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.
Jeremy, October 2017
Our family had an amazing time staying at "Hidden Gem." Maria's home is in a safe and well kept community, and it's central to everything in Destin (beaches, restaurants, shopping, activities). The house was stocked with all the essentials and more (beach chairs and umbrellas, a wagon to take everything to the beach, a cooler, a grill). Having access to the private community shelter on the beach was also a nice plus. To top it all off, Maria communicated extremely well throguhout the process. We will definitely be back in the future.
Elizabeth, September 2017
We absolutely loved staying at the Hidden Gem. It was the perfect size for my family of 6. It's close walk to the beach and there's a wagon on the patio to haul your towels and sandcastle making materials to and from the beach. It's very close to the community swimming pool. Maria was super awesome communicating with me every step of the way. We will definitely return!
Hummam, August 2017
That's the right interpretation of the word Paradise. What a lovely house in a great neighborhood where everything is available and up to your expectations. My family and I enjoyed every single moment of that great time that we had there.
Angela, July 2017
We enjoyed our stay! The community was very quiet and the atmosphere was homey. The house is tucked into a corner of a cul-de-sac and is very shaded. We walked to the beach, however, there is a driver and a golf cart that circles and will pick you up if you want a ride (you will still walk some because the cart doesn't go all the way to the beach). We walked to Captian Dave's and Pompano Joes for dinner. We also walked to Dollar General for more sun screen. Pompano Joes was over half a mile and Captain Dave's and Dollar General were about a quarter mile. We brought our badminton set and tennis rackets from home to use on the tennis court that is available. This resulted in an epic family tournament! We didn't realize that Maria had an outside storage unit with beach chairs and umbrellas until the last day. We had already gone to the store to purchase those items, so check the shed outside first! The private beach was very nice and clean with bathrooms and a snack area. Also located there was kayak and paddleboard rentals along with beach chair and umbrella rentals. The private beach allows personal umbrellas and tents but you need to place them behind the rental ones. This was not a problem and did not seem inconvenient. At the pavilion, there are steps (about 10) down to the beach with no ramp. The beach warning flag that was the closest was to the east. The ocean conditions flag (yellow for us) was very visible, however, the smaller one that was attached to it (placed under) was not very visible so please look closely to determine if there is another smaller flag under the larger one. Maria has posted on the refrigerator a flag guide and it came in handy during our stay. The home itself is nicely furnished and very comfortable. We had 5 adults total and we did not feel crowded as there was plenty of space for everyone. We did not use the pools that were available as it was just too easy to get to the beach. However, the pool located in the center of the community and across the cul-de-sac from the house was the largest and the busiest (busiest but not busy- no more than 15 people max were ever there). We did walk a lot (our choice) but other families did bring bikes or rented bikes locally and were using those to get around the community and the neighborhood by the beach so that is an option. There is a nice wide bicycle/sidewalk trail along the beach that we used to get to the restaurants. Overall our vacation was great. We relaxed, we laughed, and we had a great tim
Tara, June 2017
The house was perfect and we were pleasantly surprised at the location and convenience to restaurants and the beach. We would highly recommend this house and this neighborhood to our friends. We had a great vacation in Destin!
Allison, May 2017
Great location- well kept, comfortable and convenient. Maria is wonderful!
Logan, May 2017
We had a wonderful stay! The house was very clean and well appointed with necessary amenities. The house was perfect for my family of four. The walk to the beach was only a few minutes and the pool was just steps away. Our host, Maria, was fantastic. I definitely recommend this place.
Alex, April 2017
We spent 5 days here and we had the best time!!! Close walk to the beach and a quick drive to great restaurants. The house is more private than I thought it would be from the pictures. I would recommend it to a friend and stay here again! :)
Finn, April 2017
We had a lovely stay at Emerald Shores. The beach is very beautiful, and the pool is great for an evening swim. The place is perfect for a nice morning jog as well.
Maria, March 2017
Maria's "hidden gem" was incredible. We found everything we need at her house. The place in person was beyond the pictures. Everything was clean when we entered, and whenever I needed to communicate with Maria, she responded back quickly. My friends and I wanted to avoid the spring breakers and I couldn't have asked for a better place to stay in Destin. We weren't far from the beach, and it was exactly what we needed! I recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a relaxed, calm and fun place to stay!
Jaylen, March 2017
Our experience was amazing! Perfect house on a great location and a short walk to the beach!
Leighann, March 2017
I stayed here with 7 of my friends and we all LOVED the house. It was clean, well stocked, and gave a nice beach feel. It had an outdoor area, a nice living room with a tv for relaxing, and a big kitchen where we were able to cook most our meals. We spent a good deal of our time in the heated pool since the ocean was a bit chilly, but the beach is just a short walk away. The neighborhood felt very safe, friendly, and relaxed. There's a Dollar General in walking distance, and anything else you need is just a short drive.Maria was a great host as well. We really appreciated how responsive, kind, and helpful she was. We really enjoyed our vacation here.
