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“Destin West Beach and Bay Resort delivers Spring Break awesomeness!!”

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Destin West Beach and Bay Resort
Macon, Georgia
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44 reviews
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“Destin West Beach and Bay Resort delivers Spring Break awesomeness!!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

This resort is located on the main highway going through Fort Walton Beach. It is right next door to a Fudpuckers which is quite convenient. The condo we stayed in was in the Heron on the bay side. It was very large with great furnishings.

They have several nice pools and lots of deck space for laying out. Some of the pools are heated which is nice for cooler spring break weather.

Getting to the ocean required a 5 minute walk over a land bridge which goes over the main highway which is quite congested. Guests have access to both halves of the resort, the bay side and the gulf/ocean side. The beach is quite nice and walking distance to a large pier known for good fishing and early morning dolphin watching.

The only thing lacking at this resort is food/drink service. You have to lug your own coolers around if you plan on spending the whole day at the pool or ocean as we did at times.

All around a great place, with great views. Definitely on our list of places to return to.

Room Tip: Check listings carefully for number of beds. These condo's are quite large and we lucked up and...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Gulfport, MS
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

We travel to northwest Florida beaches several times a year and Destin West was our go to rental. We have stayed both beach and bayside, and while the bayside condos are newer and therefore probably cleaner, we prefer being close to the beach. Our last stay was the last straw. The room we were initially given was a two bedroom condo with a Horrible smell. The ceiling and ac area looked wet and stained. I was afraid it was mold, this smell was not mildew, and I did not want my 4 year old in the room. When I called the management office they said their manager was off duty and they could do nothing until morning. When my husband and I showed up in person moments later the very young and inexperienced girl at the desk was very rude. Luckily there was a more experienced lady working that evening who stepped in and changed our room without hesitation. The second condo, though lacking a horrible stench, was in desperate need of TLC. The walls were a mess, furniture stained or broken and the whole place needed a good scrub down. The resort itself has great amenities and it is a shame that the rentals are lacking much needed TLC. We have been coming to Destin West since the Holiday Inn in Navarre beach was destroyed and the accommodations have been declining over the last several years. I did contact the manager's office after our last stay but never received a response. Needless to say I am currently searching for a new vacation property for our upcoming visit to Florida.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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DestinWestVacations, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
We’ve had some technical issues with our Trip Advisor page, and Destin West Vacations sincerely apologizes to all of the travelers who have posted reviews and have not been responded to. Your reviews mean a lot to us, and we are working on posting a response to every single reviewer. Destin West Vacations is under new management and we look forward to the future with our Trip Advisor family and guests.

Thank you very much for sharing your concerns. We sincerely appreciate feedback like yours as it helps us identify improvement opportunities. We apologize for the issues you experienced with both staff and unit condition. These types of experiences are not what we want our valuable guests taking home. Issues and reviews like yours are covered in our staff meetings, with our ultimate goal being improving our service. Destin West Vacations now has a new Operations Manager and Housekeeping Director, and our goal is to ensure we get things right the first time. We would love to win back your business.

Thank you so much for reviewing Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, managed professionally by Destin West Vacations.
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Reviewed March 9, 2013

We stayed here back in 2009...nice experience then, nice condo. We were supposed to stay in Pelican PH5 for 5 nights...we got in late and OMG. We travel alot and this was by far the DIRTIEST room/place we have seen!!! A pile of dirt by the frig...sand in the closet...toilet was dirty...hairs in all corners of bathrooms...on soap dishes...HAIRS ON PILLOW CASE as well as make up...furniture was gross!! All stained up!! Couldn't even sit down! All the walls were patched and the holes filled, looked terrible! The furniture was beat up, scratched up, and very weathered! A little stain/scratch touch up goes a long way if you don't want to replace the furniture! The tops of the baseboards had dirt an inch thick! This entire unit needs to be closed to the public for a thorough cleaning! And I still wouldn't stay here! We packed up and went to The Islander, our 2nd visit to that resort...perfect!! Destin West is a beautiful resort, but not clean at all, even the grounds, elevators, etc.

  • Stayed March 2013
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DestinWestVacations, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this review, February 24, 2014
We’ve had some technical issues with our Trip Advisor page, and Destin West Vacations sincerely apologizes to all of the travelers who have posted reviews and have not been responded to. Your reviews mean a lot to us, and we are working on posting a response to every single reviewer. Destin West Vacations is under new management and we look forward to the future with our Trip Advisor family and guests.

Thank you very much for sharing your concerns. We sincerely appreciate feedback like yours as it helps us identify improvement opportunities. Pelican Penthouse 5 is one of our most beautiful units, and is very popular with our repeat clientele. We've very sorry about your experience there. We have onsite management and encourage our guests to report and unsatisfactory conditions as soon as they are noticed so that we make resolve the issues.

Thank you so much for reviewing Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, managed professionally by Destin West Vacations. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed November 6, 2012

My family stayed at the Destin West Beach and Bay Resort April 2012. We had a wonderful time! The accomodations were clean and comfortable and the amentities were excellent. We enjoyed the multiple pools, especially the lazy river. Families will love the spacious resort grounds.

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Austin
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32 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed October 16, 2012

Just got back from 4 days at Destin West gulfside, and had a wonderful time! Weather was perfect both times we visited Ft. Walton. (April and October) condo was clean and loved the beds. Pools were very nice and the lazy river pool is easy to get to if you are able bodied. The only complaint is that you need to bring salt, pepper, dish soap, toilet paper and trash bags. Just wish I would of known ahead of time. Close to the Boardwalk and great places to eat there too!

Room Tip: Close to the beach are good for everyone, but the bayside may be better for use of families for the...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Planned a quick weekend trip for my son's birthday. 2 adults and 3 kids and the condo accomadted us perfect. Nice balcony and views ( we stayed on the gulf side). Outdoor furniture was a little dated but the overall experience was very nice. Kids loved the huge pool, beach and lazy river. Condo had all the ammenties and we really enjoyed ourselves. No hassel to get in and out this place. Very Nice stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Salina, Kansas, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 17, 2012

I have been trying for months to get a call back from these people for our wedding party and NOTHING. I have called, left messages, gone online and used their contact information.....still nothing. We have decided to go with Jetty East.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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DestinWestVacations, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
We’ve had some technical issues with our Trip Advisor page, and Destin West Vacations sincerely apologizes to all of the travelers who have posted reviews and have not been responded to. Your reviews mean a lot to us, and we are working on posting a response to every single reviewer. Destin West Vacations is under new management and we look forward to the future with our Trip Advisor family and guests.

Based on your review, we're unable to tell if you were referring to us, Destin West Vacations, or another management company or private owner. In any event, we thank you very much for sharing your concerns. We sincerely appreciate feedback like yours as it helps us identify improvement opportunities. I can't apologize enough for your experience, regardless of which company you were working with. I can assure you that lack of service is something no guest should or will ever receive from us.

Thank you so much for reviewing Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, managed professionally by Destin West Vacations.
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Additional Information about Destin West Beach and Bay Resort

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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