When you think about luxury retreats around the world, I am sure many of you are probably envisioning the over-water huts in Tahiti or perhaps an all-inclusive resort on the Caribbean island of Jamaica. However, we would like to share with you our recent experience at a hidden gem on the peninsula of Gulf Shores, Alabama.
The Beach Club Resort and Spa by Spectrum Resorts is the ultimate luxury accommodation in Gulf Shores and we would encourage anyone considering heading down to this part of USA to stay here. Whether you are looking for the perfect spot to relax on the beach, try your luck at the racquet club or sample some of the fine cuisine available, The Beach Club Resort and Spa by Spectrum Resorts has it all….and MORE!!
Where is The Beach Club Resort and Spa
The Beach Club Resort and Spa is located close to the historic Fort Morgan site, and while this is not conveniently located to the main area of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, the remoteness of this location is what helps visitors enjoy ultimate relaxation. We have experienced The Beach Club Resort and Spa during both peak and off-peak times, and we would 100% attest that regardless of when you are choosing to visit the Gulf Coast, this is definitelay an accommodation option worth considering.
As you approach The Beach Club resort, the first thing you notice is the remoteness of this location in relation to other condos and attractions. This may be a negative to many visitors who prefer the hustle and bustle of the Gulf Shores nightlife, but we both considered this to be a huge advantage given that heading to this part of Alabama is all about relaxation, yet still having the option to explore everything else the Gulf has to offer.
The Beach Club Resort and Spa by Spectrum Resorts is located about 20 minutes from the heart of Gulf Shores and a further 10 minutes to Orange Beach, so it is a perfect compromise dependent on your preference. Located about 15 minutes from Fort Morgan, this is really in a perfect location with nearby golf courses (Kiva Dunes and Peninsula Golf Club) also providing an outdoor attraction should you wish to explore the region further.
Many visitors to this resort will likely stay here the whole time and find no need to leave, given that there are an abundance of activities and attractions available in the confines of the resort…more on that later!
The Beach Club Resort and Spa Accommodations
We have stayed in both the Catalina and Doral towers but you could also stay in the Avalon, or Bristol towers. While we generally don’t stay in condos, we would argue that after staying in one of these condos, your opinion on relaxing in the “home away from home” surroundings would convince you to choose the condo option in other destinations moving forward. After our visits, we are both pretty much convinced this is the route to take with future trips to the Gulf Coast.
Spacious, comfortable, gorgeous décor and stunning views are all relevant when describing the condos at The Beach Club Resort and Spa. However, even this doesn’t begin to describe our emotions as we enjoyed everything our room had to offer throughout our long weekend getaway at this resort.
If it hadn’t been for our desire to explore Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, we would have loved to stay in our condo and enjoy the stunning views over the Gulf.
Whether you choose to stay in a one or two bedroom condo, the piece de resistance is definitely the balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Add to this a large living quarters with dining room, fully fitted kitchen and a laundry room and you have everything you need to enjoy a relaxing vacation, yet living like you are at home.
As mentioned, the master bedroom also opens up to a large balcony that is also accessible from the living room providing breathtaking views and a perfect location to wake up and watch the sun rise. If you venture away from the resort to explore the best things to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, be sure to head back in time to capture the epic sunsets which rarely disappoint along this stretch of coastline.
The Beach Club Resort and Spa is home to several dining options, ranging from luxury fine dining at Coast Restaurant to the Creamery where you can grab your favorite sweet treat. Let’s start with the delicious menu options available at Coast Restaurant and whether you are staying on-site or simply looking for one of the best places to dine along the Gulf Coast, this restaurant is definitely one you should consider.
The airy ambience offers a relaxing environment for an evening dinner, either inside or on the outdoor patio area overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. With an array of freshly prepared dishes on the menu, and a wide drink selection, you can certainly find something to satisfy everyone’s palate.
We opted for the crab bisque and wedge salad to start, before indulging in the fresh catch of the day, the bronzed red snapper accompanied by sweet and spicy Brussels sprouts. Heather decided to sample the New York Strip Steak which was equally appetizing, and highlighted how Coast Restaurant has an eclectic menu to satisfy everyone’s appetite.
The Village Hideaway
If you are looking for a more relaxed vibe, and a quick bite to eat, the Village Hideaway has a real sports bar feel to it with numerous televisions playing the latest sporting events and two pool tables available should you wish to let your competitive edge get the better of you and play against your partner.
Of course, it goes without saying that the real attraction here for me is the golf simulator that provides visitors the opportunity to test your golfing skills with a virtual experience that I have to admit is pretty realistic. Clubs are provided and you play the course by hitting shots against a net and the simulated experience picks up all of your strengths and of course weaknesses!
Oh yes… and then there is the small matter of the AMAZING cuisine on offer here. Courtesy of head chef John Hamme, an array of delectable options is available on the menu and you really are spoiled for choice.
We started with the smoked tuna dip which is fresh tuna smoked in-house combined with a unique dressing and seasoning. The taste was amazing and provided an excellent appetizer prior to our main course.
Heather also sampled the New Orleans style gumbo which I have to say added a real gulf style flavor to our meal. I will say that whatever appetizer or soup you choose, please make sure you leave enough room for the entrée because they are certainly worth the wait!
I ordered the Boneless Chicken Tenders tossed with hot buffalo sauce accompanied with fries. Heather opted for the restaurant famous Hideaway Pizza (Mozzarella, Pepperoni, Sausage, Bacon, Mushrooms, Green Peppers, Onions and Black Olives) and the moment our meals arrived we knew we were in for a real treat.
If you still have room for dessert after demolishing all of this amazing food, why not try the brownie sundae, which adds a sweet finish to your experience. We also ordered a key lime martini which although Heather wasn’t too fond of, I was surprisingly very impressed by how good this tasted.
Get Involved with Activities
The Beach Club Resort and Spa by Spectrum Resorts is a fun-filled adventure paradise. Relaxing in one of the outdoor pools or perhaps taking a plunge in the indoor heated pool is a great way to start the day and then head over to the Racquet Club to test your tennis skills on one of the eight outdoor courts.
A basketball court, outdoor chess and checkers set and a walking trail are all options to keep your activity levels up after sampling the fine cuisine at The Beach Club.
Everything about our experience at The Beach Club Resort and Spa by Spectrum Resorts was perfect. We would go back here in a heartbeat and we would definitely love to sample some of the other condominium towers offered by Spectrum Resorts (Turquoise Place) in the Gulf Shores region.
The Beach Club may be remote in terms of location but everything within the boundaries of the resort makes this an accommodation option you have to consider. It is a perfect location for a long weekend getaway for all the family, whether you are a couple or a family looking for a vacation spot.
Not only is this perfect for a weekend break, we could definitely see us heading back here for a longer vacation during the summer months when you can relax by the pool or head to the private beach to take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico or sample the more adventurous water sports on offer.
Disclaimer – We would like to thank The Beach Club Resort and Spa by Spectrum Resorts for hosting us on our initial visit. However, we have also had subsequent stays where we have paid the regular rate. These are solely our personal opinions/experiences and we were not financially compensated for this post.