VACATION HOME ID: 140
RENTAL TYPE: Condo
Southern Charm Penthouse at Island Royale -Luxury on the Gulf-
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Your luxurious 2-bedroom, 2-bath Penthouse condo at Island Royale in Gulf Shores faces the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and commands a view from more than 150 feet over America's most stunning beach. Luxury awaits at every turn: A full-size, fully-equipped kitchen designed to prepare everything from a microwave snack to a gourmet dinner, chandeleired dining room, spacious living room, a HUGE balcony suitable for entertaining or just soaking up the view. If that's not enough, there's an indoor/outdoor heated pool, two hot tubs, a steam room, a sauna, an exercise room, and of course, your own private beach at Gulf Shores. It's a vacation you will want to repeat over and over.
Gulf Shores, Alabama is the perfect vacation getaway spot and luxury condo rental is the best way to enjoy it. A beach vacation at Gulf Shores is just the ticket to relax, unwind, and heal all the damage of months of high-stress work.
A Slice of Paradise-
You are about to reserve our Penthouse condo 14 floors above one of the most beautiful beaches in America. Let me describe it for you. It is 1,150 square feet, not including the balcony. We have gone to considerable lengths to decorate our condo to be soothing, comfortable, and pleasing to the eye. The ceilings are all 9 feet high, so there is a great feeling of space and serenity. It has two bedrooms, each with their own full bath. The master bedroom has a sliding glass door onto the balcony and the guest bedroom has a window overlooking the lagoon and IntraCoastal waterway. The kitchen has granite countertops and is completely outfitted with all the modern appliances as well as a full selection of new dinnerware, glassware, cooking utensils and pots and pans. The master bedroom has a king-size bed and the guest bedroom has a queen. The living room sofa folds out into a double bed. The dining room has a table set for four, but can easily accommodate six. The living room comfortably seats six in soft comfort and has a ten-foot wide sliding glass door/window onto the balcony and overlooks the Gulf.
The Penthouse, being so high above the ground, enjoys almost total quiet except for the soothing sound of the surf. All noise from the beach and the pool are (almost) too far below you to be heard. The building is of concrete construction, so there is virtually no noise from your neighbors, above, below, or on the sides. the building was only finished in 2002, so everything is brand new. It is perfect!
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Activities Onsite Or Nearby:
$1,600 per Month and Minimum stay is three calendar months of December, January, February only. (Calling all Snowbirds: The 2004 - 2005 Snowbird months are already booked. We give "right of first refusal" to last year's snowbirds every March. If you'd like to spend the winter of 2005 - 2006 in Southern Charm, talk to us in March of 2005.)
Just Some Of The Things To See:
The Riviera Center - Outlet Mall in Foley - You saw it on your way into Gulf Shores on Rt. 59 and it is a wonderful mall. Bad news: you'll spend at least $200. Good news: you'll get stuff worth twice that. There's no way you're not going to visit. It's far less crowded when it's a "good beach day".
Fort Morgan - go north on 59 to the second stoplight and follow the signs to Fort Morgan. It is a restored fort that once guarded the mouth of Mobile Bay. Worth the trip.
Dauphin Island by Car Ferry - from Fort Morgan, take a car ferry across the mouth of the Bay, then drive over the giant bridge that connects the mainland to the island and do a little exploring. The ferry trip is well worth the price.
The Battleship Alabama - moored in Mobile Bay, the self-guided tour takes anywhere from an hour to three hours, depending on your level of interest. Take 59 north to I-10. West on I-10 across the bridge and you can't miss it on your left. It's a Battleship, after all. And as long as you are this far, after the Battleship, take I-10 to the Bankhead tunnel and visit Old Mobile. The historic district is just off Government Street as you emerge from the tunnel.
Gulf Shores State Park - Just east about 3 miles on Beach Boulevard, the State park is a wonderful place to hike about and look for birds and other wildlife. Bring your binoculars.
Bon Secour - A real-live fishing village. Charming. Just about 20 minutes north.
