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South Seas Island Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Captiva Island
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, New Hampshire
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124 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Lovely place to get away from it all!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

We loved this resort! We visited this place mid January and it was very quiet and serene. We chose the Harborside Waterview rooms (junior suite) and it was beautiful. Our balcony overlooked a waterway and every day, we would see about 4 dolphins playing outside our window. The large room was nicely decorated and had a serene feel to it (not filled up with tacky pictures on the wall etc. but rather bare and easy on the eye). Good sized bathroom with double sinks. We did not eat at any of the restaurants on site but rather ventured out to the surrounding area. We did enjoy the pool(s) near the hotel as well as the beach. There is a small golf course there (9 hole?) that looked inviting as well as tennis courts; however, we decided to rest on this trip! Everyone was quite friendly and we would love to return to this place again. The only negative thing that we found was that the elevator was not working when we arrived and we had to drag our luggage to top floor. We notified one of the workers who shrugged us off. Plus there was some kind of a company party the night we arrived and they were quite noisy that first night. Other than that, we loved the accommodations!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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SouthSeasCaptiva, Guest Relations Manager at South Seas Island Resort, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Thank you for staying with at South Seas Island Resort and sharing your review. We look forward to your return.

With warm regards,
Anthonia Smith
Dir of Guest Relations, South Seas Island Resort
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Port Charlotte, Florida
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54 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

We spend a weekend at the resort everything was beyond our expectations ,the marina facilities were excellent and the dock master was extremely helpful in solving our electrical hook up issues.
The restaurant had my wife's favorite dish ,Whole fried red snapper which was excellent.
Over all this is going to become one of our favorite destinations

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Henry M
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SouthSeasCaptiva, Guest Relations Manager at South Seas Island Resort, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Thank you for spending your vacation at South Seas Island Resort. We're glad you found us and we look forward to your future trips. Charles and his team at the marina are an asset to the resort and to the boaters of Southwest Florida. If one dines at Harbourside Bar & Grill, I too recommend the whole snapper - especially if you love Asian spices.

Thanks again for staying with us and we'll see you soon.

With warm regards,
Anthonia Smith
Dir of Guest Relations, South Seas Island Resort
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Ashburn, Virginia
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64 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2014

The staff has been wonderful. The grounds are beautiful. Expertly maintained. They have really thought of nearly all of the details here. We booked a wonderful room with water view and it does not disappoint. We are just a few feet from the water. We can see it, hear it, watch the birds and dolphins feeding at night. Totally awesome!

The room however is pretty basic. The bed isn't comfortable and the pillows are all down and flat as a pancake. The sliding glass doors to the balcony are very old. When our upstairs neighbor opens and closes the door, it seems as if we are having a small earthquake. It's very loud. They NEED to replace these doors. I also suggest updating the old metal railing with glass so that you don't obstruct any of the fantastic views. We got the unfortunate assignment of a room at the top of the stairs, right at the elevator and at the location of the icemaker. Noisiest room I've probably ever stayed in.

Luckily, this loud, dated room that we have is extremely close to the marina which is lovely and probably one of the best hotel pools I've visited in a long time. The pool is right on the water. Nice chairs, plenty of towels, cabanas with 3 pools in total. Today was a cool day and they'd heated the water to 80 degrees. It was awesome! We were able to lounge by the pool all morning.

We were also just a short, 5 minute walk from the beach. Again, the staff is great. Chairs setup, towels ready, they'll set everything up at your request.

Food within the resort is pricey. But you expect this. You are paying for the convenience.

Really, the only downfall of this resort was the room. Everything else, top notch. They have thought of everything.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Cspigle1
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SouthSeasCaptiva, Guest Relations Manager at South Seas Island Resort, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
Thank you for staying with us. This review may take a few days to post, so I apologize if this message gets to you too late. We are going to contact you in your room to discuss your visit and options for this or future stays. I hope that the memories you take with you will be the fun time spent with loved ones in this beautiful island setting.

With warm regards,
Anthonia Smith
Dir of Guest Relations, South Seas Island Resort
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Dublin, Ireland
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

We have been going to Captiva on and off for 12 years at Christmas. This year the weather was super (86F) just before Christmas. Ideal location for teenagers on a family holiday with fishing, golf, tennis, gym, and beach. A new addition is the opening of Doc Ford's in Chadwick Square, we ate there twice, food was excellent. The resort was as busy as I have ever seen it, we really enjoyed the stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank William F
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SouthSeasCaptiva, Guest Relations Manager at South Seas Island Resort, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
Thank you for coming back to South Seas Island Resort. We appreciate you making us a destination of choice when traveling to the US. We look forward to your next visit.

