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Pets allowed:
Wi-Fi available:

2 Full baths

Description from owner

On-beach, 2 bedroom/2 bath, Platinum-rated condo with awesome views and heated pool. This is actually an OWNER-MANAGED CONDO - not a rental company unit with absentee owner and has not been accessed by any one except for guests and cleaners for months, or possibly years...Our Guest Reviews and years of history should give you the peace-of-mind you should insist on when banking on a condo to make-or-break your family's vacation! Don't be another victim of mismanaged units with the allure of a free beach setup (if you can get there by sunrise to take advantage of one of the few "complimentary" ones). This condo is our one-and-only second home and we manage it as such, which is highlighted by our furnishings, electronics, bedding, brand new full-size front loading washer and dryer, fully equipped beach cart with 6 beach chairs (frequently upgraded) and beach umbrellas, and hard flooring (Plank and Tile) throughout (NO CARPET). Further, you will have direct, 24/7 access to my (the owner) cell phone in case there are any questions, comments or concerns at any time during your stay...not just during weekday office hours.

Book now to rent directly from THE OWNER and get the best value for your vacation in this customized 2 bedroom / 2 bath condo in renowned ARIEL DUNES 1!! Skip the needless fees, and contact me to book directly. Please be aware that there are key differences between ARIEL DUNES 1 and Ariel Dunes 2 and they absolutely are not the same. ARIEL DUNES 1 faces due south, directly facing the Gulf of Mexico and the beach, and has an "UNOBSTRUCTED VIEW" as well as direct access out to the beach via a landscaped walkway. In addition to our location, other key differentiators include our fabulous ground-floor restaurant "Cabana Cafe", our heated pool and our very popular west pool which features a zero-entry and the huge mushroom fountain.

**Once booked, you will receive a code to the door for the dates of your stay so you can arrive and depart whenever you like without having to check-in on someone else's schedule.

Ariel Dunes is adjacent to Majestic Sun and Surfside in the Seascape Resort but worlds apart in luxury and appeal. Secure your dates now to experience everything this Landmark Resort has to offer. Situated in the Seascape Resort Community, Ariel Dunes towers over the adjacent Seascape golf course and offers breath-taking views of the Gulf of Mexico as well as magnificent views across the golf course to the Choctawhatchee Bay. We also have 5 great restaurants on site.

When you enter off of Scenic Gulf Drive and proceed through the security gate, you will instantly know that you have chosen the perfect vacation destination! While pulling up in to the ARIEL DUNES 1's drive-thru entry court and main floor lobby, you will immediately admire the expansive pools (some of the largest in Destin) which total in excess of 11,000 square feet, as well as the large adjacent deck areas and extensive landscaping. As an added benefit, the pools include extensive lounge chairs as well as a heated section during colder months.

Following a short trip up one of several elevators, you will enter our 2 bedroom, 2 bath luxury condominium to find all that your heart desires in a vacation accommodation. This unit features nine ft ceilings, ceramic tile and wood plank flooring throughout (no dirty carpets with allergens), raised panel kitchen cabinetry and beautiful GRANITE countertops. The kitchen is fully equipped with all Stainless Steel GE PROFILE appliances which include a 26 foot side by side refrigerator with filtered ice and water, dishwasher, self-cleaning oven with smooth-top range and a built-in microwave. In addition, the kitchen has been fully equipped with all utensils, plates, cookware, KEURIG instant coffee brewer, crockpot, blender, toaster and many other items that will ensure optimum convenience. Additionally, the adjacent utility room features an upgraded full-sized, front-loading & Samsung washer and dryer set.

This Platinum level condo has been furnished in a way that complements the already luxurious feel of Ariel Dunes. The dining area has a large dining table with seating for six as well as a bar with two stools. The living room features a cozy queen sleeper/sofa, a standard sofa, a soft chair with ottoman and a coffee table...all with a view of the Gulf's beautiful waters. A 50" LED TV enhances the living area and also includes a DVD as well as an assortment of DVD’s. A large eight foot sliding glass door opens from the living area to the outdoor living area on the balcony (THE LARGEST "FULLY COVERED" in ARIEL DUNES) and offers magnificent views out to the Gulf and of the pools just below.

The fully furnished master bedroom includes a king size bed with pillow-top mattress, soft chair and ottoman, dual bedside tables with lamps and clock radios as well as an LED TV, and DVD player. This room offers views of the Gulf and access to the 400 square foot balcony through its own eight foot sliding glass door. It also includes a master bathroom which features a glass enclosed shower, double vanity and a large garden tub that also has a view of the ocean.

