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Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #6 of 20 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 15, 2013

We just finished our second stay at the sundial. We love the location (right on the gulf, our room was about 50 feet from the beach). We really wanted to mention some of eye great service we received as well. Claude was awesome with the kids and really went the extra mile to make sure they were having fun. Andrea and Laurie in the restaurant were great as well. Our 3 kids are pretty active, and they were very helpful and patient...we will be back for the great views and relaxing time, but also for the great service. Lastly, our daughter left her prized teddy bear at the hotel. Security texted us a picture of the bear and a nice note, and are milling it to us monday. It made her day. Really nice touch! Thanks!!

Room Tip: Buildings a,b,k have direct gulf views. B, k are closer to the lobby and pool area.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Marina B, Front Office Manager at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2013

Dear Joseph C,

Thank you very much for your great feedback. We truly value the option of our guests and are excited that you and your family have enjoyed your stay.

We are thrilled that Claude, Andrea and Laurie made a difference during your stay. They are a true asset to our Resort. We are glad we were able to find your daughters teddy.

We truly look forward welcome you back to the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa.
Please feel free to contact us at anytime for further assistance.

Thank you
Your Sundial Team

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Reviewed June 15, 2013

I stayed at the Sundial two years ago, with much disappointment and regret. At that time, the resort seemed to have so much potential with it's serene and beautiful location - but the service was poor, decor was outdated, amenities and facilities were inferior, and the restaurants were overpriced and mediocre.
Fast forward two years later and under recent new owner management, the Sundial has transformed itself into a top class full service resort and spa. The one bedroom suite was spacious and nicely appointed with a "home away from home" feel. The main lodge and pool area were completely remodeled and the entire interior transformed into a Hyatt-like atmosphere, perfect for business meetings and conferences. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly, especially the fabulous front desk manager Marina who will go above and beyond to assist you. Finally, the restaurants and bars rival the best on Sanibel, with the lovely view from the appealing outdoor second floor deck restaurant. There's a crazy giant aquarium in the main floor bar that resembles one designed and built by the cast of Tanked. Best of all, the food and beverage service at any of the four restaurants from casual to sophisticated are not only affordable, but rival the best of the best that Sanibel/Captiva have to offer in taste, presentation, and service. As a family, the events for children are well planned and organized, with never a dull moment. I've already booked my vacation next year and look forward to the full service spa that is soon to open.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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4  Thank Michael O
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Marina B, Front Office Manager at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2013

Dear Oliver A,

Thank you very much for your feedback. I am really excited that you and your family have enjoyed your stay. Our Team strives to deliver the best lodging option on Sanibel with fun entertainment for adults and kids alike.

I look forward welcoming you back the near future.

Please feel free to contact me at any time, should you have any questions for your future reservation.
Thank you
Marina Bloetz

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

We spent a week at Sundial from June 4 through June 11 (family of 3, including parents and a college-student son).

We first visited a couple of years ago and we were excited to come back and see the renovations. The first couple of days were pretty rainy as the area got sideswiped by a tropical storm, but it actually turned out okay. We took the opportunity to catch up on sleep, watch movies, and order pizza (Island Pizza makes a tasty pie and the delivery is quick). Our room was impressively spacious and well-appointed, so being stuck inside wasn't particularly bothersome.

After that the days were nice -- warm and sunny, perfect for sitting by the pool, enjoying drinks from the bar (happy hour from 3 to 5) and doing some reading. To mix things up my son and I played ping-pong and took a bike ride (you can borrow a bicycle for free), and the beach is mere steps away if you want to swim in the gulf or do some shelling.

We didn't dine at the resort (too many great restaurants on the island!) so I can't speak for the food, but the bars are great and the bartenders provide efficient service.

I have only a couple of complaints, both minor: the housekeeping staff shows up way too early in the morning -- it's vacation and we like to sleep in! After the first morning we put up the Do Not Disturb sign permanently. All we really need from housekeeping is fresh towels, and since our room had a washer and dryer we just took care of it ourselves. I think housekeeping should wait until noon or so; most people will be at the pool or beach by then. The only other issue was the pillows, which were way too soft for my liking (I like a firm pillow, but obviously this is a personal preference so it may be just fine for some people).

Overall it was a great vacation and my wife and I will probably return in the fall when our son is back at school.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank codeweasel
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Marina B, Front Office Manager at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2013

Dear codeweasel,
Thank you for your valuable feedback. We are very excited to you and your family have enjoyed your stay. Our Team strives to deliver the best lodging option on Sanibel and exceed guest expectations.

Sanibel Island is a true sanctuary island with breath-taking views to the Gulf of Mexico offering fun for the whole family.

We look forward welcoming you and your family back. Please feel free to contact us at any time at 239-472-4151.

Thank you

Your Sundial Team

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Reviewed June 9, 2013

My husband and I have family and friends in South Florida as well as rental property in the city of Miami. We traveled to South Florida for two weeks at the end of April for some R and R after our 32 day adventure tour to Sri Lanka and India three weeks prior to coming to Florida. We booked a week at the Sun Dial Resort through a booking agency, Sanibel Accommodations, prior to our adventure trip wanting to combine business and pleasure while in Florida. The natural beauty and tranquility of Sanibel was just the perfect antidote to an exciting but hectic sojourn in South Asia. The Sanibel experience was such a positive one that we decided to book the same unit for the same time period at the end of April 2014.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Just returned from a 3 day getaway in Sanibel Island. It was so beautiful and relaxing. Reminded me of the Florida beach days I used to enjoy as a child in Daytona and Clearwater. The beach was very clean, except the thousands of sea shells! I went for a 3 mile run and the sand was perfect. The kids had a great time hunting for favorite shells and playing in the pool. The Sundial has so many things to offer. Bikes, tennis, pool, excellent food, central location. The rooms are very large and spacious. With full kitchens, we could eat breakfast in to save some money, make snacks for the kids and then dine out for a splurge.

