It was meant to be. We were in desperate need of some serious R & R and a quality place to stay by the sea. We’d left it late to book, but there, beautifully marketed on the internet, was what seemed to be a perfect condo at Atlantis 3. Neda made the booking process easy for us and we arrived to be “meeted and greeted” by the lovely Julie on 17th December.
The oceanfront condo gave us a private slice of the beach and ocean. It was wonderful to be so close and to be lulled by the murmur of the waves. For the next two weeks we were free to do as much or as little as we wanted. We chose to watch the fisher people, the surfers, and of course, the gulls and the pelicans from the beach chairs Neda had provided along with all manner of things you might need for a day out.
The condo was exceptionally clean and well-equipped: WiFi and printing facilities for the times when we were forced to check emails; oodles of fluffy white towels and linen which I love; and a superbly equipped kitchen to satisfy the keenest of cooks.
When we ate in, it was easy to get first-class fresh produce from Publix a few minutes away and eat in style – Neda had even supplied candles. When we ate out, there was local choice including the informal Shuckers and the wonderful fine-dining experience of Pietro’s on the Ocean, run with style and precision by Pietro himself. We ate there nearly every other night and every time it lived up to its acclaimed reputation.
This part Florida has preserved its pristine beaches and is also a good base from which to explore if you feel you must leave the beach. We didn’t go that far, but did get to Kennedy Space Centre (2 hours north) where we had lunch with astronaut, Sam Gemar, and the Elliot museum (5 minutes south) where we chatted with the local and very friendly staff.
Neda had taken care of everything. It even seemed she’d sorted the weather for us as we enjoyed most days with temperatures in the eighties and cloudless skies. It is not often the product lives up to the marketing hype, but in this case it exceeded it.
I suppose the test of a good place to stay is to ask yourselves, whether you’d come again and whether you’d recommend it to your friends. The answer to both questions is a resounding, YES. And next time we’d stay longer. Oh, and we’d bring a couple of eggs cups with us so that we crazy Welsh people could have our boiled eggs for breakfast.
Jane and Philip