The guest bedroom features a queen bed with a plush pillow-top mattress, night stand and clock alarm as well as a dresser, large closet and LED TV with DVD player. It has private access to the guest bathroom which can also be accessed from the hallway. The view from this guest bedroom is impressive - providing a wonderful look across the Seascape Golf course and out to the Choctawhatchee Bay. (For more information on the layout, check out the unit floor plan in the pictures below)

Don't risk your family's vacation by going with a 3rd party managed condo. By staying with us, you can be rest assured that the photos, description and guest reviews on this page are for this specific condo. You can also have confidence that the condo will be clean and crisp when you arrive as we have a detailed inspection done after each cleaning. Further, I can guarantee that you won't find a comparable unit in Destin for a better price. Avoid all the pitfalls associated renting one of many condos rented by a management company or agent by going directly with the owner. Please inquire with me before confirming anywhere else... and please beware of hidden charges such as Amenity Fees, Damage Waiver Fees, etc.

Thank you and we can't wait to have you. Please don't just take our word for it... Click on 'COMMENTS' below and check out what our guests are saying about their stay.

Restaurants and Entertainment on our property and within walking distance:

- Cabana Cafe: in our Lobby

- Royal Palm Grill: Seafood Steaks Sushi Oysters

- Whale's Tail Beach Bar & Grill: On our beach

- Acme Oyster House

- Thrills Laser Tag and Arcade

- Village Door at Seascape

Beach & Surf Shops within walking distance from condo:

- Beach & Surf Shop

- Alvin's Island

- WINGS Surf Shop

Nearby Airports:

VPS (Northwest FL Regional): 23 miles,

ECP (Northwest FL Beaches International): 42 miles

TLH (Tallahassee): 2 hrs

MOB (Mobile, AL): 2 hrs

MGM (Montgomery, AL): 2.5 hrs

GPT (Gulf Port, MS): 2.75 hrs

Keywords: “Destin Vacation rental”, “destin condo rental”, “destin condo”, “florida beach condo”, “vrbo florida”, “gulf front rental”, “beachfront condo”, “destin by owner”, “seascape condo”

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TripAdvisor Property ID: 4818740

About the area

The resort features an 18-hole championship golf course with pro shop, dedicated beach access to over 2,000 feet of powder white sand and crystal-clear, emerald green water, eight tennis courts, five additional pools, on-site Conference Center, several fresh water lakes, beach service, our lobby restaurant - Cabana Cafe, Whales Tail Beach Bar & Grill - seaside dining and live entertainment, Acme Oyster House, Thrills Laser Tag & Arcade, Moo La-La Ice Cream & Fudge, Aerial Entertainment Fun Park, water sports rentals and magnificent shopping at the nearby Silver Sands Outlet Mall, Destin Commons and The Village Baytowne Wharf Restaurants on our property and within walking distance: - Cabana Cafe: in our Lobby - Acme Oyster House - Royal Palm Grill: Seafood Steaks Sushi Oysters - Whale's Tail Beach Bar & Grill: On our beach - Moo La-La Ice Cream & Fudge Beach & Surf Shops within walking distance from condo: - Beach & Surf Shop - Alvin's Island - WINGS Surf Shop Nearby Airports: - VPS (Northwest FL Regional): 23 miles, - ECP (Northwest FL Beaches International): 42 miles - TLH (Tallahassee): 2 hrs - MOB (Mobile, AL): 2 hrs - MGM (Montgomery, AL): 2.5 hrs - GPT (Gulf Port, MS): 2.75 hrs

Owner profile

Jay D.
Years listed:

Languages spoken: English


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
No smoking at this property



  • Bedroom 1: King bed
    Bedroom 2: Queen Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa beds


  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Shared outdoor pool (heated)
  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Parking Included
  • Secure parking
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Sea view
  • Waterfront


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Stereo system
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Video player
  • Washing machine


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding


  • 2 Full baths

Reviews (24)

24 reviews

“Paradise !”

Reviewed 12 May 2016

From the moment we walked in we felt right at home. The condo was lovely, and just as described. Sitting on one the two decks over looking the pool and the ocean in the morning and evening was heaven.Corner unit is an extra bonus ! Everything was perfect. The communication with the owner Chris couldn't have been better. If you are thinking of renting from this complex, please use Chris,like renting from a long time friend, you won't be disappointed. Now to the beach, to the left and right, the beaches are pretty busy,ours made us feel like VIPs ! Very large and open. Talk about convenient ,the young man,Will, that took care of our beach service treated us like royalty . Weather called for rain everyday......barely saw a drop. Can you say SUNSHINE

“Awesome Vacation”

Reviewed 20 Mar 2016

The condo was absolutely perfect. Size and accommodations were plentiful. The short 4-min. walk with beach cart was an adventure and the balcony view-- to die for!! Would definitely stay again and recommend friends and family.


