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SOUTHERN DIVERSION

BEACH HOUSE GREAT FOR WEDDINGS
Islamorada, FL 33036
954-401-7096
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3.7
10 Reviews
Megan
3/24/16
Categories: Venues
2.9
Quality of Service: 3.0
Responsiveness: 4.0
Professionalism: 3.0
Value: 1.5
Flexibility: 3.0
The property and location of Southern Diversion were perfect for our event. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed every aspect of our week. However, we did pay a premium for this location since it was during a holiday week and I expected much more for what we paid. The property manager was very responsive to what we needed but the house itself had some structural damage such as broken tiles and stains on the ceiling from past water damage. The pool also looked like it had been patched on several occasions and not repainted to match the rest of it, which worried me because of how it may look in pictures. There were also some broken lounge chairs and umbrellas and a dishwasher that leaked on the floor. There was also mention (the day before our event) of having to hire a security guard for our wedding, which was not mentioned in our contract nor could I find any local laws requiring this, so we did not. Our overall experience was great but there were a few things that bothered me that I felt could have been avoided.
SOUTHERN DIVERSION responded with the following comments:
At Southern Diversion we value our customers feedback and care greatly about their guest experience. I had the pleasure of communicating with this guest as I feel that is always key. We did have a broken umbrella during their stay which was replaced right away. After checkout a lounge chair was also repaired. The dishwasher was off balance. We offered to send a repair man but our guests didn't want that and felt it was simple enough to adjust themselves. We let our guests know at the time of booking that we have a full time property manager available 24/7 for anything they may need or any unforseen issue. Im glad we were able to accommodate.The security guard really seemed to upset this guest " I was also bothered by the mention that we were supposed to hire a security guard for our event. This was not stated in the contract that I signed and I could not find an Islamorada or Monroe County law or ordinance that states this. This infuriated me as I felt we were being taken advantage of and this also weighed on my review. I responded " I understand how you feel about the security guard if for some reason that wasn’t communicated at the time of booking. We require that for your protection to help things to run smoothly and eliminate possible issues associated with drinking and driving, people wanting to crash your event, and parking issues. We don’t profit from this as the payment is made directly to the security guard for 300$. I would be happy to handle that payment for you and refund that amount directly to you. We pride ourselves on being upfront and represent exactly what we provide. Im sorry for this miss communication. After offering this our guest informed me that they never had honored our request and paid for a security guard. We have recently renovated the home with 150K of upgrades which we will continue to do. Im glad they had such a great event and enjoyed their stay. We appreciate the feedback and always look to improve.
User4898649

Categories: Venues
4.5
Quality of Service: 4.5
Responsiveness: 4.0
Professionalism: 4.5
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 4.5
We had the pleasure of having Southern Diversion as our wedding venue. It is a beautiful property and makes for a truly gorgeous wedding environment. We had a wonderful stay in the beautiful house with our family. Everything was just how we imagined it! Kevin and Joe were flexible in allowing us to see the property a few times before the wedding during our planning phase - this was very much appreciated. Renting the add-on's of paddle boards and kayaks was a little pricey, but we did enjoy having them to play with during the week of our stay. They were very flexible in how we were able to transform the area into a wedding venue - not too restrictive. The only thing additional thing I would add is that you may believe this property is a private house rental (found on any home away rental websites) and you may expect it to take on that kind of quiet, unique, personal feel. However, I take that it has become increasingly more popular as a wedding site and rather feels very much like a wedding venue (the area vendors certainly treat it as such).
Charlene
11/6/15
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Wonderful vacation home and the perfect setting for an intimate wedding.
User2481651

