"Great place! Clean, all the beach stuff you would need, great location. Wonderful host who thinks of everything!"
~ Bradley, Georgia (Oct. 2019)
"Beautifully decorated home with a beach feel throughout. A short walk to the beach and the free trolley stop. The beach supplies provided were perfect and made our beach adventures more enjoyable. The private pool is wonderful as well. We will definitely consider Alex's place in the future."
~ Mindy, Pennsylvania (Sep. 2019)
"Clean, exactly what you expect from pictures, Alex and Irina truly go above and beyond to provide a wonderful experience!"
~ April, Kentucky (Aug. 2019)
"Excellent villa. The quality of fittings and fixtures was excellent, it was spotless when we arrived and there was loads of beach and pool equipment we could use, there were dvds in the lounge, board games in the cupboard and plenty of towels and bedding. There was also a very comprehensive and helpful file of carefully collated information with restaurant tips and reviews, day trip suggestions etc... We had a very enjoyable stay. The location of the villa is very convenient too, in the middle of the island, easily accessible to the north and south and just a few minutes walk to the beach. AMI is quiet and pretty and proved a great place to stay after a hectic two weeks in Orlando. I would highly recommend."
~ Scott, UK (Aug. 2019)
"We searched online for places to stay on Anna Maria Island and we heavily relied on reviews. The previous reviews were SPOT ON in describing the property. My husband and I visited with our 4 kids and there was plenty of space for us to enjoy. The pool and proximity to shops and the beach were perfect for us! We would definitely go back to this home!"
~ Lauren, Ohio (Aug. 2019)
"The house is beautiful. Everything was great and with so much love and attention to detail; all very welcoming! Thank you for creating such a thoughtful holiday experience. We've loved your villa and Anna Maria too!"
~ Roz and Family, UK (Aug. 2019)
"We love your house and had a wonderful time at Villa Chez Shell!"
~ Gloria, Ohio (July 2019)
"We have stayed at Villa Chez Shell three times. The villa has absolutely everything going for it - it is beautiful, clean, and well-stocked with essentials. The private pool is a HUGE plus, especially with young children. In addition, the beach is only a five minute walk from the beach - also a huge plus with young children! The grocery store is also only a short walk away, as are other shops. Overall I'd say it is perfect for families or groups. We have always loved our time at Villa Chez Shell and hope to return for a fourth time! We had a wonderful time (again!) at your amazing home. It is a truly magical place."
~ Alex & Keith, Illinois (July 2019)
"Great accommodations, everything was just as described! We had a great time and will happily recommend your beach house to anyone!"
~ Kait, Missouri (June 2019)
"The house is clean, thoughtful touches! Everything was beautiful and the weather was great. The pool was a fantastic way to unwind after a day at the beach! We all had a wonderful experience and so enjoyed our time here at your beautiful home!"
~ Lori, North Carolina (June 2019)
"This home was incredible! Spotless and modern. We loved that they provided everything you could need for the beach or pool. The walk to the beach was short (about a block). We loved the lanai to hangout in while the kids swam. The hosts have thought of every touch to make it an easy, fun vacation. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a clean, private, lovely place to spend their vacation.Thank you again for putting so much into making your house such an amazing place for us to spend a week."
~ Annie, Kentucky (June 2019)
"This is an absolutely perfect home! My family decided to go to Anna Maria Island for my husband's and my 60th birthday. We couldn't have chosen a better place to spend this special week!! Alex and Irina were wonderful hosts, the house was spotless and had everything you could ever possibly want, including beach chairs and umbrella. Everyone's favorite part of the vacation was hanging out at the pool!! The nearby beaches are absolutely beautiful, but the pool was so private and was the most nicely landscaped pool I have ever seen, surrounded by palm trees! I would definitely recommend this home for a fabulous vacation!! We had a wonderful 60th birthday week with our family and have made fantastic memories for a lifetime!"
~ Cindy, Rhode Island (June 2019)
"What an amazing week we had at Villa Chez Shell – we made wonderful memories and can’t wait to come back. Checking in was simple and easy and Alex & Irina were able to answer all of our questions and were so accommodating. Love the gifts welcoming us to the house. There is a giant book with a TON of information about anything an everything you may want while you are on the island. The house is perfection – it was clean, bright and had everything we needed to have a wonderful week beach retreat with my family. We spent hours enjoying the amazing pool and it felt like being in our private resort. There were a ton of pool and beach toys to use and enjoy. We loved the lanai and sitting out there watching TV and playing card games (in between our swims). The Weber grill was fantastic and I enjoyed cooking dinner on the grill while the kids enjoyed swimming in the pool. The house is a short (easy) walk to the beach. Head over and enjoy the all you can eat pancakes and watching stunning sunsets in the evening. Thank you Alex & Irina for sharing Villa Chez Shell with us – We are already making plans to come back and hope to make it an annual vacation spot!"
~ Jamie, Maggie & Ryann, Ohio (June 2019)
"Thank you so much for being wonderful hosts. We had a lovely vacation on AMI & loved your home! The Villa is awesome!"
~ Laura, Kansas (May 2019)
"Our family of 4 stayed for 7 nights. The villa was sparkling clean, well stocked with linens, towels, beach supplies and
everything we needed to have a perfect stay! Alex is an incredible host. He responded at lightning speed each and every time we reached out and truly went above and beyond to make our stay the very best possible! We can’t wait to come back again!"
