Turquoise Place Orange Beach is a gleaming 20-story luxury resort right on the fluffy white sand beaches of the gulf coast. Normally, I prefer a beach house to a high-rise because I don’t like waiting for the elevator. However, after spending three nights at Turquoise Place, I’m changing my tune. Here’s why I’ll return, and why you need to be thoughtful when booking your condo at Turquoise Place – not all vacation rentals are the same.
Why Rent through Spectrum Resorts at Turquoise Place Orange Beach
Turquoise Place by Spectrum Resorts. Turquoise Place is a large condo and there are several different rental companies that service the building. However, not all rentals are equal. Although the units are similar, the special extras are all Spectrum. Here are a few of our favorites.
Clean Bed Guarantee. You know hotels launder the sheets, but ever wonder when was the last time they cleaned the duvet? Most management companies do it twice a year, but Spectrum Resorts condos are cleaned for each guest. That means you not only have fresh sheets, but a fresh duvet for your stay.
Private Concierge Lounge. This is probably my favorite extra. Spectrum guests have access to a private concierge level on the 5th floor. I love this for many reasons including:
- Breakfast. Each morning enjoy a continental breakfast that includes coffee, tea and juices, as well as muffins, cereal and make your own waffles; in the afternoon, drop in for delicious cookies.
- Games. Throughout the day kids (and adults) are welcome to stop in the 5th floor lounge to play ping-pong, shuffleboard, or video games on the three gaming systems. There are also board games available. An attendant is there at all times to ensure nothing gets out of hand.
- Freedom. It’s hard to quantify freedom, but having this lounge available in the building gives older kids the freedom to explore and have a fun destination they can visit without mom and dad glued to their side the entire time. It makes vacation a lot more fun for kids and adults.
Beach Towels. I hate packing for a trip. Truly hate it. And with five people we never have enough space in the trunk, so bringing tons of bulky beach towels takes up a lot of space. We didn’t need any at the Spectrum resort. They had six large fluffy beach towels waiting for us in the condo to use during our stay.
Activities. Each day there are a host of activities for kids to adults. I meant to try the morning yoga, but opted to get my exercise walking to City Donut instead. Don’t judge. Those apple fritters are worth it.
Unlimited DVDs. Rainy day? No problem. Grab a movie from the kiosk in the lobby. It’s free.
Mid-Stay Cleans. Unfortunately our beach vacation was only four days long, but if you are staying the week, Spectrum Resorts offers mid-week maid service. They’ll freshen things up, and give you new towels.
On-site Staff. I overheard a group talking in the elevator about their Jacuzzi being broken (yes there are Jacuzzis on every deck!!). The Spectrum Resort condos check their condo Jacuzzis weekly. Our Jacuzzi was in perfect working order. Spectrum is the only on-site rental property, so if there are maintenance issues, with your Jacuzzi or anything else, there is someone on-site to fix it.
What else can you expect at Turquoise Place Orange Beach?
Large Rooms. Holy Cow! These gulf front condos are HUGE. We had a three bedroom. The master bathroom/closet alone was as big as my son’s room at home with a Jacuzzi bathtub that could double as an indoor pool for a preschooler. In fact, the closet would make a great nursery area for those with babies, or young ones. Pop up a pack-n-play or some air mattresses and bam, the kids have their own private room. These condos are made for a crowd, so bring extra family or friends.
A Dream Deck. The deck is my favorite part of the entire condo. Like everything else, it is huge. Each condo deck includes a private hot tub and a gas grill, because grilling is much more fun than cooking in the full kitchen. Our deck also included a dining table for eight and there was still plenty of room to move around. This is the biggest deck I’ve ever seen in a condo.
Cooking In. Whether you grill or cook in the kitchen, Spectrum Resorts can have your groceries delivered and stocked before you arrive, or Publix and Walmart are less than a mile away. For the true chef inspired, locally sourced meal, visit Blalock Seafood for fish, Whiskey Ridge for beef, and get fresh vegetables from the farmer’s market at The Wharf.
The Lazy River. Turquoise Place has five salt-water pools, including a 1.5 feet deep kiddie pool and spacious indoor pool (perfect on a rainy day or if you need to get out of the sun). Ok, so a pool is not really much different than other condos, but Turquoise Place has a lazy river too! And if you think it’s just for the kids, you are wrong. I saw more adults chilling on the river than kids.
Playground and Games. My kids are too old for the playground next to the lazy river, but we spent a fun evening playing corn hole on the pool deck. While we were there, a man brought his two kids down to ‘play’ checkers and chess on the giant sets. The kids used the checkers more like blocks, but hey, whatever works. Bonus, all the games are under cover, so even in the daytime, you can get out of the sun and play.
Perdido Beach Service. Man these guys worked! Each day it rained or threatened to rain several times. They were constantly putting up and taking down umbrellas, all with a smile. In addition they rent kayaks, paddleboards, or you can visit them on the bay for wave runners or charters.
And there’s even more to do during your stay at Turquoise Place! You can read all about the other amenities like tennis, workout facilities, restaurant, shopping, saunas and steam rooms.
With so much to do, you might never leave your condo, but if you do, here is your guide to things to do in Orange Beach, and nearby Gulf Shores. You’ll also want to check out this list of our favorite restaurants (because you have to go out to eat at least once.) We’ve even put an entire itinerary together for you.
Thank you to Gulf Shores Orange Beach Tourism and Turquoise Place Orange Beach by Spectrum Resorts for sponsoring our stay, as is common in the travel industry. Know that all opinions are my own – I mean, just take a look at that video – wouldn’t you love to stay here too?
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