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By: Alison Kosel Trip Date: 07/25/2015
I really want to give this property a 4.5 star rating, but wasn’t given the option. My family and I came down from Michigan for a surprise 75th birthday party for my father who lives here locally, and stayed at this property. We felt so at home and had such a wonderful time at this house! The location is sublime. It’s located in my favorite part of Anna Maria Island, on Bean Point and near some of my favorite places on the island……the City Pier, The Waterfront and Sandbar restaurants, and the Donut Experience, plus great shopping along Pine Ave…..the beaches near the Sandbar and near the pier are the only ones we ever go to while staying on the island. The house itself is spacious, clean and very inviting. It was completely accommodating for a family of four, and for my sister and her two kids who came and stayed for a visit. The downstairs ping pong table was a HUGE hit with all of us, and the perfect distraction during those typical Florida downpours that come on all of a sudden and end just as quickly. The only reason I did not give this property a perfect rating of 5 stars was because of each and every bed in the home. They are all rock hard and so uncomfortable! That was our only issue. My husband and I both suffer from back injuries and woke up a few days in complete agony. Thank goodness for the cool water of the pool and the jets in the spa, which gave some relief. If and when it’s time to upgrade the beds, I highly recommend at least one with a more cushion/pillow top mattress of higher quality. Other than that, we would recommend this home to anyone, and definitely make a return visit in the future!
By: CBM Trip Date: 07/18/2015
My husband and I booked Island Hideaway in November for our summer vacation. The house was absolutely perfect for the 2 of us and I would imagine if you had a small infant, it would be just as nice. In fact I recommended it to my sister and brother-in-law who have a 1 year old. We LOVED the pool and the backyard. The fountain adds such a nice touch – making it very tropical. You can always have sun or shade during any time of the day. It’s also a very short walk to the beach or to the Island Gourmet (a great little restaurant we frequented) making it even more convenient. I can’t think of a single complaint and it would be silly to find something. For the money we spent, it was perfect. Thanks so much!!!!
By: Laura Trip Date: 07/11/2015
We chose Avenue E by the Sea for our second summer on Anna Maria after staying in Bradenton last year. This is a beautiful house! Nicely decorated and bright-it felt like a home for the week. The elevator was a lifesaver-we had someone with a leg brace/boot on and it made maneuvering a breeze for her! The kitchen is well equipped for any type of cooking you desire-we especially enjoyed the Margaritaville blender and made cocktails every evening to take to the beach. The place was immaculate and there were plenty of towels for our party of 8. The layout is a bit strange as the kitchen/main living area and master bedroom are all on the third level, but it wasn’t really an issue…I def got a good leg workout from taking the stairs! The beach is only a little over a block away and you can walk across the road to Walgreens-this is great for people like me who ALWAYS forget something. The pool, while small, was lovely and fenced for privacy. My favorite part of the entire house were the two hammocks you could hook up on the second level balcony-I spent every evening after the beach relaxing and reading in them The only thing I would suggest for a five star experience would have been more water pressure-I really struggled to rinse my hair out/get sand off myself in the master shower. Overall, a great place in a nice little neighborhood…the beach was perfection in this area and fairly newly refurbished. I would def stay here again. Thanks for a wonderful week!
By: C. Kjar Trip Date: 07/04/2015
Hidden Oasis was perfect for our small family. Everything was so clean and we had everything that we could possibly need. A great view from the balcony and just steps out to the Gulf. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us. We hope to be back next year.