Reid, November 2019
Expectations will be blown out of the water with the beauty of this house! Great beach and pool access and such a wonderful place to stay in! Recommend to everyone
Pam, October 2019
The house has everything we needed and then some! The floats, sand toys, and wagon were very helpful. Using the code entries were easy. The house is clean and furnishings were not only cute but also comfortable!
Mandy, July 2019
It was everything described and then some! Great location! its a bit of a walk to the beach but the shuttles to and from was great. She has everything in the home that you will need as far as amenities, there was a lot we took that we really didn't need to. She also has a lot of stuff for the beach as well. some nice updates thats not shown in the online pics. spacious and enough room for the 8 adults and 1 child we had. big pool was right across the street from the house which was great and the dollar general is located right beside the community and was a life saver so we did not have to go out in the traffic. Maria was quick to respond when i had a question. check in was easy. i highly recommend this property and will be visiting it again! we loved it!! Thanks again Maria!!
Ryan, May 2019
It is exactly as described!! A sweet little hidden gem of a place! It’s right near the beach, but still tucked away in a little cul-de-sac for a relaxing private stay in Destin!! Maria was a great host and kept communication with us! Thanks again Maria! We thank God for directing us to your place and will return again!!!
Hollie, May 2019
Beautiful, clean, great location. Everything was as described. We stayed with two children age 4 and 16 months. Beach toys and a pack n play were provided. This made the stay with children very nice. We will return.
Sophie, March 2019
The house was perfect for my group of 8! Loved every second. Really good location just a short walk to beach and the house is super cute hidden in the back corner.
Hyesook, March 2019
Everything was perfect. Everyone was so happy to be in this place. Had a great time in a great place! Hope to be here again if there is any chance.
Janice, February 2019
We found The Hidden Gem just that! It was close to Hwy 98, but hidden from the rush of traffic and provided a lovely recluse at the end of a trip to the beach or close by shopping. This home was exceptionally clean and had all amenities we needed. Would certainly recommend Maria’s home to anyone.
Libby & Frank, October 2018
From the drive into the community, until we had to leave, we were constantly amazed with how perfect our stay was. The community was quaint and picturesque, and we felt at home the moment we walked through the door at Hidden Gem. It was well equipped, sparkling clean, and convenient to everything. We golfed, soaked up the sun on the private beach, went on an amazing dinner/dancing cruise, and spent the day at the spa. My husband and I reconnected! This is the perfect place to stay!!
Taylor, October 2018
Hidden Gem by the Sea is just that! The location is perfectly centered between restaurants, fun activities for the family, and the beach! The two pools are a nice option to have. The house is equipped with everything you could need for the your stay.
Sasha, October 2018
I had an unique situation and experience with Maria. I didn’t actually ever get to stay at the property due to hurricane Michael, but Maria was more than helpful and accommodating during the situation. I am really looking forward to finally staying at the property during my next vacation!
Samantha, October 2018
Maria's home was just as described. It is about a 5 minute walk to the beach and Maria provides you a large wagon to haul all your things. The home was very clean and had all the comforts of home. Our family of 4 stayed here comfortably and we would definitely recommend Maria's home to other families.
Shikha, September 2018
This was the perfect house for three generations of my family to stay with the perfect amount of privacy and space. The provided wagon made going to the beach a breeze with all our stuff and the beach itself is perfect with that clear water and an easy trek to the water. We were originally set for SC but hurricane Florence got in the way but frankly this was much better!!!
Linda, September 2018
We had a wonderful time at the Hidden Gem! Destin is so beautiful with white sand and clear water and the house was comfortable and so cute. We had everything we needed for the perfect vacation right there with the perfect house, wonderful beach and fabulous restaurants. Can’t wait to go back.
Barbra, September 2018
The house is absolutely fabulous! It is in a lovely neighborhood that I felt safe in and was walking distance to the beach. The homes furniture is very nice and there is everything you need without being cluttered. I would highly recommend this home to anyone going to the area. If you want to be in a clean and comfortable vacation home that feels like home- this is the place!
