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“More like a family condo rental on the beach instead of a full-service resort.” 3 of 5 stars
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South Seas Island Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   5400 Plantation Road, Captiva Island, FL 33924   |  
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Captiva Island
Scottsdale, Arizona
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“More like a family condo rental on the beach instead of a full-service resort.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2010

South Seas has condos at South Beach and North Pointe. South Beach is definitely the choice for less people and quieter, plus a beautiful beach with umbrellas, towels and beach lounges offered just for tipping the guy to set it up for you. The North Pointe has the large pool areas and the Marina, but it is so compacted with condos and people that we were glad to be on the other end of the resort. Didn't even see a beach on north end. Not to say there weren't plenty of people on South Beach.
This is not the place for honeymooners or people looking for a night life. This is a family place, lots of little kids. Everything, even the village, closes up early -- I think the latest is 11 p.m. even on weekend. South Beach is closest to the Village area and shops and off-resort restaurants.
The 3rd floor condos of the Beach Villas have the best view of the ocean and sunsets. Decent-sized screened-in porches. The 2-bedroom units on the 3rd floor have the 2 twin beds on the main and the king bed in the loft open to the living room -- so no privacy up there. The 3 bedroom units on the 3rd floor have the Master King with bath, 2 twin-bed room with hall bath, and spiral staircase to Loft King with bath plus a small reading and desk area that is open to the living/dining room below . The loft king bed area is open to the entry area, but at least their is visual privacy. We had unit number 2338, a 3 bedroom end unit on 3rd floor overlooking the small pool and next to the path and boardwalk to the beach -- maybe a 100 steps. Our beds were all very comfortable and the sheets and pillows, comforters were very high quality. All 3 bathrooms had tub/showers, single sinks, with nice soap but no lotion. There was tv in Living Room and Master Bedroom. All bedrooms had clock radios with ipod docking station.
The wireless internet is not secure, but it works. Our unit had only one hair dryer for the 3 bathrooms. Also there is an elevator, thankfully.
Stop at the grocery store before leaving Fort Myers, because the "general store" is very expensive. (did get salt and pepper set for only $2, however). It's like a long block to the village shops with the Starbucks, general store, retail shops, and the Kay Casperson Spa and Boutique -- which is the closest spa since the resort does not have one on property. One of us had the 80 minute massage for $192 including the tip and the 50 minute hydrating facial for $138 including tip -- both were very professional and well done, but according to my adult daughters who had the treatments, the initial reception, although friendly, was not a pampered experience of being familiarized with the property or offered refreshment, or even shown how to use the sauna which didn't work well -- no jacuzzi. Robe and sandals furnished.
Taxi service to leave Captiva and go to Sannibel was automatically $30 plus tip. We had a 30 minute ride to Ellington's, a dinner club with live jazz 7 nights a week, average entree $30, and it was the same taxi fee as going 15 minutes to the Mad Hatter, a tiny boutique restaurant, with maybe 12 tables, and limited menu -- also $35 - $40 entrees -- wine and beer only. Advise reservations for both. If you want cheaper souvenir stuff, beach items, sandals, kid toys, etc., go to the Beach Shop on around the curve past the village shops, maybe another block. There is a Mexican restaurant there too.
We were very happy with the rest and relaxation -- we were interested in margaritas on the porch and lots of beach time, plus some good restaurants.

  • Stayed April 2010
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2010

It is over priced for what you get as you hear from most the reviews. We ate at the Easter Buffet and the place was vacant. Brunch was $50 a person. If they had lowered the price even $10 a person they might have had a good turnout. The server we had was rude and would not even get us refills on our tea. The pool was packed but it was spring break and you find that most places. This resort is better for famlies with children 12 and under. The pool area with the slide was a big hit for the very young. Not a lot to do for teens and not a lot of teens there so bring some friends if you come. Once you get to Captiva it's a pain to leave because of traffic so your very limited on food and things to do. They have some nice shops at a little shopping area right before you enter the resort. The Mexican place was my favoriate. Mucky Duck is good for drinks by not for food. Get a drink and sit out side for the sunset. The food by the pool is pretty good. Eat off property at night. There is a long drive within the South Seas resort that is not safe for kids to ride their bikes at night. Long areas with no lights. Some condo's are nice and some aren't. We rented from a timeshare owner from the South Seas owners site. That is by far the best place to rent from. You save 50 percent because of the amenity cards. Make sure you get one free with your rental or you will pay $75 a person a day. If you go through the resort the charge you double for the unit and still hit you for $14 a day per person for the card. It's a nice older resort that has seen better days.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Brooklyn, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2010

There is nothing quite so depressing as watching dolphins and pelicans snatch fresh fish from sparkling blue water while you eat frozen, dry fish at any of South Seas' overpriced restaurants. I don't understand how any resort with any dignity could serve food as disgusting as they do at South Seas.

And, adding fuel to the fire, the local eateries are just as disappointing and overpriced. After one too many bad meals, my husband and I, at South Seas to celebrate our anniversary, headed to the local store and bought pb&j and bread for our last couple of meals. Although still overpriced, at least we didn't suffer from deep disappointment every time we took a bite.

On the other hand, if you don't give a rat's you-know-what about your chow, then Captiva is the place for you. The setting is stunning and the pools and beach are really nice. The staff was friendly and the resort is relaxed, unlike the snooty Ritz in Naples where you feel like you need to be dressed to the nines to go to pool or the (also crappy) restaurants.

This is a great place for kids, too. The pools were built for little ones and there is a cute pizza place (heard the 'za was bad, however) and ice cream shop (Edy's? Yes, Edy's... sigh).

