Welcome to the Emerald Grande! This landmark building, rises above Destin's Harbor, complete with soaring towers and uplighted, flagged turrets resembling a fairy tale version of a Ritz-Carlton Hotel which can be seen from literally miles away. Located sixty feet above the bustling marina and quaint Harborwalk Village below, it offers incredible views of emerald green waters of the Gulf and harbor. Catch a spectacular sunset from one of your two private balconies with awesome, unobstructed views of the shimmering Gulf, Okaloosa Island's National Seashore, the expansive bay and the popular boating destination at Crab Island. You can see delightful dolphins frolic near the Destin Bridge as you watch the fishing boats and yachts come and go.
A privately keyed elevator wisks you up to the exclusive Penthouse Floor, (there are only nine of these in the entire building), with an onyx inlayed, compass in the foyer as well as an adjoining Viewing Lounge which is steps away from your front door. As soon as you enter, you see the breath taking views across an elegant and comfortable great room. The Penthouse is furnished in an old world style along with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, spacious bedrooms and private, beautifully appointed bathrooms. A open, long granite countertop with a wet bar provides ample seating and awesome views of water across the Living Room. Two of the bedrooms have access to balconies which provide a perfect place to enjoy your favorite beverages as you relax and enjoy the views. Far below you can watch the delightful dolphins frolic near the Destin bridge as fishing boats and yachts come and go.
The Emerald Grande itself provides a luxury health spa, a state of the arts ocean/pool view gym,
Guest Club, sauna, steam room, a large swimming pool, hot tubs and a private boat shuttle that takes you to the beach. The aptly named Grand Vista level, which soars sixty feet above the
marina and quaint Harborwalk Village below, provides incredible views of the blue green waters of the Gulf and marina. Restaurants and bars are located on site along with abundent shops,
galleries and restaurants.
Keywords: Penthouse, Luxury, Harborwalk Village, Gulfviews, Bayviews, waterfront, spa, marina
This one of a kind, spectacular building has an incredible location towering over the Destin Bridge, Harborwalk Village and the Choctawhatchee Bay. The west facing end unit provides awesome sunsets year round! The panoramic views south at the Grand Vista Level look out over East Pass and the quaint Harborwalk Village below. The Emerald Grande has on site restaurants, bars, a luxury Health Spa, swimming pools, hot tubs and retail shops.
Private Penthouse with spectacular sunset views year round, boat & dolphin watching, comfortably furnished with an old world feel, Fully appointed kitchen with granite countertops, wet bar and wine racks.
Boy, this place was fantastic. The location was perfect, and there was so much to do, we all stayed plenty busy. The pool area is wonderful, with full bar and restaurant. No need to leave! And the beach was great too. They facility provides plenty of access to towels, so no need to lug your own down. The owner was great to deal with, and the unit was exactly what we expected and needed for our group.
The Emerald Grande property is lovely and there is a lot of amenities I enjoyed, however, I did NOT enjoy the filth of this penthouse. Upon arrival I opened the curtains in the bedroom and dust flew everywhere from the window sills. Looked like a few months worth of dust accumulation. Then we found empty coke cans and candy bar wrappers. Probably the worst part were the towels and sheets. The towels and wash cloths all had someone's hair intertwined in the cloth and it wasn't just one or two towels - it was every single one of them as well as all the wash cloths. I noticed it because I was bathing my baby and a hair (not mine or his) was on his body and upon further inspection I realized it was coming from the wash cloth he was using. Disgusted me to no end. Then to add more disgust to that I pulled the single bed comforter back and someone's dirty socks were in there along with dirty sheets. Needless to say I didn't let anyone sleep in there which was a hassle on us. And the last straw was when I found "adult" things in the night stand of the bed I was sleeping. I was appalled. I was also pretty sure the sheets on my bed were dirty too. I took pictures of it all and informed the owner and she was very rude and did not offer any compensation. When you book a penthouse you expect some luxury not a filthy hole. If she had even offered us $50 back I would've been fine with it b/c she tried to make it right but she offered ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, barely even apologized. Then it took every bit of 14 days to get my deposit to my credit card back and it wasn't refunded to my card but rather a paper check sent to me which I had to cash and pay to my credit card. Ridiculous. This unit is on top floor hence penthouse and has NO curtains in the living room making it hot during the day and no place to escape the sun once you're off the beach for the day. I will definitely stay at Emerald Grande again but I will never stay in this unit again...I can honestly say the owner couldn't care less about the state of the unit or the happiness of her guests. I even sent her the pics and got no response other than "sorry. this is not normal." but I was charged the normal rate, no problem. I WOULDN'T RECOMMEND STAYING HERE TO ANYONE WHO ENJOYS A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT!
There is nothing like staying at the Emerald Grande. It is the best place to stay, in the best location in Destin. Walking distance to all the great places, and food. Harborwalk is such a cool , and relaxing place. I would recommend to anyone to stay in this condo./ Very nice, and clean.
If your family likes to be entertained AND have multiple adventure options, then this is the property for you! The Harborwalk Marina area is the liveliest part of Destin, and this is the only luxury property that puts you in the middle of it all. You can hang out on the beach in the morning, then rent a pontoon boat and spend the afternoon at Crab Island, all without ever getting your car out of the secure garage! While the area is certainly busy and often crowded, you can rest easy because this is a penthouse unit, and you will be high above the crowds when the day's end (or night's end) arrives. The unit itself is the stuff of luxury; not just someone's "condo at the beach", but truly a vacation upgrade. I'll admit to not having the skill set to get the most out of the surround sound system, but no one really cared because there were so many things to do besides watch TV or movies. The view to the west was amazing; there really are no words to describe it. We visited during the busiest part of the summer (Independence Day weekend and a few days before and after), and not having to get in the car to go to dinner, etc., is a major reason we chose this property. We would definitely stay at this unit again! Checking in was no problem, the unit was superb, and communication with the owner was excellent during the booking transaction and stay.
My husband and I gave ourselves a Christmas /new years vacation to each other for Christmas. I have used VBO before and very pleased with there site. The penthouse was everything described and then some. Beautifully decorated, clean, and bedding comfortable. The property was awesome, had drinks and dinner at Harry T's then went back there for new years eve. We did go to the pool area to watch the fireworks at midnight because there was less people there and a little warmer. Over all We loved our stay.I would definitely recommend this unit and I will stay there again. It was like an upscale hotel but even better. Sarah was very good to work with to make our vacation the best.
Here are the bad parts of our stay. Checking in was tough we were told the room wasn't ready & we waited over 35 minutes to check in. Think they lied to us because later we learned the had to turn off water to whole west tower. Got lost in the parking garage but only once. Swimming pool only 4 ft deep. None of this is unit or owners fault just poor design of building. Now for the good stuff opening the door, view, quality furniture, luxury baths & beautiful kitchen. We enjoyed listening to the live band at the pub across the street. Tv's could have been bigger but that ia only my preference. Nice sound system on tv in great room. We loved the unit was so close to the elevators because it was so easy to load/unload car. We went to the beach several times & water was still very pretty. Plenty of space around pool & hot tub. All in all great visit & lovely place to stay. Would stay again if ever in area.