3 Great Reasons You Need to Rent a Cabana at Turquoise Place

Are you ready to upgrade your Turquoise Place Orange Beach vacation? We’ve got the perfect option to add even more luxury and convenience to your getaway – a Gulf-front cabana at Turquoise Place.

Located just steps from the main outdoor pool, the cabanas feature a full bathroom with walk-in shower, couch, mini-refrigerator, microwave, sink, blender, icemaker and TV. Just outside your air-conditioned cabana is a private patio area with loungers, as well as a table and chairs.

Want to know more about upgrading your Turquoise Place vacation? Read on to learn three fun reasons to schedule the exclusive use of a cabana.

 

Easy Place to Gather

Turquoise Place cabanaRather than venturing back upstairs to your condo, a Gulf-front cabana at Turquoise Place offers the perfect spot for your family and friends to gather throughout the day. Because the cabanas are fully equipped, it’s easy to bring down drinks and snacks when you’re not filling your patio table with sushi and cocktails from our poolside bar and grill, Change of Pace.

 

A cabana can serve as your home base while everyone enjoys their favorite activities, whether on the beach or poolside. If you have small children, the cozy couch inside the cabana also makes a great spot for naps as you’re relaxing on private patio.

 

Close to Everything

 Complimentary Kid's ActivitiesA cabana puts you close to the hub of activity at Turquoise Place. The kids will be near many of the resort’s most popular activities, including tie-dying T-shirts, sand art necklaces and more. Mom and Dad will be near the poolside grill where they can order up their favorite craft cocktails and a heaping helping of the chef’s Smoked Tuna Dip. Three pools are just steps from the cabana, including the zero-entry pool and kiddie pool. And, you’re also just a short walk to the beach.

 

Limited Availability

While there are hundreds of luxury condos at Turquoise Place in Orange Beach, there are only four fully-equipped cabanas available for rent. To ensure a cabana is available during your vacation, be sure to reserve it in advance. All guests can book the cabanas, however, guests of Spectrum Resorts receive a 10% discount on the $150 daily rate. To rent a cabana, call a concierge specialist at (251) 923-5400.

 

Make the most of your family vacation this year by booking a cabana. But first, start by reserving your place in the sun at Turquoise Place Orange Beach.

Avoid These Four Costly Mistakes When Booking Your Orange Beach Vacation

Summer vacation is a time designed for relaxation and fun, but a lack of planning can eat up valuable time, cost more money and leave you feeling like you missed out on things you wish there had been time for.

Let’s be totally honest. Usually mom is the vacation planner, along with all the other hats she wears, so often it’s a major feat just to get rooms booked and get everyone packed. Finding the best value or looking up kids activities may only be an afterthought. This year make the most of your vacation by avoiding these four costly mistakes when planning your Orange Beach vacation.

Did You Book Direct?

 Fun for the Whole Family Spectrum Resorts is the official onsite management company at Turquoise Place in Orange Beach. Booking with a different rental management company may leave you jealous or even frustrated once you arrive. Families miss out on the benefits of having an onsite staff available for maintenance and security 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Booking with a rental management company other than Spectrum Resorts at Turquoise Place also means missing out on onsite discounts on food and drinks at Change of Pace Bar & Grill and shopping discounts at Cabana 8, as well as complimentary kid’s activities and so much more. You also won’t have access to the exclusive Spectrum Club Lounge where daily complimentary continental breakfast is served, Welcome Receptions with a complimentary cocktail and hors d oeuvres are held and entertainment like pool, ping pong and video games are available. Now, THAT can really be a let down!

Don’t make the mistake of booking through a third party or with someone you’re “hoping” will turn out to be decent. Book with peace of mind and assurance you’re getting high-quality standards on your vacation rental with every amenity and added benefit your family could possibly want. Take the guesswork out and deliver a family beach vacation that will create happy memories for years to come. After all, that’s what every mom dreams of…a happy, rested and reconnected family.

