I think I must have viewed every property on the island in my quest to find something that ticked as many boxes as possible for our group of 2 families. Gulf side Quieter north end As close to the beach as budget would allow Pool (that a 3 year old couldn’t readily access without one of us) Hot tub Enough actual beds for everyone (no camping out on sofa beds) Multiple bathrooms Parking for 2 cars Up to date with and nicely furnished Villa Marianne was our final choice and we were all so pleased with our decision. I would move in forever in a shot! The house is perfect! Beautifully furnished, spacious, well maintained and has almost everything you could wish for. It’s perfectly located on the very peaceful Maple Avenue with access to the beautiful beach 30 seconds walk from the front door. It’s also a very short walk to Pine Avenue. The kitchen/diner/lounge is a huge relaxing space which opens out onto a balcony with a spiral staircase leading to the pool. It’s very well equipped. I can’t think of anything we needed that hadn’t been provided. This is not a basic kitchenette! You could cook a full Thanksgiving meal for 12 here without being short of any cookware. The very efficient laundry facilities enabled us to move onto our next destination with a suitcase full of clean clothes too! The 5 bedrooms were light and bright with very comfortable beds. 3 doubles on the main level and bunks and 2 singles upstairs. There are 4 bathrooms. 3 with a full suite, and all with a hair dryer and more towels than a department store! The master bathroom is palatial with a huge walk in wardrobe big enough to stash all the cases away out of sight. Leading to the pool is a games room and drying area with table football which the boys made great use of during our stay. The pool area could not have been better! We were delighted to find an actual HOT hot tub, a pool of course, an outside kitchen, undercover dining and a huge TV perfect for watching the Olympics whilst sipping a cocktail Maybe the pool was a little smaller than I’d imagined but it was absolutely fine. The children particularly loved it. In the garage the owners (and possibly previous occupants) have provided plenty of pool toys, sandcastle building paraphernalia, body boards, a gazebo, parasol and a fantastic cart to drag everything along to the beach with you. AMI is such a beautiful place and this is the perfect home to experience it all from. You are within walking distance to many shops, restaurants and bars and the free trolley (which stops at the end of the road) or the Monkey Bus (working for tips) can take you further afield. I’d like to praise the current management company; Coastal Cottages AMI who couldn’t have been more helpful and patient during my deliberations! Many thanks to you all :) We loved it and I only wish we’d booked for 2 weeks! We will most definitely be back. *The only thing I had hoped for which wasn’t provided was a safe. Just for peace of mind, it’s nice to be able to securely store passports etc. I also feel that at maximum occupancy, the lounge/kitchen area wouldn’t be ideal with someone on a sofa bed but that’s just personal preference.
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor entry by guests from Hampshire, United Kingdom, for their stay in 8/2016
Just a lovely house. Very close to the beach and to the trolley stop. Quiet street and beautiful landscaping. My family had a wonderful time at the beach, in the pool and enjoying our time together. I would stay again.
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor entry by Guests from Pekin, Illinois, for their stay in 6/2016
We had a great stay. The location was perfect for daily beach walks.
Guest Book entry by the Roderiques family from Raeford, North Carolina, for their stay in 5/2016
We spent seven nights at Villa Marianne over the Easter Holiday. The house is far enough north on the island that you’re away from the bulk of the traffic and crowds that go hand in hand with holiday weekends. It is optimally situated on the Gulf side of Gulf Drive making the short walk to the beach super easy with young children. Main floor rooms differ in size but are each well outfitted, modern and clean. Ditto for upstairs rooms – perfect for young children to have their own space to sleep and play. Kitchen is well stocked and pool is perfect for breaks from the beach in the hot afternoon sun. Garage (we used for bike rental storage), outdoor shower, and outdoor eating area were all great features as well. Communication with the management company was fantastic – they were quick to respond to any questions/issues we had. Would give the house five full stars if it were not for a few things that could (and hopefully will) be addressed going forward . . . first, the second king suite on the main level has the HVAC system in the closet and is extremely loud when trying to sleep. Ability to manually override/shut-off of AC at night would be optimal. Also, outdoor bar/sink area could use some TLC/fixing up. Finally, garage door was hit or miss as to opening/closing on the outdoor keypad.
Submitted via FlipKey/TripAdvisor entry by willtravel200901 from Halifax, Canada, for their stay in 3/2016
We went with family and friends to celebrate our 50th anniversary. We stayed at 111 Maple Anna Marie which was a incredible and awesome home with fabulous location. Thanks for an outstanding vacation.
Submitted via FlipKeyTripAdvisor entry by grndpierre from Ocean View, Delaware, for their stay in 2/2016
We had a great family vacation! This house and pool were a great place to stay. We had fun at the beach finding shells and playing in the water. Riding bikes around let us see the islands beauty. We were all so happy to see dolphins and a manatee. The shops, restaurants and people have been wonderful. We’ll be back!
Guest Book entry by the Bartlett family from Chicago, Illinois, for their stay in 9/2015
Joined with family from Tennessee and Kentucky. Got married at the Sandbar! Beautiful! The house is amazing! Perfect! I never wanna leave. Hoping to come back!
Guest Book entry by the Tidey family and the Peters from Plant City, Florida, for their stay in 9/2015
Had a wonderful family reunion and celebrated our parents 50th Anniversary! Loved the house and the beach! Thankful for the beach chairs and cart! Would definitely come again!
Guest Book entry by the Becker family and the Thornton family for their stay in 6/2015