A lot has been written on this site about the Tween so I thought I would do a comparison here between the South Seas Plantation and the Tween Waters. After hearing that we had stayed at both places, almost everyone we met asked us to rank and compare.
We love Captiva and have stayed at SSP many times, while this was our first visit to Tween. Whether you prefer one over the other depends on what you are looking for.
South Seas is a huge property - you can literally take shuttle busses around it - and there are many different kinds of accomodation throughout, from regular hotel rooms to many BR condos. It is a kind of "all in" resort, with something for everyone. I would imagine that there is some variation between the rooms and condos, since many are privately owned but everyplace we have stayed there was nice and well appointed. It is nice, but has a somewhat "corporate" feel.
Tween has a different vibe entirely. As other reviewers have noted, it's a collection of buildings and also has a range of accomodation from regular hotel rooms to suites with kitchens, to little cottages. It still has the feel of a fishing village that grew up. It is very very laid back, everyone is friendly and accomodating but it's more of "oh, sure" rather than "yes m'am". We had a one bedroom suite which was perfect for us. Nothing spectacular, but comfortable and clean. We could walk everywhere and the beautiful beach was across the street. We were lucky to have great weather - which certainly makes everything seem better.
The pool is huge and had plenty of chairs and good burgers, sandwiches and drinks. Service is pleasant and available but again, not "hop to it" - everything is very, very laid back. It was very relaxing and enjoyable.
The food at Old Captiva House is very good. One night we had a problem with one dish, which was corrected. There was plenty of choice and I enjoyed everything but I have already forgotten what I had so obviously not memorable in any sense. The Crow's Nest is more casual and basically just OK. Forget the crab races, even my kids thought it was dumb and I wouldn't want to go to the adults-only version. The breakfast, which was included, was perfect for me but others in the group wanted a cooked breakfast and they obliged and only charged something like five bucks for it. The dining room is a bit overly busy and chaotic in the morning and the front entry way gets too crowded, but once inside it's ok.
The spa is a pretty space but not very good. I had a couple of services there and although the prices were resort standard the services were not. The service on the beach with chairs, etc, is just OK, again, casual and relaxed and not "hop to it". I also hate the nickel and dime feeling of paying for beach chairs - but you do this at SSP also.
So, getting back to the SSP versus Tween comparison - I really enjoyed the Tween and preferred it for this trip as I was in the mood to just chill out completely, and this is a great place to do it. It felt like you were visiting a friend's house whereas SSP has a more slick and high end feel. You'll pay a lot more at SSP for most accomodation, plus a lot of resort fees etc, so I think Tween is kind of a bargain. I would definitely return to Tween but if I were dealing with someone who only likes high end hotels that are more polished then I would recommend SSP. No matter where you stay, Captiva is a beautiful spot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the legendary 'Tween Waters Inn on beautiful Captiva Island. Shouldn't every day be this good? Here, across 13 gorgeous Gulf-tween-bay acres, you can enjoy 137 quality accommodations including historic one, two and three bedroom seaside cottages, suites, studios and guest rooms. Miles of sugar-sand beaches. Olympic-size pool, hot tubs and children's wading pool. Day spa. Marina for launch, dock or rental. Fitness center, tennis, kayak and eco-adventures. Award-winning dining and nightly entertainment. Plus ballroom, boardroom and banquet facilities, indoors and out, for business, weddings and special events. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tween Waters Hotel Captiva Island
- Tween Water Inn
- Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa Captiva Island, Florida
- Tween Waters Captiva Island