Are Your Driving More and Playing Less?

orange beach vacationBooking an Orange Beach vacation rental where everything isn’t onsite is another costly mistake. By choosing a resort like Turquoise Place in Orange Beach, you have more time for play and less time commuting between activities. Turquoise Place offers everything is in one place: water sports, tennis courts, kid’s crafts and activities, lazy river, indoor and outdoor poolsdiningshopping and much more to keep everyone (especially mom) happy. Stop traveling from activity to activity and start playing!

Did You Check Your Bed Linens?

Yes, we did ask you that. Sometimes peace of mind is worth it all. While other rental companies wash their sheets and pillowcases after every visitor, they only change out the comforters once a month, once a quarter or twice a yearSpectrum Resort’s Clean Bed Guarantee gives guests reassurance by guaranteeing that each condo will receive crisp, freshly-laundered duvets with every new guest. Don’t make the mistake of sleeping where you don’t know the policy on clean linens.

Did You Wait “Too Late” to Book?

Don’t wait! Why risk having your favorite condo rented by another guest during your vacation dates? Spectrum Resorts guests at Turquoise Place pay no deposit when they book more than 30 days in advance.

Avoiding these four costly mistakes can save you time, effort and headache when booking what should be the most enjoyable and relaxing days of your year. It also makes you your family’s hero for discovering a resort that is ideal for everyone.

Come rest, relax and reconnect at Turquoise Place. Book your Orange Beach vacation now and pay $0 down on reservations booked more than 30 days in advance.

The Top Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parades & Festivities For 2019

Celebrate Mardi Gras Alabama style with a slew of Orange Beach Mardi Gras parades and events happening in 2019. From colorful parades to evening Mardi Gras masquerades, there’s plenty to do in and around Orange Beach for Mardi Gras!

Discover the best Orange Beach Mardi Gras parades and festivities happening in 2019!

Lulu’s Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball | February 27, 2019

When: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Lulu’s annual Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball will have everyone dressed in their Mardi Gras best. Dance along to live music by the Tin Tops, a full buffet, and an open bar included with your ticket. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, call (251) 967-5858. Head to Lulu’s in Gulf Shores for this over-the-top Mardi Gras extravaganza!

Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade | Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Starts: 2:00 pm

The 2019 Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade will continue the rich tradition of Fat Tuesday celebrations. Thousands of onlookers have been on hand in years past to witness the many floats and costumes during the Orange Beach Mardi Gras Parade. The parade will begin at 2:00 pm east of Phoenix West, making its way down a two-mile stretch to Highway 161. Get there early to find the best seating so you can see all of the excitement!

Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade | Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Starts: 10:00 am

Take the short drive west to Gulf Shores for the 41st Gulf Shores Mardi Gras Parade! Since 1978, the Gulf Shores Mardi Gras parade has adorned the streets of Gulf Shores with vibrant floats, costumes, and more, bringing smiles and excitement to spectators every year. This year’s parade will begin at 10 am on Fat Tuesday. Stay tuned for more information!

pink mardi gras mask on yellow background

The Mystical Order of Mirams Mardi Gras Parade | Friday, March 1, 2019

Starts: 6:30 pm

For years, The Mystical Order of Mirams has hosted a Mardi Gras parade that has brought excitement and cheer to all spectators. Including local organizations, this parade features a bevy of participants in vibrantly designed floats and costumes. Head to Perdido Beach Boulevard between Phoenix West and Highway 161 to find a spot for this Orange Beach Mardi Gras celebration! The parade begins at 6:30 pm, Friday, March 1.

The Mystical Order of Mirams Ball

When: Friday, March 1, 2019, following the Mystical Order of Mirams Mardi Gras Parade

After the Mirams Mardi Gras Parade, head over to the Orange Beach Event Center for The Mystical Order of Mirams Ball. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade | Saturday, March 2, 2019

Starts: 6:00 pm

Watch as the Mystics of Pleasure roll down Perdido Beach Boulevard on motorcycles, floats, and more for this year’s Mystics of Pleasure Mardi Gras Parade.

The Wharf Mardi Gras Kid & Pet Parade | Monday, March 4, 2019

Stay tuned for more information!