~ Kate, Washington (May 2019)
"What a place! I wish we could have moved in to Villa Chez Shell permanently. It was a perfect location just 1.5 blocks from the beach, beautifully decorated, immaculately clean. The pool was incredible and we pretty much lived in it during our stay. And Alex and Irina are such thoughtful and caring hosts. The check-in process was a breeze with a door keypad, which was also nice that we didn't have to worry about bringing keys along with us when we went out. Before our stay, every question I had was answered promptly and in detail, Alex even sent pictures of some items so I would know for certain that we had everything we needed for our kids. Alex sent a text on day 1 and Irina called on day 2 to touch base and make sure we had everything we needed. The house is beautiful, updated, immaculately clean, lots of sunlight, but still felt totally private, and the AC worked great. There were plenty of bath towels and beach towels, great amenities like industrial-sized laundry, a fridge by the pool, a beach cart, tons of beach chairs, umbrella, bodyboards, noodles, and floaties, sand toys - literally everything we could have needed for the pool/beach. And the pool itself - heaven! It was like being at a private resort - beautiful, surrounded by a lush garden that keeps it private, water was fresh (no chemical/chlorine smell that you get with a public pool) and was the perfect temp, and the cleaners did a great job (between their visits it was an easy sweep to pick up a few leaves here and there). The Weber grill outside was great and had plenty of propane, though we only used it a couple times. We had the most amazing week staying at Villa Chez Shell and hope we are lucky enough to come back again."
~ Jeannie, Minneapolis (May 2019)
"We had the best week ever!! Thank you so much for a wonderful week at your beautiful beach house. We all enjoyed every moment of everyday here! The weather was perfect. The pool area is so peaceful and relaxing. It was an amazing week and an unforgettable 50th birthday! We have made some truly awesome memories here! Thanks so much for everything!! We will be back."
~ Sheri, Pennsylvania(May 2019)
"Great place, plenty of amenities for use at the beach and pool, great location."
~ Doug, North Carolina (Apr. 2019)
"A total of 7 of us stayed at Villa Chez Shell-- 3 adults and 4 kids (10, 7, 4, 2). It was perfect. The house was super clean and had absolutely everything we could have asked for-- not only the usual house stuff-- toilet paper, bath towels, dishes, cooking implements-- but EVERYTHING you'd need for a vacation at the beach: tons of beach towels, beach toys for the kids, many beach chairs, umbrellas, a cooler, beach blankets, boogie boards, puddle jumpers for little ones, and a beach cart to drag it all the one block to the beautiful Manatee beach! We were able to go to the beach every day, and it was clean, beautiful sand, tons of shells, easily accessible bathrooms and food. We also took time every day at the most amazing amenity of Villa Chez Shell --- the POOL! It was clean, warm, and so very convenient. We took full advantage of the outdoor living area, with the large dining table, grill, fridge, deck chairs, outdoor TV, and game room. Alex and Irina were extremely helpful with communication, checking in more than once to make sure we had all we needed, and even letting us know about an upcoming beach festival that week. They have a great binder with tons of info and suggestions at the house! We definitely hope to return in the future!!!!"
~ Amanda, Pennsylvania (Apr. 2019)
"Alex and Irina were outstanding hosts with excellent communication. They included many thoughtful touches that made us feel very welcomed. Their house was beautiful inside and out. In addition, it is in a great location on a quiet street and in walking distance to the grocery store, trolley stop, and beach. We have enjoyed great weather, the pool, the beaches and everything else! We also took two boat rides, saw a manatee, sea turtles, gopher tortoise and many dolphins. Thank you so much for a lovely week at your beautiful beach house!!"
~ Kristin, Vermont(Apr. 2019)
"The Villa exceeded our expectations! Alex was great to deal with and was very responsive to our inquiries and needs. I highly recommend this house to visitors to Anna Maria Island!"
~ Tricia, Michigan (Apr. 2019)
"We are having a great time. The house is perfect."
~ Samantha, Ohio (Mar. 2019)
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Chez Shell. The location was great and couldn’t of asked for a better host than Irina. She was so accommodating for our family’s needs. The house was great with enough bedrooms/bathrooms and we LOVED the tropical backyard with heated pool as we had chilly weather. Would definitely stay here again as we visit every March for Pirate Spring Training and this was one of the best homes we have booked. Thanks for a great week!"
~ Sharon, Pennsylvania (Mar. 2019)
"Amazing property, and amazing hosts. Highly recommended. We will be back ..."
~ Quentin, United Kingdom (Mar. 2019)
"From start to finish our experience was excellent! We loved the 40 page welcome guide emailed in advance to help plan the trip. The location was perfect. We rode bikes everywhere and could walk to the beach. The house was perfect for our 4 adults and 2 kids (ages 3 & 5). The kids loved the pool and game room. The house was well stocked and comfortable. Highly recommend!"
~ Ryan, Texas (Mar. 2019)
"We just returned from a trip to Alex’s Airbnb in Anna Maria! I have traveled to probably 10 or 12 Airbnb’s and this by far was the most amazing one of them all. Alex was quick to respond to any questions we had and communication was always accurate. The home itself was amazing with the in-ground pool, game room for the children, amazing location to Holmes Beach, to the grocery store, hardware store etc. There were plastic dishes for the children, wine glasses, party cups. I would not hesitate one minute to send my best friends to this home, even those who are particular will be hard-pressed to find any issues at this Airbnb. The two master suites with master closets and master baths were amazing . Alex really thought of everything ... to go to the beach there were frisbees, shovels for digging for children, beach chairs, large umbrella, beach towels, a buggy if you wanted to walk to the beach to put all the items in. We would’ve had to bring our whole house if we wanted all the amenities that he had in that garage. It was absolutely amazing ! The access code box [on the front door] entry is a super way to go about this, as people could come and go from our party and not have to worry about a key entry. Central air conditioning of course as it is in Florida, ceiling fans in the two master bedrooms on the ceiling. The living room was large enough to accommodate our party, after dinner during downtime. Also, there were plenty of places inside and out to take some quiet time. There were DVDs for watching and lots of books as well, covering a span of ages and abilities as well as board games and cards. With a 1 to 5 star rating system [on Airbnb with] five being the highest rating, and the best I give this unit is a TEN! Many thanks Alex!"
