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Portofino Island Resort
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

Great location, beautiful resort with gourmet kitchen and plenty of pools. The beach is about a block distance but still private. The resort feels secure and has plenty of activities even when one does not go to the beach (winter): ciclyng, spa, dining, indoor pool, etc. I stayed here twice and would have stayed more if it wasn't so pricey ($750/2nts/2beds!andup). I mean, it's just Florida!

Room Tip: Go grocery shopping before you enter Pensacola Beach island, there's no much stock in the island's markets.
  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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Thank ChloefromGA
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Reviewed 1 February 2012

We stayed in Condo #504 for two weeks in November 2011, and enjoyed the luxury and the views. Each condo has its' own pool, and there is also a pool complex at the central leisure centre on the facility. The centre also has a restaurant, bar facilities, gift shop, weights/fitness room and indoor swimming pool. The complex has a large catamaran, which takes guests along to the boardwalk and on dolphin-watching excursions. A fine white sand beach lies a short walk from the complex, with excellent water facilities provided by the condo complex. We loved our stay and didn't want to leave for the airport at the end.

Room Tip: Try to pick a condo suite which has the "wrap around" verandah. This ensures sun in the mornings and all day, and also gives views of the inland waterway and the ocean.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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2  Thank MichaelDevon_UK
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

Absolutely gorgeous property with five towers overlooking the National Seashore, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Bay. Water views all around at the end of Pensacola Beach. Lifestyle Center offers a wonderful Spa and pool. Each tower has it's own pool. They only have 2 and 3 bedroom condos. Each is individually decorated by the owner so it is different every time we visit. Not the cheapest place to stay but worth it when you can get 3 nights and 1 night free. I wish they had more dining options such as room service. Beautiful unit as we stayed in Tower 1 in a 3 bedroom Gulf front unit. I don't think you would be disappointed with a Gulf/Bayview. The property is across the road from the beach but there is so little land the road is immediately next the the beach. It didn't bother us as it was just a short little 3 minute walk. You get two beach chairs each day and towels. Nice that we didn't have to rent chairs. Bikes you can rent that do not cost extra. Lots of perks and felt like home! Parking decks have assigned parking so nice that you don't have to find a spot.

Room Tip: Tower 5 is the newest but Towers 1 and 3 are the closest to the entrance and beach walkover. Towers 2 and 4 are closest to the Sound/bay and are right next to the Lifestyle Center.
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Floridagal82
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

We stayed a week at Portofino Island Resort in June 2011. They really get everything right in the units. The units are very large, you do not feel crowded, or like things are miniature. Granite kitchens and baths, everything you need in the kitchen to cook even an elaborate meal. Attractive and comfortable furniture and living areas, large bedrooms and bathrooms, balcony with grills. Everything very clean.

Pensacola beach is very relaxed, different than the areas along the coast where all the children are dressed in white from head to toe. It is not stuffy, you do not 'dress for dinner' and if this is what you are looking for, this may not be for you. This is an area for those who want to relax and have fun. Flounders and Pegleg Pete's have great food, with Flounders winning for the best Bushwackers (and we tried a LOT of them just to be sure!)

We went deep sea fishing with "Reel Easy Charters" and had a great time! Caught lots of fish, and they cleaned our catch so we could cook it up. Fantastic!

Great pool areas, spa and restaurant. The restaurant menu was somewhat limited, but then we cooked in our unit and ate out a lot, so it didn't matter so much to us.

We had a blast body surfing and playing in the ocean, the beach was exceptionally clean with great service!

If you are looking to kick back, this may be for you.

Room Tip: Ask what view your room has, some have lagoon view towards the North, others have full beach front to the South.
  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with friends
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12  Thank mbenveniste
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

Portofino Island Resort & Spa was an amazing experience for me and my family! All beach goers must visit Portofino and Pensacola Beach during their lifetimes! There are plenty of activities near the resort and community locals are very friendly and helpful! Portofino is perfect for long visits to the area as well as hosting beach parties and meetings!

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Thank bcmartin129
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