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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 - 30 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.

Take our 2 minute Virtual Tour! Copy & paste it to your browser to get a better feel for all that Relax 101 has to offer!

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.

Copy and paste this link to take a virtual tour of our property. This will help you decide whether Relax 101 is the right fit for you and your guests!

And please feel free to give me a shout out if you have any questions or need any additional information! I want to make sure you have the best vacation experience possible at Relaxation 101, our beautiful island retreat!


Karen Olin

Relaxation 101

Palm Island, FL

Cell: 305-206-0560


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Karen Olin
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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!

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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Relaxation 101! Spacious 3/3 Waterfront w/Private Pool Dock & Spa! Pets Welcome!
average rating of 5.0 based on 45 reviews
Sterling, oh

Your own private resort, and just a short stroll to the beach

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six (four boys, ages 15, 13, and twin 8 year olds) loved our first stay at Relaxation 101. Getting to and from the Island on the ferry was very smooth, and having the restaurant on the island allowed the older boys some freedom to venture out on their own. The red tide hit just before we arrived and stayed around all week. This changed our beach plans, but we had a blast at the pool and hot tub. The tiki bar is a great place to have lunch and drinks in the shade! Looking at the pictures, we thought the pool was going to be smaller and shallow. It was very large and I would say about six feet deep on the deep end. The kids were in the pool from morning, until very late at night. We caught snook from the dock at night and saw two manatees swim by the dock. We rented a golf cart, which I highly recommend. You don’t really need it, but we had fun touring the island and going up to Rum Bay. The screened in lanai was the perfect spot to watch the afternoon storms go by. The inside of the house is spacious, and comfortable. There are tons of towels and the bed linens are very soft. My Mom tip- order groceries online from the Walmart in Englewood (no charge to order). They do your shopping and you just drive up and pick the order up! As you can see in all the reviews, Karen is top notch. She made everything so easy and checked on us to make sure everything was going well. We have already booked for next year!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Becca!!! Thanks so much for the rave review! Red tide aside, I'm so glad your vacay was everything you expected.. and more! We do try to provide the best vacation experience possible for our guests and I'm so glad we succeeded with you! Looking forward to hosting you again! Have a great summer! Best, Karen Olin, Relaxation 101, Palm Island, FL
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Tampa FL

Aptly named lovely, peaceful, well-equipped property where one can truly feel at home

  • 5 of 5

Annual trips to Palm Island are a family ritual. We have stayed at several nice places on the island, inc. the resort. After staying at Relaxation 101, I can’t imagine ever staying anywhere else again.

This trip, we were looking for 2 specific criteria, dog-friendly and someplace where our 96-year old father wouldn’t have to climb up stairs. Also, easy access to fishing for him was a must. 101 offered a pier, a resort like pool, tiki-bar, fire pit, & hot tub!

For vacations, I prefer to stay in places that feel like home, where I can comfortably hang out after a day of activities, cook a nice meal, & not live out of a suitcase. With past rentals, there was usually something missing: e.g. storage space for clothing, decent pots/pans to cook a meal. 101 had plenty of storage space, all the utensils, pots, pans, cutlery, dishware, towels, grill, etc. Besides being a lovely property, it was functional!

101 is spacious, rooms are well laid out & the living room area & beds were comfortable. The master bathroom suite with the enormous tub offered a spa-like experience—beautiful, with a great view overlooking the water. Plenty of hot water & strong pressure coming out of the shower heads (2 showerheads & handhelds in each of the shower stalls in 2 of the bathrooms).

We thoroughly enjoyed swimming in the pool, sitting on the deck, soaking in the hot tub, the short golf-cart rides to the beach, and fishing right off 101’s pier. An underwater green-light brings fish at night & it was fascinating to watch them feed. While we had our own fishing gear, 101 also came with poles and tackle.

Karen Olin, the property owner, is warm & wonderful! As soon as I rented the property, I received an email with all kinds of good information that helped us prepare for our arrival. She also gave us information on where to rent golf-carts, which were waiting for us when we got there. There was an issue with the pier light & after we called her, she immediately sent someone out to fix it so we could continue watching the fish at night. You can tell that she really cares that guests have the best experience from the moment you walk in & are greeted with S’mores fixings & informative binders about the property & surrounding areas. Wonderful!