Reviewed 25 Nov 2014

The condo we stayed in was one of the nicest ones we have ever rented. It was very well kept and very well stocked. The balcony was very roomy with a beautiful view. The weather did not allow us to use it, but it would have been wonderful in nicer weather. The condo was a 5 star. There was mainly two things we were disappointed in: the pool wasn't heated and there was no hot tub. The condo was roomy and we really liked the two bedrooms. Two adult couples went and both couples had good beds with closet and drawer space. Many two bedroom condos have the second bedroom for children (bunk beds or twin beds). I would highly recommend this condo!!!

Owner's reply: Thanks Vicki! So glad you all enjoyed it. Unfortunately the Home Owner's Association voted to not begin heating the pool until Christmas and to then heat it through April. My vote was to heat it beginning in November and take it to March 15th....but unfortunately, I was in the minority. Thanks again!

“Perfect location!”

Reviewed 20 Oct 2014

The condo was wonderful and so close to the beach! There is so much to do in this area! I plan to go again and stay at the same place! Top notch!!

“Outstanding Condo in PERFECT LOCATION”

Reviewed 9 Jun 2014

Absolutely fantastic week. Everything was better than described. Condo was clean, spacious and all inclusive. Updated appliances and decor. Great view and excellent proximity to beach. Everything was great- Condo was set up for all ages in our family. I want to thank Mr Doss for his partnership and assistance in making this family vacation one that created many memories that will last forever. Beautiful beaches within 500 yards of our balcony.

“Working Vacation”

Reviewed 10 May 2014

Great place to stay bottom floor steps to beach very comfortable only issue was the beach chair police seems if you are not renting from the front desk you can't use there chars or umbrella on beach unless you rent them at 35.00 dollars per day now that's a rip off but great condo

“Peace on earth”

Reviewed 10 Oct 2013

Our condo was beautiful and very quiet. Everything we needed. All the comforts of home but without the snow. We have been coming to Destin and Fort Walton for over 45years, we have brought over 57 people with us at different times through the years. They all fell in love with it like we did in the 60's

“great place, everything was accurate in descriptio”

Reviewed 25 Aug 2013

overall great experience, property was well maintained and everything matched the description. well worth it, and will rent again!

“Really Great”

Reviewed 23 Aug 2013

My family and I stayed in this condo and really had a wonderful experience. As a family we consisted of 2 children under 4, my husband and I, and my parents. We were all very comfortable and had no issues whatsoever. When we first arrived we were pleasantly surprised at how extremely nice this condo looked and felt. Usually beach condo's are cozy and comfy, but they aren't always the nicest furniture and decor. This place felt like we should have payed much more for it. It really is a GREAT deal for this nice place. There was a bit of a walk to the beach, it wasn't bad at all though. The kids did great with it, they helped us pull our beach cart. The pool was amazing! It has a zero entry pool with a little splash mushroom, this was perfect for the kids. They never wanted to leave. We had an amazing time, and will definitely be trying to use this condo for future beach trips.

“Gorgeous condo with the perfect touch!”

Reviewed 8 Apr 2013

This condo was amazing. The location was perfect and the ammenties were fabulous. Our family was especially apprecaiative of all of the special touches that made the condo feel like home; lots of board games, crayons, card games, DVD's, etc! Our children were happy just hanging out in the room! No fighting over TVs considering there were three, total! We were also very pleased to find beach chairs along with lots of beach toys avaialble for our use. The beds were also amazingly comfy! Everything that you needed in the kitchen was provided... what more could we ask for? One other thing that I find to be most important is the responsiveness of the condo owner; he was readily avaialble to answer questions prior to our stay and even once during our stay! I would highly recommend this property for anyone interested in spending some time in Destin! One thing worth noting: the Seascape community doesn't allow trailers. Our family pulled a very small Cargo Express trailer and upon our arrival, we were informed that those weren't permitted. I was extremely concerend, but the resort was great about finding us a space for the trailer in their maintenance lot (for a nominal fee). Just be warned. You will want to call ahead and make storage arrangements if you plan on taking a trailer.

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

The condo was beautiful and brand new, well equipped and comfortable, kid friendly if we ever take the grandkids. Owner was great to deal with and very responsive.
Elizabeth & Ron, Nashville, TN

The condo was great. Stayed the month of Feb. Everything was new, clean and furnished very nice. Look forward to returning next year. Owner was great to work with.

L. Jones, Louisville Kentucky

You can have confidence when you reserve this condo. We were blown away by the location, the views, and the interior design. This condo towers over the massive pools, while giving you a post card view of the gulf. Parking and access to the condo was a breeze. The upgrades in this condo made it easy to relax when not at the pool/beach.

This classy unit will be our first choice for when visiting Destin. The owner was great to work with and all was handled professionally. We love this condo!
Rex, Knoxville, TN

We have been coming to Destin for seven years and this place was one of the nicest . The property was pretty and well maintained. Hope to come again next May.
Anonymous, St. Louis, MO