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John Ryan

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french

Luxury 3BR On-Beach Holiday Isle Condo - 6th Floor - Sleeps 6 Adults - Great Art

37 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Alabama Gulf Coast Condo Rental Photos and Description

Spectacular Sweeping Views: Dauphin Island High-Rise Condo Directly on the Beach

This 6th floor (second floor from top) condo at the Holiday Isle Resort offers supremely opulent island living. Enjoy wondrous panoramic views! For a sample, please see our video posted on this site. 3BR 2BA with designer touches. Granite counter tops, high-quality appliances & well-stocked with supplies. Enjoy staggering views of the Gulf of Mexico from your huge beachfront balcony, den and master bedroom. Enjoy dynamic views of Mobile Bay from the two rear bedrooms and your entry balcony. No stoplights on the island!! Choose your resort pleasure: two pools (indoor pool heated), sauna, whirlpool, steam room, & modern, well-equipped workout room overlooking the Gulf. Holiday Isle is a destination hideaway. It is the premier luxury resort on Dauphin Island, offering extraordinary amenities and decor rarely found at beachfront condo developments. Enjoy nature at its sublime best!

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
John Ryan (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

About John Ryan

I live in New Orleans and own three beachfront condos, in Pass Christian, Mississippi and Dauphin Island, Alabama and a mountain getaway in Sapphire, North Carolina. I have my kites and my birding interests. I don't like to walk across the highway to experience the beach. I like to live on the beach. So here you have direct beach living with nothing but raw nature between you and the sand, dunes and water.

John Ryan purchased this condo in 2012

Why John Ryan chose Alabama Gulf Coast

This is island living at its best. Having lived on several islands in the Aegean Sea, I know the experience of island living. I know how it feels to see the mainland in the distance while knowing you are not part of the mainland environment. You are in a separate, different world inducing an island state of mind. The rawness of this barrier island captures that sensation. On the island you can experience the intimacy of nature and the beauty of the shimmering Gulf of Mexico in its primal, unadulterated form. The island is a unique place, and this unit at the unique Holiday Isle resort offers everything: opulent condo, luxury resort, with truly incredible views of the beach and Gulf of Mexico from this special high-rise condo (while of course staying high and dry!).

I am a birder. The island is a major stopping point for birds migrating back and forth from Latin America. I like to watch the herons, pelicans, cormorants and other sea and air creatures while enjoying the spacious balcony, using the powerful optics provided. Of course I also like the amenities of a quality resort, in an opulent setting, and we certainly have that here. On the island you witness the divine sense of nature in a pacifying setting without the unnecessary and distracting trappings of modernity and commercialism so prevalent on the mainland. Enjoy the unique harmony of this haven of serenity suitable for undisturbed reflection.

What makes this condo unique

Huge balcony with stunning views in all directions--south, north, east & west. You'll find nothing like it on the mainland!

The whole island is a bird sanctuary. Please use our high-power binoculars and scopes and our tripods. We have a great library focusing on birding, boating, the Gulf of Mexico, and regional wildlife and history.

Extravagant furnishings and distinctive original modern art !

You know you are on an island when you see the Gulf of Mexico before you and Mobile Bay behind you. This is NOT Orange Beach or Destin! No fast food joints! This is supreme luxury and beach living as it was decades ago, except you experience the wonders of the Gulf of Mexico from 80 feet in the air and in an opulent and extremely comfortable setting.

You will not see a traffic light or a crowded beach. You will experience relaxation and stupefying views you will remember and cherish! This resort has all desired amenities: an outdoor pool overlooking the ocean, an indoor heated pool with hot tub, steam room, sauna, tennis court, and a state-of-the-art work-out room overlooking the pool and ocean.

This beautiful 6th floor, 3 BR, 2BA condo is brand new and incredibly spacious! No bunk beds!

Enjoy knock-out views, including miraculous sunrises and sunsets!

Experience serenity as the seclusion and tranquility delude you to feel that your family is alone on the island!

We appointed this condo with quality furnishings for selfish reasons -- because we wanted it to be perfect for us. Expect quality linens, elegant decor, and a well-stocked kitchen, pantry, laundry and bath. We want our guests to enjoy the condo and island and not worry about the picayune details, e.g., toiletries, detergents or condiments!

You will want to come back. We want you to come back.

Stay at Dauphin Island's Holiday Isle Resort. Let the crowds stay on the mainland! Enjoy the seclusion!

Experience the Redneck Riviera like your parents did, but with 21st century luxuries!


based on 37 traveler reviews

Luxury 3BR On-Beach Holiday Isle Condo - 6th Floor - Sleeps 6 Adults - Great Art
average rating of 5.0 based on 37 reviews
Berwick, Louisiana

