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Gulf Front 4-Story Beauty...A Must See!! Semi-Private Beach w/no public access!

Bedrooms 8
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

8 Bedrooms with 8.5 Baths - Beachfront

E-mail for lowest Deposit ($1000 to hold booking). This fantastic 6000 square foot beachfront home was purchased at the end of 2011, and we have completely remodeled and updated this now 8 bedroom/8.5 bath beach house. There are four stories, each having its own large balcony overlooking the Gulf on a semi-private beach. The Dunes of Destin owns the semi-private beach with access only through our gated community, or along the water's edge from either side. We have finally finished renovations and have posted updated pictures!!

Bedding Summary:

1st floor: Queen bed, Twin size bunk bed, Full size bunk w/twin on top & twin trundle, 2 twin size beds

2nd floor: Two full size sleeper sofas

3rd floor: Two king size beds, One full size sleeper sofa

4th floor: Four queen size beds

Martinis in the Sand is furnished as follows:

1st floor:

The lower level of the home features an open living/media area (kids' camp) complete with two sets of bunks, one twin w/trundle, one full w/twin on top, and two twin beds. There is also a pool table, (2) 55" LED TVs, a side by side refrigerator, and 2 bathrooms each with 2 showers and a toilet room. This floor now also contains a separate queen bedroom. There is direct access to the backyard sand through a sliding glass door, as well as to our private dune walkover straight to the beach. There is a laundry closet with washer and dryer located in the garage area, which makes a second location, in addition to the main laundry room on the second floor.

2nd floor:

The second floor open space living area contains a huge kitchen/dining area complete with 2 dual ice maker refrigerators, 2 stoves (each w/double ovens - one gas, one electric), 2 dishwashers, and an island bar area with seating for 6-8. All kitchen appliances are stainless steel KitchenAid (aside from the refrigerators which are Samsung). We have 2 dining tables with 16 total dining chairs, and also a dining area for 8 available on the balcony. We have a 47" flat screen over the bar counter, and a 65" flat screen in the living room along with a nice entertainment center and plenty of seating including 2 sofas, which are both full size sleepers. The main laundry room is also located on this floor, as well as a half bath and open foyer with a spiral staircase leading up to the third and fourth floors. This entire floor has an exquisite view of the Gulf through an entire wall of windows across the back. The balcony on this floor has stairs leading directly to the ground where you can easily put your feet in the sand and head directly out to the beach via our private dune walkover!

3rd floor:

The third floor is home to two spacious master suites, both with magnificent Gulf views, and each with a king size bed and chaise lounge. The largest of the two also has a sleeper sofa. Each of the Gulf front window walls have room darkening vertical blinds for those who love to sleep in, but direct access for those who might like to enjoy their morning coffee listening to the waves from the balcony. One of the suites has a 52" TV with handicap accessible bathroom. The other suite has a 55" TV with a large bathroom and garden tub. This floor has a common area with wet bar, microwave, coffeemaker, etc.

4th floor:

The top floor of this home features 4 bedrooms each furnished with a queen size bed and flat screen TVs ranging from 40" to 47''. Each of the rooms has its own full bath. There is a common access to the balcony, and two of the rooms actually have their own dedicated balcony access.

We have furnished our home with primarily Paula Deen furniture for that modern, yet comfortable setting.

The residential elevator accesses each floor from the ground level up, and the stairs spiral from the 2nd floor up to the 4th floor. We also have a two-car garage, and the community pool is only about a block away! We have a private dune walkover for direct access to the semi-private beach that we consider our backyard, and a huge deck! For your convenience, we also have a high chair, stroller, child gate, etc.

We know you will fall in love with this beauty on the beach just as we did!

No Pets And No Smoking

More Details

Sarah Day, Property Manager
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2017


Located in the gated community of The Dunes of Destin across from Big Kahuna Water Park, and only a few hundred yards from The Track Family Recreation Center. There is a Target Store, Mellow Mushroom, and an Alvin's Island located on a few hundred yards from the house!


Destin House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 28
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 8 -
  • 8.5
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 28
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 2 bunk bed , Kids Camp - 1 Bunk has full size bottom w/twin top & trundle
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (4), Sleeper Sofa or Futons (3), Chaise Loungers (2), Twin Beds (2), Bunk Beds (2) 1 - w/trundle 1 - full size w/twin on top
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Gulf Front 4-Story Beauty...A Must See!! Semi-Private Beach w/no public access!
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 24 reviews
Atlanta, Ga

Beautiful oceanfront home!!

  • 5 of 5

This home was gorgeous!! More than enough space. The views of the beach from each floor were amazing! The kitchen had absolutely everything you could need. They had toys for the children. We had the best time ever. Will definitely rent again in the future!!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Place for Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the "Martinis in the Sand" house very much and we loved the direct access to the beach from the house. It was very nice to have a large kitchen with two stoves/ovens and two large refrigerators on the second floor for cooking/preparing meals for big family as ours. We loved having the big dining table as well. The balcony outside of the kitchen and living room area is lovely furnished with chairs and bar stools/tables where we could sit or dine and looking out to the beautiful view of the ocean.

