Gulf Shores Plantation
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Gulf Shores Plantation Was Great!!!!
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.
Are you sure this is Gulf Shores?
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.
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... the ship.
We spent the better part of three hours on board. Many areas were blocked for direct access since they were set up as they would have been when the ship was in use, but you could look into and photograph them. When it came to the bowels of the ship, the access was almost unlimited. Every nook and cranny was open and if you could squeeze into it, you could see what was there. This included the main gun turrets and below decks in areas that ...
... blog. Don't think we will have a lot to report today and that's ok as we are enjoying not moving. It's the first day we have stopped in ages.
... find another RV park on the island. Warily, we head off to the next RV park, prepared to keep driving if it's of the same quality. But we are in luck. So we settle in for the night.
... It definitely earned a return trip next year.
Shelley and Wayne are from Milwaukee and have recently moved to Tennessee. They have a self-contained fire pit so we like to hang out at their site over the fire, chatting and laughing the evening away. They have been at the park since the first of January so know some good places to eat or go to. Wayne told the guys about the best donut place on the ...
... that he wore. The talent WAS NOT there. The 28 women and 2 men that were there tried really hard to enjoy the evening. Instead, we walked home shaking our heads and giggling about the disaster that was the Elvis tribute. We agreed "You get what you pay for." What did we expect for $5.00! When the guys asked if we had a good time, we looked at each other and uttered, "Uh, NO!" We had an uncomfortable time, not a good time.