With warm regards,
Anthonia Smith
Dir of Guest Relations, South Seas Island Resort
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Stockholm, Sweden
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19 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2014

Stayed during New Years for 6 night in a gulf cottage with extended family, and it was lovely for a Swedish family. Like Fårö on a good summer. Very quite, lovely beach right in from of you (50 meters to the water) and the house was very comfortable and livable.

We hardly visited the other parts of the resort, besides playing some tennis and talking the nice cruises from the harbour, but those parts are of course a different story. If you want big pools and music and entertainment then that will work of course.

Good restaurant around, and the reserve on Sanibel island is definately worth a visit!

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Eva L
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SouthSeasCaptiva, Guest Relations Manager at South Seas Island Resort, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
Thank you for traveling all the way to Captiva to celebrate New Years at South Seas Island Resort. The wildlife reserve, JN 'Ding' Darling Wildlife Refuge is truly amazing and I highly recommend all guests include a tour during their stay - especially if you love birds, as there are 250 species that visit the reserve.

Thanks again for staying with us and we hope to see you and your family again.

With warm regards,
Anthonia Smith
Dir of Guest Relations, South Seas Island Resort
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Pompano Beach, FL
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52 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

We hit our favorite resort to ring in the New Year's. Stayed in the Harborside View Room again. I really love this resort but I must say I was hoping last time we were there (in August of 2013) that the stark white walls (not a single wall hanging) & no color in the room (all white) mean they were in the middle of a room design. All was the same 5 months later. Really disappointing. This used to be such a charming island resort...ambiance is a big thing for me. Having said that. I really like the room layout and all the great amenities.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank phanie12
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SouthSeasCaptiva, Guest Relations Manager at South Seas Island Resort, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
Thank you for returning to South Seas and spending your New Years with us. And thank you for your comment on the decor of the Harbourside Guestrooms. While the original intent of the design was to have a clean, simple design, we have received some comments from guests that have lead us to begin to look at options to enhance the guestroom decor.

We appreciate the high regard in which you hold South Seas, and we look forward to welcoming you back.

All the best,
Anthonia Smith
Dir of Guest Relations, South Seas Island Resort
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Skippack, PA
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40 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

Our kids are grown and live elsewhere, but still want to vacation each year as a family. The requirements we have are a beach, nice restaurants, and easy to get to since we are coming from multiple locations. South Seas worked perfect for us. We stayed at a 3 bedroom villa on the beach near the south end of the resort, and used a golf cart to go into town to shop, get around the resort, and go out for dinner each night. We only used the main pool area once, and used smaller pools near our villa when we weren't using the gulf.

Pros - Easy to get to (1 hour to the airport), beautiful beach, easy to get chairs and umbrellas, short golf cart ride to town to eat off-resort, nice beach, short golf cart ride to get to boats, close to shops and restaurants

Cons - Some villas need refreshing, a bit pricy, on site restaurants are limited (but we perferred to eat off-site anyway)

Room Tip: There are a variety of room choices (beach or pool) so choose the one best for you. For instance, i...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank john9572
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SouthSeasCaptiva, Guest Relations Manager at South Seas Island Resort, responded to this review, January 13, 2014
Thank you for bringing your family to South Seas Island Resort. We appreciate you choosing to stay with us and we are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope that you will consider us for future family gatherings and get-aways.

With warm regards,
Anthonia Smith
Dir of Guest Relations, South Seas Island Resort
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Property: South Seas Island Resort
Address: 5400 Plantation Road, PO Box 194, Captiva Island, FL 33924-6000
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Captiva 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 Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Captiva Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — South Seas Island Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 471
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
South Seas Island Resort is located on 330-acres on tropical Captiva Island, on the west coast of Florida, just off the beaches of Fort Myers, Fl. South Seas is an iconic resort village combining a natural wonderland with modern resort amenities and accommodations. The resort offers many styles and sizes of accommodations including guestrooms, one to three bedroom villas (condominiums), cottages and spacious private homes. Activities at the resort include tennis, golf, water sports programs including kayak tours, boating and parasailing. Kids will have a great time at the Sanibel Sea School while learning about the surrounding environment. Enjoy three lagoon style pools, complete with private cabanas located at the Pointe and H2Whoa! With two fun water slides. The resort also features some of the best shelling in the world on the miles of sugar sand beach. For relaxation, the Kay Casperson Boutique and Spa is located in the South Village, providing special pampering with a complete spa treatment menu.Dining at South Seas Island Resort is as varied as the activities, with The Harbourside Bar and Grill and The Pointe located at North Pointe. Visit Scoops & Slices, located next to The Pointe, for ice cream or coal fired pizza. In the South Village, other options include Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille, Starbucks and the Captiva Provision Company, a gourmet deli. ... more   less 
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