We managed to get a last-minute RCI exchange into the Longboat Bay Club and all we can say is WOW. The photos online do not do justice to the resort. Our unit was on the 2nd floor. It was at least 1500 square feet, 2BR/2BA. Master bath featured a huge garden tub! I understand only a few units have the garden tub and what a wonderful surprise. The unit had a large balcony overlooking a private cove. When we checked in Saturday, the resort manager claimed that manatees and their calves were hanging around the docks...and they were! It was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen on vacation.
Resort provided sturdy bicycles, beach umbrellas, and sand chairs. You have to cross the street to get to the beach, and that is a bit of a drag, but we expected this. Very few others were on the beach, despite the gorgeous sunny weather. The entire island was peaceful. The new Publix is right down the street along with a new liquor store (very important!)
We were pleased with the furnishings and general appearance of the unit. A very large TV in the living room was nice, as was the king size sleep number bed in the master BR. I liked the large vanity area in the master bath as well.
Our coffeemaker quit working the third day of our vacation. I called the resort office and within five minutes, someone was at my door with a brand-new coffeemaker. The staff is only at the resort until 5PM and not there at all on Sundays, but they were very friendly and attentive.
This resort seems to have more RCI inventory than a lot of those on Longboat Key. We have already put a search in to stay here again next year!