Very nice and relaxing. Can't wait to return in October.

Room Tip: Each room is different and some have 1 bedroom suites and some have 2. Ask the front desk which are...
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Roadlesstvled
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Marina B, Front Office Manager at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2013

Dear Roadlesstvled,
Thank you for taking the time to comment on your recent stay. We are very excited to you and your family enjoyed your stay. Our Team strives to deliver the best lodging option on Sanibel and exceed guest expectations.

Sanibel Island is a true sanctuary island with breath-taking views to the Gulf of Mexico offering fun for the whole family.

We look forward welcoming you and your family back. Please feel free to contact us at any time at 239-472-4151.

Thank you

Your Sundial Team

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Reviewed June 7, 2013

During the week from 5/28/13 to /3/13, we stayed at SunDial for our son's wedding. What a magnificant and awesome place to stay and the staff, pool crew, cleaning crew, dining rooms, pools, ever aspect of this hotel is amazing. Also, clean rooms, great food, awesome beaches, this hotel gets a 5-star rating from our entire gang, over 50 people. Rest there, enjoy and make friends. Mary Beth, Barb, Angie, Dr. Dan, Frank S, everyone made this the vacation and wedding of a life time. Hats off to SunDial, the greatest place every. God bless all of you. Marlene G. and crew.

Room Tip: Ask for Gulf view, it is amazing.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank marlene g
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Marina B, Front Office Manager at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2013

Dear Marlene G,

Thank you for sharing your experience of your last visit at our Resort. We are so excited that your stay was a perfect one. Our Team always strives for excellent service and to exceeds our guest expectations.

Congratulations and best wishes to your son and bride. Thank you for making us a part of your “One-of-a-life-time-Event”.

We look forward welcoming you and your family back. Please feel free to contact us at any time at 239-472-4151.

Thank you

Your Sundial Team

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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Visited Sundial on Sanibel Island recently since it is now open to the public for the first time in many years. Went to listen to Danny Morgan and his band playing poolside but ended up staying for a yummy lunch with friends. They had the biggest and most juicy chicken wings I have ever had in Florida. My friends had salmon Ceasar salad and said it was also wonderful. The frozen drinks were to-die-for. With Buffet-style music playing in the background and wonderful views of the Gulf, this is THE place to hang out on Sanibel Island. Especially on Fridays when Danny plays. You can also dine inside at their new restaurant Seabreeze, which features local seafood specialties but since I am not a seafood person, I was very happy with the wings and Pina Colada. PS Someone else drove home.

Room Tip: since I am a "local" did not stay at the resort, but sure enjoyed their food.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank LoisLaneFlorida
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Marina B, Front Office Manager at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2013

Dear LoisLaneFlorida,

Thank you for your valuable feedback and thank your joining us as our guest at Turtles Café & Tiki Bar. We are thrilled you had the best chicken wings in SW Florida.

Danny Morgan Band is a true Sanibel experience and we are glad you enjoyed it. We hope to welcome you back soon with more live entrainment and a great menu.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time by dialing 239-472-4151.

Thank you

Your Sundial Team

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Address: 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6521
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel 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 Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range: $196 - $499 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sundial Beach Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 205
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Voted "BEST FULL SERVICE RESORT ON THE ISLANDS" and "BEST STAYCATION IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA" for four years in a row, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is the centerpiece of Sanibel Island, a unique barrier island on Florida's southern Gulf Coast. The island is a natural playground where visitors enjoy miles of pristine beaches, nature preserves, water sports and award winning bike paths. Awarded TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa offers a wide array of activities and amenities for all ages including swimming in 5 heated pools, HydroGrid tennis courts, 12 new pickleball courts,cabanas, kayaks, paddle boards, bike tours, golf, organized activities, a marketplace, spa and sea school. One,two and three bedroom residences feature options for views with the conveniences of home in a tranquil, tropical setting. These Residences offer a full kitchen with housewares, living/dining area, full baths and ample space that is ideal for couples or larger families. Best of all, Sanibel's world-renowned, shell-dotted beaches are just steps away from your door. Voted Best Waterfront Dining in Southwest Florida, the resort's restaurants offer indoor and outdoor dining options and delicious menu selections. Look forward to an authentic experience as your dinner is artfully prepared right before your eyes at Shima Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, the area's only Japanese steakhouse. Shima's Grab N Go provides take out sushi for those on the go. Sea Breeze Cafe offers casual dining and local, fresh ingredients with a true Sanibel Island tropical flair overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Sundial's tiki-style poolside eatery, Turtle's Pool & Beach Bar, serves up delicious signature drinks at the bar and family-friendly patio. Slice of Paradice provides the perfect poolside venue for tasty treats such as pizza, ice-cream, hotdogs and salads- perfect for beach-goers and sunset strollers. A daily resort fee includes the use of beach umbrellas and chairs, beach towels, kayaks, paddleboards, bicycles, beach volleyball, fitness center, wifi, organized activities and tennis & pickleball court access. In addition to being voted Best Full Service Resort and Best Staycation, the resort has been regionally recognized for Best Event Facilities, Best Chef, Best Server, Best Happy Hour, Best New Restaurant, Best Sushi, Best Tiki Bar, Best Waterfront Dining and Best Tennis on the Islands. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sundial Beach And Golf Resort
Sundial Beach & Golf Hotel Sanibel Island
Sundial Beach Hotel
Sundial Beach Resort
Sundial Beach Sanibel Island
Sundial Sanibel Island

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