Disclosure: This review is a result of my participation in a recent blogger trip to South Seas Island Resort. I was provided lodging, meals and activities. All opinions are my own.
I guess it was a bit surprising that until my recent trip, I had never spent much time on the gulf coast of Florida. Of course, I’ve gone over on day trips, but it just didn’t seem very interesting to me. Then I got an invitation from the FAB folks at South Seas Island Resort, inviting me (and my family) to spend a few days on Captiva Island. Yeah, yeah. I guess. *yawn* While the Hub’s work schedule wasn’t flexible (as usual), my teenaged son and I decided to check out the website. I think that’s when we both realized that we are probably not “vacation compatible.” While I wanted to check out the accommodation and restaurant options, he was more concerned with the land and water activity offerings. I salivated over the villas and cottages. He only wanted to focus on the beach, the multiple pool options, golf and tennis. We both wondered, to ourselves, how this was really going to work.
The drive over was pretty uneventful, until we got off 75 and headed toward the Beaches. The views were GORGEOUS! We actually had to pass over Sanibel Island to get to the smaller, quieter Captiva. First impression of the resort? HUGE! In fact, we were provided a golf cart for the duration of our stay. While there are trolleys the continuously roam the property, the golf cart actually made it so convenient to get around the 300+ acres.
I was pretty hyped that we were set up in one of the Beach Villas, with access to its own white sand beach and three pools. The screened in balcony was a great touch. I sat out there for hours one afternoon, completely entranced by the sea. The Villas come with 1, 2, and even 3 bedroom options. Our 2 bedroom had 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen, living room, and dining room. We could have housed a tribe in there!
My son wasn’t disappointed with the activities either–spending his days swimming, bicycling, and hanging out in the arcade. I had been a little bit worried that he wouldn’t have a good time, but nothing could have been farther from the truth. If we hadn’t met up for the planned group meals, I may have never seen him.
So, here are my thoughts about a planning a family vacation here:
- Perfect place for a multi-generational vacay, as there is truly something for everyone. The kids will love the Sanibel Sea School and the older folks will love the golf, tennis, boating and bicycling, amongst other things. There is also an amazing spa–Kay Casperson’s! If you are taking more senior members of the family, spring for the Golf Cart.
- Not too far away, our drive from Miramar was about 4 hours (only because the speed limit is 25 miles per island once you get to Sanibel)
- Plenty of lodging options–from villas and cottages to private homes
- Peace and quiet! You will truly be able to relax here.
- Plenty of dining options–from Starbucks right on the property to an old fashioned ice cream parlor to the quite swanky Harbourside Grill and more. And don’t forget, some accommodations come with full kitchens–bring your own groceries or stock up at the Dean and Deluca-ish Captiva Provision Company
- Peace and quiet! It took me a day to get used to the calmness.
- If your family needs a daily dose of pop culture-ish things–like fast food and movie theaters–it doesn’t exist here on Captiva. The closest cinema is on Sanibel, about 11 miles away–but don’t forget that 25 mph speed limit–doing to take some time.
- Pretty much everything shuts down at 10pm. That worked perfectly for me, as I shut down at 10 as well, but not for everyone!
Would I stay again? YES. In fact, I’m already planning to be there the second week of August, with my family. Looking at reservations now! Let’s meet up!
Stay tuned for more posts about the FAB dining on the premises, off property excursions, and options for families with smaller kids…