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“Great for families for 20 years” 4 of 5 stars
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Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Ranked #16 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Boulder, Colorado, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Great for families for 20 years”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We have been going to Sanibel for 20+ years and always enjoy the Sundial. They are doing an extensive renovation which should be in March 2013, but even during construction it was a great place to stay (grandparents and kids included). We like the central location for running and biking.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Marina B, Front Office Supervisor at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Dear Jim Franklin,

We truly appreciate your valuable feedback and your loyal patronage to Sanibel and the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. We have noticed with excitement that you have been visiting our Island for the last 20+ years and that the Sundial is a great location for you to share valuable family time, even during our current renovation period.

I can assure you that you and your family will enjoy the Sundial Bach Resort & Spa even more after our renovation is completed. We will offer a variety of new amenities including new restaurants, a Spa, new Fitness Center and a fun Splash Area for children.

Once again thank you for your review and we are looking forward to bringing more memorable moments to you and your family for the next 20+ years.

Please do not hesitate contacting us directly for any further questions at 239-472-4151.

Your Sundial Team
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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Margate, Florida
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

This is a staple in the seaside resort scene on Sanibel island. We have stayed here before and have always found it pleasant. My wife and I recently spent a weekend enjoying an on-the-beach apartment at Sundial. The sounds of the surf were fantastic in the evenings and the sunrise and sunset views were great. A really wonderful place to spend some serious downtime.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Marina B, Front Office Supervisor at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Dear Steven M.,

Thank you for your kind review and sharing your valuable feedback.
We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your downtime with your wife during your most recent stay with us and we are looking forward providing you with even more relaxing moments and breathtaking views on Sanibel Island.

Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance for you by contacting us directly at 239-472-4151.

Your Sundial Team
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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

My wife and our two adult children and one of their friends stayed for a week at Sundial, and we loved every minute! We had a condo on the top floor, with a great view, very quiet. The condo was one of the few we found that would accommodate five people comfortably--it had three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The rooms were spacious, nicely furnished and decorated. All the kitchen appliances and the washer and dryer worked. There were a few minor examples of wear and tear--a cracked bin in the refrigerator, a landline phone that didn't work, some cracked plastic tumblers--but nothing that would spoil a vacation.

We enjoyed the beach and the pools, both the one directly on the grounds of our condo unit, and the larger main pool. Sharky's, the condo restaurant, and Crocodial's, the beach bar, were within easy walking distance, and the staff were friendly. There was construction at the main offices, and the small convenience store that normally was there was closed. Sundial is pretty well located, for a place on the Gulf beach. We rented bikes from Billy's and enjoyed biking about to the shops and restaurants and up to Ding Darling--we didn't have to rent a car.

We rented our condo via Select Vacation Properties, not from the condo association, so we couldn't charge anything to our room, and I think we probably were not supposed to use some of the condo's outdoor equipment, although that was never an issue. We only received three keys for the five of us. We had to be mindful of who had a key, but it was never a real problem.

We all had a great time--how could you not--and left wishing we could stay longer.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Marina B, Front Office Supervisor at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Dear kboyken,

Thank you for taking the time to review our resort. We are very happy to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay. You are correct that we are currently undergoing constructions and I can ensure you that once finished, we will offer you even more exciting amenities like a brand new shop and new restaurants with fun and fresh new menus. We also offer great complimentary amenities like bikes, kayaks, beach umbrellas, fitness center and more within our Recreational Program.

Since you rented through Select Vacation Properties we are unable to fix the minor issues in your room directly, however we are glad you had the change to enjoy the whole property.

We would love to have you as our guests the next time you visiting Sanibel Island. For more information on our rates and availability, please contact as any time at 239-472-4151.

Your Sundial Team
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We had a great stay at the Sundial Resort! We loved the beautiful beach! The location was perfect and made it easy to bring the kids to and from the beach. Looking for seashells became a favorite hobby. With friendly service and a relaxing atmosphere, Sundail Resort is definitely on our "return to" list!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Marina B, Front Office Supervisor at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Dear Amy J.,

Thank you for your review about you recent stay here at the Sundial. We are excited to hear that you enjoyed our friendly staff and the relaxing atmosphere.
I can ensure you that we will continue to strive for excellency and we are looking forward to welcoming you and your family back, in the near future.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 239-472-4151.

Your Sundial Team
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Summit County, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Let me preface this review by stating that the resort is going through a renovation of the main facilities. I think the resort will be amazing when the construction is complete. The amenities are fantastic - the main pool was large with a slide for kids. The hot tub was relaxing as well. Included in the resort fee was beach chairs and bike rentals. The front desk staff were friendly and very welcoming.