~ Penny, Vermont (Feb. 2019)
"Just wanted to let you know we will be leaving Thursday instead of Saturday. We hate to be going - the weather is perfect and we love your Villa! We had a great time!"
~ Tara, North Carolina (Dec. 2018 to Feb. 2019)
"We had a great time at Villa Chez Shell! Alex is a very responsive host and his home is in the perfect location to enjoy everything on the island! Just a couple minutes to walk to one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen with stunning West Coast sunsets, evening music, and a restaurant. The supermarket, drug store, and a free trolley that will take you to many destinations all over the island, and many other amenities are also just a couple blocks away. Yet the home is very private and quiet! The heated pool is warm and the home has details (high locks, game room, baby gate, etc.) that make it very comfortable to stay with children. We especially loved the island guide the hosts created which had tons of great tips for all types of adventures!"
~ Katie, New York (Nov. 2018)
"Our stay at Villa Chez Shell was amazing! The house looks exactly like the pictures. It is spotless, cozy and the best part -it has everything you could ever need and more. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the needed utensils, dishes, pots and pans and whatever else was needed to cook. We had 3 kids with us and cooked every day without any problem. Also Alex supplyed plenty of bath towels and beach towels unlike other hosts we stayed with. We had everything one could ever need for the beach at our disposal (beach umbrella, beach chairs, beach towels, plenty of beach toys and even beach sheet and beach buggy!!!) The pool was wonderful, clean and the water was warm. Kids and adults enjoyed it every day. And I forgot to mention that there was a PLAY ROOM with foosball table, tennis table, dress up costumes and other toys for the kids. If you have kids you must stay in this house it is the best. Communication was a breeze, I got replyes within minutes and Alex even called to check in on us!! I cannot rave enough about Alex and his place. We will definitely be back and rent it again - it was that amazing! Thank you Alex and Irina for the great experience on the island!!"
~ Yelena, New Jersey (Nov. 2018)
"Excellent hosts, great home and location for families. Hosts are very thoughtful and will promptly respond to any questions you have about the home, things to do in the area, etc. Hope to return next year!"
~ Tyler, New York (Nov. 2018)
"Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. We have had a wonderful holiday and really appreciate all your help and advice on the lead up to/during our stay. The kids have adored the pool and we really appreciated the foliage to shade them from the sun. We hope to return..."
~ Holly, Scotland (Oct. 2018)
"We truly enjoyed our stay at Villa Chez Shell! The place was super clean and comfortable, and the pool was amazing with all the lush green landscaping. The landscaping around the pool is absolutely gorgeous and made us feel like we were on an island all to ourselves. Alex & Irina had everything we needed for our time at the beach, and their welcome book helped us with activities and restaurants in the area. It was a wonderful week at the beach! We hope to come back again soon."
~ April, Georgia (Sep. 2018)
"We had a wonderful time. The house is beautiful, very clean and great location. Everything you could possibly want is there. The pool area is beautiful and private and that’s what we wanted. Alex and Irina are amazing they really care and want to make your stay at their beautiful home an amazing experience. They make sure everything is good and check also during your stay to see if there is anything else you may need. This was our first time there and I wouldn’t look anywhere else when I go there again."
~ Jo, Florida (Sept. 2018)
"Best place to stay in Anna Maria! We have traveled to Anna Maria numerous times, and this is the best house by far! The pool is the best part of the house! Very private, outside T.V., game room, 3 bedrooms with three full bathrooms! Close to the beach, and in the middle of everything that is great about Anna Maria. Great owners, we will be back!
~ Mike, West Virginia (Aug. 2018)
"We So enjoyed our time in your lovely Villa - and especially enjoyed your beautifully landscaped pool area - so relaxing! Thank you So Much for allowing us to make special memories at your lovely home! You're so thoughtful and provided everything any guest could wish for, and more. We will recommend your house and hope to visit again one day. Thank you so much!"
~ Janice and Ned, Pennsylvania (Aug. 2018)
"We have had a fantastic time at your property and really enjoyed the pool!"
~ Dave, UK (Aug. 2018)
"I would highly recommend Villa Chez Shell! Alex and Irina are fantastic hosts. The home is prettier than the photos can show. Pool area is a private oasis. The beach is a 4 minute walk. Very close to restaurants and shopping. We will visit again soon."
~ Carolyn, Ohio (July 2018)
"Beautiful place...we had a great time. Hopefully, we can rent from you again in the future."
~ Julie, Ohio (July 2018)
"We had a great time and the place was awesome!"
~ Joe, Ohio (July 2018)
"Thanks again for everything. It is so hard to leave this place each year! [Fourth stay in as many years]
~ Ruth and John, Ohio (July 2018)
"We really enjoyed our stay for the week. The owners contacted us in advance to ensure we would have everything needed. We were impressed by how clean and updated it was. The kids enjoyed the bunk beds with built in storage and the toys. The bedrooms and bathrooms were updated, spacious and clean with large walk in closets. It was wonderful having three full bathrooms to accommodate showers after the beach and pool. The kitchen was well stocked with cooking pots, pans, dishes, etc. We cooked lots of great meals and enjoyed the local seafood. The outdoor space is beautiful and private. We grilled out for dinner, drank coffee by the pool in the morning, and swam until late in the evening. It is a great location near the beach and convenient to the trolley to get around anywhere on the island. A wonderful family vacation spot."
~ Kristi, Ohio (June 2018)
"We had a lovely stay in your beautiful home."
~ Allyson, Dakar (June 2018)
"We feel at home in your great house - it is sooo pretty! Everything is available and fulfills our needs. Thank you for preparing the house so adorable for us."
