Stop looking and book this house !
My family of 3 generations stayed at Aloha Baby over this past New Year's week. We have rented multiple houses over the years and this is the first review I have ever left. IT WAS THAT FANTASTIC. All the other reviews seem to hit the same highlights, so some specifics to our trip: First the house, exactly as pictured and described on the web site. Lots of room for everyone to do their own thing and still get together at meal time. Theater room, game room and elevator a big hit ! Amenites were great, we appreciated the pool and hot tub. House was spotless when we got there. We recognized this is a highly used rental home so wear and tear shows ( furniture, bedding, pool area) but expected at the volume utilized on a yearly basis. This is not a complaint ! Just an understanding that we realize there is always something "not perfect" when you rent someone elses home. I can't say enough positive things about the rental company ( AMRC.) When renting through an agency, the rental company is really the one thing that can make or break a great week. Stuff is going to happen, it always does. It is the quickness of the response that determines how you remember all that. A few things went on the fritz while we were there. The dishwasher, and apparently there was a ceiling leak the week prior. Anyway, with one phone call AMRC had a dishwasher repair man their within a few hours. Saved me from dishpan hands ! We had several quesions during the week and they were always pleasant to deal with. The area was fabulous and it was great having the golf cart for quick trips into the downtown area. ( There is no way to park a big vehicle. Fair warning-rent the golf cart ) Also, not clear from photos, descriptions that beach is across the street. Not a big deal, or a deal breaker, just feed back. At most a 100 yard walk to the ocean and you can go back and forth to the house all day. Obviously the place rents practically continuoulsy so none of this is a big deal. Bikes were helpful, we rented 6 more from Billy's and they were there before us. Bike trails all over Sanibel/Captiva were wonderful. Last point, my entire group continulously commented on how "nice" everyone was on Captiva. Not just tourists. You could not pass anyone on the beach or bike trials without getting a warm "hello". Bottom line, we rented the same week next Holiday season prior to checking out. Our hope is that Aloha Baby becomes our family holiday home for years to come !