Gulf Shores Plantation
Travel Blogs from Gulf Shores
Finally a warm morning!! We did our usual walk, but part of the 4 miles we did was on the beach. This is a good workout!! We came back to the house and sat out on the deck enjoying the sun. We even ate lunch there. Even though it clouded up a bit, we went back out to the beach to walk. The sun ended up coming out and it was a nice afternoon. We walked another 2 1/2 ...
We started the day by attending a church here in Gulf Shores. A good way to start the day and the week. After lunch, we spent some time on the beach as it was a pretty to do this. There were quite a few people here because the weather was nice and it was the weekend. Then on to Gulf State Park for a bike ride. We road 16 miles around the trails in the park. This is a great place to ride and we enjoy the trails a ...
We woke to cool temperatures, but the sun was shining! We spent a good bit of the day at Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge. It ended up being a good day for a walk and temperatures were just perfect for this. We followed a trail that ends at a beach. No people here when we were there. We spent quite a bit of time there, ...
We upped our walk to 3 miles today. We have a circle route we take down our street then on to west beach ave. most days there are many people walking pretty much the same path we take. After lunch, we went to the beach to walk and sit and enjoy the lovely weather. We stayed out there for a couple of hours basking in the sun and watching the ...
We have gotten into a habit of doing a 2+ mile walk in the morning. This gets our day off to a good start.
By the afternoon it was nice enough to get our bikes out for a ride. We rode from the house to the State Park using some cut through roads. We rode a total of 18 miles! I could feel some sore muscles coming on!
We ended the afternoon sitting on the deck enjoying the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Gulf Shores Plantation
Gulf Shores Plantation was Great!! We were at the Plantion from 6/17/04 thru 6/24/04, we had a great time. My husband and two children went with my sister and her two children. They are ages 20, 15, 13 and 8, we stayed in Plantation West with a side ocean view. We all loved it! The room was to have two queen beds and a sofa bed, but when we got there their was three queen beds and a sofa bed, so we had more room than we thought. The unit was very nicely furnished. The only complaint I have is that we went to the Windows By The Shore bar/restaraunt at 9:40 one evening and were told that they closed between 9:30 to 9:45, the sign states that they close at 10:00. I think if they are to stay open until 10:00 then that is when they should colse. Also the two older boys went to the front desk at 9:00 to check out a basketball so they could play for a little while and were told by a worker that it was too late, that they were closing in 2 hours. They are only allowed to keep the balls for 2 hours at a time anyway, only one of them went in and were told that, when he came out the other one went in and talked to someone else and got the ball. I took the ball back myself and asked about it and was told it depends who is working at the time. I think everyone that works there should go by the same rules, and check things out at least until 10:30 since they don't close until 11:00. The Beach Store was nice to have close when it was needed. I would stay at Gulf Shores Plantation again and have told everyone I talk to about the place. The boys would have liked to have stayed longer!
Rebuttal to previous, if you pay for Bronze you get Bronze
They have 3 levels of rooms and you don't pay gold prices for a bronze room. We stayed in a 2-bedroom condo rated bronze because it was cheaper than silver and gold and were very pleased with the accomodations. I'm very picky so for me to recommend a place is rare! The reviewer who said they paid Gold for Bronze was mistaken or misunderstood. It is a great family retreat. SEveral swimming pools, we had the time of our lives and it seemed we were on a private beach! Would highly recommend it to others.
Great for the Family
This was a great time for the whole family. I traveled with my parents and two small children, and we all had a great time. Though the property is a good drive from Gulf Shores restaurants (approx. 13 miles), it was wonderful for all of us because there were so many activities there. The kids loved the pools and the beach, and my dad liked the putting green. Our unit (#2114) was beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Kitchen facilities were all we needed - we could have cooked full meals. I would definitely stay there again and recommend to anyone with kids.
Best Vacation Yet
From April 5 to April 9 my husband and I were with my brother & his family. We stayed in a two bedroom suite. It was excellent. With 6 of us in this suite, we still had plenty of room. The grounds were perfect. Seeing the Gulf from our balcony was superb. We will be coming back for sure as that pool (newest) was great! We couldn't ask for a better vacation. So close to the Fort and the bird banding area. So many attractions to see but we still had time for the beach and pool.
My Family and I just returned home from the Gulf Shores Planation Resort today (very sadly.) It was awesome, the beach, the sand , the pools... I could not believe that I was in Gulf Shores. I had been to other places in Gulf Shores but none like this. The water was clear as crystal, and the sand was so white and pure (they must clean it.) If you are going to Gulf Shores, I would highly recomend The Gulf Shores Plantation. There are 6 outdoor pools, 1 indoor pool , a resteraunt (Windows By The Shore), a library, a lounge, a mini golf course, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a fitness room, multiple arcade rooms, a beach store, 8 tennis courts, basket ball courts , shuffle board, horse- shoe , and a handfull of friendly staff (except for the chineese dude.) We loved our stay and it only rained 1 out of the 7 days we stayed, the rest blue skys. We have decided to make this our spring break getaway from now on...
BEWARE of room ratings! Know if you are in a 'bronze' room
We booked our vacation online. When we arrived at the Gulf Shores Plantation, we were SHOCKED to see our room. Apparently the rooms are rated by gold, silver and bronze codes. We were VERY unhappy to find we had payed GOLD prices for a very BRONZE room.
We had a great time!
Our family spent Thanksgiving, 2003 at the resort. It was our first visit to the area. We loved the resort & are currently plotting our next getaway to the resort. The off-season rates meant that we could afford the resort. The pools & jacuzzi's were great. Loved the boardwalk to the beach! The unit (3 bedrooms, 2 baths) was quite adequate and met the needs of our group. It did get a bit crowded when the weather was rough so we sent the children to the indoor pool! We had one small problem with the room. When it was addressed to the management, it was corrected immediately. The staff was friendly & were very competent. Can't say enough good things about this resort & we can't wait to go back!
Great place, beware off season
Beautiful beach, great room (although a little small). The only problem going there off-season meant no restaurant or grocery available. We ended up going to Beach Club next door. They also left no cleaning supplies for dishes or paper products beyond toilet paper. I would go again but pack differently. The closest grocery was 20 min. back at hwy. 59.
WOW-The Gulf Shores Plantation was #1
What a FUNTASTIC trip. The staff was friendly and knowledgable and offered a variety of fun things for our family to do. The grounds were incredibly clean, and beach was dredged and level, the pools (including the bathrooms) were clean and maintained. Not to mention how safe we felt while on the property. We took two children and never once did they complain of boredom--and we only left the property once! We plan on making this an annual family outing so we can all grow up-and old-with wonderful memories. Bravo Plantation, you raised the bar of excellence!
Perfect family fun
Our family just returned from Gulf Shores Plantation, off the beaten track. Well, it's rt off Ft. Morgan Road-- just not near the 5-lane parkway and mega-souvenir shops-which is the way i like it. The beach was not too crowded. There are 6 (!) outdoor pools to choose from. The kids even enjoyed the indoor pool. We stayed in 2E, a 3 story bldg. This is a great place for a family, reasonably priced, our 2 bdr/2bath unit had a view of the beach, was nicely furnished, 2nd bdr has 2 bunkbeds-great for our 3 kids. I peaked into other units and there are different levels in the quality of rooms. I would ask for #2313 if you want new furnishings, bunkbeds, new kitchen. It's a short walk to the beach. Safe, family-oriented, friendly atmosphere. We'll be back for sure.