Portofino Island Resort Real Estate

    Situated along eight miles of untouched white sand beaches within the Gulf Islands National Seashore, Portofino Island Resort offers the perfect balance of indulgence and natural beauty. Perfectly positioned between the Gulf of Mexico in Northwest Florida and Santa Rosa Sound, Portofino’s protected shoreline offers endless opportunities for recreation and rejuvenation on, in, and beside the beautiful emerald green waters of Pensacola Beach.

    Currently Portofino Island Resort features 5 towers, with 765 units, a 30,000 sqft lifestyle center, a spa, restaurants, as well as a small store. In March 2010, Portofino Island Resort Developer Robert Rinke announced plans to begin development of the community’s final phase of development: Towers 6 and 7.

    What Makes Portofino Great:

    1. World Class Luxury: Effortless Style. Portofino is a world-class exclusive luxury resort with a full beach-to-bay amenity and lifestyle package. Nestled in a preserved national seashore, Portofino Island Resort is unlike anything on the Gulf Coast. Portofino Island Resort features timeless Italian-Mediterranean inspired design with undulating rooflines, spacious designs, Porte Cochere entries, and an eco-friendly footprint. This world class resort is the perfect environment for the incredible “blue-zone” Portofino lifestyle centered on health, fitness, relaxation, recreation, and adventure.
    1. Modern Lifestyle: Your Best Life Now.

    Portofino is built around a modern “blue zone” lifestyle of health, fitness, relaxation, recreation, and adventure. This lifestyle is complimented with year-round triathlons, 5ks, athletic programs, instructional classes, and healthy cuisine options. This focus on holistic health and wellness allows residents to live their best life, now.

    1. Breathtaking Vistas: Free from Distraction.

    Designed by award winning, nationally acclaimed Adache Group Architects. The triangular shape of the buildings allows breath-taking and unparalleled views of the Gulf of Mexico to the south, Range Point and the Santa Rosa Sound to the North, and the National Seashore preserve to the East. The triangular shape

    of the towers allows for maximum viewing of the coastline; with 40 linear feet of water view from 2 bedroom Sky Homes, 85 linear feet from 3 bedroom units and in the final phase, 3 bedroom units with over 100 linear feet of balconies and windows. Each 3 bedroom unit boasts a tri-corner balcony design allowing for views of both the Gulf and the Sound. All units feature tempered glass railings and bold floor to ceiling glass allowing water views from all bedrooms and living areas.

    1. Hurricane Hardened Structures: Quality Proven by Time.

    The structural integrity of Portofino Island Resort is unrivalled. This “Rock of Gibraltar” design features all concrete construction on exterior walls. Portofino Island Resort is hurricane hardened, and has proven itself time and again in hurricanes and adverse weather conditions.

    1. Luxurious Upgrades: Unparalleled Quality.

    Large tile is featured throughout the units, gorgeous crown molding, smooth ceilings, granite countertops, all Kohler plumbing, and an outdoor kitchen with every unit.

    1. Portofino Adventures: Beach-to-Bay Adventures Await.

    On site there are 5 Rubico Clay tennis courts, and the new final phase will add four more courts. Bikes, boating, and other adventure rentals are available on demand from Portofino Adventures. Portofino Adventures offers guest and residents paddle boarding, kayaking, dolphin cruises, pool side massages, beach butler services, and more in their beach to bay adventure packages.

    1. Portofino Sky Homes: Resort Living At Its Best.

    Portofino Island Resort offers an elevated experience that is atypical of condominium lifestyles. At Portofino, each of our towers has full-feature Sky Homes offering accessibility, luxury, and class. Each tower offers highly accessible, covered parking decks located directly under each tower, making your sky home grand lobby a 30 second walk from your car. Each Tower features a secured climate controlled grand lobby with three entrances on the ground floor. 3 high-speed elevators that rush at 500 ft. per minute to the desired floor, where your floor’s climate controlled formal lobby protects you from the elements. Each floor’s formal lobby is finished and adorned with breathing-taking art, dramatic lighting, porcelain tile, and crown molding. Every residence features an alcove entry, with a double-door grand entrance waiting to greet guest and residents. High speed elevators, climate controlled lobbies protected from the elements and highly accessible parking, are all exclusive tower residence criteria that make Portofino Island Resort the pinnacle of Sky Home living.

