by Jennifer Kornegay
There are multiple accommodation options along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, and most share the same “best feature”: being situated directly on the soft sugar-white sands fronting the shimmering, blue-green ocean. Like the countless condos and houses lining the beach road, The Beach Club in Gulf Shores certainly has that going for it. But wait. There’s more. Check out these other reasons to choose the area’s only full-service resort as home base for your next family beach vacation.
Location, Location… (you know the rest)
Sitting off of Fort Morgan Road, The Beach Club’s four condo towers stand alone in this particular stretch of coastal sky, making the ratio of people to shoreline a much more attractive one. It is adjacent to the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, an oasis of calm and a sanctuary for native flora and fauna that was established in 1980. Among Bon Secour’s 7,000 acres are maritime forests, wetlands and coastal dunes that create a home for migratory birds, nesting sea turtles and endangered species. Thanks to the influence of this special neighbor, The Beach Club feels set a part from the hustle and bustle of other nearby areas. Yet it’s still quite close to all the popular attractions and restaurants. Golf courses, The Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary, Waterville USA, historic Fort Morgan, the factory outlet shops, and of course, the walking trails for exploring Bon Secour, are all a quick, easy drive away.
When your day full of fun comes to and end, The Beach Club offers a wide selection of places to lay your head. All are upscale, luxurious and outfitted with stylish furniture and décor but range in size from one- to five-bedroom condominiums to comfy, spacious cottages. Every condo has a private patio or balcony with a stunning Gulf vista. The cottages all feature full-size gourmet kitchens, living rooms, sizeable bedrooms and bathrooms and outdoor living space. A few of the cottages also have a private swimming pool, a hot tub and a grill. And while we hope you can “unplug” and unwind while on vacation, all of The Beach Club accommodations have free high-speed internet access too.
Extras That Add Up
The beauty of The Beach Club’s “resort” designation is evident in the long list of amenities provided, things you usually won’t get with just a condo rental. Complimentary toiletries, DVD players (with unlimited complimentary DVDs to chose from), hairdryers, a beach boutique, complimentary newspapers, a game room, a market with wine and beer, a playground, five outdoor pools and hot tubs, a poolside tiki bar and grill, poolside cabanas with TVs and mini-fridges (stocked with water and fresh fruit), a heated indoor pool, eight lighted Rubico clay tennis courts, water sports rentals onsite and more add a lot of bang to your buck at The Beach Club. There are also four dining options serving up everything from espresso and light snacks (including ice cream) to casual lunches and delicious dinners enjoyed with a seaside view. The recently revamped Southbeach at The Beach Club is making a name for itself with Chef Greg Buschhohle’s fresh, regional dishes that take full advantage of the bounty of the ocean, including grilled oysters and jumbo Gulf shrimp fried in a light buttermilk batter.
Rounding out the resort offerings at The Beach Club are its Pirates Brigade summer day camp for kids ages 5 to 12 and the tranquil Sirena del Sol day spa with its tempting menu of massage therapy, skin care, body treatments and salon services. Both ensure relaxation for adults during their stay.
Owned by Spectrum Resorts, The Beach Club prides itself on a high level of customer service. Evidence of their dedication to their guests can be found in several policies. You don’t pay a dime until your stay, and cancellations with no penalty can be made up to 72 before your reservation. Throughout the property, staff is friendly and beyond helpful. The activity desk will help you plan excursions to get the most out your trip to the Gulf Coast, and 24-hour guest assistance means you’ll never wait long to get a need addressed or a wish fulfilled.
Check out everything waiting for you and your family at The Beach Club, including some summer specials, at www.thebeachclub.spectrumresorts.com.