Unit #13 Condo, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6) We rent Saturday-to-Saturday
Meghan @ RoyalPlumClub
About Meghan @ RoyalPlumClub
I am Meghan, the current Property Manager at Royal Plum Condos. Becky the previous CAManager retired in April of 2017 after over 10 years. Kevin the Maintenance Manger began with Becky and remains on this team. This condo building complex has a strong association of caring owners who see to its maintenance and upkeep, it has weathered a few storms and is standing strong. #MarathonStrong.
Meghan @ RoyalPlumClub purchased this Condo in 1974
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We spent the start of 2019 here. We had a awesome time and can’t wait to go back.
We loved the area, beach was great can’t say anything bad about the place. Can’t wait to book another trip down there.
Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are very happy you enjoyed you stay and we home that you will vacation with us again in the future.
Beautiful view of ocean, Quiet stay, but needs appliance and furniture update
Beautiful view of the ocean and pool. Easy access to local restaurants and grocery shopping and 1 hour and 15 minute drive to Key West. Rental of kayaks, bicycles delivered to your doorstep for free. Quiet and away from crowds and traffic. Property needs to updated. Dishwasher rack has rust holes and refrigerator rusted on the outside. Old appliances need to be replaced. Master bed box spring creaked when you moved causing you to wake up. Need to replace.
Our room had a very, VERY strong smell of mold. This presented us with the choice of keeping windows and doors closed and smelling the mold or opening the windows and smelling the rotten egg seaweed. Not a decision you want to make on vacation. The pool was very nice. We were sad that we couldn't enjoy the beach although we understand nature can't be controlled.. but we may have picked a different time to visit if we knew the seaweed is there this time of year. I can imagine that this is a very nice place but we just went at the wrong time.
Thank you for taking the time to let us know how you felt about your recent stay with us. We take all input very seriously, it helps us improve and we want our guests to be fully satisfied with their stay. We are so sorry that certain aspects of your stay were disappointing. We are happy to help our guests and we try to address any issues immediately if you let us know about them during your stay, we have a condo manager in the office and a grounds manager living on site.
After Hurricane Irma hit us in the fall of 2017, the condos were checked for moisture intrusion, including the one you stayed in, so there are no mold issues in the condo. However, we will certainly have it checked again now that you have mentioned it. Whenever a home, resort, or hotel have an oceanfront location, dampness is a constant aspect of life – and we do have central air conditioning in the condo to keep the humidity in check while keeping it comfortable when the outdoor temperatures rise. Sometimes a condo can be a bit “stuffy” if it has been closed and unoccupied for a while. Additionally, the natural environment, with seagrass and salt air can be very pungent. It is simply a fact and facet of nature here in the Florida Keys, with all the Mangrove trees and roots that surround a great portion of each little island, and attract and hold all of that sea grass and sea life, it has a great ecological significance. We do have the beach raked by a backhoe daily, as the tides and weather permit, and as you noted, we are not able to control strong winds or high tides. As you also noted, the time of year and season can impact whether we are more prone to the sea grass or less prone to it, just as the falling autumn leaves have a season in most parts of North America. You may want to consider an inland resort with a pool, within a short drive of the shore, as an alternative. However, we would love a chance to change your mind – we would be happy to offer you a discount should you return again, perhaps sometime during December through May, when the seasonal seagrasses are usually less pervasive. Please reach out to us directly through our email and let me know if you’d be willing to try that, as we can sometimes be more crowded during those months, but we want to give you a more agreeable experience!
A very nice stay!
We recently stayed for a week at this property and it was very nice. It was quiet and most guests leave for the day for their activities(diving, fishing, etc). The staff was attentive and helpful, if needed.
The overall property still needs some repairs and landscaping, I assume from hurricane damage last fall. The unit we stayed in was spacious and comfortable except the one front bedroom seemed to stay much warmer than the rest..
It could use some updating in the kitchen and bathrooms but was otherwise fine for the amount of time we spent there. It is listed as two bedroom but is actually three. It was also conveniently located near various restaurants, pharmacies, dives shops, etc.
A note of warning for the Keys: the dead sea grass that accumulates along many shorelines has a strong sulfur smell that takes some getting used to but its a beautiful place to visit and explore!
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We'd like you to think of our condos like staying at your aunt or uncle’s beach house – we are not luxury accommodations – we ARE quaint, clean and homey, and at an excellent location. Please come visit us again.
Our grounds and landscaping are rebounding after being hit hard by Hurricane Irma. All our major repairs were completed last winter, but we are still having some ongoing work this summer, particularly on the landscaping.
Summer is also seaweed season, and though our beach is raked daily (with a backhoe), it can still be plentiful, depending on wind and tides. Please understand there is an ecological importance in the seaweed. We have no control over this or "Mother Nature". Think of how during autumn in North America, the leaves fall to the ground, well, for the region of Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, summer is the time for the sea grass.
Liked everything so much I do not want to say much more in case the rest of the world wants to come here too! Beauty & serenity rolled into one. But...shhhh!
We really appreciate your glowing words. We hope you will return again. We have worked very hard since the aftermath of the storm in September 2017 to get things ready for you and our other 2018 guests. It's nice to hear that our hard work has achieved the desired results. Thank you.
The perfect place for our family vacation!
The Royal Plum Club worked great for our family vacation! We had six adults and one baby with us - me, my wife, our grown son, daughter-in-law, daughter, friend of the family, and our 8 month old grandson. Our condo overlooked the pool and ocean, and was clean, convenient & comfortable for the whole family. The club and the staff there are wonderful! Kevin, the maintenance manager, takes excellent care of the grounds, and was always there with a friendly recommendation on local activities & attractions. He even let me borrow some fishing gear to try an catch some barracuda I saw snorkeling out front! It was also great having the pool to cool off, especially after a day of adventuring. There is a deep and shallow end.
We rented a paddle-board and a few kayaks for three days from Wheels-2-Go (which were delivered) and had a blast with them! One morning we took the kayaks east to the end of the island (basically at the end of Coca Plum Dr), past the abandon mansion, near Curry Hammock State Park. We tied up the kayaks and did some snorkeling by the rocks there. The fish were beautiful and we even saw a number of very large lobsters!
It was nice to have the sandy beach area beyond the pool, but we didn't spend much time in the ocean there, other than on the paddle-board and kayaks. You'll find at this beach, and in may places in the Keys, there is quite a bit of sea grass - the natural habitat of turtles, and lots of the native sea life. That said, since the condo is in the Middle Keys, there are a number of beaches and state parks nearby, and both Key Largo and Key West are just an hour or so away. We took a day trip to Key West and spent an afternoon at the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. That is definitely worth the trip! Water shoes are nice to have, since the beach has lots of shells, but the beach, shade and snorkeling there is great!
Here are some other places and things we'd highly recommend: The Island Fish Company, Sparky's Landing, Tarpon Creek Bar & Grill, Diving with the Abyss Dive Center, Snorkeling out at the Sombrero Lighthouse (a *must* for snorkeling lovers), and the Turtle Hospital!
All-in-all, the Royal Plum Club, staff and location was perfect for our vacation! If you're looking for a safe comfortable place - a second home, away from home - I'd highly recommend it!
Tennis courts on site, 200 feet of Private Beach