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Mariner Boathouse Beach Resort
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Reviewed February 1, 2007

We stayed here for a week and I am planning on going back in Oct. 2007. Rooms were great, with two baths, 1 bedroom and large screened in terrace(they may call it something else) and full kitchen. Directly on the beach, beautiful shells and the people were top knotch friendly. Great family place or alone wth that special someone. I can't wait to return. This place is a keeper.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with family
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4  Thank dormaggy
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Reviewed August 25, 2005

We stayed at the Mariners` Boathouse from 5th - 12th August. Due to some travel delays, we did not pitch up until midnight. There is not a 24 hour reception, but fortunately the resort had an effective system for room key collection out of hours.

The rooms follow a nautical theme complete with cabin bunks and bench seats in the dining room similar to those you could find on an old, ocean going liner. The kitchen is fairly compact by US standards but contained everything that we needed - oven, hob, microwave, double sink, dishwasher and coffee maker.

The master bedroom unusually did not have an en-suite bathroom. Instead, a small shower room/toilet was located opposite (this in addition to a separate family bathroom).

The lounge was a fair size and contained the obligatory double sofa bed and large TV complete with cable.

All the rooms face the Gulf and have a screened lanai from which we often watched the sun go down. Our apt (room 102) was on the first floor but still enabled viewing of the pool area, lagoon (containing egrets and spoonbills) and the Gulf.

Our big disappointment was that the pool bar was closed for refurbishment the week we stayed. As a result, and perhaps understandably the resort used this as an opportunity to give the entertainment rep, Debbie a week off as she based her activities from the bar. Speaking with some of the owner-guests, the activities seem most suitable for young children and involve arts and crafts, treasure hunts and make-your-own-smoothie sessions. These would have really appealed to our 6 year old daughter, Lily but didn`t stop her having fun in the pool with her new found american friends. This being said, we had booked the Mariners` partly because of the promise of an extensive activities programme. My dificulty is that we were told none of this prior to departure and I will be taking this up with the holiday company separately.

The pool was small and L-shaped with steps in the shallow end for the toddlers. On one day the pool was closed due to chlorine inbalance but fortunately we had already made plans to go out for that day.

The resort has a laundry room which is free to guests, adequate parking and limited leisure facilities such as shuffle board (whatever that is) a basic games room, rowing boats for the lagoon($5 hire) and a small playground.

The resort scores on two fronts. Firstly its location - at the quiet end of the island and right on the beach. This also brought nearby Bonita Springs with its better beaches a ltltle closer. We did rise early on a couple of mornings in order to go shelling. A walk through the pool area, through the gateand on to the beach, brief wade across the lagoon (knee high when the tide is out) and you are there.

The second plus is that it fosters an intimate atmosphere due to its size. We did make friends with most of the other guests and enjoyed an impromptu barbeque and drinks session one barmy evening.

I was a little disappointed with the seemingly uninterested receptionist (I think her name was Heather). She didn`t seem to have much knowledge of where to go locally either for recreation or a bite to eat. I felt as though I had more knowledge of the local area from my research on the Internet back in England prior to the trip.

This resort is currently being painted and the pool bar will now be open. We really enjoyed our week in Fort Myers Beach and would return to both the area and the resort.

  • Stayed: August 2005
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43  Thank dmhamer
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