Each condo is individually owned so decor varies from unit to unit. Our one bedroom condo featured a remodeled kitchen with granite countertops. We enjoyed a gulf view from our screened in balcony. Overall the condo was very comfortable and we would return.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marina B, Front Office Supervisor at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear AWJ3,

Thank you for your great feedback. After our renovation is completed, we agree, our Resort will be beautiful with a great new look and new amenities. We are very happy you liked the plans of our new main building and your gulf view unit and we are fortunate to have a great Team, who strive to exceed every guest expectations.

We are looking forward to have you back in the near future.
Should you have any questions, or would like to speak to us directly, please do not hesitate to contact us at 239-472-4151.

Your Sundial Team
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Stafford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I modeled for Sundial in 1979, Our family fell in love with this beautiful resort on Sanibel Island. All these years later my family and friends make this resort and annual event, we visit and stay at Sundial, we always enjoy ourselves. Enjoy the Gulf View and beautiful beaches, (bring sunscreen). My kids love the amenities, and the shell pool too.
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is as beautiful as the day this photo shoot was taken. Thank you for you constant efforts to renovate.

Room Tip: Most rooms have kitchens which helps traveling with picky children. Bring sunscreen and sunglasses!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marina B, Front Office Supervisor at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Dear kgaddie,

We are excited to hear, that you have been visiting us for so many years and we love your story about modeling for the Sundial in 1979. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

We truly strive to be #1 Resort on Sanibel Island with our amenities and service alike. We can’t wait to welcome you back and present to you the new look for the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa.

Your Sundial Team
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Sparta, nj
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Our fifth time to sanibel- we love it there!! Tried Sundial for the first time. We were traveling with teenagers so were looking for a place with some activities. Sundial is going through some major renovations since they were bought out and I can honestly say they ate going in the right direction but right now it is in a bit of a transition and some info on the website is not accurate. There is no spa, no jogging strollers, and only one restaurant. That being said the pool is great, the beach location is amazing and it's activities were enough to keep my teenages happy. I do not like the charge to use the tennis racquets since you atte paying a 30 a day resort fee but I will let that slide. Had an amazing view and will definitely be back. If you haven't been to sanibel yet you must go and sundial is a good choice. Just be prepared.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Marina B, Front Office Supervisor at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Dear mbloom1917,

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to have you as our guest on your 5th trip to Sanibel Island and thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Yes, you are correct, we are currently remodeling our main building and will have an exciting new look including new Lobby, Restaurants, Pool Deck, Spa and great amenities to offer in the near future.

Thank you for your patience during your stay. But we are very happy you enjoyed your time at our Resort and your teenagers were happy with our activity program. Our daily Resort Fee currently includes pool and beach chairs, towels, bikes, kayaks, certain kid’s activities, tennis courts and wireless internet. We are planning on adding more fun amenities including a new tennis program after our renovation is completed.

Thank you again for your valuable feedback. We are looking forward to welcome you back with our new look. Should you have any questions, or would like to speak to us directly, please do not hesitate to contact us at 239-472-4151.

Your Sundial Team
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Additional Information about Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Address: 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel 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 Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Sanibel Island
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sundial Beach Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 149
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sanibel Island's most complete resort. Voted "BEST FULL SERVICE RESORT two years in a row", Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is the centerpiece of this unique barrier island off the southwest coast of Florida. Sanibel is two-thirds nature preserve providing visitors with an experience of Florida the way it used to be. Sanibel Island is a natural playground where you can feel the white sand beach between your toes, take a refreshing swim in our blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico or one of Sundial's five pools and bike the miles of paved paths around the island. The Resort offers a wide array of activities for all ages including swimming in 5 heated pools, tennis courts, kayaks, paddle boarding, bike tours, golf and an array of fun family activities by the pool. One,two and three bedroom residences feature options for views, amenities and conveniences of home in a tranquil, tropical setting. These Residences offer a full kitchen with housewares, living/dining area, full baths and ample space that is ideal for couples or larger families. Best of all, Sanibel's pristine shell-dotted beaches are just steps away. The variety of dining venues are sure to please, offering indoor and outdoor dining options and delicious menu selection. Sea Breeze Cafe offers casual dining and local, fresh ingredients with a true Sanibel Island tropical flair over looking the Gulf of Mexico. You will also enjoy the new poolside eatery, Turtle's Pool & Beach Bar, serving up delicious signature drinks and dishes. Slice of Paradice provides the perfect poolside venue for tasty treats such as pizza, ice-cream, hotdogs and salads with spectacular Gulf views. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sundial Beach And Golf Resort
Sundial Beach & Golf Hotel Sanibel Island
Sundial Beach Hotel
Sundial Beach Resort
Sundial Beach Sanibel Island
Sundial Sanibel Island

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