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Amenities and Luxury Abound at Portofino Island Resort

Unbelievable. Killer. The bomb. That’s how Development Partner Robert Rinke describes Portofino Island Resort.

We call it a Game Changer.

Development of the property began with a 12-page vision statement composed in 1995. Over the next 16 years, Rinke worked with Alan and Teri Levin to build the property into what it is today: a world-class resort encompassing five towers, a lifestyle center, tennis courts, a water taxi and more.

“There’s not a more successful real estate venture on the entire Gulf Coast,” says Rinke. “Alan (Levin) never turned down an idea to make Portofino better, never looked at the cost.”

The amenities at Portofino fall into five categories: health, fitness, recreation, relaxation and adventure. Included are spas, pools, massage tents, tennis courts, hot tubs, personal “beach butlers,” kayaks, paddleboards, sailboats, jet skis, a blow-up water park, bicycles, scooters—the list goes on and on.

“You can find some of these individual components on different properties,” says Rinke. “You just can’t get it all anywhere else.”

Portofino has done more for Pensacola Beach than just add real estate and amenities. It’s helped build Pensacola Beach as a whole.

Rinke and others have set up The Portofino Fund, which directs $500,000 a year in lease fees to Pensacola Beach for improvements.

“So far, the Portofino Fund has put $1 million in a waterline, paid $375,000 for…EDSA to come in and do a master plan for Pensacola Beach…and put $600,000 in landscaping.”

Perhaps the best place to view the improvements created by the Portofino Fund is from a Portofino condo.

“At Portofino, when you look at the layout, you have to go into the bathroom and shut the door to get rid of the view. Every bedroom in Portofino is on the water.”

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