We just got back from ‘Tween Waters after a 2 night stay. It was lovely, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we return in the future, with a few changes. We checked in around 4 pm and the very attentive staff patiently waited to escort us to our room and show us where to park. We were on the 3rd floor overlooking the pool. In the future I might ask for a room facing the ocean. There were people in the hot tub directly below our room and they were a little loud. Our 2 queen bedroom was adequate but very small. To be fair, this is a historic property, and you simply will not find lavish accommodations on this unique little island unless you want to rent a private home. There was not room for a chair or table. The bathroom was tiny but had been recently updated. The room had a small screened in balcony that fit 2 chairs and a small side table. All in all, we thought the price was high for the quality of the room. We wouldn’t normally have spent a lot of time in the room- after all, you’re here for the beautiful ocean views and pool scene. However, we were dealt with unusually cold weather and after dinner there didn’t seem to be much to do at night other than retire to our room with our 5 year old. The pool closes at dusk as well. Even sitting out on the balcony was difficult and we wrapped ourselves in blankets. Certainly not the resort’s fault, of course. Other than the pool and beach (and restaurants) there doesn’t seem to be any public places where guests can relax or congregate.
Our first night we had dinner at the Crow’s Nest which was unexpectedly good. Our server Casey was excellent. I had expected the restaurant to be more “bar-like” based on the reviews but I would equate it to a casual Midwestern supper club. They were setting up live music when we left. We liked it so much we went back the second night, although the service was not good that night. Our server kept forgetting our drinks and we barely saw him.
Our second day we woke early and had the free continental breakfast in the Old Captiva House. It was wonderful. A huge spread of fruits, pastries, yogurt, cereal, toast, bagels, juices, coffee. My meat-eating husband was pleased to find that you can order a number of proteins from the menu at a reasonable cost. We decided to brave the chill and walk into Captiva. We tried to walk along the ocean with our 5 year old but the wind got to be too much. The road is narrow and the shoulder is narrow for walking. I wouldn’t have felt comfortable letting him ride his bike. It was about a 20 minute walk; we looked around town a bit and headed back. It was nice and sunny so we found a spot poolside where we spent most of the day laying in the sun and enjoying the nicely heated pool. We were surprised at how reasonable the Oasis bar menu and drinks were.
My impressions of this resort were that it is extremely quaint and charming. The entire resort was a little smaller than I expected, and only took a few minutes to walk the grounds. The beach was flawless. The marina is small but pretty. The pool area was nicely laid out. We spent our first half of our vacation in a luxury condo on the mainland, so our small room was a bit of a disappointment. We might look into renting a cottage if we come back.
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