So, if you haven't gotten my drift yet, head to South Seas to enjoy the sea, sand, pretty nice rooms and Caribbean vibe. But be ready to catch your own fish and grill it up on any of the on-site bbqs, if you want to eat right.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, MD
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2010

Took our 3 teenage boys for our last spring break trip (18 yr old twins off to college next year) and wanted something on the beach. Researched on Tripadvisor as I always do, usually with wonderful results. Stayed in 3 bedroom beach villa, decor was decent, beds comfortable, kitchen poorly equipped.

Rented 2 bikes ($5 a day, goes up to $15 if not rented on day of checkin) and 6 person golf cart ($100 a day) because we didn't have a rental car. The cart came in handy as the pools, 2 restaurants and harbor are about 2 miles away at the north end of the resort.

Pros
Captiva is beautiful.
housekeeping folks were good.
off campus restaurants are close to beach villas.
Tim our boat captain was great, as were both our fishing, shelling trips.

Cons
place to rent bikes and golf cart employ some fairly unpleasant folks.
there was no one outside of reception after we checked in to guide us in storing our bags as our villa wouldn't be ready for a couple of hours.
pizza at Scoops-n-Slices was bad

South Seas is not such a good place for teenagers

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Glenview, Il
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2010

Just a beautiful resort with a fantastic staff. The resort has available most activities one could want including kayaking, dolphin & shelling cruises, tennis and golf. The main two pools overlook the bay and the beach area is beatiful and both are equipped with pleanty of chaises, towels and umbrellas. My wife and children lhave stayed at the resort twice and loved it. They especially like taking the trolley after dinner to Scoops, the retro ice cream parlor.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2010

Just back from a 6-day stay post Easter week with our family, inc. two 11-year olds. There is so much variety in accomodations compounded by private owners renting their properties that it bears mentioning that any villa, room or condo at South Seas can truly be hit or miss. Our 2-bedroom Beach Villa was near check-in, an easy walk to beach, 3rd floor with great Gulf views. Very clean, so-so decor and truly excellent beds for a rental property. We generally stay in Ritz Carltons, Atlantis Reef, so the accomodations were definately a big step down. Pool near our condo was inadequate--no umbrellas or tables and it was high 80s and full sun. Beach has chairs, umbrellas--but no other amenities. After a hot morning on the beach, a motor boat --Joey's--pulls up and sells snacks, soda, ice cream, water, etc. Beach staff did a good job setting up chairs & umbrellas.

This is clearly a middle of the road property that aspires--but falls short--to be more upscale. It is very, very, very casual--leave any notion of summer chic at home. It has a midwestern sensibility and seems best for family with small kids. There is not much to do for tweens. Surprising number of Europeans. We dined at Harbourside three times--the most "fine" dining by far and the staff was OK; the hostess or host in charge always seemed to be consciously steering diners away so as to limit the number of diners that could reasonaly be handled. Off property restaurants are tee shirt and shorts places...but then you get the pleasure of mosquitos ; we racked up 10 bites in one night-and this was April--can not imagine what July and August are like! Can not imagine why anyone would use the trolley--we rented a car at the airport and used the car throughout the property (main pool was 2 miles away from Beach Villas). Comments about the north pool area are right--can be crowded. We had the good sense to book poolside cabanas for 3 days at a cost of $175/day--and it was $$$ well-spent because few lounge chairs remained after 10 am. It also offered welcome relief from the sun. The vibe was generally laid back, a welcome change of pace from more intense properties like Atlantis-a favorite for our fellow New Yokers. Prices seemed reasonable to us for a resort property. especially dining. And, poolside drinks are expensive anywhere. Lots of biking and running trails and everyone seems to observe the posted 19 MPH speed limit. All in all, great sun, kind of boring, adjust your expectations, and if you are looking for upscale, head elsewhere. Oh, and bring your OFF! or other bug spray!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2010 via mobile

First of all my grammer might be slightly off as I am typing this on my droid. Second of all This stay was very bad. So bad infact that we left halfway through the stay to go stay at the ritz carlton in naples. For starters the drive down during spring break was horible, lots of traffic. And when we got to our room it was moldy everywhere. I know this because I used a mold detector and I got a very high ppm score, and second of all I woke up with bad congustion. There was explination, as we found out a hurricand in 2005 wiped out the tip of the island, so the side on the tip was rebuidt compleaTly. So try to get on the new side or you will have a time like us

  • Stayed April 2010
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva Island, FL 33924
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Captiva Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Captiva Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — South Seas Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 471
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
South Seas Island Resort is located on 330-acres on tropical Captiva Island, on the west coast of Florida, just off the beaches of Fort Myers, Fl. South Seas is an iconic resort village combining a natural wonderland with modern resort amenities and accommodations. The resort offers many styles and sizes of accommodations including guestrooms, one to three bedroom villas (condominiums), cottages and spacious private homes.Activities at the resort include tennis, golf, water sports programs including kayak tours, boating and parasailing. Kids will have a great time at the Sanibel Sea School while learning about the surrounding environment. Enjoy three lagoon style pools, complete with private cabanas located at the Pointe and H2Whoa! With two fun water slides. The resort also features some of the best shelling in the world on the miles of sugar sand beach. For relaxation, the Kay Casperson Boutique and Spa is located in the South Village, providing special pampering with a complete spa treatment menu.Dining at South Seas Island Resort is as varied as the activities, with The Harbourside Bar and Grill and The Pointe located at North Pointe. Visit Scoops & Slices, located next to The Pointe, for ice cream or coal fired pizza. In the South Village, other options include Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille, Starbucks and the Captiva Provision Company, a gourmet deli. ... more   less 
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