Two bedrooms & new remodeled bathrooms for 2019!
Shane & Lynn Gunnning, Owners Shane and I have been married 33 years and live in Coopersburg, PA and the Jersey Shore. Our children have launched and we now live in an empty nest! Visiting our condo is a top priority, and we fly down often as time permits. Shane is a Senior Marketing Director with Intel, & I recently retired from a long & rewarding teaching career in business and technology.
Owner purchased this Condo in 2005
Why Owner chose Fort Walton Beach
After visiting all corners of our favorite state, we discovered The Emerald Coast. The white snow-like sand that never gets hot and always squeaks when you turquoise-colored crystal clear calm friendly southern specifically, the uncrowded location on Okaloosa Island--we fell in love with it all!
What makes this Condo unique
We considered many properties in and around Fort Walton Beach and Destin, Florida. What sold us on El Matador resort is the acreage and quietness. The 17 miles of undeveloped beach adjacent to this resort is total peace... In addition, our resort is a permanent home to one third of the residents which fosters pride in its upkeep! Note: Sheets, towels, blankets are provided. In addition, a fully stocked kitchen of pots, pans, utensils, mixing bowels and more are there. Beach chairs and an umbrella is stored in the balcony closet for the use of the guests. A starter roll of paper towels and toilet paper will be in the condo. Beyond that, it is the responsibility of the guests to pick up food and extra needs.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Perfect for a family
The condo was perfect for my family. Gorgeous views and a very clean place. It is in a quiet little area on the island with a great pool. Very short walk to the beach. They had beach chairs, an umbrella, and beach towels- really everything you need. It’s a short drive to restaurants but away from the touristy area so the beaches weren’t crowded. Everyone was so friendly in the area. It’s a gated community so felt safe at night. I would highly recommend staying here!
Great ownership and management make all the difference
Nothing fancy about the resort or the individual room but it's got everything you need and more. First the bad. The building (building 1) is not as close to the beach as others but the walk isn't bad. Just make sure you walk with shoes to/from the beach because the shortest walk is across asphalt and it can get hot. Also, the elevators are slow and hot. More times than not it didnt' matter expect when unloading and loading the cars. Lastly, there is only one toilet. One shower/tub wasnt an issue and two sinks was great but would have been nice to have more than one toilet with 5 people in one room especially with the toilet being in the same location as the shower. Now, the good. Wonderful beach at the end of the road so not busy (even on July 4th). The room is very well stocked (including some beach towels, seasoning, reading material). Beds were comfortable and the sheets were too. Water pressure in the shower was great and we never ran out of hot water. AC worked great and fridge and freezer had no issue. Plenty of cabinet and shelf space for all your snacks and drinks. This was our first time in Ft Walton in quite a few years as we normally go further east (Panama City or Destin) or west (Gulf Shores or Pensacola) but this resort is in a good spot where you're close enough to find things to do if you wanted to leave but not so close things seem overcrowded BUT traffic can get bad so be mindful of when and where you want to go. Should we go back to Ft Walton anytime soon I would not hesitate at all to contact Lynn for this unit. She's very responsible, attentive, nice and wonderful property owner to deal with,
Thanks Adam! Hope you are able to return someday. We have bathroom renovations scheduled too for the end of October --including adding a second toilet!
We visited for spring break with our 12- and 14-year-old daughters. We loved Fort Walton beach! It's a little off the beaten path, so we gladly missed out on the spring break madness of Destin while still taking advantage of dining and other attractions in Destin.
The El Matador is in a beautiful spot--at the end of a strip of condos/hotels with a long, long stretch of uninhabited beach. The common areas (lobby, laundry rooms) were pristine. Only one of the pools was heated (not sure if this is a seasonal thing), and the warmer pool was pretty crowded because temperatures were fairly low during our stay. The unheated ocean-facing pool is really gorgeous, as is the white sand beach. It's a little stretch of heaven--very clean, not at all crowded. On our last day, we saw a pod of dolphins in the morning and evening.
The unit is very convenient to the beach. It's in building one, so not ocean-front, but the walk to and from the unit is short and easy, even with chairs and beach bags in tow. The supply closet off the balcony had umbrellas and nice beach chairs, which was a great bonus. The unit has a beautiful ocean view from the balcony and from the master bedroom, which we enjoyed immensely.
As for the unit itself, I was very impressed with how impeccably clean it was. Hats off to the cleaning crew! The unit is fairly dated, but the only real downside of that is the bathroom, which is in need of some TLC, particularly the area with the toilet and shower. The bathroom is Jack-and-Jill style, which means there are two separate areas with sinks and mirrors but only one toilet. From the description I had assumed there were two toilets. It ended up being fine for the four of us--definitely not a deal breaker.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay here and would love to get back to Fort Walton in the near future. Lynn was a breeze to work with--she responded quickly when we were booking and also refunded our security deposit very quickly.
Natalie, Thank you for your review and I'm glad you had such a relaxing time and made such fun memories! I would like you to know that we are renovating our bathroom this fall to include a second toilet, new tile, vanity, shower/tub etc. Hope you'll be able to return and enjoy it again!
Great property! Such an easy walk to te beach and great view. Can’t wait to come back!
Very nice place and very quiet
Great location. Quiet. Great for families.
This was our first time staying here. We really loved it. The quiet location was perfect for the four of us. I loved being able to walk down to a uncrowded beach. The pools were nice. The gym was incredible, as I used it several times that week. The condo had great decor. It was very comfortable. The only negative I had, was there was not any toilet paper or trash bags left after the first round. This wasn't a huge deal, because there was a store close, but I would have prepared for it if I would have known. Overall, I would recommend this for anyone looking to rent.
Our condo is located on an uncrowded island in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Okaloosa Island. It's approximately six miles from Destin. In Fort Walton Beach and Destin there are countless things to do and see. There is the Gulfarium that entertains vacationers of all ages with live sea life shows daily. There are many championship golf courses within a 15-minute drive! Miniature golf, adventure parks, go-carts are right down the road! For teens and people of all ages, a new boardwalk was built in Fort Walton Beach--two miles down the road. There are restaurants, volleyball nets, game rooms, souvenir shops, etc. to entertain the young and old. In addition, the Destin Commons, Silver Sands Factory Outlets and Santa Rosa Mall provide all your shopping needs. This is a fisherman's haven, too! Take a glass bottom boat tour and snorkel in the crystal clear turquoise green waters of the Emerald Coast! Then there is my favorite: sinking my toes in the indescribable baby powder white sand!