Pensacola Naval Air Museum - If you flew into Pensacola, be sure to stop by the Naval Air Museum before you go home. If you like airplanes, allow a couple of hours, at least.
Our List Of Favorites...
Best Seafood Gumbo: Mikee's Restaurant. One block north of Beach Boulevard, one block east of Rt. 59.
Best Cheeseburger: Bahama Bob's. No contest. just a couple of doors east. Also try the Grouper Pecan, it's a local favorite.
Best Margarita: A tie. Bahama Bob's or The Pink Pony Pub. The Pink Pony is about a mile east, right on the beach.
Best New Nightspot: Try LuLu's. It's tucked away under the Rt.59 bridge. Turn off just north of the bridge follw the line of cars. Live music every night, good food, very cheerful and family-friendly. It closes at 10:00 and there's always a moderate wait for a table, so go early.
Best Fine Dining: Louisiana Lagniappe. It's in the San Roc Cay shopping mall which is about 5 or 6 miles east on Beach Boulevard. If you go over a big bridge, you've gone too far. It's on the left and there is no sign for the restaurant, just the shopping mall. There is a large stainless-steel sculpture of a swordfish out front.
Best Cheap Breakfast Buffet: In the hotel at the State Park. They also have a Sunday Brunch that starts at 11:00, I think. Never tried it, though.
Best Fried Seafood Basket: The Shrimp Basket. It is about a block north of Beach Boulevard on Rt. 59.
Best (only) Bengiets outside of New Orleans: Cafe Bengiet is a little pink building just north of the Shrimp Basket on Rt. 59. During the warm months, they are open all the time. In the winter, they are only open on the weekends. They have another shop in Orange Beach that they keep open all year.
Our (short) List Of Disappointments...
Restaurant that LOOKS good but isn't: BJ's Seafood. Such a charming building (one of the few that survived Hurricane Frederic in 1979), such a great name, such indifferent food served by the slowest staff on the planet... (if you look closely, when you order fish, you'll see the chef sneaking out the back door with a hook and line...) We've tried it half a dozen times in the last 15 years and have ALWAYS been disappointed. You really have to work at it to get on this list.
A Few Tips To Avoid Disaster On Your Vacation...
Sunscreen: Nothing ruins a week at the beach faster than a bad sunburn. If you burn yourself on the first day, you won't feel better until almost the end of the week. Buy lots of sunscreen, DO put it on EVERYWHERE 1/2 hour before going on the beach, and don't forget to cover your FEET with it. All those people you see limping into restaurants at dinner forgot to put suncreen on their FEET.
Red Flags on the Beach: When the surf and current are strong enough to warrant putting up a red flag on the beach, it REALLY IS TOO DANGEROUS TO SWIM. The rip-tides and undertows can be vicious and the only people who drown in Gulf Shores are the people who ignore the red flag warnings.
Jellyfish: Every once in a while, generally in the winter or early spring, you'll see Jellyfish at the edge of the water. Just don't swim on those days. They'll probably be gone tomorrow. They won't kill you, but they are very hard to avoid when you are actually IN the water, and the sting hurts like the devil for three or four hours.
Please see owner's website for further information.
State and Local Lodging tax (total of 11%) will be added to all rates. Rates do NOT include the cleaning fee (75.00).
Please e-mail or call for reservations.
Be sure to check availability page before calling or e-mailing.
About our rates:
Personal Checks, Visa, or Mastercard payments accepted.
Minimum stay is three months.
Weekly rates for weeks that span two rate periods will get the rate for the higher period.
Rates do NOT include the cleaning fee ($75.00), or the 11% Lodging Tax. All reservations must be accompanied by a $250.00 deposit. Full payment must be received 10 days prior to occupancy. Reservations made less than 14 days in advance of occupancy must be accompanied by full payment.
How To Make a Reservation:
1. Check the Availability page to see what weeks/months are available this year. Choose the available time you'd like. Being one of the most desireable condos on the whole beach, we tend to fill up early, so plan ahead to get the week you want. Although we cannot accept reservations more than 14 months in advance, our calendar is often booked solid 3 months in advance! Still, there is always a week or two that go un-rented, so check the calendar. Also, last year's snowbirds always get "Right of First Refusal" for the following year.