Our young adult kids loved to hang around the pool table on the 1st floor where they also had access to the big screen TV. The deck outside the 1st floor is spacious and it was so nice to have an outdoor shower and a faucet with water hose on the deck to rinse off sand and salt water before entering the house.

There were couple minor issues during our stay such as problem with wifi access but we followed the check-in instructions to resolve it, and the door from one of the master bedroom suite to the balcony was very hard to open/close.

The property manager, Sarah, was so great from the time we booked the house for our family reunion to the end of our stay. Sarah is courteous and very professional. She always responded to our questions and inquiries quickly and thoroughly. Thank you Sarah.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome - Unforgettable

  • 5 of 5

A Perfect place for a family of 19 adults and 5 small children to stay for a week.

The amenities were perfect and gave us all the privacy we needed. The semi-private beach and beach services just could not have been better.

We did find that we needed to contact the property manager and report a few issues but there were taken care of within the hour. Having such a large family space and outdoor decks with such comfortable furniture made our stay so enjoyable. We definitely needed the three refrigerators, two dishwashers and two washers/dryers to accommodate all of us. We were only a few minutes away from all the great restaurants and shops, We give Martinis In The Sand an A+++ and totally recommend it to anyone staying in Destin.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a Venue

  • 5 of 5

We rented this place for a week in May for our wedding. We had an intimate wedding probably 25 people in the backyard. You aren't allowed to do beach weddings in this neighborhood. That didn't matter to us. The deck is much bigger than it looks in pictures. It provided a perfect place to set up a DJ and dance floor. The sandy backyard with the sand dunes and beach in the background provided a great atmosphere for the ceremony. The house itself is ridiculous. EVERY BEDROOM HAS THEIR OWN SHOWER AND BATHROOM! The beach is private, and being the corner lot its like you have your own beach for 50 yards or so.

The only negative I could think of is the parking situation. The house is on a corner lot so the angle to the garage is kinda tight, but they have a two car garage so you can just park and leave a couple cars in there the whole time and free up some space.

Sarah the property contact is great, really helpful and responded quickly to all our questions.

We'll be back

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Review of Destin Beach House

  • 5 of 5

Overall, everyone that stayed at the house really enjoyed it. It was large enough to have multiple families over to visit at the same time, with everyone in the house who was sleeping there, and everyone seemed to have their own space and conversations going on without feeling like you are on top of someone else or another group. The layout of the house was great as well. Really awesome house for entertaining people. The views from the house of the ocean were awesome too! Only a few downsides. Because you cannot park on the street, and the neighbors can be sensitive about parking in the wrong area, the designated parking area for the house could be laid out a little better. We would try to be considerate about the neighbors while parking, but it was hard to see where the house's parking space started and ended as well as it being hard to know if we were possibly blocking the neighbor in with them being able to get in and out of their garage easily. Luckily the neighbor was not there, but it was still something that everyone was having to think about and check on. Also, we know that with being on the beach the floors can easily get dirty, but it seemed like the floors in the kitchen and main area were a little more dirty than they should have been. After dropping a bottle of water, I bent over to clean it off the floor, and when I wiped up the water, the towel became almost black with dirt that was already on the floor. This was also early on in the stay- the first night we were there. I would understand after a week of people being there that the floors would be dirty, but not after the first night before anyone had even come over to visit. But all-in-all, a great property and we loved staying there!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice home but will never stay again

  • 1 of 5

The place was nice just like the picture. However they will take your deposit. We clean up and everything even the cleaning lady said that's the best we ever seen house look after people leave. I think the people who rent it is a big scam. I will never stay at the property again

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the compliment on the description of our house and property! In regards to the loss of deposit, the house was left in complete disarray, despite the checkout instructions that were sent along with the initial check-in instructions, and that are also posted inside the house as an outline. Not only was there excess garbage left inside in almost every room, but an overflow outside. Dirty dishes were left inside the dishwashers and on countertops (with food caked and burnt on them). The dishwashers would not even run due to the whole food particles stopping up the drains inside. Dirty laundry was left in most of the bathrooms. After speaking with the cleaners, they stated that they actually arrived to find the guests still onsite (leaving late) and walked them through the house guiding them with instructions of what still needed to be done before their departure. None of it was done in spite of that. However, the biggest issue was the smell of SMOKE inside the entire house, which, as specifically stated in the SIGNED rental agreement, would have alone been a forfeiture of the entire deposit. I think it is safe to say that about 98% of all of our renters receive their entire deposit back, and if any is withheld, it is minimal. As you might note from our other positive reviews, we do not make it a habit of keeping deposits unnecessarily. We have many groups who continue to return and rent year after year!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning Fee $625
Tax Rate 11.0%

CALL OR EMAIL FOR BEST PRICING!! Call or email to verify any possible exceptions to posted nightly minimums. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.