It pains me to give this beautiful home anything other than a stellar review. The owner, Chris, has been prompt and thorough with communication. The house itself is lovely and in a great location. We had a family of 8, including two children. We chose this property for the number of bedrooms and the private, heated pool. One rainy morning, we opened up the three-bay sliding doors to the deck to expand the living space and hear the rain. This was such a nice feature. The kitchen was big, plenty of space for seating. The pool table in the garage was fun - they even have a TV down there.
Proximity to the beach was ideal, however we ended up driving to the gulf side beach after one day on the bay side beach. We had a 10'x10' canopy for shade and the bay beach was barely wide enough to accommodate it. Bedrooms have cable TV. We had difficulty watching cable on the living room TV - fortunately the techie in the family brought an HDMI cable which fixed the problem. Master bdrm had DVD player but literally no cords/cables to hook to TV. Hair dryer has European plug - bring your own or a global power adapter. Two of the decks on the bay side had comfortable furnishings. The two decks off master had a total of 3 chairs. Quite dismal - so we only used them for drying our towels and suits. You'll want to rent a canopy/umbrella and some beach chairs. There were only 3 chairs in decent condition on the property. The others were broken and/or rusty. They had a small pop-up canopy but no carrier so we couldn't transport it as-is. The little umbrella in the pool area was broken.
Why the 3-star review? After a 17-hour drive from Ohio, my sister-in-law and her husband arrived at 5:00 the day of check-in to find the house a total mess. Nobody had cleaned from the prior renters - dishes filling the sink, dirty linens and trash everywhere. They called Vacasa to get a cleaning crew out and it took them two hours to flip the property. We requested that a manager call us - none did. The day we checked out, I sent an email to Vacasa's headquarters informing them that we had still not heard from anyone. They agreed to remind the AMI office of our request. Over a week later and still no call. I was hoping to hear from them before writing this review but their lack of service negatively impacted our vacation. I detailed our experience with Chris, who seemed grateful for the information.
Tips for future renters:
TripAdvisor is considered a third party. The week prior to your trip, watch for an email from Vacasa with a requirement to agree to their rental terms. We were not expecting this and overlooked it, causing us to miss our deadline, and a manual override during a call to Vacasa was required to gain our entry code.
You will arrive to a completely empty kitchen. This was disappointing as the past few rentals have spoiled us with the benefit of a pantry full of nonperishables such as Ziploc baggies, seasonings, aluminum foil, trash bags, laundry essentials, cooking spray, etc. Vacasa leaves exactly the following for an entire week (not nearly enough): 2 laundry pods (no dryer sheets), 2 packs dishwasher detergent, tiny bottle of dish soap, 6 rolls of toilet paper, 1 trash bag. We spent a small fortune at Publix on these types of items at the island premium prices. If you drive, bring these items to save money and frustration. As a property owner, I would request that the rental company leave these types of items in the pantry as a courtesy to future guests. It's so wasteful not to. Furthermore, the check-out instructions as you to run the dishwasher and start a load of towels, yet they don't leave enough supplies to last until the end of the week.
Also, be sure to rent a golf cart several months in advance. They sell quickly and don't have enough on the island to meet the demand.
Overall, I recommend the home itself but cannot recommend the property management company. We will NEVER again rent a property that is managed by Vacasa.
unfortunately for our 2 weeks on AMI we had lousy weather..... which meant we spent more time in the house than we had originally planned. The rooms are spacious and nicely decorated and there is pretty much everything there that you need. We had a faulty hoover.... i sent an email to the management company, and hey presto within a few hours we had a brand new one.... so knowing that your needs are also going to be taken care of while you are there is also very reassuring.
We rented bikes and during the gaps in the rain tried to ride as much as possible..... and it was great !
The only downside for us was that the BBQ is not on the same level as the kitchen, its by the pool which is great if the weather is nice, but it made it impossible to use for us because it was so rainy. So we cooked a lot in the kitchen, its not the newest but for a holiday home it had everything we needed and was absolutely 100% functional.
Also on the pics, the house is pretty much exactly as it looks apart from the pool...... its actually much bigger and better than it looks on the photos and it was deep enough for the kids to be able to jump in without hurting themselves on the bottom !!!
On the whole we had a great stay and communication with owner and management was fab !!!
If you have any kind of normal AMI weather you will have a great time !!
This was our second visit to "All Decked out", and we were not disappointed. The house is really lovely, great location, extremely spacious and great views from the many balconies. One of the many things we love about the property is that even though there were 8 adults in the group, family and some friends, if you wanted a quiet space to just relax or read you could do that on one of the balconies. The pool area with barbeacue etc is also an added bonus. We are all sad to leave but will be back.
This was a 50th anniversary gathering for family and friends. The house was terrific and accommodated us very well. The close beaches and businesses were a plus.. We had a great time and would return for another occasion in the future.
The set up and space of this home was perfect for a family trip. The view from all of balconies are beautiful. The master bedroom was huge and had an equally large bathroom with both a full size walk in shower and a large garden tub. There were two more full bathrooms, so no fighting over one. The kitchen was fully stocked with any cooking utensil you could imagine. My family especially enjoyed the heated pool during our trip because the weather was down in the 60’s and very windy.
The house is conveniently located close to everything. The public beach entrance was a quick walk or drive down the street and all the restaurants were close proximity.
If you’re looking for a nice and relaxing trip, I definitely recommend Anna Maria Island and this home.
Our week was comfortable, relaxing, fun, and so much more.
There is a lot right with this house. Location, comfort of rooms and living areas, extra toys (I hadn't played Donkey Kong in quite some time!), the pool area, privacy, etc.
Just can't fault it and we'll be back.