Beautiful, clean and well stocked

  • 5 of 5

I just returned home from a week at the condo with my daughters and grandchildren. The condo is beautiful, clean and spacious. It is well stocked with paper goods, trash bags, laundry detergent, soaps, shampoos, etc. Kitchen has lots of items also as well as tons of dishes and a great selection of pots and pans for cooking. John was very helpful sending lots of info about the island, places to eat and explore. He even called and checked in on us mid week. I've never stayed at such a well stocked rental and I have stayed at lots of rentals!! None of us were ready to leave and go home after our week was up. The complex has two wonderful, clean pools and a hot tub. We enjoyed all of them! We had steamed shrimp from Skinners which were delicious! We also ate at Islanders and had take out from Miguels Beach'n Baja. Food was all good. We made a trip to the Outlet Mall in Foley and of course ate at Lamberts. We visited the USS Alabama and had lunch at Ralph & Kacoo's on Battleship Pkwy. We also went to the West End beach to get some gorgeous sunset photos. Everyone was most hospitable and friendly. I would definitely return to the condo and island given the opportunity. Maybe two weeks next time instead of one!! Loved every minute!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in this unit before and it was just as awesome as before. The view of the sunset is mesmerizing. Can not wait to come back and stay again. Thanks

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Fantastic vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this condo. It was very comfortable, clean and extremely well equipped--truly more like being in your own home than at a rental. We very much appreciated the thoughtfulness of the owners in providing everything from birding information to toiletries and beach toys. The view was fabulous -- a real treat even for a Mobile native who has spent time on Dauphin Island for almost 50 years!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious, nice and clean

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with our stay. The condo was very nice and stocked with everything we could possibly need. We took advantage of the indoor pool during the last two days of our trip due to the rain. Will definitely stay here again but next time will take more groceries - the island's restaurant selection was not the best.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You should bring groceries. This ain' t Orange Beach or Gulf Shores. There is a fairly decent store in Bayou LaBatre (Food Tiger), which you should pass if you are arriving from the west. This is about 20 miles from the island on Hwy. 188. There are a couple of small convenience stores on the island. There is also a decent grocery about sixteen miles from the island on Hwy. 193. It is called Greer’s. There is the Ship ’n’ Shore store near the main stop sign corner of Bienville Blvd. and Hwy. 193. Ship ‘n’ Shore has some groceries and also DVD’s and a lot of hardware and stuff you might find in a country store.
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This condo was absolutely wonderful. It was fully stocked and we enjoyed the binoculars.

  • 5 of 5

The condominium resort offered two very nice pools and a full work out facility. I would highly recommend this condo, 606

to anyone looking to enjoy a natural beach.

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great stay -- planning on a repeat next summer...

  • 5 of 5

The owners have done a terrific job with this unit. It is very clean and comfortable. Everything is well-stocked, from the kitchen to the utility room to the balcony to the bedrooms/bathrooms. It truly was like a home away from home, and I'm a guy who is fairly skeptical and easily turned off by problems in a hotel/condo. Great mattresses too -- I slept well every night. He even has a storage bin on the balcony which contains toys and other items for the beach.

As for Holiday Isle itself, another high rating. The outdoor pool is very nice, and the shower/rinse facility when you come back from the beach is very helpful. The staff was friendly, and everything was clean and cool.

We loved Dauphin Island, the condo, and specifically unit 606. I definitely recommend it -- it has outstanding bang for the buck. I just hope John keeps his rates where they are because we would like to return for an additional night or two next summer... ;-)

A few tips:

- If you arrive and it feels a bit warm (ie, the A/C isn't working correctly), check the breaker in the utility room. We found the issue and within an hour the condo was feeling great.

- During the weekdays, stuff closes down early. So plan for your dinners and/or ice cream well before 8pm.

- The BBQ place was very good.

- There is a small souvenir shop across the street and slightly to the east which also serves ice cream. The lady there is very nice and the ice cream is much better than the ice cream next to the BBQ place.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Dauphin Island is a barrier island located three miles south of the mouth of Mobile Bay in the Gulf of Mexico. Enter the island by crossing a three mile long high rise bridge which opened in 1982 after the original draw bridge was destroyed by Hurricane Frederic in 1979. An automobile ferry from Fort Morgan offers an entry point on the eastern end of the island. The island is approximately 14 miles long and 1 ¾ miles wide at the widest point. The eastern six miles are inhabited while the western 8 miles are undeveloped and privately owned. Approximately 1300 permanent residents call Dauphin Island home. The number of residents soars during vacation and holiday times. The entire island is a bird sanctuary and thousands of visitors come to experience the annual migrations from Latin America.


Rates & Availability

Dauphin Island Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2016 Rate
May 22 2016 - Aug 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2016 Rate
Aug 21 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Winter Rate 2016-2017
Nov 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2017 Rates
Mar 1 2017 - May 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017 Rate
May 22 2017 - Aug 20 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

No pets and no smoking in the unit and no glassware near the pools. Tourist information available pre-booking on request. I don't take a damage deposit or charge a cleaning fee. I rely on the good faith of my guests. I have a cleaning crew come in at your departure, but appreciate anything you can do to make their job easier. Please use the condo as your own -- gently.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Alabama Gulf Coast Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 6
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Elevator ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Dual sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Dual sinks
  • 2 bathrooms with double sinks in both. Master bath has jacuzzi tub and a separate shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , No bunk beds.
  • King size bed (1), Queen size Bed (1), Twin Beds (2). No bunk beds. Flat screen TV's in two bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Sauna
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Many species of birds migrate between North America and Latin America. A great many stop at Dauphin Island in spring and fall. We provide two sets of binoculars and a tripod. We also provide several powerful zooming spotting scopes with tripods to permit you to examine detail.

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