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Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #7 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Texas
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Reviewed September 5, 2013

Was a little weary of staying at this resort based on its number ranking on trip advisor. Booked the trip one week out on avocations.com and got a wonderful air+hotel+car deal. We were pleasantly surprised. Our unit was very clean and nice. The resort is currently undergoing some renovations mainly on the outside, the lobby and restaurants have already been completed. We really enjoyed our stay and wouldn't hesitate to go back. We mainly shelled a couple of 100 yards north of the resort and had wonderful results. Will def. go back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Perfect family resort! Loved having bikes, kayaks, kids activities, live band by the bar, and on the beach! We stayed in a 2 bedroom on the ground floor- nice screened on patio to chill on and keep our sandy beach toys on.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Venice, Florida, United States
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Sundial just went under a $6 mil renovation. Is really nice, lovely rooms/ suites for the money. Decor is beachy, but tasteful plantation style. We had a studio, all done in white. Convenient kitchen. Great views, lovely palms, feels like Hawaii. Excellent restaurant overlooking the Gulf. Great menu, had the salmon, was delicious.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Came to Sanibel for a relaxing weekend and booked the Sundial Beach Resort. We checked in (later in the eve and it was dark), and after my credit card was charged and we were were given our room key, the attendant told us not to be surprised that the water is brown and not blue (and has been this way for weeks). Apparently, there has been something going on down here that we were un aware of (living up north) that has caused the gulf water at the resort (and many places here) to be BROWN! I personally feel like if they wanted to tell me this information, they should have called me with it prior to me spending lots of money and time to come down to what I booked (a stay on a resort beside the blue/green gulf). Not only were we so upset about this, but then we were given the wrong room.

We booked a gulfview room to be closer to the beach and instead we were given a room with a view of a man made pond really far away from the main pool (east building or east something). The attendant insisted it was a gulf view. We could maybe see a tiny part of where the gulf meets the sky in the very far distance. Had to wait til the next morning for the front desk to get a new attendant so we could be switched to the correct room. We were switched in the morning to a much better room.

Unfortunately, we had to go try to find a beach elsewhere that didn't have water that was brown and were successful at one beach in Captiva (but I forget the name of the beach).

The restaurant here was ok. The pool was ok too, but full of kids and the staff put on activities for the kids in it (races and find the spoon) which was not enjoyable for us as adults without kids trying to relax. Perhaps a good idea may be to designate a family pool or pool for kids.

Most places on Sanibel didn't seem to open til later (went for breakfast and had a tough time finding a place open at 9 am), most stores didn't open til 10 am and seemed to close early around 5,6,7 ish, which was shocking to me because its a holiday weekend. Definitely wouldn't stay here again. Don't think I'd come to Sanibel again either based on this disappointing experience.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Burlington, Kentucky
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

The Sundial had some rough times recently with the amenities area of service, we stayer there in 2011 and loved the suite and accommodations. since we have family on the Island we did not use the amenities at that time but just recently spent several days on the Island and they have renovated the Restaurant and reception area as well as the central portion of t he club and it was great.

Our server went out of the way to make things perfect for us. The view from the veranda is marvelous and the Breakfast was excellent. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a stay on Sanibel Island.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Visited for the first time August 2013, my fiancé and I had a wonderful time!
Slept with balcony sliding doors opened, you can hear the ocean waves, nothing better for relaxation.
Staff is friendly and helpful, few pools within complex, great food and CHEAP Happy hour, free bikes available to go visit the Island, beautiful beach!
Great for everyone, couples, family with kids, group of friends to enjoy a good time.

We will be back! Had a awesome time!!!!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

We did not actually stay at Sundial but at a nearby condo. Jim works at the tilki bar behind the hotel. He was great to our party of nine ladies! He was gracious, efficient and just plain good at making our drinks!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
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:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sundial Beach Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sanibel Island's most luxurious resort has completed a multi-million dollar renovation. 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 this unique barrier island off the southwest coast of Florida. Sanibel is two-thirds nature preserve providing visitors with an experience of Florida the way it used to be. Sanibel Island is a natural playground where you can feel the white sand between your toes, take a refreshing swim in the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico or one of Sundial's pools and bike the miles of paved paths around the island. The Resort 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, pristine shell-dotted beaches are just steps away. Voted Best Waterfront Dining in Southwest Florida, the resort's award winning 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 over looking 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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