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“Gorgeous property, Breathtaking views, Ideal location” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Aqua
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Gorgeous property, Breathtaking views, Ideal location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2014

We stayed at Aqua twice in 2013 in April in a one bedroom on the 21st floor and again in June in a two bedroom on the 15th floor. Both bookings were made with Blue Sun Properties and each unit was uniquely and beautifully decorated and well maintained. The property itself is gorgeous. It lies nestled between bustling Front Beach Road and sugar white sands of the Emerald Coast. Within walking distance of the property is Pier Park, which is ideal for shopping, dining and night life. Also within walking distance are smaller locally owned shops, restaurants, amusements as well are the City Pier. This location is ideal if you want to minimize driving along the busy strip as there is quick access via side street to Back Beach Road.

The property offers covered parking on the opposite side of Front Beach Road and boasts a skywalk to avoid negotiating traffic. Be forewarned that luggage carts are scarce during common check-in and check-out times. It is recommended that grocery runs and large unpacking be avoided at these times. There are two elevator banks that offer fairly expeditious routes to the floor of your choosing. The common areas could have used a bit more attention during our June 2013 visit as there was some grime and garbage scattered about; however, the overall structure remained impeccable. The passcode protected common areas include two beautifully maintained pools, one of which is an indoor/outdoor. There is also a hot tub and public gas grills available. The landscaping and general décor is impressive. Beach chairs are available for rent just behind Aqua. Also available are various watersport rentals.

Each privately owned unit offered amble conveniences that allowed for home cooking, laundry and general relaxation both within the unit and just outside on the beach and strip facing balconies.

Despite the luster of the property, the main attraction is the breathtaking white sand and emerald waters of the Gulf Coast. The beach itself is well manicured by the property and the natural scenery is unforgettable. On many occasions we could spot sting ray and dolphin swimming along the shoreline in the early morning. The water was pristine during both of our 2013 visits.

I highly recommend Aqua for a stay in Panama City Beach is convenience, luxury, ambiance and scenery are desired. This is a perfect stay for both couples enjoying a romantic getaway as well as families looking to make some lasting memories.

Room Tip: The corner units ending in "11" offer a wraparound balcony facing the Beach and Western di...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Kingsport, Tennessee
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12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

This year will be our forth year in a row staying at Aqua. We have stayed in units 510 and 1010. The views are absolutely breathtaking! The kids really like cooling off in the indoor/outdoor pool. They think it's neat to have the pools connected. The hot tub is very relaxing. We always get a condo with beach service that provides padded chairs w/ umbrella.

The condos we've rented through Aqua management are always clean and decorated perfectly. The pictures and virtual tour on Aqua's website are exactly what you will see in your condo. Tried going the VRBO route this year but decided I liked dealing straight through Aqua Management there on site. I spoke with Debbie this year and Pat in the past . They were both so friendly that you feel like you are talking to an old friend. A truly enjoyable experience! They seem like they really look out for your particular needs. I know if I ever have a problem, they will do everything they can to fix it.

We have referred three other families from TN to Aqua. They all enjoyed with no complaints what-so-ever. In fact, two of the families are coming back for a 2nd time.

I look forward to my upcoming trip to Aqua! It's too cold in TN!

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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AquaPCBResort, Manager at Aqua, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
We are so happy you will be returning a 4th time to Aqua. It is always so nice to receive positive comments about our onsite staff and units. Hope to see you soon.
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Dothan
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22 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

We had a family reunion/vacation here. We had originally planned to rent a home but we stopped in to preview the property and met Pat, the Manager. We toured the complex and and decided to rent here instead. The amenities were great, and extremely convenient to the Pier Park complex. It is only a block away and has a lot of stores, movie theatres and places to eat. The walkway there is well lit.This place is well designed for ease of access. The secure access combination parking garage is across the street with a temp. controlled walkway across the beachfront highway. There are plenty of carts to roll your suitcases into the complex, and elevators fast and convenient. Everything is well lit and secure. The parking garage is well lit as well and has multi levels. There is NO shortage of parking whatsoever. There is controlled access to the garage and security is no concern. All of the items listed on the brocure are operational, clean and convenent. We liked the 3 pools, hot tub and workout room especially. We have owned a second home in the PCB area and had never actually considered the purchase of a condo, but we have to admit that after staying here, we would have to give it some serious consideration. We stayed in an end unit on the southwest corner, unit number 501. The unit was well appointed and very comfortable. The kitchen was well equipped and it was very thoughtful of the owner to provide the washing machine and dryer. We didn't use them, but they were there. A Wal-mart is only a short distance away out the back way and a new Publix is close by as well. If cooking out is your desire, cooking grills are provided down at the pool area. Go by Walmart, get your meal items and cook out by the pool. There was plenty of staff in presence the days we were there maintaining the area. Entry to the complex is controlled by keypad at all entry points aside from the front door. This is a clean, well managed, secure place to spend your visit. The only item we found a bit disappointing was that the mattress in the MBR was extremely soft and not especially to our liking. THe mattresses to the other two bedrooms and the sleep sofa were fine. The porch overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, beach, and pool area was great. We found ourselves there very often. We especially enjoyed the fact that there were no sources of music to annoy us at any time. We only had cause to contact Mgt one time, when our room key failed to work first time. It was quickly fixed and we had not further cause to contact them. We really enjoyed our time here. We are not able to get our family together more than once or twice a year and it was very important for us to select a place that was convenient and comfortable and safe. We got it right by staying here. We will be back. Thiis is a good value for the level of enjoyment we received.