Selah by the Sea
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!
Jordan, May 2017
This place is AMAZING! Quiet neighborhood, close to the beach, and right in the middle of everything!! Beautiful and spacious villa!
Taron, May 2017
Maria is such a great host! The house was so beautiful and it was everything that the pictures showed and more! Maria is such a beautiful person and it felt like I knew her even though we'd never met. We will definitely come back to emerald shores' Selah by the Sea!
David, April 2017
Great stay in a beautiful location.
Stephanie, April 2017
Selah by the Sea is located in Emerald Shores development and might be the perfect location. Walkable to the beach, a great mix of folks of all ages, with a secluded feel that belies the activity of the are. Two nice pools but an easy walk to the beach. Drivable to any main activity. The house itself has the perfect layout for a variety of family styles. A master bedroom and bath in the main part of the house with s screen porch connecting a suite of two other bedrooms and a bath--perfect for either friends or extended family. There are lots of extras (cooker, wagon, chairs, etc) that make the packing load much lighter. An easy place to keep organized and was very clean. We will definitely consider for a return trip!!
Kurt & Sarah, October 2016
We had a wonderful time in Selah by the Sea! Want to go back already! First of all Maria is very friendly and accommodating. She was very prompt and helpful with any questions we had as it was our first time to Destin. Selah by the Sea was just perfect for our stay - there were 5 of us and we all felt indictable and right at home. We loved the private beach access! It is a short walk from the house and Maria has all of the beach gear you need from boogie boards, chairs, umbrella and beach wagon to tow it over. The beach is a short walk from the house and the neighborhood feels very safe and quiet. The floor plan of this house allows you to be together with your family or to have your own privacy. We enjoyed sitting out in the back patio to read in the mornings and grilling in the evening. And it is close to everything - there is a dollar general that you can easily walk to that came in handy for us a few times. We highly recommend Selah by the Sea! Thank you so much Maria and Billy we enjoyed our stay and hope to come back again next year!
Jonathan, June 2016
We had such an amazing time at Selah by the Sea. The house was extremely clean and the amenities definitely met our family's needs. Billy and Maria were great at communicating with us. The private beach access was great, especially with it being the busy season. We had an amazing week and hope to be back soon!
Jose, July 2015
I enjoyed the experience along with my family. Maria is a great hostess; she called us after accepting our booking, told us what to expect, and took the time to answer any questions we had. Her home was comfortable and spacious enough for our group. Thanks to Maria and Billy for a nice place by the sea to stay in!
Asif, May 2015
Selah by the sea was a wonderful retreat for our three families to truly decompress and relax on our beach vacation. We tremendously enjoyed our stay there. Maria was so kind to call me and give me a general overview about the the residence and the locality. She has everything you need for the perfect beach vacation - Chairs, chaise lounges, wagons, a beach blanket, coolers , mini tent, umbrella. She was even kind enough to provide an umbrella stroller for one of the little ones. This saved us from packing a lot of luggage for our road trip. The beach is just a 5 minute walk from the house...and you get access to a pristine white sand beach with emerald green waters. If you're not up to walking you can take advantage of the electric car shuttle service that makes rounds around Emerald Shores. The beach itself is not very crowded since it's a private beach. one of the days when we went for an early morning walk, we saw a dolphin breaching very close to the shore! The house itself was perfect. Although it is one unit, two of the rooms have a side-ways entrance and have individual keys.These two rooms have a Jack and Jill bathroom , so every bedroom in the house has an access to a bathroom. There are two screened areas where you can relax and enjoy a meal or read a book. We enjoyed a night of barbecuing at the outdoor area as well. Maria's kitchen is well stocked. We found everything that we needed. She even had a crock-pot! Her house is located at a Cul de sac, so our little ones had a lot of fun just playing around the cove . She was very thoughtful and called to check if we had made it to her house without any trouble and also texted to check if we had gotten back home alright after the tornadoes and thunderstorms. Thank you Maria for making our stay wonderful . I highly recommend Selah by the Sea to anyone planning to visit the Destin/ Miramar area.
UNFORGETTABLE STAY - WENDY Z.
As the first guests of Selah by the Sea, we were totally blown away by the comfort, style, and luxury of this wonderful property. When we entered, we felt immediately at home. It was obvious that the owners had put tremendous effort into planning and organizing the property and making it totally enticing. The house was spacious, well-lit, clean, and well-stocked in every amenity you could possibly need -- just as stunning in real life as in the pictures. The house was a few minutes' walk away from a private beach, with gorgeous white sand and blue water. Destin has tons of restaurants, shopping (a big outlet mall is just a few miles away), a lovely harbor area with fishing/dolphin-sighting tours. We came in the winter season and never lacked things to do even though it was offseason for much of the town. We can't imagine how great the city would be in the summer. We had a fantastic week here and heartily recommend the place to anyone looking for one of the best hassle-free getaways they will ever experience!