    1. Indoor Space Features: Spacious Designs with Living in Mind.

    To meet tower residence requirements a development must meet strict width-to-height ratios. Each bedroom must have a bathroom; therefore all Portofino Island Resort sky homes feature an extra bathroom. This allows the 2 bedroom units to have 2.5 bathrooms, and the 3 bedroom units to feature 3.5 bathrooms.

    2 bedroom units feature 40 linear feet of width with an oversized living room, dining room and open kitchen. This design features an open floor plan, and a large balcony with tempered glass rails. All Portofino Island Resort residences feature floor to ceiling glass throughout the unit. This allows water-views from every room with the exception of the bathroom. Every Portofino Sky Home has Kohler plumbing features throughout. Only solid core doors are used in the residences. The 2 bedroom features 2 massive bedroom suites, with a Kohler Jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom.

    3 bedroom units feature 85 linear feet of width. With an oversized living room, dining room and open kitchen, and this design is the pinnacle of Portofino living! A massive tri-corner balcony wraps around the unit, with tempered glass rails. Floor to ceiling glass can be found throughout the unit, allowing water views from every room with the exception of the bathrooms. Plumbing fixtures are Kohler oil-aged bronze products only. With 3 massive bedroom suites, and a master bath that boast a Kohler Jacuzzi tub, this unit also features timeless Italian-Mediterranean inspired architecture and lifestyle accents that will please any home owner.

    The Future is Here: Towers 6 and 7

    Final phase will see 2 final towers, a total of 234 units, a conference center, a 40,000 square foot multi-terraced pool deck, and gulf front restaurants overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. This final phase will feature an amenity package unlike anything along the Gulf Coast, and will complete the luxury beach to bay Portofino Island Resort.

    Portofino Island Resort developer (Robert Rinke) announced today the launch of the community’s final phase of development. This final phase will be the cornerstone of Portofino, a beach to bay community that lives a lifestyle focused on health, fitness, relaxation, recreation, and adventure. “This final phase will be the last, the best, and the grand finale of the incredible beach to bay Portofino Island Resort”, said Rinke. “There’s nothing quite like Portofino Island Resort; the fact that it’s nestled between the Gulf of Mexico, Santa Rosa Sound, and a breathtaking natural seashore preserve make it a true island paradise.”

    This final phase presents a daring new vision for gulf front luxury living. Boldly designed and precisely detailed, towers 6 & 7 will have 234 two and three bedroom residences (total) that have been thoughtfully reimagined. Oversized balconies, towering floor to ceiling windows and panoramic beach and bay views set the tone for Pensacola Beach’s signature ambiance. Each newly designed Portofino Sky Home will feature expansive beach to bay views, floor to ceiling windows, and a spacious outdoor living room directly accessible from indoor living areas through double floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. Each unit will feature an oversized designer kitchen for social gatherings – with a sit down wine bar, his and her walk-in closets, luxury rain showers and oversized bathtubs in all master bathrooms. A large laundry and powder room will also be a key feature of the Sky Homes. The third bedroom will feature a lock out configuration allowing separate ingress and egress into the Sky Home. This lockout third bedroom will also allow owners to lock this third bedroom off from the Sky Home, or open it up directly into the Sky Home. This unique third bedroom lock out feature opens up extensive rental options and luxury house guest accommodations for every Sky Home owner.

    A world of benefits and privileges await residents with approximately 40,000 square feet of indoor amenities encompassing a gulf front restaurant and lounge, boutique market place, fitness and wellness center and a 14,000 sqft state-of-the-art conference facility; with an additional 40,000 square feet of

    outdoor amenities featuring numerous infinity edge pools, cabanas, and children’s play area all centrally located overlooking this spectacular beach to bay environment. The Principle Development Partners for this phase include: Robert Rinke, Teri Levin, Fred Levin and family, and Fred Vigodsky.

    Over the next 3-5 years the Final Phase of Development at Portofino Island Resort will be completed. Tower 6 will be complete in 3 years and Tower 7 will be complete in 5 years.

