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“A week in paradise...”
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Gulf Shores is a small, quiet, 12-unit beachfront building
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Gulf Shores is a small, quiet, 12-unit beachfront building
View dolphins and tropical birds from our 22 foot long lanai with 2 ceiling fans Enjoy seeing beach and Gulf of Mexico from lanai, dining room, living room and kitchen
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Gulf Shores is a small, quiet, 12-unit beachfront building
View dolphins and tropical birds from our 22 foot long lanai with 2 ceiling fans
Enjoy seeing beach and Gulf of Mexico from lanai, dining room, living room and kitchen
22 foot long screened lanai has e second set of stairs direct to the beach.
Spacious open living/dining areas and kitchen
Well-equipped kitchen with exquisite artistic granite counters
Kitchen has full view of beach and Gulf of Mexico
Dining table seats six.  Table on lanai seats four.
Open dining area, living area and kitchen
Living room has Nantucket-style bookshelves. Professionally designed.
Den is between bedrooms and living/dining area
Cozy den has fireplace and flat screen TV on wall
Den also has Queen sleep sofa
Street side of condo - Your own parking area under your condo
New washer and new dryer in laundry room
A family playing on our beach
View from 22 foot screened lanai with 2 ceiling fans
Summer and autumn are lovely in Holmes Beach
Great Blue Heron on our beach
Ibis and fisherman searching for lunch along our Gulf shoreline
Our condo was awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Almost sunset on our beach - TripAdvisor Excellence Award
Stunning sunsets almost every evening from our Anna Maria Island beachfront condo
Soothing evening breezes from the Gulf
Master bedroom with beautiul white plantation shutters
Master bath en suite has double sinks
Large shower in master bath has safety grab bars.
Guest bedroom with twin beds is actually a second master bedroom suite
En suite guest bath
Guest bath includes bathtub with stand-up shower and safety grab bars
Celebrating sunset from the beach stairs
Black Skimmers feeding at dusk
Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf is like a healing, warm spa in summer
Sea oats on white sand beach
An occasional boat goes past in the Gulf of Mexico
Exquisite views
Lanai wall mural of our beach - looking south toward Longboat Key
Umbrellas on our beach
Rod and Reel Pier on bay side of Anna Maria Island - great fishing, great meals
Arial view of Gulf Shores Beachfront condo on Anna Maria Island
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Condo/Apartment -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, Florida

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Trackgirl...
Ohio
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9 reviews
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“A week in paradise...”
Reviewed 7 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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Our recent stay at Holmes Beach was simply amazing. We were pleased to
walk in the door and find our vacation rental extremely clean and ready for our
arrival. We were impressed by the tasteful decor, amazing amenities and
the overall cleanliness of the home. The panoramic Gulf views and the proximity of the beach were the frosting on the cake! The 22 ft. Lanai with new patio furniture was so relaxing and a great spot to view the stunning sunsets.

There were so many other fabulous details: top shelf linens and towels (oodles of them in each bathroom!); extremely well stocked kitchen with every appliance one
could ever need along with plenty of dishes and silverware; washer and dryer in a nice sized utility closet; beach towels; a well-stocked storage unit just below our unit with beach umbrellas, chairs, boogie boards, children's sand toys, beach "noodles," and a cart to haul everything easily to the beach. I know I'm forgetting details! The owner has thought of everything!

The winding stairway at the front of the condo allowed easy access to the private beach. We saw dolphins and enjoyed so many birds, including pelicans and white ibis. We had hoped to see a black skimmer at sunset, maybe next time.

Our weather was perfect - in the upper 80's and low 90's with a lovely breeze off the ocean that kept us comfortable. Two days were quite windy and we had great waves, not overwhelming, but just perfect for body surfing!

I can't tell you the number of times I heard the words "this is just
perfect" out of my husband's mouth! We appreciated the fact that this
was not your average Florida chic beach decor, but very well
appointed furnishings that could easily be featured in Southern Living
magazine!

We left Anna Maria feeling as though we had just experienced a week in
paradise. No one wanted to leave at the end of the week. One more
thing: the pictures on Tripadvisor.com are incredibly accurate! This
is a beach vacation that we hope to enjoy for years to come and we've
already made our reservation for same time, next year. Thank you to
the owner, Marilyn, for providing such an incredible beach front
get-away!

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Liked best: Everything!
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
9 Aug 2014
...So happy that you had an amazing, "just perfect" vacation. We love the view and the beautiful furnishings, too. We're looking forward to your return.
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SunSeeker...
Seattle, Washington
1 review
“Relaxing retreat”
Reviewed 24 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014

The condo was perfect! The owner is responsive and helpful. The condo is clean and nicely decorated. The photos on trip advisor are accurate. The kitchen is well stocked with everything we needed (spices, pam, pots and utensils). There is a TV in the bedrooms and living room. The beds are comfortable and there are plenty of pillows and a couple soft blankets. The bathrooms have plenty of towels and wash rags. There is washer and dryer in the unit. The weather was in the 90's and it was helpful to have the ability to wash our sweaty clothes.

The screened porch was nice to keep the bugs out. We could open the doors for fresh air and hear the sound of the ocean. The furniture on the porch is attractive and comfortable. The beach is accessed via a staircase out the front door...a few steps and you are on the beach. The condo has a storage room with beaches toys, noodles, boogie boards, chairs and umbrellas. The water temperature was a perfect 89 degrees. We saw dolphin, manatees and several different varieties of birds.

The grocery store (Publix) is about about a 5 minute drive. Publix is a well stocked grocery store but it has a limited organic section. We stopped at Wholefoods and Costco on our way in for meat and produce. Both stores are about a 45 minute drive.

There are several restaurants in the area and a fish market. Most require a car or a bicycle. We only ate out once at the Rod and Reel Pier. The restaurant is a great place to watch fisherman and pelicans as you eat. It is a fairly small place. They don't take reservations but it is on the water and it is a great place to watch the sunset. The grouper was fresh and the waiter was attentive.

I didn't see an elevator at the condo. There are stairs to both the first floor and second floor units. This isn't an issue us, but if you have mobility issues, it is something to consider.

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Liked best: We could open the screened windows and doors for fresh air and hear the sound of the ocean. All the beach toys we needed. Long beach for walking. Dramatic sunsets.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
2 Jul 2014
We're very happy that you felt our Gulf Shores retreat was "perfect." We feel the same. Thank you for your care and input - and for the new umbrella. Hope you will return soon. Marilyn
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MI
Reviewed 13 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014

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Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway Older travelers
Luxury-minded travelers
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Management Response
13 Mar 2014
Thank you for your great review - and for being perfect guests. We think this is the ideal location, also. We hope you will return to the "white sand beach and beautiful sunsets." Marilyn
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Cleveland
Reviewed 22 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013
1
person found this review helpful

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Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway Older travelers
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
22 Oct 2013
...Loved having you as guests. Please return soon.

Marilyn
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KY
Reviewed 2 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013
1
person found this review helpful

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
Check-in / front desk Service
Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway Older travelers
Luxury-minded travelers
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
Management Response
2 Oct 2013
…So happy you had a wonderful island experience! It's a joy to share this wonderful condo with others, especially when they love it so much. Please return soon.

Marilyn
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