About this rental
An easier, more upscale, very private LGI escape.
Welcome to Thula Mati (Zulu for “Calm Water”), what we wish for our guests to experience while visiting our breezy, private, and secluded, bayfront Placida Beach condo. Designed for those who prefer peace and tranquility over hustle and bustle. If you’re looking for an easier, more upscale, yet very private feeling Little Gasparilla Island escape, you’ve found your new island home away from home.
Our fully renovated 2 bedroom, 1 bath, bayfront end unit (only shared wall is behind our refrigerator) at Placida Beach Condos is tucked away from island foot “traffic” into the mangroves with its sole views being the bay and the tropical foliage that populates the island. Perfect for a couple, a solo wellness retreat, or a small quiet family looking for peace, tranquility, and privacy.
Park in our complimentary secure gated parking area, load up a trolly with your groceries and bag, roll it straight onto the ferry service, straight off onto the dock, and to the front of our condo.
After a day at the beach, take a dip in the year-round climate-controlled freshwater pool before retreating to the shade of the mangroves and cool breezes blowing in off the bay for a nap in our split king (choose the Brooklyn Mattress Titan Firm if you’re a back sleeper or larger half of the couple, or the EcoSleep Organic Latex half for side sleeper or smaller partner). Slink down into the crisp, cool, bright white 100% Organic Bamboo Sateen linens to dream about your perfect beach day. Choose your favorite pillows to curate your perfect night's sleep from our diverse “pillow bar.”
Our foodie friends will appreciate the well-equipped kitchen to prepare simple beach picnics or gourmet feasts. We keep the kitchen well stocked with high-end basics and condiments for the holistically minded, such as Avacado oil, coconut oil, olive oil, Himalayan pink salt, coconut sugar, and a full suite of organic spices and dried herbs. And for our fellow wellness junkies, we provide yoga mats, blocks, and straps to get your Om on while meditating to the bay view.
For those that want their “sports fix”, we have a large flat-screen TV combined with high-speed internet, if you need to catch up with work emails … we hope you don't! There is also a fully equipped gym on the mainland for you workout junkies, as well as tennis courts.
Our bathroom features high-end individual hotel toiletries as well as organic reef-safe sunscreen, DEET-free (essential oil-based) bug spray along with quick-drying Turkish Towels.
We can’t wait to welcome you to Thula Mati “Calm Waters”, for your next island escape to rest, relax, restore and breathe deeply.
**Our second bedroom is a “tiny house style” loft bedroom accessible via a folding ladder. It may not be suitable for very young children. Our friends with mobility-related challenges will prefer to opt for the main level bedroom (although a flight of stairs is required to access the front door).
While this condo is new to FloridaRentals, we are not newbie hosts! We are the previous owners of the very popular Ukuthula House on LGI. I manage every detail of your stay personally and do NOT farm you out to a rental management agency. Here are what a few of our previous guests had to say about our hosting:
"Kristin responds immediately, and communicates better than I can! Everything is laid out in detail, and easy to understand. Little Gasparilla is beautiful!"
"We had an amazing vacation at Kristin & Chris' place on Little Gasparilla Island! Their house was perfect. Super clean & nicely decorated."
"Kristin was a great host and communicated quickly whenever I had a question! "
"The hosts, Kristen and Chris were always available for questions. Fabulous 3 weeks!"
"… fantastic. Everything you need for a tranquil stay on LGI! Kristen is so helpful to answer all our questions as we were newbies to the island."
Little Gasparilla Island is a stunning bridgeless barrier island accessible by boat only. We provide secure, upscale, gated mainland parking, ferry service, trash pickup service, and a freshwater heated pool. Bring your groceries in our included ferry carts, roll them the short distance off the ferry to the condo and relax for some blissful island time!
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Nov 01 2023 - Dec 31 2025
Cleaning Fee: $200
Tax Rate: 12%
We offer a 10% discount for monthly stays... we'd love to welcome you, Snowbirds!
Last updated on August 07, 2023
Hosted by Kristin Varela-Schild
Member since 2022
Year Purchased: 2019
About the owner: Hi There! We’re Kristin and Chris Our island adventure goes all the way back to our elopement on a small island in the Indian Ocean. Hoping to recreate that same sense of bliss a little closer to home (Colorado), we discovered Little Gasparilla Island many years ago. We purchased a large home on the south end of the island to form memories with our daughters when they were young (some of you may have enjoyed our Ukuthula House). When our little shorebirds flew the coop, we decided we wanted an easier and lower maintenance island life. We honed in on the Placida Beach Condos as they tend to be quieter and more upscale feeling than other options on LGI. Since we couldn’t decide between our favorite view, beach or bay, we decided to buy one of each! Chris and I love a good renovation project, so we lived in (and redecorated) our bayfront unit while fully renovating the beachfront unit (search for Wasi Mati): a total gut job...not an easy feat on a bridgeless barrier island. We have traveled all over the world (Chris is from South Africa, and I have spent the bulk of my career traveling to world-class resorts). While we love the barefoot tranquility of LGI, we do appreciate a beautiful place to stay. I’m taking my 28 years of real estate investing experience, mixed with a long career of being wined and dined in some of the nicest hotels around the world and infusing just a tiny bit of both into our two new breathtaking LGI condos. If you’re looking for that perfect blend of a low-key LGI immersion mixed with a more upscale island accommodation (not to mention coveted complimentary ferry and trash service), you’ve found your new home away from home! *I manage every detail of our properties personally and want to make sure they’re a great fit for you and you’re a great fit for our lovely island neighbors. Happy Island Dreaming, Kristin
Why this property? We love retreating from a day at the beach to the breezy shade of the bay. Our bayfront condo is an end unit with no units above us either... it is quiet and peaceful.
Hosted by Kristin Varela-Schild