Anisha, September 2018
Look here guys.... I reeeeaaaaalllly don't wanna share my experience because the selfish side of me wants to keep this HIDDEN GEM all to myself for future use, BUT I'll be nice and share... The home is incredible and the hosts are so thoughtful with all the amenities they offer. They even had a wagon and beach tools to take with you to the beach (umbrellas-2, boogie boards, sand buckets, chairs). The grill outside is easy to use and clean, and the private area outside, allows for an interactive experience while grilling. The home is really tucked away in a small culdesac, but it's still right in the mix to where you can enjoy a book outside on the porch, or literally walk right across the street to the pool. The community is gated, so it limits the access to cars coming through. The beach is right down the street just as advertised (maybe a 5-7 minute walk). The hosts were available to answer questions and offer suggestions MONTHS before our trip and responded quickly during our trip. So if you pass this place up, you're foolish, but that is totally fine with me because that means more available dates for me; and I definitely plan my next trip to Destin to be right there at the HIDDEN GEM! AWESOME PLACE TO STAY!!!
Lorena, August 2018
Maria the host is a wonderful!! Not only did she personally reach out to introduce herself but also to give us tips about our visit. The Air BnB was super cozy and lovely! I felt as if I was home and loved that it came equipped with just about anything you can think of for a trip down to the beach. We didn’t have any issues with anything in the home and the neighborhood was quiet so that’s a plus! We will be back!
Zach, July 2018
My family and I stayed here for a week and had an amazing time. Maria was a considerate host who reached out to me by phone ahead of time just to make sure we were all set to stay at the house. When we arrived the house was spotless. The pictures made it look nice, but it was even nicer in person. It’s spacious with a large fully equipped kitchen that we cooked several meals in. We also grilled out steaks and hamburgers on the outdoor grill. The beach is just 5-7 minutes away by foot. The house comes with a wagon that you can use to take your beach supplies with you. There are people driving golf carts around during the day to give you a ride if you want one. The neighborhood is beautifully maintained and felt safe even at night. There’s a large community pool right next to the house but we didn’t use it during our stay. The beach itself is beautiful with white sand and clear water. It was busy, but we never had an issue finding a good spot all week, and the water itself was never crowded. The private pavilion was particularly convenient. The Dollar General next door is in walking distance (4-5 minutes away by foot), which makes it extremely convenient to pick up anything you might have forgotten or need to refresh. We made at least two trips. In short, we had no issues with our stay, the house was exactly as described, and I highly recommend this spot for a family beach vacation.
Sam, May 2018
The accommodations were great and the location is awesome. Just a short walk to the beach with a private gated entrance. Having beach chairs and an umbrella available for us to use at the beach is a really nice touch so guests only have to bring their own towels and lotion, etc. Overall it was a great, relaxing experience. It was just what we were hoping for!
Kathryn, April 2018
Our quick stay for a long weekend was perfect! Short walk to the beach, nearby walkable restaurants, and felt very safe with security code access.
Nan, March 2018
We loved staying here. The pictures matched the house, and it was great to have outdoor space for the kids to run around. Maria was very communicative and answered all our questions quickly. The neighborhood the house is in is family-friendly and offers a nice break from the busy-ness of the beach and Destin itself. We hope to come back the next time we go to Destin!
Joyce, March 2018
Hidden gem was the perfect getaway for my husband and I to celebrate our 25th anniversary. It’s private yet still close to everything you could need. You feel very at home and cozy. I love the decor and all of the special touches. This home is EXCEPTIONALLY clean!! We will definitely be back!! Maria, the owner, was quick at responding with any an all questions I ha
Hannah, March 2018
This location is absolutely perfect. Walking distance to beach and all pools. Awesome dollar general right next door for all needs! Very safe and secluded, yet very close to restaurants and shops!
Jennifer, March 2018
The home was surprisingly large, and very convenient to the beach and other attractions in Destin. We would recommend this home for other families traveling to the area.
Brandon, March 2018
We decided to take our two girls on a beach vacation for the first time and although we haven’t used Air BnB for traveling in the past I thought we would give It a shot. I am so happy that we made the decision to book the Hidden Gem by the Sea. Plenty of room to spread out with our kids, very clean, vibrant community, and the private beach access is fantastic! Will be booking again in the future.