~Christian, Switzerland (June 2018)
"Thank you again for letting us stay at the villa. We have had a great week and would love to come back!"
~ Jessica, Missouri (June 2018)
"The accommodation was really first class. The entire decor (for example, beds, furniture, kitchen and especially the bathrooms, etc.) was great. The equipment (for example, towels, dishes, TV, table tennis, pool and everything else) was very good. And the countless details have made the house something special: the decorations in the house are very lovely and beautiful. Alex and Irina have created a detailed catalog with lots of information and recommendations for cafes, restaurants and attractions on the island. Everything was tested by them and described in detail. In addition, a full beach equipment is available for use: beach towels, beach umbrella, chairs, boogie boards, Frisbees, etc., everything you can take to the beach. The location of the house (Holmes Beach) is in a quiet residential area, on foot you need only 5 minutes to the beach. The beach section (Manatee Beach) is wide, clean and beautiful. We just liked this beach section best on the island. Breakfast, beach and lunch and dinner options are available nearby. Our tip: a quaint burger-stall with an incredible amount of flair, you have to see it and you have to eat there: skinny's (also within 5 minutes walking distance). We would like to go back to this house at any time. Thanks again to Alex & Irina, who also in between asked if everything is ok and if we need something else." (translated from German)
~ Tom and Family, Germany (June 2018)
"Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us. We enjoyed our trip very much. We discussed next year's trip and would definitely rent from you again."
~ Paul and Family, Illinois (May 2018)
"Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home, we really enjoyed the house and the island, beautiful place."
~ Jenny, Switzerland (May 2018)
"Thank you so much for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home. We had an amazing time. It had everything we could have asked for and more. The pool area is gorgeous and the play room was a perfect added touch for the kids. It was also in a perfect location. The communication was always fantastic and you took care of all of our needs. Also, you were so responsive and helpful when we contacted you. I especially appreciate you assisting with contacting the rental gear company and arranging pick up of the cribs and high chairs. That was extremely helpful and very much appreciated. We definitely hope to make another trip in the future."
~ Angie and Family, Wisconsin (May 2018)
"It sure was tough leaving sunny Florida!! Anna Maria is absolutely beautiful, and we prefer it to Siesta Key! Thanks so much for renting us your home."
~ Tina, Canada (Apr. 2018)
"Perfect location. Pool was awesome. Thanks for sharing your home with us. It was perfect and I hope we can return."
~ Kathy, Illinois (Apr. 2018)
"The Villa is incredible! Location is excellent, amenities and cleanliness are first class, and the owners are highly attentive. We have stayed at a number of houses on Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key and this one takes the cake. We'd recommend the Villa to anyone, and particularly ones with kids as the game room (toys, ping pong table, plus Tiki Bar) was their favorite! We look forward to coming back in the future. Five great things we did:
1. We went to the beach; 2. We played in the pool; 3. We played ping pong in the game room; 4. We went mini-golfing.
5. We rode the trolley."
~ Ben, Illinois (Apr. 2018)
"Thank you Alex and Irina! Loved your place and AMI."
~ Leslie and Family, Illinois (Mar. 2018)
"Thank you for your hospitality once again! We truly enjoyed our 3rd vacation in your beautiful home. Until next time..."
~ Linda, David and Jack, New Jersey (Mar. 2018)
"Thank you for your hospitality. We had a wonderful stay and loved your place and AMI! The house is absolutely beautiful and has everything you could ask for. Everyone loved it - kids and adults. The play room was a nice added touch. The girls loved it. The pool was perfect and you were gracious hosts. You were attentive and available when we needed. Some of our favorites were: the pool, the playroom, Coquina beach and the market, Jungle Gardens, Mixon Farms, Dolphin Boat Tours, Trolley, Monkey Bus, Bean Point Beach, and the guys loved fishing... Thank you again! We'll be recommending your house to many friends!"
~ Danielle, New Jersey (Mar. 2018)
"Two weeks of sunshine and temps in the 80s! Great location! Beautiful home! Very family accommodating! Wonderful hosts!...Beautiful weather, beautiful house, loved the beaches, fishing, the trolley, the pool...okay, we loved it ALL! We had our best family vacation ever! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us and we all agreed that we would love to come back!!! Villa Chez Shell favorites: beach cart, washer/dryer, pool and waterfall, kids' toys, location to Publix, comfortable beds - great, comfortable, fun, family-oriented place. I think we left the longest notes in your special guest book at Villa Chez Shell. It is definitely a hard transition back to New Hampshire weather. Oh well, we are grateful for the opportunity and memories we have. "
~ Val, New Hampshire (Feb. 2018)
"You have a lovely home! So very blessed that we could share 2 weeks at this perfect beach retreat! It was our first family vacation with our grandson - couldn't have asked for a better setting. I shall cherish every moment and memory and hope through pictures and tales he will know how special he is and what a wonderful vacation we had. Beautiful house, beautiful weather, precious moments. Thank you for allowing us to spend it here."
~ Darlene and Family, New York (Jan. 2018)
"Thank you for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home. Your warmth and hospitality are apparent at every turn. We loved the Island and so appreciated your detailed recommendations. We had a wonderful stay and hope to return."
~ Beth and Family, Illinois (Jan. 2018)
"It was a wonderful family vacation for two families going away for Christmas! The pool was amazing and the house was perfect! Anna Maria Island is gorgeous and the house is in a perfect location for the beach, food and shopping! The owners were available for any needs that needed to be met! Awesome Owners!"
~ Brooke, Ohio (Dec. 2017)
"Beautiful property - had lots of fun. Will certainly keep you in mind for future vacations."