Lulu’s Mardi Gras Anniversary Celebration & Boat Parade | Tuesday, March 5, 2019

When: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; the boat parade starts at 3:00 pm

Lulu’s in Gulf Shores will be celebrating Mardi Gras with a boat parade and an anniversary, and you’re invited! The day will be jam-packed with fun and excitement, including live music, tons of delicious food, and complimentary cake! The boat parade will set sail at 3:00 pm from The Wharf, making its way towards Lulu’s and Homeport Marina. After the boat parade, the party will continue with live music and much more!

Find out more about the latest happenings, things to do, and events in Orange Beach with the Turquoise Place blog.

How to Spend Thanksgiving in Orange Beach

The holidays can be filled with hustle and bustle, but this year resolve to make Thanksgiving different. Leave the stress of the season behind and opt for an Orange Beach Thanksgiving. Relax and recharge your mind, body, and soul. A holiday getaway on Alabama’s beaches offers the perfect time to reflect on the past year and give thanks.

How do you make the most of the holiday in Orange Beach? Read on for details.

kids playing billiards at the spectrum club lounge

How to Spend Thanksgiving in Orange Beach

Enjoy a hassle-free holiday by taking advantage of conveniences like grocery delivery. Skip the lines at the grocery store when you pre-order your groceries via the VIP Spectrum Experience with a GEM specialist at Turquoise Place. What could be better than arriving in your luxury Orange Beach condo to find your groceries stored away in the refrigerator and pantry?

Spectrum Club Lounge

When you really want a hassle-free holiday, stop by the Spectrum Club Lounge. The lounge is designed and offered exclusively to Spectrum Resorts guests and features a complimentary continental breakfast Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

In addition, a welcome reception is held every Wednesday and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Between the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Spectrum Resorts guests are invited to take advantage of games like ping pong, gaming consoles, and family board games.

The Spectrum Club Lounge offers a fun place to relax and unwind, especially in the event of inclement weather. Operating days and times change seasonally, so be sure to inquire when booking your Thanksgiving in Orange Beach vacation.

 

Orange Beach Thanksgiving Dinner for 2018

Do you love preparing the Thanksgiving turkey and all the fixings? You’re in luck! Orange Beach condos rentals at Turquoise Place feature large, over-sized kitchens that include:

  • Plenty of counter space for prepping the perfect Orange Beach Thanksgiving dinner
  • Top-of-the-line appliances
  • A gas range for the very best food preparations
  • Large dining table for everyone in the family to enjoy a “home” cooked meal

Thanksgiving To Go Options

If you want to enjoy the comfortable surroundings of your condo, but don’t want to cook an entire meal, you’ve got options. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach grocery stores like Publix and Rouses Market offer Thanksgiving to go options when ordered in advance. You can pick up your entire holiday meal. Just reheat it in your condo.

Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar Thanksgiving Buffet

Now, if you prefer for someone else to handle the meal prep and clean up from start to finish, make reservations for the Thanksgiving buffet at Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar. Located at our sister resort in Gulf Shores, The Beach Club Resort & Spa, you can leave the cooking to the experts. Award-winning chef John Hamme and his team of culinary professionals are preparing a feast that’s sure to put you in nap mode when you’re finished!

So, if you want someone else doing the dishes, make reservations at Coast Restaurant. Some of the items served include prime rib, sweet tea-brined pork loin, oven-roasted turkey, house-smoked salmon, cornbread dressing, Southern-style green beans, sweet potato souffle’, salads, desserts and so much more.

Nov. 22, 2018, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Reservations Only

$39.95 per adult plus tax & gratuity, $14.95 kids 6-12 plus tax,

Children 5 and under FREE

Call  (251) 224-3600 to book your table.

 

woman holding shopping bags

Things to Do in Orange Beach for Thanksgiving

When you’re not feasting on turkey and dressing, there’s plenty to do – or not do – during Thanksgiving in Orange Beach. Tackle a little holiday shopping on Black Friday at The Wharf. Be sure to stop by The Southern Grind Coffee House for a great cup of Joe to get the morning started!

