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South Seas Island Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Captiva Island
Certificate of Excellence
Marietta, Georgia
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29 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Family Vacation Paradise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2014

Spent 6 days in Captiva and enjoyed it all--only after we got switched to another beach villa. I had booked this vacation stay back in Feb and our expectations were very high. When we arrived, however, the 2 br beach villa did not live up to those expectations. There were stains on the couch, chairs and bedding duvet. The sheets were so starched they were like cardboard, the baseboards were dusty, and a few other minor things that added up to us not wanting to stay in that room for the next several days. The next morning we went to the front desk where Isaac listened to our complaints and offered to find us other accommodations. After a couple of hours, he called and we were taken to the North end of the island (Lands End) where we ended up staying for the remainder of our trip. Much nicer rooms, bigger and cleaner. We were traveling with 2 kids (ages 12 and 10) and the room was ideally located for us. It was closer to the pools, the sunset beach, fishing, kayaking and everything else. We rented bikes and got around that way or took the trolley. Only drove our car one night out to dinner so that we wouldn't get bitten by the gnats waiting for the trolley (even though they had Skin So Soft available at the stop, it still didn't prevent us from getting bites all over our legs). The cons of the resort are the high prices of the food, but you'd get that anywhere on vacation. We were able to get to the Publix before we got onto Captiva, which saved us a few meals. They had grills all over the place, but get your meat/fish before you get there. In all, the north end of the island worked best for us and the accommodations were much nicer, although the furniture was a bit dated. The pool water was very warm, but it was in the 80s-90s when we were there. The views are incredible. The kids loved the Scoutabout program and it forced us to go all over to get their page punched and see everything. Abundant wildlife--fish, manatees, herons, ospreys and TONS of shells. Beautiful sunsets, too.

Room Tip: If traveling with kids, rent bikes and stay in the north end of the island--it's close to pools...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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SouthSeasCaptiva, Guest Relations Manager at South Seas Island Resort, responded to this review, June 23, 2014
Thank you for staying with us and sharing your review. The Lands End villas are a great choice for a multi-bedroom condo on the north end - I'm glad you enjoyed it. We look forward to welcoming your family back to the resort village.

With warm regards,
Anthonia Smith
Dir of Guest Relations
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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

I was there for a working vacation. The place was beautiful and the views were breathtaking. I had a three bedroom condo that overlooked the bay. The room was clean and the bed was very comfortable. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. However, the internet was not very reliable. We were told they were working on it but it was never fixed. The only place it worked was in the kitchenette area, which made it very inconvenient, as I had to share the condo with two other people. I needed internet service for business reasons and it was very difficult. Otherwise the stay was superb and I would highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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SouthSeasCaptiva, Guest Relations Manager at South Seas Island Resort, responded to this review, June 23, 2014
Thank you for staying at South Seas Island Resort and sharing your review. We are currently upgrading the wifi system throughout the resort and will be able to deliver a quality wifi experience shortly. Some areas are already being fitted and tested with the new service. We look forward to your next visit.

With warm regards,
Anthonia Smith
Dir of Guest Relations, South Seas Island Resort
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Wood Dale
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014

The only thing keeping me from giving South Seas a 5 was the price of the food. Everything else was perfect. The grounds are beautiful. We had a harbor side room and watched the sunrise every morning plus the dolphins and the manatees. In the evening we would walk several hundred feet to the golf course side and watch the sunset on the beach. We visited during the second week of February and the weather was pleasant. Jackets needed in the evening. We would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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SouthSeasCaptiva, Guest Relations Manager at South Seas Island Resort, responded to this review, June 23, 2014
Thank you for visiting South Seas Island Resort and sharing your review. I'm glad you enjoyed your time with us and we'll keep working to get that 5th star from you on your next visit.

With warm regards,
Anthonia Smith
Dir of Guest Relations, South Seas Island Resort
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Murphy, NC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

The resort was beautiful but outdated. For the money you spend here, you could easily have a much nicer, more tropical vacation at any island. Room was clean, staff was wonderful! We stayed in a Marina Oceanview Suite. The pools need to be larger, they were very crowded!

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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SouthSeasCaptiva, Guest Relations Manager at South Seas Island Resort, responded to this review, June 23, 2014
Thank you for staying with us and sharing your feedback. Your comments will help us better understand where we can improve the guest experience.

With warm regards,
Anthonia Smith
Dir of Guest Relations
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014

Everything to do with this resort is overpriced! The condo unit was not so clean or maintained considering the cost. The facilities were spread out over such a vast area and for anyone who has any type of mobility issues - this is not the place for you to visit. The staff was mediocre at best. A very disappointing experience.

Room Tip: Stay somewhere else!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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4 Thank Heaven0514
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SouthSeasCaptiva, Guest Relations Manager at South Seas Island Resort, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Thank you for staying with us and sharing your experience. I am disappointed to read that we did not exceed your expectations. We are a large property, with 2.5 miles of gulf-front beach spanning 330 acres, but we do have a trolley system that runs 7a-11p daily, bikes, golf carts, and accessible parking near outlets.

I'd welcome the opportunity to learn more about your stay. If you're interested, please email me at asmith2@southseas.com

Thanks again for staying with us and I wish you all the best this summer.

With warm regards,
Anthonia Smith
Dir of Guest Relations
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Monroe, Louisiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2014

We stayed at the far end of the resort across from the golf course. Our room was clean and we had a nice view of what I would call the "harbor area."

The main drawback for me is the lack of easily accessible beach access in the area near the golf course which is situated along the gulf side of the island. There is significant beach access near the entrance to the resort although that area is often noisy.

We did enjoy the restaurant and the views overlooking the marina.

Overall, a very pleasurable experience.

J. Randolph Smith
Monroe, LA

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank jrsmith8
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SouthSeasCaptiva, Guest Relations Manager at South Seas Island Resort, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Thank you for staying with us and sharing your experience. I'm glad you enjoyed your time with us. Next time you visit, please ask the front desk the best way to get to Sunset Beach, as there are a couple paths that can get you from the Harbourside Guestrooms to the beach.

With warm regards,
Anthonia Smith
Dir of Guest Relations
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Acton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2014

My husband and I took our two children, ages one and three, and stayed in a beach condo for a week. The trip was so perfect that we booked again for next year before we left! Friendly people, helpful staff, clean room and common areas. Great pools and beaches. We loved using golf cart and boat rentals. Good kids programs, though we never left our children with the kids program. We felt that there was great value for the price. Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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3 Thank 1112Stephanie
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SouthSeasCaptiva, Guest Relations Manager at South Seas Island Resort, responded to this review, June 2, 2014
Thank you for bringing the family down to South Seas Island Resort. We look forward to your return. If I can be of assistance, please let me know at asmith2@southseas.com.

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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South Seas Island Captiva
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