2. Use the form, call or e-mail us with your request. Upon receiving your deposit amount either by Credit Card or Check, we will reserve your time. If your reservation is made less than 15 days prior to your arrival, we require payment in full (rental + deposit + cleaning fee). You will receive a confirmation via e-mail for any charges to your credit card.
3. If your reservation is more than 15 days prior to your arrival, you may authorize us to charge your card (we'll call you for this authorization) or send us a check at the address in the upper left. Upon receipt of your full payment, you will receive an e-mail detailing how to open the lock-box that contains the key.
4. Check-in time is 3:00PM. Park your car on the second floor of the parking garage below the building in the spot marked P405 and take the elevator to "P4". The key is in a lockbox on the door and we will have emailed (or mailed) you the combination.
5. Upon your departure, and after our cleaning service has confirmed that there was no damage, your $250 deposit will be returned via the method you paid (Credit Card or Check). In the event that there is a deduction from your deposit, you will be informed via phone or e-mail as to the reason and the amount.
A. Cancellations more than 30 days prior to scheduled arrival will get a full refund of all charges EXCEPT the deposit, which is non-refundable.
B. Cancellations received from 30 to 7 days prior to scheduled arrival will be refunded 1/2 of the rental amount plus the cleaning fee.
C. No cancellations will be accepted later than 7 days prior to scheduled arrival date.
D. No refunds will be given in the event of bad weather UNLESS Gulf Shores is ordered evacuated or the condo becomes uninhabitable.
Young Renters: We were once in college ourselves. We would have loved to rent a condo for a week then. Nobody would rent us one. Now we know why. If you're under 25, we won't rent you one either.
Children and Teenagers: Bring 'em. Love 'em. But watch 'em and don't let 'em wreck anything or annoy the neighbors. Teenagers are naturally exuberant (we know - we raised 6 of them ourselves). Letting them go to the steam room, sauna, or hot tub as a group, without a (real) adult, is ASKING for trouble. Impress upon them that they are guests in a half-million-dollar condo (they ARE) and that they should be CAREFUL. Please.
Parking: We own a reserved parking space in the covered portion of the second floor parking garage at the west end facing the Gulf (marked "P405"). Park you car there and nowhere else. You will be sent a "registration tag" to hang on your rear-view mirror that identifies your car as having a right to park in our space. If you bring more than one car, you will have to go to the office (303) and pay $10 for a guest pass and park the second car in the unreserved parking. If you drive a giant SUV, you may want to pay for outdoor parking as the indoor spaces are not really big enough for a Hummer; people seem to get their "Suburbans" in OK, however.
Pets: Due to condo association rules, renters may NOT have pets of any kind. You may see a Poodle or two during your stay–these belong to owners who are allowed to have their pets with them.
Beach Sand: It's why you came here, but leave it on the beach. There's a little water hose on the walkway from the beach. Use it to clean the sand off you, your beach chairs and anything else you had down with you. Sand really wrecks carpeting, upholstry and sheets. If you see sandy footprints leading into a neighbor's condo, feel free to make that "tsk, tsk, tsk" sound while riding in the elevator with them. If you and the kids dig a really big hole at the beach, fill it in before you go up for the evening so night beach-walkers don't fall into it.
Smoking: We are unusual in that we do permit smoking, but PLEASE smoke only on the balcony and use the windproof ashtrays provided so your neighbors don't get showered with ashes when it's windy.
Security Deposit: Your $250 security deposit will be mailed back to you (if you paid it by check) or credited to your Visa/Mastercard (if you paid by credit card) AFTER the condo has been inspected by the maid service. If there is any reason to deduct from it, you will be informed by phone or mail first. If anything is obviously wrong when you check in, tell us as immediately.
Maximum Occupancy: Our condo will sleep 6 using the convertible sofa in the living room. More than 6 people are prohibited from occupying the condo.
