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Relaxation 101! Spacious 3/3 Waterfront w/Private Pool Dock & Spa! Pets Welcome!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,550 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Spacious 3Br/3Bth Waterfront Ground Level Home w/Pool&Spa Just Steps from Beach!

Relaxation 101 is a gorgeous & spacious 3 bedroom, 3 full bath waterfront home w/private pool on Palm Island with unobstructed views overlooking beautiful Bocilla Lagoon.

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Our home is on a double lot that ensures your privacy and includes an enormous private resort style pool for your personal use... in fact the entire compound is for your private use for the duration of your stay. Additionally, if there are little ones in your party you will be pleased to know that the entire property, including the docks and pool area, is fenced-in for the safety and security of your loved ones...including the furry ones :-) Yes! Relaxation 101 is a pet friendly rental! One of the few on the island!

The house is very comfortable and spacious... 2500 s/f. The large open floor plan is perfect for entertaining and includes not only an enormous great room with vaulted ceilings and a beautiful coral stone fireplace at its center, but a fantastic family room and an over-sized kitchen open to it all.

A very unique feature of this home is that it is all on ground level, no stairs to climb! which is unusual on the island. Most homes are built 15 feet above sea level and have steep stairs which makes it somewhat cumbersome to schlep your luggage and groceries into the house, dine outside or just run into the kitchen for that Pina Colada refresher! At Relaxation 101 our ground level home makes dining al fresco a breeze! not to mention how much easier it is for those who find it difficult to navigate steep stairs.

The location of this home is one of the best on the Island, at the mouth of the Bocilla Lagoon, where the constant tidal flow makes for year round crystal clear water teeming with Snook, Trout , Redfish, Snapper & Grouper. Best fishing on the island right off your dock! There's even a fishlight at night that draws large amounts of snook right to you. You feel as if you can almost reach out and grab one!

Sit and have your coffee on the dock in the morning and watch fish jump, birds feed... you will even see dolphins swim by. I kid you not. Dolphins. In the wild. Swimming right off our dock. It's the coolest thing ever.

Our home offers a HUGE, private in-ground resort style swimming pool to add to the enjoyment of the entire family. And for those times that you want to head to the beach, we are literally steps away... it's just a 90 second walk right around the bend and we supply everything you need! From beach chairs, towels & umbrellas to coolers and games & toys for the kids, we make sure you are well equipped. We even provide a little red wagon to cart it all! All you have to do is bring the beer!

This house features 2 boat docks. There's only one bridge to open water with 12 foot clearance at high tide and a channel cut 5 feet from the dock. At "Manatee" speed, it's 4-5 minutes to open water and Lemon Bay. 15 Minutes to the Gulf.

Kayaks, canoes, motor boats, paddle boards, bikes and golf carts are available for rent on the island as well. And if you want to hire a captain to take you fishing or on a sunset cruise he/she can pick you up and drop you off right from your dock! No need to load the family into the car and schlep to the mainland! Ahhhhhhh... Relaxation!!! LOL ;-)

Have you vacationed on the island before? Palm Island is a barrier island, 7 miles long between Sarasota and Ft. Myers on Florida's Gulf Coast. Sugar sand beaches, beautiful harbors & lagoons and great fishing & shelling are accessed by a 4 minute car ferry or private boat ride. With unpaved sandy roads and a relaxed 'Old Florida' atmosphere, our beaches are some of the most pristine and quiet in all of coastal Florida. There are no high rises blocking your gulf views.

There's one restaurant on the island, Rum Bay, that serves lunch and dinner. The car ferry runs continually from 6:30am until 10:00pm Sunday through Thursday and until 11:00pm on Friday and 12:00 midnight on Saturday. You drive your car onto the ferry and directly to your vacation rental home. It's a very special place to vacation. Kayaks, paddle boards, canoes, motor boats bikes and golf carts are available for rent.

Relaxation 101 offers it's guests a one-of-a-kind vacation experience. You will absolutely love it! It is a true island paradise. If you choose to book Relaxation 101, it will be a vacation experience you will never forget.

