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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- South Seas Island Hotel Captiva Island
- South Seas Island Captiva
- South Seas Island Resort Captiva Island, Florida