HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit

**Gulf Front Penthouse, 4 bdrms/ 3 kings/ 1 queen and 2 living rooms**

Bedrooms 4
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Condo, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 10-12)

Directly on the gulf, waterfront two story penthouse! Updated May 2016 with new furniture, 65" Sony 4K smart TV ultra HD and sound bar, new mattresses, new bedding and linens. It doesn't get much better than this. This luxury condo has four bedrooms and four baths. Downstairs is a gulf front master with a california king bed, attached private bath with a separate shower and jacuzzi tub. This bedroom has a sitting room off it overlooking the gulf. The living room has a ceiling that goes all the way up to the second floor and sky lights. It is light and airy and very beach beautiful. Kitchen is open to the living room and has a bar for casual eating and a large dining table. Can easily and comfortably feed twelve. Stack washer and dryer off the kitchen. The other two bedrooms are off the entry hall, both with brand new king beds, one with an attached private bath and one with a hall access bath. There is a beautiful balcony off the living room overlooking the sights and sounds of the Gulf of Mexico. Heaven! Upstairs is a kitchenette, living room, full bath and a bedroom with a queen bed and a set of bunks (two twin beds). There is a queen sized pull out couch in the upstairs living room. There are ample televisions so everyone can watch their favorite programs. The Great Escape comes with 2 beach chairs and one umbrella on the beach daily.

Keywords: Gulf Front, Luxury, Great views, waterfront balcony, elevator, two story, two kitchens, kid friendly, waterfront master, jetted tub, heated pool, beach chair rental

More Details

Jean Brooks
Member since: 2000
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 February, 2017

About Jean Brooks

I have been in the real estate business for over 20 years and have always enjoyed the short term rental business. It is a fun challenge every week of the summer and we pride ourselves on clean, high end beach rentals that families can enjoy. We all work so hard for our money and we want to show due respect for the money you spend with us! The Great Escape was a dream purchase for us.....to be on the sand in a boutique style condo...............not the masses that high rises can bring. This is an awesome unit on a nice and quiet part of the beach that makes vacationing relaxing. This building is well maintained and closely monitored for the future well being of all of our guests. Enjoy the quiet beach, beach chairs, nice pool, outdoor grilling area and the spectacular views from the unit. We are on the west end of Crystal Beach where you can walk to restaurants, rent bikes just across the street, shop at Destin Commons and drive to the harbor. We also own and short term rent a five bedroom home in a gated community in Destin and three budget friendly short term rentals in the north end of the county for those hungry to go to the beach but may have restrictions in their budgets. For a little more adventure, you can stay with us in Puerto Rico on a privately owned resort with three homes and a private pool! Just ask!!

Jean Brooks purchased this condo in 2008

Why Jean Brooks chose Emerald Coast-Destin Area

Our search was for a family sized unit, on the sand, without masses of people and beaches that you can't have any down time.

What makes this condo unique

.Sixth floor, two story unit, on the sand with separated living areas for kids and adults.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)

**Gulf Front Penthouse, 4 bdrms/ 3 kings/ 1 queen and 2 living rooms**
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 17 reviews

Outstanding Thanksgiving!

  • 5 of 5

5 stars! We rented the Great Escape for 5 nights over Thanksgiving. We had 8 adults & 3 kids. Plenty of room for all of us. We had additional family visit on Thanksgiving Day & again we had plenty of room. The condo is in very good to excellent condition. The view? You can't beat it. The location is great as well. A+ management/owner. The only drawback we saw was the oven is small (wouldn't be an issue other than Thanksgiving). One other note -- it's a great location for runners. Both on the beach & the path along scenic highway 98. We definitely recommend the Great Escape -- you'll love it & Destin.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

don & pat

  • 5 of 5

Our fall break vacation was great. we loved the Great Escape, The separate living area upstairs was perfect for our grandchildren. The penthouse is beautiful and accommodations were perfect. our family of 11 had everything we needed. we definitely would love to come back

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


  • 5 of 5

We LOVED The Great Escape!!!! My family of 4, my sister's family of 4 and my parents (10 people) loved our stay here! Such a comfortable set up and perfect location (steps from the beach) and a great view from the balcony! Close to many shopping and eating venues. The management was so helpful and easy to work with. The condo was clean and nicely facilitied. Definitely will be our place of choice when returning to Destin!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Best Condo and Location

  • 5 of 5

This condo was wonderful and had everything you needed to cook including a crockpot! We were a family of 7 and the children had the entire upstairs loft area for themselves. The location was perfect and it was right off the mid-bay bridge. We will definitely be back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Missouri City, Texas

Great vacation week in a great condo!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had our entire family of 12 and finally had some "elbow room" in a condo (and on the beach). Have been coming to Destin for over 20 years with the family (started with only 7 members of the family), and this is the cleanest, nicest, roomiest condo we have stayed in. Jean is a gracious owner and manager, and we appreciated her attention to detail, great recommendations (especially the pizza place that delivers), and her communicating with us every step of the way. We are discussing possible dates for next summer and hope to be back again. Definitely recommend this condo for families/groups of 8 to 12.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Birmingham, Charlotte, Virginia Beach

Another Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Another great vacation week at Emerald Dunes. The dining and living areas had been updated with new and practical furniture that was very comfortable. There were issues with tv reception that are being addressed but there wasn’t much interest in watching tv while at the beach anyway, even during a political convention.

I would recommend that one of the bathrooms be modified to install unobtrusive handicapped hand railings to help those of us who have mobility problems.

This was our second enjoyable stay at Emerald Dunes and we plan to return next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Car: recommended

**Unit 602 comes with two beach chairs and an umbrella daily, set up for you, in front of the condo!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday condo in Crystal Beach, Emerald Coast-Destin Area

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Winter
4 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Mar 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Summer
29 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
28 May 2017 - 12 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2017
13 Aug 2017 - 6 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
7 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Nov 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
27 Nov 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Late Winter
4 Jan 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £402
Clean Fee £201 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Credit cards can be used but a 4% convenience fee is added to total price at time of booking.
No smoking. No Pets. No students or student groups under the age of 25.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Enter dates for accurate pricing
Enquire Now Enquire Now


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday condo in Crystal Beach in North West Florida

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 6
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Lift
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • Master has a private bathroom with Jacuzzi tub, separate shower, toilet in private room and double sink. Bedroom one has an attached private bath with tub/shower combo, second bedroom has a shower only and is accessible from that bedroom or on the hall near kitchen, and the loft area has a full bath/shower combo and double sink.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , 1 Bunk Bed , Upstairs loft has queen pull out
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Summer 2016 brand new mattresses, bed and bedding
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master bedroom has California King and all new bedding.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Summer 2016 new mattresses, bedding and bed.
  • Brand new mattresses, bedding and beds for summer 2016. Three king beds and upstairs sports a queen bed and a set of bunks as well as a queen pull out sofa.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
gulf front, elevator to top floor penthouse, two story, full kitchen with second floor kitchenette, kids second floor living room, beach rental (bikes etc) right across street, deli and fantastic restaurant across the street, bike paths, Destin Commons within walking distance, fantastic location for all folks! Sorry, no smoking, pets or groups under age 25.

Partner Offers

Portable wifi hotspot