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More Details

Karen Olin
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
26 April, 2018

About Karen Olin

I was in the hospitality business for over 20 years. When I retired, I wanted the laid back, "manana man" lifestyle that you can only find in the tropics without giving up access to fine dining, shopping & culture. Palm Island was the perfect spot for our family... I hope you will find it to be the perfect spot for yours :-)

Karen Olin purchased this house in 2014

Why Karen Olin chose Palm Island

We looked at so many homes, and none felt right until we saw "Relaxation 101". It just clicked for us...Key West circa 1962, but with all the modern amenities. You will love it here! A little piece of paradise off the central coast of Florida. We invite you to take this 2 minute virtual tour to find out why Relaxation 101 may just be the perfect fit for you and your family! http://tours.thehoverbureau.com/public/vtour/full/483962/

What makes this house unique

Privacy, pristine beaches, undeveloped... there are no high rises here. Unpaved sandy roads lead you to white sugar sand beaches and mangrove lagoons. It's a nature lover's paradise, but still offers great night life and fabulous shopping & dining nearby. The best of all worlds!!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Palm Island in the Placida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2550 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • resort ...
  • village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Xtra-Large Soaking Tub w/Gorgeous Bay Window Views of Lagoon
    Master Bath 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Private Bath with Double Shower Heads & Double Sinks
    Guest Bath 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Full Guest Bath w/Tub & Shower and Access to Pool & Patio.
  • Check out our photo page for pics of our fabulous master bath overlooking the lagoon. Watch dolphins swim by as you soak in our gynormous tub!
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Suite 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , This bedroom has a king bed w/fabulous en suite master bath
    Master Suite 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , Private en suite bath & french doors lead to private lanai.
    Guest Room 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Private full bath adjacent to large queen bedded guest room.
  • Relax offers 2 ensuite master bedrooms and a 3rd bedroom with it's own private bath across the hall. We also provide a full size pull-out sofa. It's not the old fashioned kind with the bar in the middle, this sofa pulls out into a full size platform bed and is very comfy! Relaxation 101 is set up perfectly for 3 adult couples, a multi-generational family or any family or group with 6-8 guests!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • luaus
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We are also a pet friendly vacation rental! Please advise at the time you book your stay that you would like to bring your furry friend along for the vacay! There is a $165 non-refundable pet fee for each pet and all we ask is that your dog or cat be properly house trained!


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average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews

Should rename this property to “Paradise 101”

  • 5 of 5

We are repeat vacationers and have thoroughly enjoyed this slice of heaven on Palm Island. Upon our arrival, we were greeted warmly by the owner and immediately fell in love with this island all over again. Karen welcomed our fur-kids as well and was so accommodating to them to make sure they would have a fun vacation along with us. The property was very clean, and there were more upgrades than the prior year that we stayed here. There weren’t many things we needed to bring along to make our beach days perfect, only because all of that (and then some) was in the garage for us to use when needed. It saved us space in our truck for our return trip with shells and various shopping items from local shops and artisans. This place has it all! The beach is a very short walk down the street, and the dock right off the back yard called to us to throw a line out for some snook. My husband (and a few locals in their boats) thouroughly enjoyed night fishing with the installed fish light. We rented a kayak, but honestly, we didn’t even use it that much, as the dock provided us the enjoyment of actually catching fish! The beaches are calm and the beauty surpasses that of other beaches we have stayed. We love that Rum Bay is a place to frequent, as they have a very extended menu that doesn’t get boring. In addition, we took the water taxi over to Leverock’s which was a great experience. Our kids and grand kids visited for a week when we were there, and the boat captain allowed our 6 year old grand son to steer the boat for a little bit. It was a memorable experience for all of us. We tell our friends and family about this property, and we look forward to returning!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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We’ll be back!

  • 5 of 5

Our 5 week stay at Relaxation 101 was indeed relaxing! The house was extremely well equipped, spotlessly clean and very comfortable! The pool, deck and hot tub were delightful - but nothing topped the tiki bar! Karen responded within minutes to our questions and a couple of minor unforeseen issues were addressed immediately. We’re already looking forward to returning next year!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tammy & Steve! Glad you made it home safe & sound! And thanks so much for the kind words about your stay at Relaxation 101! We do strive to make our guests' vacation experience the best we possibly can, and I am so glad we succeeded with you and your family! And yes!...we too look forward to having you and your family back again next year! Have a great summer and we'll chat again as your next trip to Palm Island is on the horizon!! My best to Steve and big scratches for Sadie! Karen Olin Relaxation 101 Palm Island, FL
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We had it all!!

