If you're looking for a special place to make memories with your family or friends, you will find it at The Seahorse Retreat...
We are thrilled to have been selected by this site, Florida Rental By Owners, as the best waterfront rental for 2019 and best luxury bayfront home in the Navarre Area for 2018!
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May 2020 Update: The water on the Sound has been gorgeous this year - clear and warm! Right now there is June grass (algae) and jellyfish on the Gulf beaches. Not on our beach! Our guests are loving that they can swim in such clear water!
The Seahorse Retreat is a lovely villa in a tropical setting that is perfect for family reunions or get-togethers with friends. The signature landscape features a palm court, infinity edge swimming pool, large in-ground spa, and beautiful flowering plants that overlooks a private beach, dock, and the Santa Rosa Sound. While the spa is for use of guests in this home, the other amenities (pool/dock/beach) are shared with the Palm Breeze Beach House - a similar home we manage that can also be rented together or separately. (See our website for more info on both homes.)
We have just completed some updates, including beautiful new furniture in the living/dining area, as well as a new 55-inch Smart TV.
Each home is on 1/2 acre and enclosed by a fence for privacy. You'll have multiple porches outfitted with comfortable furniture to relax and marvel at the brilliant sunrises and sunsets. Most every room has incredible views of the water with access to a porch.
A Home with Style...: As beautiful the home is on the outside, on the inside every room has been designed in an eclectic West Indies decor that will have you wondering if you've landed on the doorstep of Hemingway's home. The naturalist feel is intentional to connect our guests with the local wildlife and eco-tourism offerings in the area including kayaking, fishing, bird watching, beach combing, biking, or boating. And the seahorses? You'll find them inconspicuously in the decor throughout the house.
We are located on the Santa Rosa Sound 4.5 miles east of Navarre Beach - an easy, quick drive to the Gulf Beaches. We have the best of both worlds, and here's why: -- the Private white-sand beach that is perfect for kids and adults because the Sound is shallow and clear. -- No red flag days! The emerald water of the Gulf that you see in brochures is for real - on calm days, but if you come during a week of rough surf, you'll be stuck sitting on the sand. At our beach: No rip-tides, drop-offs, rough surf, or jellyfish. Kids can build sand castles, look for little fish, or crab and fish from our dock. Explore the Sound on a two-person kayak. You can also bring a boat or jet-skis. And...the Sound is a perfect place to try stand-up paddle boarding. -- Yet ... easy access to Gulf for an afternoon of wave action, deep-sea fishing, biking on the Gulf Islands National Seashore, or other Gulf-based activities.
Groceries and restaurants are nearby. So are Destin and Fort Walton Beach. -- Gorgeous 18x40 infinity-edge pool overlooking Sound (pool is not heated). There is no other pool like this on Navarre Beach! Let your stress melt away in our spa (hint: it's especially relaxing under a sky full of stars!) -- Beautiful yard with palm trees, flowering bushes, and green grass. Plenty of room to play, explore, or run around.
Our 3,300-sq.ft. home sleeps 16: - Two spacious masters with king beds and private baths - Seahorse room with queen bed and shared hall bath - Kids room (sleeps 5 - one twin over twin and one twin over double bunk) and shared hall bath - Third floor cupola (via spiral staircase) sleeps 5 (two hanging twin beds, one twin mattress) has full bath at bottom of staircase - Terrace-level room with queen bed, private bath, access to ground-level patio and hammocks Other amenities we offer: - 5 1/2 gorgeous baths with upscale vanities and tile treatments - Gourmet kitchen with new appliances and lovely granite - Additional refrigerator on ground level if needed - Flat screen TVs - Roku for streaming movies - Wireless Internet - Pack and play; booster seat; Exersaucer - Game area with ping pong table, foosball table, board games, puzzles, books, and train table (including trains!) for the little guys (and girls!) - Gas grill and charcoal grill - Well-stocked kitchen with extras (waffle maker, slow cooker, spice rack, heavy-duty KitchenAid mixer, food processor) - Ceiling fans throughout - Hammock - Tandem Kayak,single kayak, and life vests - Pool toys - 1000 sq. feet of porches and balconies with prime water views - Ample parking for 4-5 cars
We're sure you'll agree after viewing the property photos that the home is an ideal spot for a family retreat. This home and the one next to it, which sleeps 16, may be available for rental together and are enclosed by a fence for privacy. Both share pool, spa, beach, and dock.
