfside pool) just lacks any type of polished look. In the week that we were there we never saw anyone working or cleaning any area of the resort besides the 2 pool men on the gulfside.

Destin West sits down from Destin a bit which is very nice and quiet. However, if you plan to go to Destin from Destin West plan to sit in traffic. We experienced a lot of traffic in June 2012. The parking garage is very easy to use. The cross bridge from Gulf to Bay side is nice, but it dumps you out in an elevator & parking garage--which seems a little weird.

The beach is beautiful! Some of the VRBO units include beach chairs/umbrella set up by an attendent each day. Bonus!

I heard several people complaining about the housekeeping, which sounds as if this is a new issue. There were many families at Destin West. If you are looking for a family atmosophere with great pools, this may be the place for you. However, please don't expect well manicured greens or well maintained common areas---both are average to below average.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

My family and I stayed in Room 410. The room upon arrival seemed fresh and clean. BUT quickly realized it was not as clean as it first seemed. The rugs in each room were never shaken out and full of sand and dirt. The bathroom sinks were not clean (hair etc.) One area that was relatively clean was the kitchen. The owners of this condo really leave the bare minimum to operate.

The resort gave us wrist bands to utilize the bayside fancy pool area (which was not very clean either...food/debris all over the ground). My armband apparently was not the properly stated band to use to enter. The pool guard at the gate made me return to the rental office to get a differently stated armband. Pretty inconvenient. Luckily the office was open. From what I gathered the rental office vs. the owner of the property are not one in the same and they are not on same page of privileges given for guests?

The view from the room was decent and the the gulfside pool was pretty large. Most of our view was the property next door the Ramada. Not a great view I might add. Probably why another review stated the view/property is much better to be on the bayside of Destin West. My teenager and friend spent majority of their time over there as the scene was much more active and party crowd. Destin West was definitely a step up from that location. More family oriented. I felt the walk over to the bayside from the gulfside to enjoy the ammenities was pretty far.

Room Tip: no restaurant onsite or room service.No beverage bar (except next door at the Gratto).
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Destin West Beach and Bay Resort
Address: 1320 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6822
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 15 Specialty Lodging in Fort Walton Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Destin West Beach and Bay Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 279
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Destin West offers the best of many worlds. We encompass both sides of the island, with beautiful views of both the Choctawhatchee Bay and Gulf of Mexico from our family-friendly condos and penthouses. Tired of the sand? Relax on the deck of our large Gulf-side pool while kids enjoy the adjacent Splash Garden. Or float in the Lazy River at our Bay-side tropical pool oasis. We feature villa units all the way to 3 bedroom fully equipped condominiums, all with private balconies. Penthouses feature double decks with roof-top private hot tubs. ... more   less 
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