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Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #6 of 20 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 17, 2013

I was concerned with the number of not great reviews on TA.

I was encouraged by a buy 2 nights get one free with $100 food credit deal.

I was glad I did. Room was excellent. Good size for a 1 BR unit which was remodeled. My buddy has a unit at South Seas Resort on Captiva. He came by after golf and he was impressed.

There was a washer and dryer in unit and I picked up some laundry detergent at Bailey's General Store.

They do not state they have safes in unit on their website which they do have.

I was not impressed with beach as water is still brownish from Lake O. runoff and a million washed shells on the beach making walking and beach activities sometimes painful on the feet.

Pool is smallish for the size of property and really lacks shade/umbrellas that should be standard.

Overall for the price we paid we did okay....but I hate the daily resort fee.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Benjamin S, Front Office Manager at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2013

Dear CTGolfDude,

Thank you for sharing your experience from your last visit at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa.

We are very happy to hear that you found the accommodations on property to your liking. We feel that the in room amenity's available provide a great value for our guests.

Join us again in the near future, with the Sanibel Fall Festival we offer great live entertainment at the main pool deck and Sea Breeze Restaurant. We will also be hosting all NFL games with special game day promotions.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Resort. Please contact us at any time at 239-472-4151.

Thank you

Your Sundial Team

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Reviewed November 15, 2013

This is a condo facility with multiple buildings and pools and a main building in the center. You pay depending on size, location and view of your condo. We went on on the recommendation of friends who had taken their kids for a winter getaway. It was an icy cold winter, so we flew down for a long weekend. Ahhhhh, lovely. Sanibel can be iffy in February, as it's not far enough south to be guaranteed warm weather at this time, but we had great days. Our girls were 6 and 10 which was perfect for the 2 bedroom condo. 2 bathrooms and an open kitchen/dining/living room with a balcony as well. Again, it's an individually owned condo, so ours showed a bit of wear and tear, but with kids, I'd rather not have things too pristine. We hit the grocery, so we had things for breakfast and lunch and could use our fully stocked kitchen. I would recommend going to the main pool by the club house for many reasons: It has a small but fun slide, you can use floats, they will have an occasional kid-friendly activity, you can be loud (we first went to a smaller pool we could see from our balcony and quickly were subjected to dirty looks by older residents relaxing there---because our kids were laughing loudly)…and lastly, there is great food and drink service at the pool which you can charge to your room. Sanibel is easy living, so we rented bikes for the day and explored the island. There are tennis courts and other small rec areas on the property. Oh, almost forgot the clean beach with great sea shells right next to you!!! Overall, a great winter getaway that makes things easy for a family.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Benjamin S, Front Office Manager at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2013

Dear CCS14,

Thank you for sharing your experience from your last visit at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa.

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay. It sounds as though you took full advantage of all accommodations and all that the property has to offer. It is regretful however that you were not able to locate the elevators throughout the buildings during your stay.

Join us again in the near future, with the Sanibel Fall Festival we offer great live entertainment at the main pool deck and Sea Breeze Restaurant. We will also be hosting all NFL games with special game day promotions.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Resort. Please contact us at any time at 239-472-4151.

Thank you

Your Sundial Team

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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Thank you - staff for a great vacation. Everyone was so accommodating. The kid's had a great time and enjoyed the many activities offered. We enjoyed wine and amazing sunsets everynight.
Food was top notch.

Room Tip: We had a garden view with partial gulf view. Beautiful!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Benjamin S, General Manager at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2013

Dear MsLeni,

Thank you for sharing your experience from your last visit at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa.

We are truly thankful that you found our staff accommodating during your stay. We strive for the highest standards of customer service and your positive experience is our ultimate reward.

Our dining outlets are a great asset to not only our guests, but because we are open to the public, we have the opportunity to share the great food and views available in two alfresco dining options with everyone.

Join us again in the near future, with the Sanibel Fall Festival we offer great live entertainment at the main pool deck and Sea Breeze Restaurant. We will also be hosting all NFL games with special game day promotions.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Resort. Please contact us at any time at 239-472-4151.

Thank you

Your Sundial Team

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Reviewed November 12, 2013

Thrilled with accommodations! The Sundial Resort is steps away from the gulf so beach access is simple. My studio was so spacious & extremely clean with plenty of room and the full kitchen was such a treat! Lunch was delicious, service was prompt. We opted to dine on the outdoor terrace overlooking the main pool and ocean which was quite fun and comfortable. Jerry's market is the nearest grocery store & we stocked the fridge to enjoy food on hand in our suite. The resort offered activities throughout the day. Bikes were available to ride around the island and the tennis courts were in great condition! The Sundial Beach Resort is absolutely worth visiting again!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Benjamin S, Front Office Manager at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2013

Dear tsstowell,

Thank you for sharing your experience from your last visit at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa.

We are delighted that you found your accommodations, and our location to your liking. With the variety of unit types and and sizes, all located near the beach, there truly is a unit for everyone.

We believe any individual, couple or family will find a unit that fits their needs at the Sundial Beach Resort and Spa.

Join us again in the near future, with the Sanibel Fall Festival we offer great live entertainment at the main pool deck and Sea Breeze Restaurant. We will also be hosting all NFL games with special game day promotions.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Resort. Please contact us at any time at 239-472-4151.

Thank you

Your Sundial Team

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Reviewed November 10, 2013

Sanibel Island is beautiful with a great beach filled with shells. The resort offered free bikes loans which meant that getting around the island was easy (they even had bike paths). We had a suit with two bedrooms and a kitchen which was great but it felt a bit dated. Everything we needed was there. The pools at the resort were small and crowded even though we were there off-season.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Benjamin S, Front Office Manager at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2013

Dear 12shoes,

Thank you for sharing your experience from your last visit at the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa.

We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed all the natural beauty that our islands have to offer.

Please come back and visit us again, for more information you can contact us at any time at 239-472-4151.

Thank you

Your Sundial Team

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Reviewed November 10, 2013

we did not upgrade to the RESORT package - $60 per day? I think.

We rented a condo in building K fourth floor - with friends - rented by owner - gulf front was so close the sound of the waves were awesome. The condo was well supplied with everything you would need - Although the description states high speed internet we did not find that to be true, if you are a techie you would of had a bad week! It would come and go, fortunately we spent muchof our time actually out exploring the island - Shelling, Kayaking, took tram tour of the Wildlife Refuge - and hiked the beach and ate...a lot. First week of November, Wonderful weather mid 80's up to 90 one day - wonderful island. Will be back!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

My husband and I stayed for my birthday, first time here. We rented one of the condo's for a week - E207.
Beautifully maintained. Resort is very nice. Only thing was the ants on the beach biting our legs and sometimes as the resort bar they would be biting our legs/feet. Overall great place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

Address: 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6521
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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: $176 - $509 (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 & Golf Hotel Sanibel Island
Sundial Beach And Golf Resort
Sundial Beach Hotel
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Sundial Beach Sanibel Island
Sundial Sanibel Island

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