2016 Beach Princess: The Beach Club in Gulf Shores, Alabama

The Beach Club Gulf

September, 2016

The Beach Princess headed down Fort Morgan Road in Alabama to an amazing resort called The Beach Club. While I knew it had been built by the same creators of my personal favorite beach get-a-ways, Caribe and Turquoise Place in Orange Beach, and is managed by Spectrum Resorts, the same company than manages Turquoise Place, this was our first trip to “The Club.”

Our August weekend was hot, like one would expect for late summer in costal Alabama, but simply spectacular.

Amazing Condo Rental at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama

Located 10 miles, or about a 15- 20 minute drive down the Fort Morgan Peninsula, The Beach Club Resort & Spa occupies over 86 acres, consisting of private beaches, gulf-front condominiums, cottages by lakes, and tons of amenities you expect with a full-service resort. When you see a large turquoise water tower, you’ll know you have arrived. 

Beach Club Gulf Shores Alabama address

You can choose a condominium in one of four luxury resort Gulf-front towers, with layouts from one to five bedrooms, or choose lakeside cottages that deliver all the conveniences of a home complete but offer private parking, in two to five bedroom floor plans with well-appointed furnishings.

There are a lot of activities at the resort to keep you busy.

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Hang in the Condo

We had a charmingly decorated two bedroom with 2.5 baths on the second floor. All views here are overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

The Beach Club Resort Gulf Shores

The Beach Club Resort living room

The Beach Club Resort living room

The Beach Club Resort master bedroom

The Beach Club Resort bedroom

The Beach Club Resort balcony

Take a dip!

Time for a swim! There are four outdoor pools, not including the Club House pool, plus numerous kiddie pools and hot tubs.

The Beach Club Resort hot tub

The Beach Club Resort pool

The Beach Club Resort outdoor pool


The main draw at this resort will obviously be the Gulf of Mexico.

The Beach Club Gulf

The Beach Club Gulf of Mexico

The Beach Club Gulf of Mexico beach

The Beach Club Gulf Shores

The Beach Club Gulf of Mexico Gulf Shores

Splurging on the Upgrade at the IP Casino

Enjoy the Club House

The Club House, situated in-between the four towers, offers numerous activities for the whole family, including a full service restaurant and spa, a game room with free games, work out facilities, plus an outdoor pool and a stunning indoor pool.

Clubhouse at the Gulf Shores Beach Club

Clubhouse pool at the Gulf Shores Beach Club

Clubhouse weight room at the Gulf Shores Beach Club

Clubhouse game room at the Gulf Shores Beach Club

Food at the Gulfside Grill by the outdoor pool is not unreasonably priced, for vacation food.

Gulfside Grill at the Beach Club menu

In all the condos we have ever stayed in along the Alabama coast, this has to be the nicest indoor pool I have ever seen.

Clubhouse indoor pool at the Gulf Shores Beach Club

Clubhouse inside at the Gulf Shores Beach Club

The Beach Club uses wrist bands to access the Club House area for activities. They use the same RDIF technology that Disney World uses with their Magic Bands.

Beach Club RDIF wrist bands

You can rent a cabana for the day, probably more desirable in the brutal summer heat, which is a great way to keep the family together for long days at the pool. You get lots of perks:

  • personal mini refrigerator stocked with waters and fruit
  • poolside service to have food delivered directly to you in your cabana.
  • dine at your own private table and chairs
  • ceiling fan
  • three padded loungers reserved just for you.

Cabanas rent for $150 a day. If you rent through Spectrum Resorts, their guests receive a 10% discount on cabana rentals and advance reservations.

Clubhouse cabanas at the Gulf Shores Beach Club

The Club House is beautiful at night as well.

Beach Club Club House

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We cooked several of our meals in the condo, I mean, can you beat this view? I’m traveling with an awesome cook too.

The Beach Club Resort balcony dining area

We also ate at the Village Hideaway, a dining spot at the same building where you checked in and before you drove through the guard gate. Here, you can order something hot off the grill or a made­ to ­order salad or wrap. They have lots more too including:

  • homemade pizzas
  • an extensive collection of craft beers, wine selections and specialty cocktails
  • 11 flat screens to all sorts of sports entertainment
  • HD golf simulator
  • kids/adults arcade
  • outside dining available on a nice wooden terrace area

The Village Hideaway is open to the public so you don’t have to stay at The Beach Club  to enjoy eating and playing here. We went after summer season was over but before Labor Day so at their 11 o’clock opening, we had the entire place to ourselves.

The Village Hideaway restaurant

The Village Hideaway restaurant at the Beach Club

For lunch one day, we drove down the beach to Moe’s BBQ in Orange Beach. They have a nice outdoor area for musicians that would be fun in cooler weather.

Moe’s Original BBQ is a “Southern soul food revival” where great food is served in a relaxed atmosphere. In spring of 2006, Moe’s partnered up with Mark “Pinto” White to test the BBQ waters of Alabama. Across the street from the Gulf of Mexico, this country kitchen offers inside seating for 40 and plus 20 more outside on the deck. All smoking is done on homemade barrel pits which are rolled into the attached smokehouse.

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Moe's Original BBQ

Moe's Original BBQ Orange Beach

Moe's Original BBQ outdoor area

Walking Trails

There is a charming walking trail through the lakeside rental cottages. It’s not very far, but it was enough for 30 minutes worth of entertainment. We saw turtles and sat by the fountain after the mid-day sun had gone down.

walking trail at the Beach Club

The Beach Club Resort walking trail

turtles down Fort Morgan Road

The Beach Club Resort activities

The Beach Club Resort walking path

The Beach Club Resort trails

Walking by the Beach

There are lots of sidewalks for walking in front of the beach yet not actually on the sand. This would be much more pleasant in cooler temperatures, but for walkers, it’s pretty nice. You can walk from the sidewalks around the buildings to the parking lot and back.

The Beach Club Resort Gulf Shores beach

The Beach Club

The Beach Club waterfront path

The sidewalks are lit at night.

The Beach Club at night

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you at the beach!

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  1. Linda says:

    Do you know where the kiosks will be located in the parks , and how many of them there will be? Thanks

  2. Nicole says:

    Now thinking I should ditch my park hoppers on my future trip 🙁

  3. Alex says:

    For me personally, I don’t see what the big deal is I mean you’re guaranteed 3 fp rides, plus I’ve read reports of Disney throwing in bonus fp when people were making their original 3. People seem to forget that on busy days, with the old system you could get 1 fp at a time, you may only get 1 or 2 passes – it happened to me and my son. Anyway I think ANY change that Disney makes scares people, and I personally like the fact that I can guarantee we will go on 3 rides we want when I have no idea if we will be able to go back to WDW in at least a few years.

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