But while we know this is a special place, don't take our word for it. See our online guestbook to see what vacationers have to say. To find out if this home is available for the dates you desire, see link for the calendar: We update it daily. When you rent our homes, we provide lots of insider info through our online guestbook (can also be printed out), provided as a link prior to check-in. Here you'll find suggestions of places to visit/tour, restaurants we recommend, and local tips.
Please note: We are unable to accommodate weddings, receptions, or events. If you are interested in booking our home for your vacation, please tell us a little about yourself, your rental party, and the reason for your visit.
We have been in the vacation rental property business since 2003 when we purchased our first town home on Folly Beach, SC. We love to share our homes with guests, and our guests make a lot of memories here because they often bring three generations of family members! You can view more photos of our homes on Coast Awhile Vacations. In 2006 we saw this hurricane-ravaged piece of land on the Santa Rosa Sound and took a gamble. We bought it and with our partner, started building two identical homes, The Seahorse Retreat and the Palm Breeze Beach House. What makes this house unique: Our location - 5 miles from Navarre Beach and 15 miles from Destin - makes it easy to access both towns, as well as Fort Walton Beach and Pensacola. The water on our beach on the Sound is perfect for swimming because it's shallow and calm, and it's probably one of the best places to try paddle boarding (if guests don't have boards, they can be delivered to the homes). The lovely landscaping, beautiful infinity-edge pool and spas, numerous balconies, and upscale decor make it a great place to relax and enjoy special time with family or friends.
|Address: 2949 US-98, Mary Esther, FL 32569, USA|
|Zip Code: 32569|
|Nearest Airport||Pensacola||35 miles|
|Nearest Bar||Bars||1 miles|
|Nearest Beach||On site||60 feet|
|Nearest Golf||The Club at Hidden Creek||11 miles|
|Nearest Grocery Store||Walmart||2.5 miles|
|Nearest Restaurant||Many restaurants||1 miles|
In addition to the pool, spa, and beach on site, we are located only 4.5 miles from Navarre Beach and 15 miles from the shopping and family attractions of Destin. You can do all of the following nearby: visit the Butterfly House, take a Dolphin Cruise, see the Gulfarium, shark museum, bike along the National Seashore, picnic, parasail, snorkel, kayak, deep sea fishing, canoe or hike trails along the Black River. See the National Naval Air Museum in Pensacola. Golf and miniature golf. You also have convenient access locally to a Wal-Mart, Target, grocery stores as well as local restaurants to suit anyone's taste.
|-||Nightly rate||Weekly rate||Monthly rate||Min. Stay||Change-over|
|Rate summary||$369 - $657||$1,999 - $7,099||-||1 Nights||-|
|Spring 10-Apr-2021 - 14-May-2021||-||-||$3,799||-||7 Nights||Sat - Sat|
|May 15-22 15-May-2021 - 21-May-2021||-||-||$4,199||-||7 Nights||Sat - Sat|
|May 22-29 22-May-2021 - 28-May-2021||-||-||$4,999||-||7 Nights||Sat - Sat|
|Summer 29-May-2021 - 13-Aug-2021||-||-||$7,099||-||7 Nights||Sat - Sat|
|Late Summer 14-Aug-2021 - 27-Aug-2021||-||-||$4,599||-||1 Nights||Sat - Sat|
|Early Fall 28-Aug-2021 - 01-Oct-2021||-||-||$4,200||-||7 Nights||-|
|Fall Break 02-Oct-2021 - 15-Oct-2021||-||-||$4,299||-||7 Nights||Sat - Sat|
|Late Fall 16-Oct-2021 - 05-Nov-2021||-||-||$3,675||-||7 Nights||-|
|Late Fall 06-Nov-2021 - 19-Nov-2021||$399||$439||$2,499||-||3 Nights||-|
|Cleaning Fee||Required||$295||One time|
The home was well kept and check in was easy. During booking, check in, and the stay, the owners were attentive and quick to respond. We had 5 children under the age of eight and the home was equipped with safety features that made us comfortable that the children would not make it out to the pool or ocean without us knowing. We would stay here again.
