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Gerry Champagne

Member since: 2007
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Speaks: english

Destin Towers, Luxury 3BR/3BA Penthouse, on Gulf and Beach in Heart of Destin!

59 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Emerald Coast-Destin Area Condo Rental Photos and Description

3 BR, Sleeps 9, 1 king bed, 2 queen beds, 1 full sleeper, and 1 twin roll away

Visiting beautiful Destin? Doesn't your family deserve the best? Step up to the Penthouse!

Treat your family to a luxury beach-front penthouse vacation in the heart of beautiful Destin. Villa Champagne is a 3 bedroom condominium home located in the Destin Towers Resort. Destin Towers is right on the Gulf of Mexico, ideally located in the heart of the City of Destin. Villa Champagne offers fabulous views, plenty of space, AND comes recommended by Southern Living Magazine.

Enjoy a family vacation in this huge (1950 sq ft + over 500+ sq ft of balcony), $ million+ 15th floor penthouse, with 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 3 balconies and great room with Gulf views from every window. Destin Towers, chosen in 2007 by Southern Living Magazine as a 'TOP PICK' Destin family condo, is on the Destin beach and direct Gulf-front. Inside, you can stretch out on our new, LEATHER, mocha-colored sectional sofa for great room with chaise reclinable lounger and two other built-in recliners. Brand new beauty and comfort to make your Penthouse visit even more comfortable.

Interior features include 9 foot smooth ceilings; crown molding; tile and bamboo floors; gourmet kitchen with island, wet bar, Silestone counter and bar tops, and stainless steel appliances; and a spa-quality master suite with luxury walk-in shower (see photos), 3 shower heads plus 4 body sprays. Destin Towers is near attractions, shopping, fine restaurants, and, to top things off, is located right on the sugar-white sands of Destin beach, the perfect place to watch the dolphins frolic.

NEW 37' High Definition TV with Hi Def Cable Channels in Living Room. Flat-screen Hi Definition TVs with DVD players in all three bedrooms.

Interior and Security: There are queen size beds in the second and third bedroom, and three full baths. The second bedroom is, in effect, a second master suite with access to its own full bath. The great room love seat is a full size sleeper, and an additional roll-away single twin bed is also included, most suitable for a child.

This condominium has all the comforts of home. Tastefully decorated, Villa Champagne offers more than 1950 square feet of living space, so you will be able to enjoy your time indoors as much as your time on the beach.

Destin Towers is a gated resort, with modern electronic security at all accesses (even the beach gate), so you will feel safe and secure during your relaxing stay.

Travel Channel Viewers have just voted Destin as the 'Best Family Beach 2013' In Travel Channel’s online poll for the Best Family Beach of 2013, the Destin area received 43 percent of the votes cast for the best beach destination for a family. Also in the running were the Outer Banks, N.C., Paradise Island in the Bahamas and Cape Cod, Mass. “This didn’t just happen,” said Dan O’Byrne, director of Okaloosa County’s tourist development department. “The focus on the family is in our DNA. Our attributes are self- evident from our accommodations, our beaches, our people. We’ve been the family vacation spot for decades.

Southern Living magazines recommends Destin Towers: The April 2007 edition of Southern Living Magazine contains a feature article on vacationing in Destin called the 'Destin Family Beach Guide.' You can go to Southern Living on line, and search Destin to find the Southern Living Destin Family Beach Guide Slide Show. The feature includes information on lodging, activities, restaurants, and shopping. The authors conclude that when vacationing in Destin, renting a condo is the way to go, but choosing a condo can be tricky. To assist the reader, the authors list their top picks in the 'Condo Favorites' section of the article, and name Destin Towers as one of the top picks, noting that after a few days at Destin Towers, you will feel more like a resident than a visitor.

Beach and beach services: Beach service is available from March - November at very reasonable daily or weekly rates. Destin Towers is a low density condominium and owns the Gulf-front beach. There are only 45 units in Destin Towers, and only about half of them are available for rental, so the common areas are uncrowded, and you won't have to jostle to get that 'front row' beach spot. Also, with two elevators, you won't be wasting valuable vacation time waiting for an elevator.

This is a non-smoking condominium. No pets are allowed. Minimum age for renters is 26 years old.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Gerry Champagne (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Gerry Champagne

Gerry is an attorney who served in the Navy and the Navy's Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps for more than 26 years. After retirement from the Navy, Gerry now resides with his beautiful bride (and superior decorator), Diane, in Pensacola, Florida. Gerry now works for the Sheriff of Escambia County as General Counsel. Diane has a successful Ebay Store, Delightfuldianes, specializing in fine cutlery and sports apparel.

