Cindy Lou’s TOP TEN reasons to rent unit P201 in Island Royale:
About Cindy Winkeljohn
Hi! My name is Cindy Winkeljohn (my friends call me Cindy Lou) and I (along with my husband) own Island Royale units 1001 and P201. I really enjoy managing our condos and I truly wish for all who spend their vacation there to have a great time and a good experience! I live in a suburb of Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, but grew up on a hog/dairy farm in western Ohio with my 4 brothers and sisters, a horde of dogs, cats, chickens, pony, cows and pigs. I'm a Physical Therapist but my true love is spending time at the beach and managing these properties. I have twin boys and a daughter who are now out of college and doing their own thing, but every summer while they were growing up, we vacationed at the beaches along the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico. In 1996 we started vacationing in Gulf Shores and since our first visit, we never went anywhere else. When the real estate market corrected in 2008 and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill happened in 2010, it created the perfect opportunity for us to purchase in Gulf Shores and Island Royale. We purchased unit 1001 in 2012 and added P201 in 2016. We absolutely love the Island Royale property and love sharing it and all it has to offer with our guests.
Cindy Winkeljohn purchased this Condo in 2016
Why Cindy Winkeljohn chose Gulf Shores
When I was growing up and newly married, I lived in Ohio and Northern Virginia. We always went to the beach for vacation, so I’ve vacationed at Cape Cod, Long Beach Island, Virginia Beach, Emerald Isle, Oak Island, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island, Amelia Island, Daytona Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Cape San Blas. In 1996 we moved to Collierville, TN, and the closest beach was Gulf Shores, Alabama. I had never heard of the beach in L.A. (Lower Alabama), but was blown away by what I found. The beach was sugar white and the people very relaxed and laid back. Gulf Shores has managed to stay a well kept secret that allows us to stay at a perfect beach that is not nearly as commercialized as any of the other beaches we visited. After we moved to Texas, Gulf Shores was still the best beach we had visited, so rather than go to the Texas beaches, we kept making the trip to Gulf Shores, and eventually purchased our first Island Royale property there in 2012.
What makes this Condo unique
The best feature of this property is the corner view! The wide open east end balcony offers a panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico to the south and to the east. Most of your time at this property will be spent on the balcony. Another unique feature is the inclusion of a full bath in each of the three bedrooms. This really presents itself as three individual suites where you can get away from your group for some down time if desired. Each bedroom has a HDTV along with either a DVD or Blu ray player. Finally, unlike many of the properties in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, I manage the properties I own...so this is truly a vacation rental by owner, and you will always work directly with me. The majority of properties are managed by BIG real estate companies that are hard to contact and add big fees to their total rental price. I hope you will love Gulf Shores as much as I do, and I look forward to working with you to provide a wonderful vacation experience.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Property damage protection (PDP) is required.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Mrs. Cindy was AMAZING!!
Thank you for letting us stay in your amazing condo for the week!! We really LOVED it, and none of us wanted to leave!! I think this’s the best time of the year to come because there wasn’t any bumper to bumper traffic coming in, and when we got to the condo we didn’t have to wait for carts to take our stuff up! The condo was exactly as described and was awesome!! Again, thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home away from home!!
You're sure right about the Fall being the best time in Gulf Shores but please don't tell anyone....that's when I go to the beach! Lol! Thanks for leaving the great review! I sure hope you'll return!
The condo was just as described. The pictures online are accurate. The space was very accommodating for for 2 young children. The views from the balcony were spectacular. The unit is very close to popular restaurants and fun activities. Cindy was very easy to communicate with prior and during our stay. Overall excellent experience.
Thanks for reviewing my property, Greg. I loved having you and your family as my guests. I'm glad you found the property to be just as pictured and described on the VRBO site. I hope you will come back and stay at my condo again!
Fun in the sun
Excellent property to stay at while visiting Gulf Shores. Located right on the beach the grandkids never wanted to go anywhere else. We really enjoyed the view, and the rental was just the right size for our group to stay at without feeling like we were on top of each other, we would definitely stay here again. Easy access to restaurants, shopping, and other local attractions. My youngest grandson said that he would rather come back here than go to Disney World.
Wow Linda! Gulf Shores beat Disney??!! Awesome! I'm so glad you had such a nice time and made some great memories. I hope you and your family will come back and stay again! I'd love to have you!
Very Nice Location and well maintained.
Everything was as described but the real disappointment was they were doing roof maintenance and they started at 7am each morning and there was no chance anyone could sleep in on vacation. I understand the need for maintenance but 8 am or later would be more fair to person renting
Thanks for reviewing my property! I'm happy to report that the roof work has been completed. I hope you'll come back and stay again!
Cindy Lou's Penthouse, 15th floor
This unit was imaculately clean. It was beautifully appointed and the balcony is spectacular. Cindy was the most cooperative owner with whom I have ever interacted. She really wanted us to have a pleasant experience, and she went over and above to assure a future visit will be the same.
Well I certainly appreciate all of your kindness!! I will pass your comments about cleanliness on to my housekeepers. They will appreciate that you noticed their hard work! I truly do want all my guests to be happy with their stay because vacations are VERY important!!
Island Royale Suite P201
The area was beautiful, the condo was comfortable and the owner was very helpful.
Thanks for the review! I'm glad you were comfortable in the condo! Hope you'll come back!!
Water and Amusement Parks, Dolphin Cruises, Several Golf Courses to choose from. Deep sea fiishing, parasailing, paddle boarding, hiking, outlet mall shopping, Segway tours, antiquing, historic Fort Morgan, Pensacola Lighthouse, USS Alabama Battleship in Mobile, Many restaurants and bars!