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Destin West Beach and Bay Resort
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

This has been one of the best vacations we have ever had! We absolutely loved the Pelican 503. We had perfect views of the bay and the lazy river pool. If you have children, this is the place to stay. There are so many things for children to do without ever leaving the resort. We are already planning our next trip here!!!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
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DestinWestVacations, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2014

Thank you for taking the time to post your review! We are so happy that you enjoyed Pelican 503. We appreciate your kind feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

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Destin West Vacations

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

My Family was very pleased with the Penthouse. The most part was on the roof top on the fourth of July. Fireworks on every side of us. A great memory for my family. And of course we are looking forward to coming back.

Thanks Again,
Conrad

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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DestinWestVacations, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2014

Thank you for posting your review. Since the unit you rented wasn't specified, we aren't able to determine whether you stayed with us, Destin West Vacations, the owner of this tripadvisor page. In any event, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay on the resort.
We hope to see you again in the future!

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Destin West Vacations

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Overall I would consider going back to Destin West and staying again, but I would better understand the issues and could prepare.

The first issue we encountered was that the unit was not available at the start of the check-in window at 4:00 PM. This was very frustrating as we had a car full of stuff and our plan was to unload and see what we needed so we could go to the store, then enjoy the pool/beach. Unfortunately, since our condo wasn't ready until almost 6:00 we ended up going out to dinner and basically wasted our first evening unloading and shopping. I felt cheated.

The second issue was that the top bunk in the bunkroom is un-usable to anybody who is over 2 feet tall. It was so close to the ceiling that you could not get up there and anybody who did was in danger of smacking their head when they woke up in the morning. We ended up using the pull-out couch which was less than ideal from a comfort perspective.

The beds in our unit were OK, but not great and the same with the bedding.

The positives... Our unit had a kitchen that was very very well stocked. The pools are nice and kept clean. The lazy river had plenty of tubes. They have some BBQ pits so it is easy to grill on both the Beachside and Gulfside. The location is great and access to the Ramada pool next door is also nice.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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DestinWestVacations, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2014

Thanks for posting your review! Because the unit you rented wasn't specified, we aren't able to determine whether or not you stayed with us, Destin West Vacations, the owner of this tripadvisor page. In any event, we are sorry for your delayed check in.
We do advise our guests that not all condos are ready promptly at 4 pm, and advise folks to have alternate plans between 4-6 pm during busy season. Luckily there are many things to see and do within 5 minutes of the resort, for those who do end up waiting a bit. Later check-in times are typical of the vacation rental industry during busy season, and while it can be inconvenient, it is also unfortunately unavoidable at times.
We are glad that you enjoyed the resort and hope to see you again.

Sincerely,
Destin West Vacations

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

This is 2nd year in the row we went to Ft. Walton. Last year we stayed in hotel nearby. Condos much better. Able to cook and easy access to beach and pools.
Will go back again.

Only thing to know is to make sure to bring extra toilet paper & dishwasher soap (they only supply 1).

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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DestinWestVacations, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2014

Thank you for taking the time to post your review! Since the unit you rented wasn't specified, we aren't able to determine whether you stayed with us, Destin West Vacations, the owner of this tripadvisor page. In any event, we are glad you enjoyed your stay on the Resort and hope to see you again.

Sincerely,
Destin West Vacations

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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Excellent Rooms, Best Onsite Front Desk Staff, 5 Pools, Lazy River, shares amenities with Ramada Inn that is next which adds additional amenities. Walk across sky bridge to go between Gulf Side and Bay Side.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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DestinWestVacations, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2014

Thank you for posting your review! We're so glad that you enjoyed your Villa and your stay with Destin West Vacations. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed 2 August 2014

We stayed on the beach side of the resort. The pool areas were always clean, the elevators worked and always adequate parking. The only improvement would be for better signage when trying to find the lazy river area. We struggled finding it. We loved the location, it is a very short drive to destin. We liked being next door to the Ramada because they had a beach front bar.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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DestinWestVacations, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2014

Thanks so much for taking the time to post your review. Since the condo you rented wasn't specified, we aren't able to determine whether or not you stayed with us, Destin West Vacations, the owner of this tripadvisor page. We're glad that you enjoyed yourselves though!
We're sorry about the signage with regard to the lazy river. This is something that is overseen by the HOA, and not in our control at all, unfortunately. I've passed these concerns along to the HOA contact.

Sincerely,
Destin West Vacations

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Reviewed 2 August 2014

We were very happy with our stay at Destin West. Our condo was exactly as pictured on the website. The kitchenette was small with very little counter space to actually cook in (which may not be a downside to some). We loved being Gulfside and within close proximity to the beach. I wish the resort would help throttle some of the loud music we encountered both at the gulf side pool area and oceanside. We changed locations on our beach chairs and umbrella rental to get away from some loud, boisterous beach goers. We were also told that if you wanted a front row view of the ocean, you had to rent the beach chairs and umbrella, which we did. However, we noticed several people setting up their purchased chairs and towels in front of the rental chairs. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and not only would recommend to others, but plan to return.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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DestinWestVacations, Manager at Destin West Beach and Bay Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2014

Thank you for taking the time to post your review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay in Villa 505. We appreciate your feedback with regard to the beach area.
The beach in front of the resort is public property and is under the oversight of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Dept. Neither Destin West Vacations, the onsite HOA or any other management company has any control over what occurs on the beach. People are allowed to play music, be rodwy and place their own personal beach equipment where ever they like. We're very sorry these few instances detracted from your otherwise lovely vacation.
We hope to see you again in the future.
Sincerely,
Destin West Vacations

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Additional Information about Destin West Beach and Bay Resort

Address: 1320 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Okaloosa Island, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548-6822
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Fort Walton Beach
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 15 Speciality Lodging in Fort Walton Beach
Price Range: £97 - £262 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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