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“Great family place to stay” 4 of 5 stars
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6504 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217   |  
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Ranked #9 of 14 Hotels in Holmes Beach
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great family place to stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Just returned from a week at White Sands. It's not luxury but everything you need and the location can't be beat. Right on the beach, a nice pool, nice accomodations, and a great staff. Bed was more comfortable than my own. Convenient free island trolly stop right in front of the property. The only suggestion I would make is to change the shower heads, as there was little water pressure. Other than that, a great vacation and I would certainly stay there again.

Room Tip: We had room 11 which was a one bedroom facing the beach and pool. It had a nice porch and was only s...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Ocoee, Florida
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I was married on Anna Maria so it has a special place in my heart. I like to go over for quick weekend stays but this can be hard with more condos on the island than hotels. I stayed here over a year ago and the location is great. The rooms needed some improvements and there were some bug issues. I am hoping that they have done some renovations so I can try again and say that it was awesome.

Room Tip: Any rooms are good since you are on the beach.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Waterford, New York
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We have been staying at White Sands for about 10 years and have always enjoyed our 2 week vacation there. The owners are very helpful, very knowledgeable and always willing to help with any questions you may have about the island. Though there are alot of restaurants, White Sands provides weber grills and we prefer to grill nightly, never having to go far or leave the island. We enjoy watching the sunsets nightly. The resort is a family owned business and it is spotless and updates are done frequently. We will continue to go to White Sands year after year. We love it there.

Room Tip: All the units are excellent. They all have kitchens, and tables and chairs outside for relaxation a...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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East Norriton, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

We just returned to the frozen North after a wonderful week at White Sands. The location was absolutely first-rate! We loved everything about our stay. The apartment was well equipped with just everything one needs for a relaxing, trouble fee stay. The only thing I wish was provided were pool towels so we wouldn't need to use the room towels at the pool, but this is just minor thought. The pool was always inviting with warm water and plenty of sunshine. Met many nice people, many of whom were veteran guests visiting year after year. A good testament to the resort. We hope we can visit White Sands again and again in the future. Book early, it fills up fast!!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2floridasunshine, Manager at White Sands Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Thank you very much for Thank you for your kind words and your positive review ! We are happy to hear you enjoyed pool and all the other amenities in your room and loved our location right on the beach.
We also appreciate your ideas and suggestions in order to make your next stay with us even better! We are constantly working on improving the experience for our guests and are committed to providing a clean quality accommodations.. Our staff works hard to ensure each guest has an enjoyable and comfortable stay and we are exited to hear that you did enjoyed your Stay. I will make sure to pass on your compliment to the staff. We have looked into supplying pool towel and enlarging our laundry facility's to accommodate the extra capacity.. Let us know at check and we can supply you with a couple of additional towels.

We appreciate the feedback and you are always welcome you to contact us by phone at 941-778-2577 or by email at wsresort@aol.com . if you would like to provide any additional details regarding your experience or any ideas on how we can make your stay better . Thank you once again for your feedback.
Sincerely,
Ken Gerry

Manager
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Mont Tremblant, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

This hotel is smaller, funky old style Florida, on one level. The place is a best kept secret. Great location, nice, clean, comfy with easy access to the beach. Excellent value for a fully equipped apartment with fridge, stove and microwave. My unit had a King size bed and a queen size pull out couch. Perfect for couples, singles or a small family. Pool and beach chairs to watch the sunset are just a short walk. Picnic tables and BBQ's are available.

Room Tip: The Tropical Breeze is a bit cheaper so if your a value minded Anna Maria traveller this is your s...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2floridasunshine, Manager at White Sands Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
We appreciate your great review and are glad that you enjoy your stayed with us at our 2 locations The White Sands and The Tropical Breeze.

The White Sands was originally built in late 50's and was one of the first Motels on the island. The Tropical Breeze cottage were brought to the island in the 40's for 3 sisters which we purchased in the earlier 80's. All on which are continuously updated and well maintained,

We are trying to keep the "Old Florida" charm while updating our property with 21st century amenities like wireless Internet access and 42 flat-screen TV's, new kitchens, electric fire place, PlayStations , DVD players and more. Again, we are delighted that you picked the White Sands and Tropical Breeze for your stay. Please do not hesitate to contact us again, when you feel the need to getaway from it all and hit the beach and visit Anna Maria Island once again..