Categories: Venues
3.5
Quality of Service: 4.5
Responsiveness: 3.0
Professionalism: 3.0
Value: 3.0
Flexibility: 4.0
Beautiful home with an every more beautiful view of the ocean. Very clean and plenty of room for our family to stay and friends and family to visit during the week of our wedding. I could have done without the stress of uncut coconuts from the palm trees. We were told no one could go within 15 feet of the palm trees until the coconuts were cut out of the trees (this messed with the entire layout of the reception). I was told they would cut them down by the wedding, but they never did. This really wasn't that big of a deal and had very little effect on the ceremony and reception. My only issue with this property is whatever issue the neighbors have with the weddings that take place there. During our short 20 minute ceremony the neighbor's gardener ran a leaf blower. It was a clear distraction from the ceremony. The saddest part of the neighbors little stunt was that my wedding ceremony videos were ruined. It is almost impossible to hear us giving our vows. After the ceremony my mother in law went over to the fence and asked the gardener to stop, as we are having a wedding. He apologized and said his boss makes him do it. It was clear this was intentional. Look, I'm sure he does not like the music and noise from the weddings, but don't take it out on those renting the property. Just a very frustrating thing to have happen on such a special day. Especially at such a beautiful home in Islamorada.
Robert
10/23/14
Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We stayed at Southern Diversion for the whole week of our wedding and it was fantastic! Joe, the caretaker, was absolutely superb and could not do enough to help us in the build up to our big day. There were 10 of us staying at the property all week and we had more than enough room! The setting is perfect for a wedding or large family gathering. We had 33 guests at our wedding and everyone thoroughly enjoyed this amazing property using the brilliant swimming pool, using kayaks and snorkeling off the dock. We cannot recommend this property enough and are already planning to return for an anniversary!
User2616141

Categories: Venues
2.3
Quality of Service: 2.0
Responsiveness: 3.0
Professionalism: 0.0
Value: 4.0
Flexibility: 2.5
The property was beautiful, and in great shape. Joe, the groundskeeper, takes good care of the place and was helpful with various wedding details. Our wedding was lovely and we would not have done it anywhere else. HOWEVER, I will point out that the day before our wedding the owner of this property attempted to make us pay extra money for a security guard and insisted that we hire "his" guy rather than going through the city of Islamorada to hire an off duty officer (which we had already done). The amount was not significant, but the stress and hassle was unexpected at a time where we thought everything was paid up and were trying to enjoy our special time. We felt extorted. The coup de grace was when the owner threatened to shut down my wedding when I resisted making the unreasonable and non-disclosed payment for a security guard. Any bride knows the day before your wedding is not the time to for someone to make threats like that to you. We would not have had a problem with the fee or hiring a security guard “his way” if that had been disclosed to us beforehand. However, to spring something like that on someone the day before their wedding (and the overall way it was handled) is inappropriate and we found that it took away from an otherwise perfect venue.
SOUTHERN DIVERSION responded with the following comments:
This respondant is wrong in their review. Each wedding is required to have an off duty police officer present at the event. The aproximate cost is about 250.00$ paid directly to the police officer. There was no extra money requested.This is part of the cost of the event . Further we never recomended a security guard. We always use an off duty police officer.
User628357

Categories: Cakes, Officiant, Event Rentals & Photobooths
4.1
Quality of Service: 4.0
Responsiveness: 4.0
Professionalism: 3.5
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 4.0
Southern Diversion was a great location for a quiet vacation or wedding location.
Linda
2/17/12
Categories: Venues
1.0
Quality of Service: 1.0
Responsiveness: 1.0
Professionalism: 1.0
Value: 1.0
Flexibility: 1.0
A beautiful venue and the care taker was very obliging and helpful. Perfect for the small destination wedding.
User891098

Categories: Venues
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
This is an absolutely stunning wedding venue! The property owner and manager were wonderful! I would highly highly recommend this location to anyone looking for an elegant beach wedding!!! 3/2011
User1017769

Categories: Venues
4.0
Quality of Service: 4.0
Responsiveness: 4.0
Professionalism: 4.0
Value: 4.0
Flexibility: 4.0
This property is beautiful, it faces the ocean, it has a beautiful view from inside the house as well. It is suited for beach weddings given the right amount of decorations/flowers are used. My wedding was spectacular, the ceremony was on the pier right before sunset, and it was gorgeous! A few comments: 1) there is no lighting on the outside, I had to provide lighting, 2) there is no bathroom downstairs. this is quite an inconvenience, as all your guests have to go up the stairs and into the house to use the restroom. 3) Since you cannot park cars inside property, you will need to hire a valet parking guy, which I did and worked out well. Overall very nice, bit expensive, but nice.
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Venues
What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
10
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
7
Describe your venue:
Mansion
Describe the style of your venue
Coastal, Tropical, Waterfront
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor, Uncovered Outdoor
Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
What event services do you offer?
Accommodations, Outside Vendors OK
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