Elevators and Carts: The most expensive single system in our building is the elevator. It can't tolerate jumping, holding the door open for more than a few seconds, or sand or water. If you hear or see anybody jumping up and down in the elevator, call the office, 980-1823, immediately and tell them about it. If the elevator comes to your floor before the rest of your party is ready to get on it, DON'T hold the door open for them. Wait for the next one. Dry the kids off before letting them in the elevator so they don't drip excessively on the floor. Every time an elevator repairman has to come and fix the elevators, it inconveniences everyone and costs the owners HUNDRERDS of dollars. The luggage carts are for everyone's convenience. They should NEVER be brought into the condo. Unload them from the hallway outside the door. When you are done, send one of the kids back down the elvator with it and leave it outside the elevator enclosure on the parking floor for the next person to use. It is considered "piggish" to bring one up to your condo on Friday night if you're not leaving until Saturday.
Noise: Our neighbors will greatly appreciate your efforts to keep noise to a minimum. Absolutely no loud parties, loud music, or loud voices. Especially on the balcony. This doesn't mean you have to creep around like a mouse–it's a vacation, after all. But if you get up at 5:00AM be considerate on don't let the door slam. Likewise if you arrive after 10:00PM. Don't shout down to the beach from the balcony - if THEY can hear you, so can the whole building... Slide the glass door slowly so they can't hear it downstairs. A little effort goes a long way toward making our building delightful for everyone. Don't be shy about complaining to the office (980-1823) if someone else is not following the rules.
The Balcony: You are 140+ feet above the beach. The balcony railing is quite strong, but DO NOT lean over it and DO NOT lean against it. It's a LONG WAY DOWN. Do not allow youngsters to be on the balcony unless an adult is with them. PLEASE do not hang anything (towels, bathing suits, flags, etc.) on the railing. It is strictly forbidden by the condo association. Also, no one has ever invented a sliding screen door that always stays on its track, so be gentle with it. If it comes off, do NOT try to put it back on unless you work for a sliding screen company.
Feeding the Birds: There is a $50 fine (from the City) for feeding the birds from a balcony. The security guard loves to catch people at it. It really DOES make a mess of the building, though, so DON'T. If your kids just can't be happy unless they are surrounded by 200 squawking seagulls, send them to the beach with some bread-crumbs and make sure they are away from everyone else on the beach.
Wind: Because of our elevation, there can be quite strong winds. You won't notice them UNLESS you open the back door while the sliding glass doors are open. Take care on windy days to close one before opening the other. On calmer days, there is no problem letting the breeze blow through from the open window in the guest bedroom to the open sliding glass doors. Just don't go to sleep with them wide open unless you're pretty sure it's not going to rain–there could be a storm during the night and you'll be surprised and WET.
Laundry: The linens and towels are clean when you arrive. They will not be cleaned during your stay by the maid service. You may, if you wish, wash them in the unit's washer and dryer during your stay.
Liability: We cannot be responsible for any mishaps that occur during your stay. By renting our condo, you agree to assume all liability for personal injury and property damage caused by you or your guests during your stay.
Cleanup: When you check out, please leave no food in the 'fridge and be sure the coffee pot is OFF. Turn the lights OFF. CLOSE and LOCK the windows and doors. Leave the thermostat set at 75° in the warm months and 65° if heat is required. Leave everything in the place you found it when you arrived. There is no need to vacuum, the maid will do that. Owners Rate Table
VISA ,MASTERCARD ,CHECKS
PUBLIC HOTTUB, PUBLIC POOL, SAUNA, DVD PLAYER, VCR PLAYER, STEREO, CD PLAYER, PHONE, DISHWASHER, ICEMAKER, MICROWAVE, REFRIGERATOR, UTENCILS, POTS AND PANS, WASHER AND DRYER, Dinnerware for a party for 12, Spices, Toaster, Blender, Alarm Clock, Vacuum Cleaner, Ironing Board and Iron, Board Games, Books, Cards
GOLF, SWIMMING, SAILING, JET SKIING, GYM, RESTAURANTS, SIGHTSEEING, SHELLING, BOATING, SHOPPING,
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