Send the kids to play a round of laser tag at Arena Next Level, also at The Wharf. Top off a day of shopping at Red or White with savory appetizers and your favorite glass of wine.

Turquoise Place Amenities & Activities

Of course, we can’t forget the beach! Whether you’re playing a game of beach volleyball, sand football, or just relaxing with a good book, the white-sand beaches are ready to welcome you back for a hassle-free Thanksgiving in Orange Beach. Check out the Turquoise Place amenities and activities here.

 

Reserve your Orange Beach condo at Turquoise Place and enjoy a holiday to write home about with family and friends. 

How to Plan the Ultimate Girls Getaway in Orange Beach

When it’s time to disconnect from the everyday to reconnect with your best girlfriends, make a beeline for the beach for sun, fun and friendship. A girls getaway in Orange Beach is the perfect opportunity to wine and dine and recharge the soul. But, what do you need to know to plan the ultimate girlfriend getaway on the Alabama Gulf Coast? We’ve got the details.

 

Girls Getaway Orange Beach Activities

You know Orange Beach is your go-to destination for 32 miles of white-sand beaches. No matter the time of year, there’s plenty of sun and sand to go around. Bring a book or your favorite magazine and veg with your gal pals while your toes are in the sand. Be sure to reserve your beach chairs at Turquoise Place prior to your trip. Get the best seat on the beach as a Spectrum Resorts guest during a girls getaway in Orange Beach.

For the ultimate in relaxation, plan a day of pampering at The Spa & Salon, located at our sister resort, The Beach Club Resort & Spa in Gulf Shores. You’re just a short drive away from saying “ahhhh” at the spa! Bring your girlfriends and reserve a Spa Sampler to create your own, personalized pampering package. With the Spa Sampler, you can select three treatments, including manicures, facials, massages and more. The full-service spa also features a relaxation room where you and your best girlfriends can soothe your souls with a soak in the hot tub or order up a spa lunch from the onsite Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar. Sound like paradise? It is!

After you’ve checked the beach and the spa off your girls getaway in Orange Beach list, think outside the box. Sure, you could go shopping, but why not try something to get your adrenaline pumping? The Hummingbird Zipline at The Wharf can provide the perfect prescription. Soar through the air on eight lines up to 115 feet above the ground at speeds of more than 30 miles per hour. Enjoy views of the Intracoastal Waterway and zip high above a Federally-protected wetland.

Follow up your high-flying adventure at Red or White, also at The Wharf. Soak up the laughter and share your favorite memories over a glass (or two) of your favorite wine. Red or White also offers a great selection of appetizers, small plates and cheese boards and is the perfect addition to your girls getaway in Orange Beach.

 

Orange Beach Restaurants with the Girls

For beach chic fun, head to The Gulf in Orange Beach. Couple the blackberry mojito with the waterfront views and the combination can’t be beat. The Gulf is built from re-purposed shipping containers and all dining is outdoors to allow panoramic views of Alabama Point. In the evenings, the dining area is lit with festival lights and fire pits.

Of course, you can’t miss dinner at Coast Restaurant & Sushi Bar at the nearby The Beach Club Resort & Spa. Coast is open seasonally, so call (251) 224-3600 prior to your visit to confirm hours and make a reservation. Feast on your favorite sushi rolls or split several appetizers. We recommend a dozen Murder Point oysters and the Marinated Gulf Seafood platter. Make reservations and request a seat outdoors for the best views of the beach.

 

Orange Beach Condos

Few things beat waking up to views of the Gulf of Mexico and enjoying a mimosa on a balcony. What’s even better? Relaxing in the evening with a glass of wine in your private balcony hot tub, of course! Take full advantage of all the VIP perks at Turquoise Place when you book your Orange Beach girls getaway with Spectrum Resorts. Spectrum guests receive 10 percent off on-property purchases at the Change of Pace tiki bar, open seasonally. As a Spectrum Resorts guest, you’ll also receive the Clean Bed Guarantee. Every bed receives a freshly laundered duvet with every arrival.