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Angel, November 2019
Such a great place for family trips. The neighborhood was lovely and close to everything, beach was walkable, and small touches made it very nice. Maria was helpful with any questions I had beforehand. My family had a great time just relaxing in the space as well visiting locally. Will definitely book again if I’m in the area!
Sam, October 2019
Stay here.... this place is great! Maria is a fantastic host and will take care of all your needs. The walk to the beach is all paved and easy for carts, buggies, little kids, or grandparents. Close to all shopping and food, but not downtown Destin traffic. I would stay with Maria again. -Sam
Heather, October 2019
This rental was spot on! Great location, clean, everything as described. Maria the host was fabulous and very informative of the location. The unit had lots of extras usually needed like wagon, coolers, beach items, etc. I would definitely recommend and would most certainly stay here again!
Mickey, September 2019
Our family enjoyed our stay so much that we are thinking of selling our home for n Missouri to move to Destin! The home was so relaxing and comfortable I almost didn’t want to leave to go to the equally beautiful beach ! There was enough room for our family to spread out but still be close enough for family time. The community was friendly and all the places we visited were friendly and inviting. Pompano Joes and LuLu’s are must stops . I have flagged this home and we will be back next year, maybe sooner for a quick get away!!!! Love love love! You will not be disappointed!!!!
Rocio, September 2019
This place was amazing ! Close by to the beach, and a quick drive to restaurants. The whole neighborhood is very calm and very friendly . Maria responded to our questions very fast . Overall a great experience will definitely book this place again .
Jackie, July 2019
We loved our stay! The house and it’s location was as advertised. WiFi speed excellent-2 family units used it with no problems. TVs in each bedroom so the kids were easily occupied when NOT on the beach. The beach pavilion/bar area and wash out area was PERFECT. Kids loved the beach toys and boogie boards provided. Parents liked the wagon. That was a COOL extra!! Outdoor seating was plentiful and clean. Indoor seating was comfy and plenty for all 9 of us. Appliances were new and worked great! Crockpot, coffee pot and blender were clean and worked. Ice maker in the freezer kept up with our demands. Fridge was large enough for 5 kids’ worth of snacks and drinks. Plus dinner left overs. One tip: the Dollar General is located next door to the entrance of the community. This place is WELL stocked. Go there! Get stuff! Save yourself the agony of a Walmart run. It was crowed at 7:30am and never let up.
Pam, June 2019
Beautiful, great little walk to all the pools and the BEAUTIFUL blue green ocean. We loved it. Destiny Church by Winn Dixie is GREAT too
Joshua, June 2019
Amazing!!! Beautiful! Love how the separate house had 2 rooms for additional privacy for our addition family. The proximity to the beach and local shops is excellent. Easy to walk or a quick ride. Will definitely look to stay again soon. Thanks Maria!!
Elena, April 2019
The house is amazing: clean and roomy, 5 mins from the beautiful beach. Maria is a great host, focused on the little details she provides all the needed info in a timely manner. The private access to the Pavillion with all its amenities (restroom, wagons parking, showers) is definitely a plus especially when traveling with three kids under the age of 5 as we did! I definitely recommend this house for young couples traveling with or without kids.
Shannon, April 2019
Maria was kind, detailed oriented with instructions, and very responsive. The house was clean and comfortable and offered so many great amenities not only for the stay, but for a great time at the beach! Food was a cheap Uber ride away but also close enough to walk as desired. The private beach and pools were a huge plus!
Steve, April 2019
Great location, great accommodations, great host. I would highly recommend this place for a get away!
Morgan, April 2019
The house was perfect! Very clean and accommodated all of our needs. Everything you could ask for, from kitchen to beach supplies. 5 minute walk to the beach and 30 second walk to the pool. Would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a memorable week at the beach!
Wayne, December 2018
Our experience at Selah By the Sea was amazing. The home was clean and comfortable. Quiet and friendly neighborhood with activities nearby. We really enjoyed the 5 minute walk to the neighborhood’s private beach. Maria was also a great host, she communicated well throughout the process helping to create a great experience for check in and check out. We will definitely be visiting again!