If you have the chance and would like to post an additional review our Tropical Breeze Beach Club also has it own listing, and we would love to have a review place there as well.
Thank you again for your kind words and review.

Once Again, thank you for your review and we look forward to seeing you soon


Sincerely,
Ken Gerry

Manager .
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Kenly, North Carolina
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We went there to vist my brother and OMG it was the best place ever. The sands the beach the rooms etc everything was perfect to the Deolphines playing in the water infront of us. We loved our stay!!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2floridasunshine, Manager at White Sands Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
We would like to thank you for writing such a great review about the White Sands Beach Resort. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and even saw some dolphins out in the Gulf of Mexico.
Thank you so very much for your kind words and your positive review ! We are happy to hear that our you loved our location right on the beach,your accommodation and your over all stay. I will make sure to pass on your compliments to the staff.
If your travel takes you back to Anna Maria Island, please give us a call. We would love to see you again!

Sincerely,
Ken Gerry

Manager
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Shorewood, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Where our backyard was the Sand, Sea, & Sun in abundance! The 4 to 9 ft pool was always warm, refreshing, & sparkling. We were so cozy in our cool comfortable cottage with luscious greenery, palms, & birds of paradise in abundance. Staff was simply gracious, pleasant, & helpful. Amenities were very supple, especially the king bed & pull out. We slept like babies on perfect mattresses. Everyone was also so friendly & had nothing but good comments & memories of White Sands & Tropical Breeze. We'll be back soon!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2floridasunshine, Manager at White Sands Beach Resort, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
We appreciate your wonderful review and are glad that you enjoy your stayed with us at our 2 locations The White Sands and The Tropical Breeze.

We are happy that you enjoyed the landscaping on the grounds, the beach , heated pool and the attention of our staff. I will make sure to pass on your compliments to the staff.

We hope to see you back again soon, Once Again, thank you for your review and we look forward to seeing you soon.

If you have the chance and would like to post an additional review our Tropical Breeze Beach Club also has it own listing, and we would love to have a review place there as well.

Thank you again for your kind words and review.

Sincerely,
Ken Gerry

Manager .
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Address: 6504 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217
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Location: United States > Florida > Anna Maria Island > Holmes Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Holmes Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico on the Florida west coast island of Anna Maria, The White Sands Beach Resort is the perfect tropical island vacation getaway with miles of white, sandy walking beaches & blue-green water. We offer charming one & two bedroom Florida island style apartments, studios, cottages & motel rooms. More than just a motel hotel, All rooms have fully equipped kitchens, have 42 inch LCD TV's , playstation2 , DVD player, and free WI-FI at our Florida beach resort. While on vacation at the White Sands you can enjoy a gulf front heated pool, shuffleboard court, picnic areas and bar-b-q grills. Nearby are tennis courts, island beach shops, golf courses & a number of award winning restaurants like Beach Bistro and Sand Bar. We have Twenty-one Florida resort units on the gulf with kitchen and phone, & heated pool on the beach. No pets. Our island resort is a great Florida vacation destination near Bradenton, Longboat Key and Sarasota. Similar to Sanibel island, AMI Florida is located on the west coast of Florida just south of Tampa and is a great island vacation place for family vacations and Honeymoon vacations.We offer a quiet relaxing, tropical island feel with all the creature comforts of home. Our Florida island beach resort is located on the west coast of Florida in the city of Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island Florida directly on the beach and on the Gulf of Mexico. You can see much of Florida's natural wildlife on our beaches, including Sea Turtles, and the gentle Manatee. Island Beachcombers can find Florida Sea Shells while walking and swimming along the beach. Beautiful sunsets, a perfect spot for a family friendly vacation or a quiet island honeymoon. ... more   less 
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White Sands Beach Hotel Holmes Beach
White Sands Beach Resort Anna Maria Island/Holmes Beach, FL

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