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“Family Friendly Great Vacation- Not for springbreakers or partiers”

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White Sands Beach Resort
Ranked #9 of 16 Hotels in Holmes Beach
Bradenton
1 review
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“Family Friendly Great Vacation- Not for springbreakers or partiers”
Reviewed July 27, 2005

I stayed a motel room it had a full kitchen 6 piece table setting even though its a 2 person room, kitchen with a range full size frig,microwave, toater, coffee maker.... you could live year around in this room. owners are friendly and helpful, however the do frown on visitor. My wife and I and our son in room and we had 2 visitors for the day charge 10 dollars day for visitor to use pool. owners said they like to keep place quite and safe for pay guest. all and all enjoy stay has old florida charm and laid back. great location and above average room.

  • Stayed June 2005
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Reviewed July 24, 2005

We just returned from a week long vacation to Anna Maria Island with our two small children (ages 2 and 5). This was our first time in the area. We stayed at the White Sands Beach Resort in Holmes Beach. Our family had a great experience at the resort. I think we may have had different expectations than the previous reviewer. First of all, the location is fantastic. The motel is directly on the gulf. Your children can walk from your spot on the (beautiful) beach directly to your room without ever leaving your line of site. The pool is gulf front as well. We found the rooms to be clean, comfortable and well equipped. The resort owners are very friendly and the guests tend to be people who return every year--it can be difficult to get a room here! This is a laid-back, beachy kind of place. We can't wait to stay again next year.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Reviewed May 30, 2005

The White Sands is located on a perfect beach on a perfect island. The rooms, however, leave much to be desired. Filthy tile floor - piles of sand in the corners. Shower curtain half ripped from hooks. Very limited supplies in apartment kitchen - 4 forks because they only want 4 people in the room! Cheapest toilet paper, kleenex and pillows imaginable. Dust and identifiable splatters every where. Nice resorts on either side of this one - stay at them!

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WhiteSandsResort, Manager since 1992 at White Sands Beach Resort, responded to this review, July 6, 2007
We are a very well liked resort with a 90% or above year around occupancy. Our rooms book more than a year in advance and Most guest book year after year.

All are room are well maintain and very clean, we are inspected by the State of Florida 4 times a year and we are also apart of the Superior Small Lodging ( independent inspection program) for the last 5 years, both have unannounced surprise inspection. Superior Small Lodging has a much higher standard cleanliness and appreance then normal hotels and the State of Florida to receive there qualification :
We are also in good standing with the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce for the last 18 years. All room are non-smoking and pet free, and are equip with place setting (silverware) for six person even in our 2 person rooms, and have complete kitchen with full size refrigerator, dining tables, microwave, toaster, pots and pans, stove and oven and blenders furnished on request. If by chance there is a problem of any kind and we are made aware of it we will correct it right away. We do not take partiers or spring breaker or teenagers without parents.. All our rooms are pictured on our web site to see before arrival and rules are also posted no surprises.

We do remove people with pets or people who disturb other guest with parties ,or smoke in a non-smoking room, this may make some people unhappy with us, but it usually make most of our guest very happy and have a better vacation because of this and keep coming back. We are one of the longest running family owned resort in the area for over 35 years and due value our customers. All Customers are welcome to view rooms before making a reservation. Feel free to stop by and see us and inspect any unoccupied room anytime.
Ken
Manager ( since 1992)
White Sands Beach Resort
Gulf Front Beach Resort On Anna Maria Island
6504 Gulf Drive North, Holmes Beach, Florida 34217
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Property: White Sands Beach Resort
Address: 6504 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL 34217-1325
Location: United States > Florida > Anna Maria Island > Holmes Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Holmes Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — White Sands Beach Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located directly on the Gulf of Mexico on the Florida west coast island of Anna Maria, The White Sands Beach Resort is the perfect tropical island vacation getaway with miles of white, sandy walking beaches & blue-green water. We offer charming one & two bedroom Florida island style apartments, studios, cottages & motel rooms. More than just a motel hotel, All rooms have fully equipped kitchens, have 42 inch LCD TV's , playstation2 , DVD player, and free WI-FI at our Florida beach resort. While on vacation at the White Sands you can enjoy a gulf front heated pool, shuffleboard court, picnic areas and bar-b-q grills. Nearby are tennis courts, island beach shops, golf courses & a number of award winning restaurants like Beach Bistro and Sand Bar. We have Twenty-one Florida resort units on the gulf with kitchen and phone, & heated pool on the beach. No pets. Our island resort is a great Florida vacation destination near Bradenton, Longboat Key and Sarasota. Similar to Sanibel island, AMI Florida is located on the west coast of Florida just south of Tampa and is a great island vacation place for family vacations and Honeymoon vacations.We offer a quiet relaxing, tropical island feel with all the creature comforts of home. Our Florida island beach resort is located on the west coast of Florida in the city of Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island Florida directly on the beach and on the Gulf of Mexico. You can see much of Florida's natural wildlife on our beaches, including Sea Turtles, and the gentle Manatee. Island Beachcombers can find Florida Sea Shells while walking and swimming along the beach. Beautiful sunsets, a perfect spot for a family friendly vacation or a quiet island honeymoon. ... more   less 
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White Sands Beach Hotel Holmes Beach
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