Stayed August, 2017
This was the first time we had all our kids, spouses and grandkids together. There were 16 of us never feeling crowded. The grandkids had a blast just hanging out. Fishing, kayaking, swimming, foosball (they really liked that). The house was amazing. Everyone had their own space. There was plenty to do movies, games & books. The pictures you see online are exactly how the house looks. BEAUTIFUL!
Stayed June, 2017
We really loved everything about the Mary Esther experience. The house was amazingly beautiful as well as spacious enough for us to play together or have our own space away from the group. The hot tub was used daily and the ocean daily as well! We had never stayed where the ocean was so accessible, clear and calm for us to enjoy each day! I even let my 3 year old just play away in it. It was just superb! Thank you Elizabeth for providing such an amazing experience for us and we look forward to renting for years to come. ~Sam
Stayed February, 2017
Loved the house! The beds were super comfortable. Rooms were clean and I loved the decor. Lots of room to spread out and enjoy family or quiet time. Definitely a house I would rent again!
Stayed February, 2017
I was so amazed by this lovely venue. It was like a mini plantation. The accessibility to the ocean was unbelievable. I saw the pictures before hand, but never dreamt that it could be so close. I wasn't sure I would miss the big waves being that this was in a Sound, but it made it all the more fun and enjoyable. The beds were wonderful. I really appreciated the care the owner took to give us as much pertinent information about the place before we arrived. I am hoping we will be able to utilize this vacation spot again.
Stayed February, 2017
We stayed here the last week of December 2019 and could not be more pleased! The owners seem to have thought about everything and made the check in process seamless. We had a group of 15 with 8 children ranging from 1 to 16 and there was plenty of room for everyone. The private dock and beach are great for the little kids and the location is perfect right between Destin and Navarre. The property and grounds are maintained meticulously. The property managers provided a comprehensive guidebook in advance of our check-in which let us know what was provided and what we needed to bring. We had a great trip and would absolutely stay here again.
Stayed December, 2019
Everything from booking to check out was so smooth. Property was everything they said with spectacular views.
Stayed September, 2019
The house is great! The owner, Elizabeth is so friendly and easy to work with. We had our two sons and their families with us to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. I was a little nervous about having enough space with six small kids. No worries there! Plenty of space for all. We were lucky that no one occupied the house next door. I do think that might have put a damper on our stay. As it was we had the pool, dock and property to ourselves. Great place! Don’t think twice about renting!
Stayed August, 2019
Our whole family took the holiday weekend at this fabulous home. All four family groups had room to relax play or have quiet time whatever the mood. Thank you for making it easy and stress free!
Stayed August, 2019
Wow, perfect, incredible, gorgeous and fabulous were just a few words that were said frequently throughout our week long stay at Seahorse Retreat. It was the perfect place for our first multi generational get together. The house was gorgeous, extremely clean and had every conceivable item that you can think of to accommodate our group of 16. Our six grand blessings ranged in ages from 8 weeks to 16 years old and staying on the Sound was the perfect setting for our family. The pool and our two grills were a huge hit. We had the pleasure of meeting Tim and Elizabeth in person upon arriving at Seahorse Retreat. They made us feel very welcome and were very responsive to a couple of small issues that we ran into during our stay. We are already making plans to return in the next year or two for a repeat.
Stayed July, 2019