 

Book your Orange Beach girls getaway direct with Spectrum Resorts and enjoy VIP treatment at Orange Beach’s most exclusive resort.

Why You Should Purchase Travel Insurance

 

When planning an Orange Beach vacation, it’s always a good idea to have a checklist. Whether you prefer putting paper to pen, using the notes section on your phone or just making a mental note, there are reminders that need to be included. Travel insurance should be one of those things on your list, and something you never forget when traveling to our Orange Beach luxury resort.

 

It Could Cost You Your Vacation

It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan in case something happens. Let’s face it, hurricanes affect the Gulf Coast, family members get sick, natural disasters can prevent traveling, and sometimes the unpredictable occurs. Purchasing travel insurance isn’t just another up sell, it could cost you your annual Gulf Shores or Orange Beach vacation.

 

Reasons You Can Get Reimbursed

Don’t let all the effort, time and energy go to waste with a cancelled vacation. If your trip is interrupted due to the following reasons, you can be reimbursed for non refundable deposits by purchasing vacation rental travel insurance.

 

  • A named hurricane or natural disaster
  • A natural disaster causing a vacation home to become uninhabitable
  • A natural disaster causing your residence or travel companions residence to become destroyed
  • Illness, injury, death of family member or traveling companion

Eliminate Stress with Travel Insurance

Eliminate stress associated with canceled vacations with travel insurance. Don’t stress over making plans to relax. If you choose not to purchase travel insurance and your vacation is cancelled,  you’ve lost the money associated with your Gulf Shores or Orange Beach vacation.

Christy C. booked her well-planned vacation one month in advance and was looking forward to relaxing on the beach. The travel insurance was there to support her claim during Hurricane Katrina.

Michelle F. had a daughter who fell ill and needed medical attention.  She had to cancel her vacation. She did not have travel insurance and was unable to make a claim. The money she lost could have been used to help pay for medical bills.

Travel Insurance – It’s a no brainer. When booking with Spectrum Resorts, add the Sun Trip policy provided by Red Sky.

Tips for Planning Your Summer Vacation

Your summer vacation is supposed to be filled with quality time and relaxing family fun. Don’t let the planning process create unnecessary hassle and stress associated with trying to plan the perfect vacation.  Ensure a hassle-free planning process by following these few easy tips.

Read reviews

Reviews by real guests provide valuable insight that some self-promoting websites do not offer. Getting the facts, straight from the source, without any marketing or promotions helps to paint a real picture. Many websites such as Facebook, Google & TripAdvisor have business reviews and are definitely worth taking the time to read before making the initial investment of a summer vacation.

Ask your friends

Check with your friends, and even their friends, on recommendations for popular vacation destinations. A simple social media post can sometimes produce a lot more information than hours of research. Friends help friends and they can potentially offer real, honest advice on personal experiences.

Download travel apps

Apps make it really easy to access current and accurate information from booking to local attractions. From driving to flying and from restaurants to rest areas, make sure you have everything you need at your fingertips. Even if you are looking for off-the-beaten-path attractions, you can find them with ease of a travel app.

Book with onsite management companies

Don’t chance the happiness of your vacation with not knowing what you are getting. Pictures can be deceiving and hidden charges can sometimes create problems with your vacation budget. Onsite vacation management companies can alleviate any unnecessary stress by providing services with the convenience of being on property and they typically offer the best rate guaranteed as well.

Visit Welcome Centers

Most employees of welcome centers are area experts and can offer valuable information on summer vacation ideas. We recommend calling, or visiting area websites, to see if they offer vacation guides like Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism. Welcome Centers want you to visit their area so they are more than willing to share valuable information.

Read, request and review before planning your next summer vacation. By researching and requesting information, you could potentially save time and money and alleviate any unwanted stress. If you have valuable planning information and you would like to share with our readers, please leave it in the comments below and we may include your recommendation in one of our future blogs.

You Should Book Your Summer Vacation Today – Here’s Why

Now that Spring Break is over, many families are turning their attention back towards work and school until Memorial Day.  This means that most families will also wait until late May or June to book their summer vacation at one of our Orange Beach vacation rentals.  Many vacationers believe that better deals can be had by waiting and booking a reservation at the last minute.  While that may be true for hotels, travelers looking to stay in a vacation rental are better off booking their trips further in advance.