Gerry Champagne purchased this condo in 2004

Why Gerry Champagne chose Emerald Coast-Destin Area

Destin Beach named #1 Beach in August 2014 in Yahoo Travel feature 'The 10 Most Popular U.S. Beaches — Where Everyone Wants to Be Right Now.'

Destin wins Travel Channel's Best Family Beach 2013: 'Focus on the family is in our DNA'

Published: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 13:56 PM.

DESTIN — What Emerald Coast residents have known for years has been confirmed with the Travel Channel’s online poll for the Best Family Beach of 2013.

The Destin area received 43 percent of the votes cast for the best beach destination for a family. Also in the running were the Outer Banks, N.C., Paradise Island in the Bahamas and Cape Cod, Mass.

“This didn’t just happen,” said Dan O’Byrne, director of Okaloosa County’s tourist development department. “The focus on the family is in our DNA. Our attributes are self- evident from our accommodations, our beaches, our people. We’ve been the family vacation spot for decades.

Once you spend any time visiting Destin, you yearn to own a piece of its beauty. We were looking for a property in 2004, but were very frustrated. Then our realtor discovered that the contract to purchase this Penthouse unit, now called Villa Champagne, had fallen through. When we first saw the unit, we decided to buy this beautiful condo, right on the Gulf of Mexico, with TWO balconies facing the beautiful Destin beach and the Gulf.

What makes this condo unique

This is a Penthouse unit, with 9 foot ceilings, a spacious kitchen, and plenty of space for everyone. Destin Towers could not be in a more convenient, central location. Destin Towers is one of the very few condominiums located directly on the beach and Gulf, yet also located on the main thoroughfare in Destin, Highway 98 East (also known as Emerald Coast Parkway). However, it is set far away from the main highway by a lengthy driveway (300+ yards). Destin Towers is a low-density condo complex with a large beach, meaning you will have plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the Destin beach. There is nothing except our beautiful pool and spa between you and Destin Towers private beach walkover.

Villa Champagne is located on the 15th floor, offering sweeping and panoramic views of the Destin Beach and Gulf from the two large Gulf-front balconies. On the Penthouse levels, there are only two units per floor for maximum privacy. The floor plan was brilliantly designed, giving the feel of a home, not the long 'corridor' style seen in many other beach condos.

Villa Champagne has been tastefully decorated in keeping with the high level of luxury and prestige fitting for a beach-front penthouse.


based on 59 traveler reviews

Destin Towers, Luxury 3BR/3BA Penthouse, on Gulf and Beach in Heart of Destin!
average rating of 4.983051 based on 59 reviews
Cleveland, OH

Our Best Condo Experience

  • 5 of 5

There is no hyperbole in the description of this beautiful oceanfront condo. When you walk trough the door you feel as if you have walked into the pages of "House Beautiful". Unlike many condos we have rented, everything we need was provded, and Gerry called us on the first day to assure that all was well. Try Commander's Palace for a great gourmet dinner, and should you care to cook for yourself in the well-appointed kitchen, go to Destin Ice Seafood for their fresh shrimp, home made key lime pie, and prepared foods from their deli. Acme Oyster House at the wharf in SanDestin is great as well. Golfers will enjoy playing at Emerald Bay Golf Club (bring an extra sleeve of balls as there is water all around!)

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2009
  • Stayed: Feb 2009
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Beautiful-would love to visit again.

  • 5 of 5

Very nice condo. Amazing view. Owners did a nice job on setting this place up right.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Looking over the ocean and sitting on the balcony was just amazing. The penthouse is decorated so beautiful. The main shower is huge. The weather was cool and very windy, but still enjoyable. Although this is expected in Feb. and March.

Bring your own lawn chairs if you want to set on the beach. The pool was always cold, so we went into the hot tub.

Great location for shopping and restaurants. Bring your binoculars for watching the dolphins in the ocean.

This is the nicest place we have stayed for a vacation. Thank you for sharing the penthouse for our vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Pictures don't do it justice!