Teresa, December 2018
The house is absolutely beautiful. It is very spacious, clean, modern and very functional. The home had a TV in every room, the kitchen had every item you can possible need to make a meal. She even supplies board games, cards and pamphlets to help you know what the area has to offer. I was very happy and pleased to stay in this beach home. I highly recommend staying here. You will not be disappointed.
Trudy, November 2018
Love the house, perfect heated pool for kids to swim in when the weather is too cold for kids to swim in Gulf of Mexico. Everything in right location
Adam, October 2018
This place is truly great!! The house has an awesome layout, very clean, 10 min walk to the beach, and lots of useful items such as a wagon and chairs for the beach. I felt extremely safe and am so glad I found this place. Thank you so much Maria for the terrific place and great hospitality!!
Amanda, August 2018
This place was super cute & conveniently close to the beach.. about a 5 minute walk! Access to a wagon ice chest chairs and umbrellas was very nice !! Would def recommend! Only 15-20mins to awesome restaurants & bars! Good people own this place, you wont be disappointed!
Robin, July 2018
Maria is an excellent host. She was very quick to respond to every single message I sent her. Selah by the Sea is absolutely gorgeous, cozy, perfect home away from home. It is a short walk to the beach. The community was quiet and perfect. We loved our 7 day stay.
Trina, April 2018
The house was very clean and peaceful.
Haley, April 2018
Great location and lovely home! Made some great memories. Thank you. Vera
Tori, April 2018
Such a beautiful home! We had a wonderful experience and will definitely return. Thank you :)
Brittney, April 2018
We enjoyed our stay at Selah by the Sea. It was clean with a lot of helpful items at the house to lighten our packing load. The screened in patio was a great place for the kids to play in the evenings while the adults visited in the living room. It was in a great location, not too far of a walk to the beach and super close to the pools. We would definitely return to this house in the future.
Megan, April 2018
Our family enjoyed our stay very much. The location was fantastic as it was a more relaxed and family friendly vibe than other places in the general area of Destin we explored. The home was decorated lovely and very clean. Next time, we wouldn’t pack as much as just about everything you would need for the beach was available (cooler, wagon, chairs, umbrella, boogie boards, toys, etc). My family’s Indiana skin was especially thankful for the available aloe. We spent most of our time on the beach as it was a short walk and absolutely beautiful. I would recommend walking there at sunset to watch the stingrays surf the waves. We also saw dolphins while swimming during the day. Maria was super friendly and made us feel welcome. I would recommend her place and we hope to return sooner than later!
Tasha, October 2017
We loved everything about this place! From the "at-home" feeling you get when you walk inside this glorious place to the inspirational signs throughout the space. All the rooms where private and had plenty of space for my family and my wedding party. There was a nice company renting beach furniture when we arrived on the beach. There's plenty of beach supplies at the house but we didn't realize that until we were looking for a vaccum on the day of check out. However, this place does not disappoint! You will adore staying here and you will not be disappointed. We intend on returning at least once a year! Maria is also extremely helpful and she checks in on you after you get settled. Loved that!
Kelsey, September 2017
House was even better than expected! Checkin was extremely simple and Maria was very easy to communicate with. Gated neighborhood with a 7 minute walk to private section of the beach. Layout of the house is great and allows for extra privacy. Fenced in backyard was ideal for having a pet. There is also a large screened in area for the occasional thunderstorm viewing! Would highly recommend and will be back!
Chelsea, May 2017
Maria's house looks exactly how it is presented. A beautiful home with a great style, perfect for a beach vacation. We had 6 adults and 2 children and it was perfect for all our needs. Separation when needed and a large patio and living room to fit us all. The neighborhood was family friendly, everyone around was so nice, but i think it's impossible to be mean in a beautiful place like Destin! Our neighborhood had two pools that were perfect for when the beach had big waves. A huge blessing was that we could walk to Dollar General to get pretty much anything. We cooked a lot of our own food in the house which saved us a lot of money, and the house had everything we needed! The walk to the beach was very easy, and the house supplied us with a wagon to get chairs and toys to and from the beach. All in all, we had an amazing trip and I can't thank Maria enough for being a wonderful host!