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Reviewed December 7, 2010

Forget the condo- Arbors is small and charming with all the amenities that a well seasoned traveler would expect. We stayed in the Iris Cottage but have seen the others. They are all in super condition and meet "The Standard". Climate controlled, flat panel Fios TV, Internet, clean & bright. Go on vacation with the feeling of being at home. Good location, attention to detail, beautiful grounds, cottages and beach front make it a good call.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank goodtogo777
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Reviewed July 26, 2010

Me and my husband stayed at the Jasmine and were married on the beach in May. The wedding was gorgeous and more than I could have asked for! The cottages were just adorable and so clean! The private beach area made for such a beautiful and private wedding. Many family and friends stayed at the other cottages and loved them just as much as we did! The setup was perfect for a small wedding and reception of 25 people. The landscaping was gorgeous and made for great wedding pics.
I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful place to get married!

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with friends
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2  Thank kjandersenc1976
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Reviewed June 2, 2010

We were happy to find Arbors by the Sea, tucked away amongst lovely flowers
(hybiscus, impatiens, flowering vines on each arbor trellis.) I could sense the owners cared about their place. A real sense of privacy. A very short walk to the white beach,
and clear turquoise (warm) water of the Gulf. Beach was not crowded at all- - - - - 5-6 people in sight. No one nearby.
Our cabin was super clean (no cleaning product odors though, which was nice- - - - just the sense that competent cleaning staff had been there. )
Every appliance is provided, granite counters, hardwood floors. Furniture is in good repair. Again, the owners have a lovely sense of color and decoration without it being
stiff. It is homey, cozy, welcoming, but I would say upscale.
Our patio had shade around dinner time, and the chaise lounge had nice cushions.
A grill was there, table, chairs.
We found Arbors by the Sea to be a very quiet resort, therefore very restful.
The week we were there ( just leading up to Memorial Day) there were no loud
occupants, nor any intrusive music from clubs/nightclubs. We did not notice any clubs
on Longboat Key- - - - -if they were there they were tucked away. Or guests could drive
a short way up to Anna Maria area to perhaps find nightlife.
We were looking for peace and quiet, and we found it.
Restaurants were plentiful- - - we didn't get to try them all. We enjoyed Lazy Lobster the most, which was very nearby.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank jmet
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Reviewed June 13, 2009

Arbors by the Sea is simply fantastic, beautiful surroundings, lovely, cozy, quaint cottages. Gorgeous beach & water. You couldn’t ask for more. You won’t be disappointed, In fact you will be stunned by the overall beauty and atmosphere of this little paradise. The sunsets on the beach....well you just have to be there to experience it. Be sure to take a flashlight with you and look for white sand crabs on the beach after dark....lots of fun. Shell hunting on the beach and in the water is also fun. We picked up many beautiful shells to bring home. Any negative review of this resort will likely be dated before Nov 2008. Arbors by the Sea is now under new ownership & management and has undergone a complete renovation. If you read any negative reviews after Nov 2008, you can whole-heartily ignore them, obviously the reviewer(s) can’t be pleased. I and my wife are difficult to please, and we fell in love with Arbors by the Sea. And I assure you it will be a regular vacation destination for us. The only thing that would make it better is if it was mine!

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled with family
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1  Thank VWTDI
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Reviewed June 8, 2009

We spent three nights at Arbors by the Sea in June and absolutely loved it. The beach is beautiful and very, very close to the cottages. Perfect place for vacation with friends or family. The cottages and the grounds were very well kept and charming. Any negative posts below must have been prior to the significant renovations recently completed by new management (including, among other things, new interiors, paint, granite kitchens, bathrooms, plasma TVs, etc.). We highly recommend Arbors by the Sea for anyone looking for the Old Florida feel with all of the conveniences and comforts of a luxury resort.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank smbirmingham51
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