~ Yaga, Colorado (Dec. 2017)
"Our Family very much enjoyed staying here. The place was in awesome condition and as advertised in every way. The house was very comfortable and spotless clean! Plenty of room to spread out and set up perfectly for kids! Our children LOVED the pool and the game room. The house was wonderfully stocked, especially for kids! I would very much like to repeat the trip! Thank you for a wonderful week."
~ Brendon, Illinois (Dec. 2017)
"A great place to stay while enjoying paradise."
~ Maurine, Indiana (Dec. 2017)
"We had such a great time - really relaxing, eating way too much, and loving being with our Florida family!! Thank you very much for having a perfect place to celebrate Thanksgiving and time with family!! We would love to stay in your home in the future!!"
~ Jan, Oregon (Nov. 2017)
"Best place ever on the beach! Thank you so much for a wonderful time. Everything was perfect. The family had a blast. The game room and pool were awesome. Can't wait to come back!"
~ Diane, New York (Nov. 2017)
"The house is beautiful and everything was great! Thank you so much for having a wonderful place for us to stay at on this island."
~ Christi, Missouri (Oct. 2017)
"Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. It was more than we hoped for! We had an absolute blast. The pool is wonderful, and we enjoyed everything. We hope to return again soon and would love to come back to your home. We are hoping your home will be available!"
~ Lori, Indiana (Oct. 2017)
"Alex & Irina were very helpful and accommodating when we were setting up our reservation and very pleasant to work with. The home was well equipped and VERY CLEAN, which is huge for me. We had every beach accessory we could want or need! We literally walked in with groceries and everything else was set and ready to start enjoying our vacation. The home is very kid-friendly and our kids enjoyed the pool and game room very much! The beach was a two minute walk away and the grocery store right across the street. The house is beautiful and exceeded our expectations. We will definitely visit again!"
~ Megan, Colorado (Oct. 2017)
"Thank you for allowing us to experience the wonderful Villa Chez Shell! The house is beautiful and very well equipped especially for small children. The beautiful pool was a joy to cool down in after spending days at the beach. We ate in some lovely places - Ugly Grouper, Wicked Cantina, and the old faithful, The Rod and Reel Pier. How I will miss this place. Hope to return soon."
~ Mandy, Ireland (Sept. 2017)
"Villa Chez Shell was very welcoming, Alex & Irina made sure everything was what we expected. Located centrally to everything that you could possibly need during your stay. We hope to stay again in the future."
~ Bob, Ohio (Sept. 2017)
"The Villa is in an ideal location. It is located in a residential area but with all the landscaping it feels as though you are on the island with only your family. Super cozy. The Villa is clean, decorated very nicely and upon arrival had all the necessary essentials for us to begin our vacation. Stores and restaurants are very easily accessed and it is a short 5 minute walk to the beach. I would highly recommend this place. I would not hesitate returning as everything was perfect and exceeded our expectations."
~ Lance, Kentucky (Aug. 2017)
"We are all settled now in your lovely Villa. It's really great and we are pleased with everything."
~ Gavin, United Kingdom (Aug. 2017)
"Our whole family enjoyed your home and thought that it was one of the best that we have stayed in. The pool cleaners did a great job and the place was very well stocked for all our needs. We will definitely recommend your home to our friends. It was a great trip. We will definitely contact you directly when we go back to Anna Maria Island as your home was a favorite amongst the family."
~Anthony, Michigan (July 2017)
"Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful home."
~ Dan and Jenni, Indiana (July 2017)
"We had a lovely stay at your home and would love to come back to the island at some point in the future. I would certainly recommend your home if anyone decides to visit the area. Thank you for letting us stay and for the personal touches you made for our visit."
~ Clare, United Kingdom (July 2017)
"It was another wonderful trip! We loved the bathroom updates. We are planning to book for next year." [Already booked for summer of 2018; this will be the fourth stay in four years.]
~ John, Ohio (July 2017)
"We have loved our stay and would love to come back. Thank you for being so quick to help us with issues and questions."
~ Marsha, Tennessee (July 2017)
"This was a perfect home if you want a beautiful, homey place to stay in paradise! We enjoyed our stay here tremendously and plan to stay again. This home provides you with everything you need. All you need is your clothes! Alex and Irina are so wonderful to work with! We could not have asked for a more beautiful or comfortable home!!! It has been a great vacation! The boys had rented a charter and caught a lot of sea trout. We grilled it...fabulous. Our little Skylar has enjoyed your pool probably more than any other guests! We go to the beach and the whole time she is talking about getting back to 'her pool'!"
~ Susan, North Carolina (June 2017)
"Thank you sincerely for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home. This was our second stay here and we hope to come again. Our family loved our time here. The kids had a blast swimming all day, every day. Our second stay was even better than the first since we stayed longer! We had such a wonderful time and it went so quickly. We'll definitely return."
~ Alexandra & Keith, Illinois (June 2017)
"Villa Chez Shell has everything you need for your vacation. The garage is full of pool and surf items for the kids (boogie boards, noodles, etc.) and plenty of towels everywhere. The owners pay great attention to details throughout the home. You are even greeted with a bottle of wine. Awesome vacation for the family. The private pool is like having your own paradise. We have stayed at many places before, but never with such hospitality. We had a wonderful time and would definitely stay here again. Hope to return one day. Thanks Alex and Irina!"
~ Chad, South Carolina (June 2017)
"My family (husband and 1 1/2 year old) stayed here with friends who have a 2 1/2 year old. We had a blast. The house is so well equipped that we lacked for nothing. There is a Publix grocery store across the street which made it very convenient to grocery shop. Walking distance to the beach...which made it easy! Having 2 families staying a week, the 2 master bedrooms were perfect (and beautiful)! The toddler boys shared the 3rd bedroom and it worked out perfectly. One of our favorite features of the house was that the living space was upstairs, so when the kids went to bed at night we could be downstairs on the lanai, have some drinks, and not disturb the kids. We also loved the 5 o'clock clock on the lanai...perfect for the setting! The privacy of the backyard is something we were not expecting. Perfect morning and early afternoon sun and plenty of shade once the sun becomes a little intense. I just have to say what a pleasure it was to stay here - it felt like home. We cannot wait to return!"
