We visited The Longboat Bay Club the week of April 11, 2011. We heard it was a nice resort, but we were pleased to find that it is one of the loveliest resorts we have ever visited. It is small - 15 units in all - and quiet with beautifully maintained grounds. The units are huge (1600 sq feet) with 2 bedrooms, updated funrniture, very clean and decorated with excellant taste. The balcony/lanai overlooks a small cove where we would sit and drink our coffee and watch the sun rise. This cove also provided us with entertainment - manatees. We loved watching them from the lanai or on the dock; they were as curious about us as were were of them.
Although Longboat Bay club does not have scheduled activities (which we prefer) we had no problem entertaining ourselves by walking across the street to swim in the gulf, walk on the beach, watch the wildlife and have sun-downers in the evening. For the most part we had a gorgeous beach to ourselves - you could walk as far as your legs would take you. Of course there was shopping and dining at St. Armand's circle (highly recommend the Blue Dolphin for breakfast and Le Colonne for lunch/dinner, a wonderful Italian restaurant that serves the freshest of food and makes you fell as though you were dining in Rome). Asolo Theater provides wonderful plays and if you like sailing don't miss a 2 hour sailing trip from Key Sailing out of the Sarasota marina. Spectacular. There is plenty to do if you so choose.
Normal check in time is 4pm at most resorts. Our home for a week was ready and waiting for us at that time with everything in place. The office staff are exceptional - friendly, patient and organized. They will bend over backwards to help and answer questions.
LongBoat Bay Club is truly a gem. In fact we loved it so much that we are in the process of purchasing a week of timeshare (although they do have rentals) so we can go back every year and enjoy. RCI - eat your heart out; you are not getting this timeshare week for a trade!
- Also Known As:
- Longboat Bay Club Hotel
- Longboat Bay Club Hotel Longboat Key
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a swim in our heated pool while looking out into the waters of Cranes Bay. Looking for something more active? Enjoy a challenging game of tennis on our lighted court. Bikes are available to all guests who want to explore our beautiful island. ... more less