Recently returned from 5 days at SSR.
Stayed in the Beach Villas at south end of property. Has a great stay. Two bedroom suite was well appointed (although a little short on cooking utensils. We were in the 3rd (highest floor) with a fabulous view of the beach and gulf.
Spent most of our "sun time" on the beach at the south end of the property and really enjoyed it. (There are two "smaller" pools associated with the Beach Villas which looked fine but we are "beach people"). Only slight evidence of "red tide" on a couple of days. Even then it did not cause any problems with enjoying the beach/water.
No noticeable construction at the south end. Some at the far north end condos (near the big pools) I noticed while playing the 9 hole executive golf course. Didn't sem too bad though.
New pool area and surroundings looked fabulous and appeared to be well used by many happy guests. Bar and food service around the pool also looked active.
Coulpe of other comments:
General level of service- OK but not great. Still working out some "kinks" I would guess. We asked for additional hangers for our closet that were never delivered. Daily maid service was fine.
Property logistics- Shuttle service runs very frequently. Easy to get around on it. FYI, from the south end of the resort its closer to go into Captiva main street (for food or meals) than it is to go to the north end of the resort where the convenience store and harborside restaurant is.
Harborside Restaurant- Nice view. Had dinner there one night. I agree with price and mediocore.
Captiva Generally- Loved it! Small town, laid back feel. Real "old Florida" feel at places like Jensen's Marina where we rented a boat for the afternoon for fishing/beaching.
Captiva Restaurant Comments
Mucky Duck- Outside by the beach for a beer in the afternoon was fine. Otherwise I'd pass.
Key Lime Bistro- Good. Nice menu, busy/fun place.
Sunshine Cafe and Wine Bar- Very nice. Second best meal. Good service.
Mad Hatter (Sanibel)- This restaurant is about 3miles from SSR and just on to Sanibel from Captiva. Great setting, wonderful food and service. A little more "fine dining" than typical for this area. Easily our favorite restaurant of our stay.
Overall: SSR was perfectly fine. Some minor kinks still being worked out but we would definitely stay again. The great setting out weighed any small inconveniences that I'm sure will continue to reduce over time.
Also, very positive on Captiva as a location.
BigBill from Boston