There are More Orange Beach Vacation Rentals to Choose From

Privately owned condos and beach houses are usually decorated to the owner’s taste. Even within the same building, the quality and comfort of our Orange Beach vacation rentals can vary widely. Savvy travelers know that the most desirable vacation rentals book earlier in the year when there is more inventory to choose from. By waiting until the last minute to book your summer vacation, you will be limiting your available options and reducing the chances of finding the perfect Orange Beach vacation rental.

Rental Rates are Lower

Summer rates are typically lower the earlier you book.  That’s because management companies offer lower starting rates early in the year to encourage more guests to book in advance.  As inventory fills up and the demand for summer reservations increases, rental rates increase as well.  You can take advantage of lower starting rates by booking your vacation earlier and locking in a lower rate.

Cancellation Penalties are Small if you Cancel Far Enough in Advance

Most management companies have a 30-day cancellation policy.  That means that you will forfeit anywhere from 50% to even 100% of the reservation cost if you cancel within 30 days of your arrival date.  If you’re making your reservation within 30 days of your planned arrival, then you are locking yourself into your selected dates and rental unit the moment you book.  By booking further in advance though, you allow yourself more time to plan and adjust your reservation if need be.  Some rental companies even allow travelers that book more than 30 days in advance the ability to reserve a room risk-free with no money down and no cancellation fee if the reservation is canceled more than 30 days in advance.  The rental companies that do require a deposit at the time of booking will typically still refund your deposit less a $50 cancellation fee if you cancel 30 days in advance.

The bottom line is that it doesn’t pay to procrastinate when making your summer vacation plans.  Booking your summer vacation in advance means that you will get the best room at the best price without the risk of a last minute vacation.  What do you have to lose?

What exactly is the Clean Bed Guarantee?

You’ve seen it in all of our marketing. You’ve heard it over and over again mentioned in the Spectrum Experience, but what exactly is the Clean Bed Guarantee? You might be thinking, “Oh you have clean beds, well I sure hope so!” Spectrum Resorts has taken the Clean Bed Guarantee much further than just a simple promise. Cleans beds are pretty much expected during any vacation stay, so how can Spectrum Resorts be any different? We are glad you asked.

The Vacation Rental Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

There is a dirty little secret in the vacation rental industry. As much as we would all like to pretend it is not true, fact is that comforters/ bedspreads are only washed, at the most, once or twice per year in most vacation rentals. Hard to swallow? It is one of those topics that no one wants to talk about. Most vacation rental companies do not address this at all. What about the children’s beds? Would you be able to completely relax knowing that yours or your children’s bedding was being shared by honeymooners or spring breakers before you?

Our Guarantee to You

We are definitely not one of those companies to keep topics in the dark. We encourage our guests to bring all concerns “to the table” and that is exactly why we created the Clean Bed Guarantee. Spectrum Resorts doesn’t feel that our guests should have to share their beds with strangers. We guarantee to promote wellness with a clean environment by eliminating the spreading of germs with freshly laundered white duvets for every arrival. We are proud to say this service is offered exclusively in the vacation rental industry along the Alabama Gulf Coast by Spectrum Resorts only.

Insider Tricks

In those instances where you consider booking a vacation rental not managed by Spectrum Resorts, we want you to be prepared on how to ensure the duvet/comforter will be clean. The first trick is to simply ask. Simple questions such as “How often are your duvet/comforters laundered?” can help you to determine if this booking is the best fit for your family. Secondly, keep in mind when booking that most hotels follow this policy, but unfortunately not all resorts do. Last but definitely not least, use your senses. Yes, your senses of sight, smell, and touch can be useful in determining if the duvet provided for your family is clean and germ-free.

There are so many things to worry about when booking for a vacation. Where to go, what to do, the weather – cleanliness should not be one of them. Relax and get your best night’s sleep on a freshly laundered duvet when you book with Spectrum Resorts.

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