Unfortunately, our father did not make this trip, but we know that he would have absolutely loved it there too. He was smiling from above as he watched us enjoy the peace & tranquility of Relaxation 101.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: OMG!!! Thank you so much for the kind words and praise for Relaxation 101!!! I know that a lot of prep, time and money goes into planning a family vacation so I am particularly diligent about making sure my guests have the best vacation experience possible. I am so glad I succeeded with you! I too am sorry your dad didn't get to "physically" join you, but as you said, I'm sure he was there in spirit :-) Have a wondrful summer and thanks again for choosing Relaxation 101 for your family vacation!
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The house and amenities were amazing!!!

  • 5 of 5

We were impressed with how clean the smelled as well as looked. Huge kuddos to the cleaning staff. We had such a wonderful time and can’t wait to book future dates.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Rich! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time at Relaxation 101! We'd love to host you again! And yes! ...we have an amazing housekeeping staff. They really take pride in making sure everything is perfect for my guests! I will pass your compliments on to Karress & Barb for a job well done! :-)
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Orlando, FL

Wonderful 1st Vacation at Relaxation 101!

  • 5 of 5

I couldn't help to include "1st Vacation" in the title of our review, because I'm certain that we'll return to enjoy this slice of paradise in the not too distant future. And frankly speaking, it's a bit difficult to reveal something that the other reviews have not already stated. You can trust that they're spot on, and know that your expectations will be exceeded at every turn. Upon walking in the house for the first time, my wife mentioned, "Honey, this is the absolute cleanest place we've ever stayed in!" (And, we've stayed in some really nice places)

One of the things we love about this spot on Palm Island is that it appears to be "weather proof" for all intents and purposes. If you're at all familiar with Florida weather, you know that there's always the possibility of a shower or two, especially during summer afternoons. If showers do come through, you barely notice it while staying at Relaxation 101 because everything is right there - the pool, the dock (fishing), and the beach. When a shower popped up, we simply came inside for a bit, read some books, played some games and then hopped right back outside a few moments later when the shower passed. Again, "weather proof."

Among our favorite memories from our first stay at Relaxation 101 are as follows... Late night swims in the resort-style pool. Jogging all over the island via golf carts. Relaxing all alone as a family on the beautiful beach just around the corner, Catching multiple meals of flounder, snapper and trout right off the back dock. Renting a pontoon boat on a gorgeous Florida day (picked the family up right at the dock) and heading down to Cabbage Key for Cheeseburgers in Paradise. Ordering take-out pizza from the Rum Bay Restaurant for a family movie night back at R101. My wife reading her favorite book in the hammock by the water. Laughter coming from the fully (understatement) equipped kitchen as we prepared the next snack or meal. More swims in the pool. More trips to the beach. Simply a wonderful first trip to Karen's spot in Palm Island.

Finally, I have to mention Karen - such an amazing host! Outstanding communication throughout, quick to respond about any inquiry...felt like she was right around the corner if we ever needed anything at all. Thanks again Karen!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: OMG!!! I almost cried when I read this review!!! Thank you so very much for taking the time to write such a thoughful and detailed review!!! More importantly, I am thrilled that Relaxation 101 met (dare I say exceeded??? LOL :-) your expectations!! My goal is always to provide the best vacation experience possible for my guests and I am thrilled that I succeeded with you and your family! And YES!!! We'd love to host you again any time!!! Sincerely, Karen Olin, Relaxation 101
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Wonderfully relaxing and accommodating!

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed our vacay at Relaxation 101 despite some rainy weather. The home is just as pictured. It is spacious and comfortable. The Master Bath is like visiting a spa. All the outside areas are fabulous!! Karen is a gracious hostess and accommodated our every need. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Brenda & Charles! Thanks so much for the great review! I was heartbroken that you experienced such foul weather during your stay... Mother Nature can be very uncooperative at times, but so glad to know that you still enjoyed the house and all the amenities... especially our fabulous master bath! (I put that in 2 years ago! Awesome, isn't it? LOL :-) The good news is that you live close by, so another stay at Relaxation 101 could be right around the corner! It would be my honor to host you again! Sincerely, Karen Olin, Relaxation 101, Palm Island, FL
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What a great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

The house was amazing and very well furnished. The beaches were beautiful and the water was so clear!! We found so many sharks teeth just laying on the beach. The pool was wonderful --and we spent alot of time at the tiki hut by the pool. The owner was so helpful from the moment we rented until the stay was over.

Would recommend staying at this place!!

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • 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 £148.73
Pet Fee £125.85
Refundable Damage Deposit £381.35

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.