~ Nick & Deanna, Michigan (May 2017)
"Your home is beautiful. We had a wonderful week and your house was perfect!! The pool was a delight and so private, beautiful and relaxing. Thank you for sharing your home with us. We are looking forward to a return visit."
~ Karen, Pennsylvania (May 2017)
"We had such a wonderful week. It was sunny and warm and just beautiful every day. The house was perfect and had everything we needed. It was so nice not to have to pack any beach supplies! We spent the mornings on the beach and the afternoons in the pool. The kids absolutely loved the pool and playroom, and we loved all the trees around the pool - made it feel secluded! We also enjoyed watching the sunset most evenings. Thanks so much for everything. We are sad to leave!"
~ Kendra & Family, Pennsylvania (May 2017)
"We stayed at Villa Chez Shell the first week of May and thoroughly enjoyed our week. Great pool in a very private and quite back yard. 5 minute walk to a spectacular beach. Everything we needed for the beach was provided. House was clean and nicely decorated. The beds were very comfortable and the ensuite bathrooms were modern. We would recommend this vacation house and would definitely stay there again."
~ Diana, Canada (May 2017)
"Great place for families, very comfortable, great location and close to beaches, restaurants, grocery store and boat ramps. Hosts are amazing and quick at responding, would stay here again!!! Thank you for your beautiful paradise home! Our families settled in immediately and were able to push the worries of everyday life away for a week. Thank you for that opportunity and for a wonderful stay! Your home is beautiful and your hospitality was amazing! Thanks again!"
~ Nick & Family, Florida (Apr. 2017)
"The Villa is adorable. We had a wonderful holiday at your house. Hope to see it again at some point in the future."
~ Ian, United Kingdom (Apr, 2017)
"Another great stay! Cooked a lot of seafood! Every day was sunny, warm and beautiful! We just love your place!! Miss it already! Looking to come back in 2018." [This would be the 4th stay, since 2014.]
~ Dee Dee, Michigan (Apr. 2017)
"Our vacation week was wonderful. It was truly a pleasure staying at the lovely Villa Chez Shell again. One of the suggestions in your villa Welcome Guide was the Island Monkey Bus.' We absolutely love it and used it several times for door-to-door transportation.Thank you for your hospitality and for always providing a pleasurable stay. We hope to visit again next year! [already booked two weeks in 2018]"
#1 Bridge Street Bistro
#2a Blue Marlin
#2b The Waterfront Restaurant
#3 Old Hamburg Schnitzel Haus
#4 French Table
#5 The Feast Restaurant
#1 Doing nothing by the pool
#2 Afternoon coffee at the Beach Cafe
#4 Party Boat Fishing Trip on "The Flying Fish"
~ Jack, Linda & David, New Jersey (Apr. 2017)
"I want to thank you for your hospitality for allowing us to use your home for the past 3 years from January to March. You have been wonderful landlords...I can only HIGHLY recommend you to other renters. Thanks again for everything."
~ Jack & Carol, Pennsylvania (Jan. 2017 to Mar. 2017)
"We leave your fantastic place tomorrow. We had a perfect time here."
~ Jorgen, Sweden (Jan. 2017)
"Dear Alex and Irina, you have a lovely home and we thank you for sharing it with us! We enjoyed the game room and even had a ping-pong tournament on New Year's Eve. The pool area was nice to relax in and enjoy dinner and a few drinks around. Your Welcome Guidebook of the area was very helpful. We played mini-golf, ate at Lobstah's and Beach Bistro, saw the sunset at Bean Point and shopped the local shops at Bridge Street - loved the helpful ideas. We made Irina's coleslaw one night - delicious!! (with stone crabs from Star Fish Co.). Great suggestions all around. Thank you for having beach chairs, towels and boogie boards! We used them! It was a nice time to be here from MN and PA and visit with each other and have a family reunion. We hope to be back again! You have everything we need :)."
~ Jim & Family, Minnesota and Pennsylvania (Jan. 2017)
"We had such a wonderful time celebrating Christmas. An evening swim was a nice way to relax just before bed. Thank you for sharing your home with us and hope to be back again."
~ Deb, New Mexico (Dec. 2016)
"We are having such an amazing stay here and I can't say enough about your house and the island. In the past I didn't/couldn't understand people who prefer to visit the same place year after year. However, today I actually told my husband that I could see us enjoying it here, year after year. This was our first family vacation with our 1 and 3 year-olds and your accommodations made it so very memorable. Our kids loved the pool and are now full-fledged fish!! The highlight for Mom and Dad was Beach Bistro! Thank yo so much for your fantastic recommendation, it was simply one of the most incredible meals we have ever had! AMI was a dream and we will definitely be back. The beach was a highlight and so many memories made with our little ones! Our stay was incredible! Can't thank you enough for your warmth and hospitality. Such kind people!" Leah also wrote the following 5 star review on Airbnb: "Everything was just great and as outlined in the photos and description. Alex and Irina were fantastic hosts and so warm and helpful. We loved the location of the villa and it was so close to the beach. Such a great place for young kids."
~ Leah, Canada (Dec. 2016)
"This is a fantastic place to stay!"