Room Tip: We stayed in 501. No noise problems except for the bar across the street, but they closed down earl...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Robert H
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AquaPCBResort, Manager at Aqua, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
Thank you for the wonderful review. Your detailed description of the property, the friendliness of the staff, proximity to Pier Park and the area amenities, should convince any family to plan their next vacation with us.
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Panama City Beach, Florida
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27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

In town to race Ironman Florida. Could not ask for more. Good apartments, nice clean pools / Spa. 9k from race start. Full equipped kitchen and comfy beds. Staff are very helpful. We have seen dolphins from our balcony every day now. Easy beach access. Kids are no problem, lots of space for them to play. Would recommend.

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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AquaPCBResort, Manager at Aqua, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Thank you for your review of Aqua. We hope you will contine to return year after year.
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Midwest
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127 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

We stayed at the Aqua for our fourth time. It's a great condo-surely one of the best on PC Beach. But the maintenance is slipping a bit. Tiles cracked in the elevator--carpet squares very stained in the sky bridge. The Aqua needs to do stay on top of these items. However on the overall, a great place to stay.

One complaint-we stayed in the "01" unit at the far west end. Shuckums across the street plays very loud karaoke until well past ten and the two front bedrooms in this unit will not be able to sleep with the noise.

Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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AquaPCBResort, Manager at Aqua, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
We appreciate your multiple stays with us at Aqua, a truly beautiful property. Our Association continues to make improvements, year after year, to ensure the return of our loyal guests. Please come again soon.
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Fayetteville, Georgia
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58 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

We stayed there for 3 nights the last week of Sept. The room looked just like the photos. We liked that we were able to choose our room even though we booked through the office. You cannot get a refund if you cancel, but they will reschedule you. The desk was very courteous when I called to reserve. She also offered that we could check in earlier than 4 PM if the room was ready, and we did check in at 2 PM. All was clean and in good order.

The parking lot is across the street and there is a walkover which is not as convenient as parking near your door. The Country Music Jam was at the park on Back Beach Rd so it was more crowded than usual at this time of year. You have to go through a coded gate to get to the pool and beach area, and that was an inconvenience. The master bath was large, but the separate shower was SMALL b/c there was also a tub. I would rather have had a tub/shower combo than such a small shower. We rented chairs and umbrella for 1 day and it was $35. I don't think we've ever paid that much anywhere. They say you pay $20 if you rent multiple days, but we were leaving the next day.

It is very close to Pier Park if that matters to you.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Randy B
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AquaPCBResort, Manager at Aqua, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
Thank you for your review of our property. Events and proximity to Pier Park do bring many guests to Aqua. Our strict security does require the use of kaba gate codes which serve to protect the families that stay with us.
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Angola, Indiana
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76 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

We were very pleased with our stay at Aqua. We have booked pur 2nd vacation with Aqua for Feb 2014. We recommend Aqua!!! The location is great. Walmart is within a mile and pier park is within walking distance. We watched dolphins from our 20th floor unit.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Dawn H
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AquaPCBResort, Manager at Aqua, responded to this review, April 28, 2014
Thank you for your review of Aqua. We look forward to seeing our return guests year after year.
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Property: Aqua
Address: 15625 Front Beach Rd, Panama City Beach, FL 32413-2580
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Panama City Beach
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 83 Specialty Lodging in Panama City Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Aqua 3.5*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
From a stunning sense of arrival to an array of luxurious amenities to our perfect location within walking distance of fabulous shopping and dining at Pier Park, Aqua sets new standards for the perfect beach vacation. Stunning 1, 2 & 3 bedroom condominiums all with sweeping Gulf views, water gardens, pools and whirlpool spa. Aqua; The color of luxury. The color of Fun. The most colorful vacations begin at Aqua. ... more   less 
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