  • 5 of 5

This condo is so much more than the pictures show. It is spacious and well decorated. The owners know what is needed to have a great vacation! Will be telling all my family and friends about this place for there next stay in Destin!!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Our wonderful stay at Villa Champagne

  • 5 of 5

First of all this is one of the most beautiful condos in Destin. Fabulous views, a luxurious 15th floor penthouse, right on the Beach, and extremely comfortable furniture with top of the line furnishings and amenities. Beautiful open layout floor plan made us feel so right at home. With three separate decks we each had time to ourselves to do our personal meditation while basking in the beauty of the Sun and the sound of the waves. This is by far our very favorite place in Destin. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have found cancellation opportunity. Although we have been here before, every time we are even more amazed at how much nicer it is than most of the places we stay in Destin. Everything in the condo is not only beautiful but in very good working condition. The condo itself is extremely clean, and the beds are very comfortable. Our time there was so restful an enjoyable we didn't even feel the need to go out very much. We highly recommend this condo to anyone who is looking for a step up from the usual Destin rentals, which are mostly all very nice. The owners are very kind, generous and so easy to communicate with. They were right there to answer any questions if we had any concerns.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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  • 5 of 5

You could not beat Villa Champagne as a vacation stay. The suite, the view the total accommodations was nothing short of fantastic. I will look to return in the future.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Okaloosa Regional Airport (VPS)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Grafitti, Hog's Breath, AJ's, & many others within
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Kelly Plantation, Emerald Bay, Regatta Bay & more
Nearest Motorway
10 Metres
Emerald Coast Parkway (Hwy 98 East)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Back Porch Beach Restaurant, & many others within
Car: recommended

Destin is located in the Florida panhandle, on Florida's 'Emerald Coast,' between Pensacola and Panama City.


Beautiful Destin and its Beach on the Gulf of Mexico have repeatedly been selected by travelers as a favorite beach and family destination. Travel Channel viewers voted the Destin Beach as the world-best 'Best Family Beach 2013' in March 2013. Go to Travel Channel's website and search 'best beach' for details. Destin, was also voted the 'Best Beach' in the USA by the readers of USA Today. In the 2007 Southern Living 'Destin Family Beach Guide' Destin Towers was specifically reviewed and designated a 'Top Pick' Destin beach condo resort. Destin has the distinction of being selected as the 'Best Beach' and the 'Best Family Destination' for 13 years in a row by the readers of Southern Living Magazine

Destin is a vibrant beach resort town, with excellent shopping - including the all new Destin Commons and the Silver Sands Outlet Mall - fine restaurants, and active night life, especially in the spring and summer. Two lovely waterfront walking/shopping areas - Harbor Walk Village (2.5 miles, 5 minute drive from Destin Towers) and Baytowne Wharf (8 miles, 15 minute drive) features numerous fine restaurants and strolling areas for the kids. Grocers are less than 5 minutes away. Fine shopping is available at the new Destin Commons Mall (10 minutes), and brand-name discount shopping is available nearby (15 minutes) Silver Sands Factory Outlet Mall.

Destin is known for its sugar white beaches and clear and calm aqua Gulf waters. Destin is famous as a family destination. Choose Destin and Villa Champagne for the beach vacation of a lifetime.

Other Activities: Deep sea fishing. Destin harbor provides easy access to Gulf of Mexico.

Golf: Golfer's paradise with a wide selection of fine golf courses within 15 minutes; all open to the public.


Rates & Availability

Destin Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 21 2016 - May 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
May 28 2016 - Aug 5 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer Discount
Aug 6 2016 - Sep 9 2016
3 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 18 2017 - Apr 14 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee (per visit) $195 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Down payment is 25% of total rental fee. No pets.

A written rental agreement is required to complete the reservation. The agreement will be sent by email as an attachment to the confirmation email. The completed, signed agreement can be scanned and emailed back, or mailed to: Chateau Champagne, 3179 Marcus Pointe Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32505.

Questions? Call 850 206 2725.

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Emerald Coast-Destin Area Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 15
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1950 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Other - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full (double) sleeper sofa in LR, roll away bed
    Other - 1 twin/ single , Twin Roll Away Bed
  • The love seat in the living room converts into a full size (double) sleeper sofa. There is also a roll away twin bed, most suitable for a child.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Gated Community
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Sand Box
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Walkway to Water
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Two elevators serve only 45 units - you won't be spending valuable vacation time waiting for the elevator. The pool is not heated in winter. Beach service is available for a fee from March 1 - October 31. Not available in winter (November through February).

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