~ Ulf, Sweden (Nov. 2016)
"Just wanted to say thanks for having us in your lovely home. It was a nice place and we liked it a lot :)"
~ Stephanie, Ohio (Nov. 2016)
"We can't thank you enough for letting us stay in your beautiful vacation home. This was our first time to AMI and I can tell you it will not be our last. I can't say enough how pleased we are with the rental. Your home really feels like home. You didn't miss anything! WE loved the pool and the game room, especially our girls. They loved all the little dress-up outfits. Your home is beautifully decorated and we loved your attention to details. We appreciate the use of your beach essentials. Again this trip was amazing, one of the best places I have ever been to. I already can't wait to come back to make many beautiful memories. I pay attention to the little things and that is what has blown my mind...Everything is perfect!! Sooo happy we are having fun and loving the island and the house very much!"
~ Sandra, Ohio (Nov. 2016)
"This home is exactly as pictured and the owners are so great to work with! We loved all the accommodations of the home and it was very, very clean and well maintained! It had everything we needed to enjoy both the pool and the beach. With 3 children, it was nice not to have to bring all the pool and beach stuff with us from home. We, also, loved the relaxed atmosphere of the island. We would recommend this property to anyone!"
~ Catherine & Family, Florida (Oct. 2016)
"We returned yesterday from a weeklong vacation at Villa Chez Shell. Alex and Irina have thought of everything for your stay. This is by far the most well equipped rental I have ever stayed in. Having everything at the house was such a blessing; our only worry was what beach are we going to visit. If you are looking for the perfect rental on Anna Maria Island, look no further. You will not be disappointed!"
~ Stephanie, Indiana (Oct. 2016)
"We want to thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful home. The game room and the pool were awesome and lots of fun. We love how the house was decorated. We had an amazing time and are planning to return soon. Thank you again for everything."
~Cesar & Family, Florida (Sept. 2016)
"Thank you for the hospitality. We all loved the villa and AMI. It was a great trip and it would have not turned out to be so great without such an amazing place to stay. I will definitely recommend it to my friends and family."
~ Vadim and Family, Kentucky and Belarus (Oct. 2016)
"Thank you. We had a fantastic stay!"
~ Kevin, United Kingdom (Sept. 2016)
"Everything was more than great. It was paradise! Thank you guys for your hard work to make sure the home was welcoming and cozy with all accommodations. It was definitely 5*. Thank you so much for allowing us in your beautiful rental and making us feel at home! We hope to be back soon!"
~ Nelly & Family, Tennessee (Aug. 2016)
"We thought the villa was beautiful. The pool area was fabulous... The house was clean and the toiletries provided as starters were very nice. We loved and used the Welcome book recommendations [of restaurants and activities] a lot. The movie selection was incredible and we had fun playing games on rainy days. The beach towels are a life-saver and the beach supplies were awesome. And the game room is so fun... We really enjoyed our stay. We hope to come back to AMI again and will certainly be interested in the villa. Thank you so much for being wonderful to work with.
~ Julie & Family, West Virginia (Aug. 2016)
We had so much fun at Anna Maria Island. The house is beautiful. All was great!!! We loved the place!!! Thank you so much, I told all my friends about the house!!!! We would like to rent it again next year!!!! :)"
~ Mily & Mariela, Florida (Aug. 2016)
"Our daughter and her family are at the Villa this week. We cannot wait for our turn next year. Hope they enjoy it as much as we did [last time]."
~ Bob & Kathy, Illinois (July 2016)
"Most relaxing vacation I ever experienced! The property is well kept and clean. The owners have thought of everything you can imagine! We had all necessities for the beach and information at our fingertips about the surrounding areas with recommendations. The pool was amazing and my granddaughter (3 years old) could have swam everyday all day and been content. Restaurants close; also a free trolley to take you around if you prefer not to drive. I cannot wait to return."
~ Irene, Pennsylvania (July 2016)
"We had a great week and again loved your home. It was a very nice time. Your place feels like home when we are there. This was our second stay in this home and we have already booked for next year. The house is wonderful, the owners don't miss any detail to make this home a perfect find."
~ John, Ohio (July 2016)
"Fantastic! House was beautiful and was perfect for my family. Beach was literally a 3 minute walk away and the pool back at the house was a perfect way to end a hot day at the beach before dinner. The helpful tips and manual the owners provided were a huge help and we flipped through them just about every day in order to get a feeling about island and attractions. It was the best family vacation and would highly recommend this rental!"
~ Jenny, Ohio (July 2016)
"We are loving your place!!! Your place is like paradise!! Our stay has been amazing...your place is better than any other we've stayed at! AMI is beautiful! We will be back!!"
~ Jen & Family, Wisconsin (June 2016)
"We spent a wonderful week at your Villa. The weather was perfect. The waves were rough on Monday and Friday due to the Gulf storms so we spent hours at the pool. The pool is awesome! The shallow step was perfect for our 3 year old. We have never stayed in a house that's so well equipped as yours. Our two older kids loved the bunk beds. Your home is very clean and well taken care of. Thank you!"
~ Matt, Roi Ann & Family, West Virginia & Ohio (June 2016)
"Thanks so much for everything. We had a wonderful time. We loved the house! Spent a lot of time at the pool and at the beach (nice easy walk!). Took boat trip with Captain Kathe and saw a ton of dolphins. Also went fishing in Sarasota with Flying Fish Fleet and had a fish fry our last night. Thanks for the recommendation to go with Flying Fish Fleet. Your house is perfect and it fit our every need. Absolutely loved our trip! Thank you for such a beautiful trip and place to stay!"
~ Dorene & Family,Wisconsin (June 2016)
"The house was great and the location was really nice as well. Your professionalism with email and follow up was outstanding. Thank you."
~ Mike, Indiana (May 2016)
"Wow...Wow...Wow...No other words for this amazing week. We had an amazing time in this amazing place...everything was as shown in the pictures on the web... communication with Alex and Irina was great...too bad we could stay just a week...we will be back for sure...thanks for letting us stay at your paradise ..."