  • 5 of 5

The best vacation stay ever! We so enjoyed the privacy and quietness on the island and the pool was amazing! Relaxation 101 had everything you need on vacay plus more. And Karen was the sweetest host and made sure our vacation would be the best. I would definitely reccomend this home ☺

  • Review Submitted: 28-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: OMG! Thanks so much for the kind words and for sharing this with others! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Relaxation 101 and look forward to hosting you again soon!! ~KO
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Everything we needed!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at Relaxation 101! The owner paid great attention to detail and we had everything we needed. The house was close to the beach and the pool area was fantastic. We will definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Rebecca! Thanks so much for the kind words! We absolutely look forward to hosting you again at Relaxation 101!! Have a wonderful holiday season! Best, ~Karen
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Amazing 🏝😎

  • 5 of 5

Best was this big beautiful pool, and loved the landscaping. Loved that the owner stayed in touch and made sure that everything was fine. Watching the fish from the back porch from the house at night was amazing. We also saw a dolphin from the back porch. Beach access was not far away and easy to get there.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sue! Thanks so much for the great review! We do strive to make sure every guest has a stellar experience, and I'm so glad we succeeded with you and your family! You guys were awesome guests and we'd love to have you back anytime! Best, KO Relaxation 101
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Great vacation house for two families!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at Relaxation 101! There were two families (4 adults and 3 kids- ages 6, 8 & 12) that shared this spacious house. We've traveled to many locations and have rented houses, condos, timeshares, etc and this is one of our favorites due to the location, cleanliness, comfortableness and finally, Karen (the owner). Karen was a gem to work with the entire time we were inquiring about the house and even after we sadly departed. If anything was needed during our stay, the property manager popped in and Karen was always just a text away.

The description of the house on VRBO is very accurate, so you will not need to bring anything with you (except food and beverages). There were more then enough towels, blankets, kitchen accessories (and appliances), beach/pool toys, etc. Literally just pack your toiletries, swimsuit and flip flops. Having a washer/dryer helped to cut down on the need to over pack on clothing as well.

Both of our families are constantly on the go, so we were looking for a relaxing location that would force us to have no schedule...and this house/island provided just that for us. We took siestas, swam in the pool, went to the beach for shelling and boogie boarding, fished, kayaked and more.

I am going to say that the only (and I mean only) slight downside to our trip were the noseeums. If you are not familiar, they are like tiny mosquitos. They are common to the beaches of Florida, so I don't want that to dissuade you from considering Palm Island and especially, Relaxation 101. The beauty is that there is a screened in addition to the house, so you can still enjoy the outdoors if the noseeums are present. My experience was that they were only really present when there was little to no wind or really late at night. So, if you want to enjoy some late night fishing off the back dock (recommended), make sure to bring some bug spray and pack a long sleeve shirt and pants. Also, bring some benadryl (oral and/or topical) just in case you do get a few bites...you'll be happy to have something.

Again- we would HIGHLY recommend Relaxation 101!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Sarasota, Ft Myers, Tampa
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Palm Island Resort
Nearest Ferry
0.2 Miles
Palm Island
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Dozens of Courses to Choose From
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Placida Road
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Palm Island Resort
Nearest Ski
775 Miles
Beech Mountain, NC (LOL ;-)
Nearest Beach
Palm Island
Car: recommended

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Relaxation 101 is on a private island, but you have access to all of the wonderful things Southwest Florida has to offer.. from exciting night life, gaming, theater and museums to solitary morning walks on the beach at sunrise, shelling the pristine beaches and sunset sails with a bottle of wine and the ones you love.

Dozens of great restaurants within a 5 mile radius serve the freshest gulf fish, shrimp & crabs... some caught that day. Hang with the locals at the many "beach bars" and listen to live music or watch your favorite sports team.

A vacation at Relaxation 101 offers something for everyone!!!

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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £139.95
Pet Fee £118.42
Damage Deposit £358.85

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. Damage caused by a pet that exceeds the $165 pet fee can be deducted from the guest's damage deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.