    This Final Phase Will Include:


    The resort will be secured as a gated community and integral part of the overall Portofino Island Resort complex. It will provide facilities such as a Gourmet Market, Coffee Shop and convenient Sundries Shop to all Portofino residents, additional sports facilities, and specialty services such as Valet parking and event planning, and for children an Interactive Escape, Pool and Kids Camp.


    Every day will be an invitation to relax, swim and sunbathe on the Club Level Deck offering casual seating areas, cool cabanas, and canopied dining tables. The main pool will have flowing waterfalls, an adult pool, and a beach entry children’s pool. The upper level will have a snack bar and full service bar, a multipurpose area for events and concerts, and a wedding gazebo. The Lower Level Deck will feature 2 infinity edge Gulf Front pools and a broad sundeck.

    Fitness Center:

    Supplementing the Portofino Spa and Lifestyle Center, the new Portofino Island Resort Fitness Center will also offer the latest in exercise trends and equipment, with an exterior gulf front deck for fitness and yoga classes inspiring you to achieve even greater levels of health and wellness.

    Wellness Center:

    The final phase at Portofino will feature another full service spa, also equipped with clinical services focused on wellness, longevity, and pampering of the body and soul.

    Conference Center:

    The facilities will feature a Grand Salon and over 14,000 square feet for events. The conference center will have a direct impact on Portofino Island Resort as well as the economy of Pensacola Beach. Visit Florida stats show that business travel (for meetings and conventions) account for more than 12% of the 90 million visitors Florida welcomes each year. There will be immediate impacts on the island’s economy in three phases: 1: jobs created for construction,

    2: jobs and revenues increased in lodging, 3: business travelers returning post-conference with family and friends; thus increasing word-of-mouth lodging sales. (Of course also indirectly driving sales to other area retail, entertainment and dining business on the island.)


    The Restaurant will be a chic and sophisticated multi-tiered indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar featuring an exhibition kitchen and will have commanding views the emerald green Gulf of Mexico and the whitest beaches in the world.

    Benefits for the Community:

    “When we built Portofino Island Resort we knew we wanted it to benefit the community and the environment on Pensacola Beach. That is why we created the Portofino Island Resort Improvement Fund.” said Rinke. The Portofino Island Improvement fund has a critical role in funding for many “quality of life” improvements on Pensacola Beach, including the recent beautification on Via Deluna and Fort Pickens Road.

    Pensacola Beach has an incredible impact on the local and regional economies. Therefore what is great for the beach is great for the region. “These final towers will increase the incredible lifestyle and economic impact that the Portofino Island Fund has on the beach and region”, said Rinke. These towers are the best, the last, and the crowning jewel in the luxury development that is Portofino Island Resort.”

    A Note From Partner Teri Levin:

    “Over 15 years ago, my late husband Allen Levin along with his partner Robert Rinke laid the initial plans for what would become today’s incredible destination resort, now known as Portofino Island Resort.

    Portofino has brought health, fitness, relaxation, recreation, adventure and pure vacation enjoyment into the lives of many local residents and guests from all over the United States and the World.

    The positive benefits from Portofino have been exponential, coming from the Portofino Island Improvement Fund and benefitting the entire island with beautiful landscaping and with outreaching effects for the city of Pensacola and the surrounding region. Guests can enjoy the beauty of the Portofino Island Resort and all that the city of Pensacola has to offer as well; dining, entertainment, culture and our area’s rich local history.

    It is only fitting that this phase will be the best, the last, and the greatest phase of Portofino Island Resort. I am excited and proud to be a part of this milestone for Portofino, Pensacola Beach, the City of Pensacola and the entire surrounding gulf coast area.

    Portofino is a world class luxury resort destination.”

    -Teri Levin Rinke Resort Realty

    A note from Architect George Fletcher:

    “Adache Group Architects has worked in over 45 counties on 5 continents and is proud of its past 47 years of accomplishments. Being a global and ecologically sensitive design firm, it is a great pleasure to be a part of the Portofino Resort project from its inception, carrying out our client’s vision for an environmentally conscious, world class resort destination. It is not often that creative and entrepreneurial synergies merge on a path leading towards a truly utopian environment with far reaching benefits for its location.”

    -George Fletcher, Adache Architects