~ Heidy, Canada (May 2016)
"Villa Chez Shell was a beautiful oasis to stay at and spend our week in Anna Maria Island. Everything was in top shelf condition. The house was spotless and exactly what we were hoping for! It has everything one would need and more! Alex & Irina were more than gracious with their supplied "welcome guide" and quick responses on all of our questions. Don't pass up the opportunity to enjoy this beautiful area and home!"
~ Jim, Connecticut (May 2016)
"We had a wonderful stay at this beautiful home. Everything was just perfect. The house is so well maintained and lovely decorated, you will miss nothing. It is only a short walk to the beach (approx. 4 minutes). We were really sad to leave Villa Chez Shell. We hope we can come again. Thank you so much Irina and Alex"
~ Iris, Switzerland (Apr. 2016)
"It surely wasn't easy leaving wonderful AMI and your beautiful house. Needless to say we had a great time there. We enjoyed it very much. Thank you again for your hospitality."
~ Andrew, Switzerland (Apr. 2016)
"After a busy week in Orlando, Villa Chez Shell was the perfect place to relax and enjoy the sunshine and surrounding beauty that Anna Maria Island has to offer. When I asked the boys what their favorite part of the week was, they said walking to the beach to build sandcastles and then playing in the pool later. The beach equipment was really useful and the life jacket for our 3 year old to use gave me peace of mind and him the freedom to enjoy the pool. They loved table tennis too. We had a fantastic time. The villa and the island were both beautiful and a perfect 2nd week in Florida following a hectic week at the parks. Villa Chez Shell was very lovely and we will take great memories away back to England."
~ Paul, England (Apr. 2016)
"Great week at a great house and great island! My family and I stayed at Villa Chez Shell for Spring break late in March of 2016. Loved the house and the island! The house has everything you need - beach towels/toys, kitchen utensils, etc... Every day we spent here was an adventure and we loved it. The weather was perfect, high of 85 degrees every day, and the sun was never behind the clouds. My personal favorite thing to do was to swim in the pool while it was dark. It is also very convenient how close the grocery store and Walgreens are. Irina was great to work with - everything went smooth and there were no hiccups. My kids spent hours in the pool. Just a great, great vacation! Thank you for letting us stay at your home. It was amazing."
~ Russ & Family, Illinois (Mar. 2016)
"Thanks once again for letting us use your beautiful home. Accommodations again have been wonderful. I can see why you have no problems renting your villa as the place is great as well as the hospitality shown. Looking forward to next year [booked same timeframe in 2017 for the third year in a row]."
~ Jack & Carol, Pennsylvania (Jan. 2016 - Mar. 2016)
"You have such a lovely home and we are very glad that we had the opportunity to stay here. So many extras and surprises along the way made our vacation very special. We were here to celebrate our friend (Jack's) 80th birthday. The week was very festive and we sampled several of the local restaurants. As a special, unexpected surprise Jack's brother came to Anna Maria Island with his family from Germany and surprised him in a restaurant while we were having lunch. We are soooo sorry to have to leave, but will be taking some really great memories. We had a great time. Your home is beautiful and everything was perfect! Thank you again for your hospitality. [Already booked a week for 2017]"
~ Linda, David & Jack, New Jersey (Jan. 2016)
"Villa Chez Shell is "one of a kind!" It is so equipped, comfy and a great location, we relaxed immediately!! We loved your beautiful home!! We enjoyed the Manatee and Coquina beaches, beautiful! Our adventure to the Mote Aquarium was exciting for our grandson. Thank you for your recommendation of the Starfish Company Market and Restaurant, it was fantastic! Thank you for sharing the "Villa Chez Shell" dream. Grateful for the memories!"
~ Mary Alice & Family, Michigan (Jan. 2016)
"My family and I stayed at Villa Chez Shell the week of Christmas. From the minute we arrived, Alex and his wife made us feel right at home. The house is not only beautiful, but also comfortable. There were many extras in the home you usually do not find in rentals. Our stay was wonderful. We spent so much time by the pool and at the beach. The home made it easy to forget about our cold mid-west weather. Thank you for being part of our Christmas and sharing your beautiful house with us. Would definitely stay here again."
~ Deb, Michigan and Iowa (Dec. 2015)
"My family and I have just returned from a wonderful week in this beautiful house. We have had the most incredible time at Villa Chez Shell. My parents flew in from the UK and myself, my husband and our 5 year old flew in from Los Angeles and we had a fantastic Thanksgiving here. The house is immaculate and very well laid out. Each of the three bedrooms is fantastic with large comfortable beds and great bathrooms. My daughter loved her room with the large bunkbeds. The owners, Alex and Irina, have really thought about their guests' comfort in every way. The pool and outdoor area is wonderful. We also loved the games room and had many hours of fun in there. We knew the house would be wonderful from the photos, but it exceeded all our expectations. The location is absolutely perfect. A very short walk to the beach and very close to the supermarket (a short walk or very short drive). I highly recommend this beautiful house. Alex and Irina answered any questions we had immediately and made the whole process of renting form them so easy. Irina went above and beyond for us to ensure that we were happy and comfortable. I don't get to see my mum and dad very often, so to spend time with them here in this beautiful house on this beautiful Island and make so many wonderful and happy memories is so amazing. We all had the most wonderful vacation here, three generations of us, and will definitely be back."
~ Susan & Family, California and United Kingdom (Nov. 2015)
"We have enjoyed Villa Chez Shell from the first step into your beautiful house until the end of our stay on AMI. The favorite of the kids were the pool and the 'soccer game table' [foosball]. We loved the lanai and pool and were happy that the kitchen was so well equipped. Jan had fun with the grill and did some very good steaks for us. The recommended dolphin tour was great and we enjoyed Tide Tables afterwards (and another time). For sure it is not the last time for our visit!"
~ Tina, Jan & Family, Germany (Nov. 2015)