My family and I stayed, again at this hotel over the Christmas period, it was our sixth visit to this property and once again we were not dissapointed with our choice. Once again the standard of service and hospitality was first class the staff were so helpful, friendly, nothing was too much trouble, everyone was determined to make our stay the best it could be. Even though the hotel is directly on the water the best beach is on the Gulf, through the adjacent Sand Key Park and the hotel provides complimentary golf cart transportation if you prefer not to enjoy the walk. By contrast from the pool terrace and boardwalk, which is directly on the bay you can watch the dolphins swim past, or for the active, rent a jet-ski. Alternatively, adjacent to the parking lot is a sailing center where sail boats can be rented. Not to be missed is the fine dining in the Watercolors Restaurant, the qulity of the food, presentation and service is outstanding and the mid-week three course "dinner-for-two" is very good value. Despite it not being the newest of hotels, the overall experience is what a family hotel should be. I wish all hotels had staff and service to this high standard. We will be returning.