Went to Sanibel for a wedding and rented this condo to spend the week. Our first experience on Sanibel and it will not be our last. First, we were more than satisfied with our decision to stay at Pointe Santo. Beautiful facility that is well maintained and provides a quiet comfortable vacation. The beach area has lounge chairs available, unfortunately they keep them connected by a cable and you can't take them far onto the beach. However, they have a nice size beach available and provide a volleyball area which was in very good shape. A ball is available daily. The pool area is small but very nice and they have a hot tub near the pool. The beach is too pretty to sit by the pool but if it does begin to get too hot you have that option. The facility also provides industrial grade outdoor gas grills that we used one night. I believe there are 9 available on first come, first serve basis. They were extremely clean and efficient. In fact, I saw staff wiping them down and cleaning them one day. I found cooking on the grills one of the best ways to meet other visitors.
My wife and I drove around the island as well as Captiva and would return to Pointe Santo as they are close to the restaurant area and provide all the amenities for an enjoyable vacation. The units are privately owned, however professionally maintained by Royal Shell. They provide security patrols at night, and the maintenance of the area was impeccable. The island has a very relaxing, almost tropical feel as they have controlled building. No large high rises on this island and they have maintained greenery in an around the island to keep the island appeal. We drove to Ft. Myers Beach and Bonita Springs one day and discovered a much different look, with large high rises and cement everywhere you looked.
The unit we stayed in (D-31) provided everything we needed for a great week long vacation. The master bed is a large King size mattress of high quality. Not too stiff and not soft, which was very close to ours at home. The twin beds were comfortable as well. The kitchen area is small but you can easily cook and move about. Everything you need for the week is available. We enjoy cooking breakfast in and making a lunch for the beach. The refrigerator worked very well and the ice-maker would easily fill the ice tray every 24hours providing us sufficient ice for the beach and dinner cocktails.
The unit boast 3 flat screen televisions, the largest one being in the living room and HD is available which made watching the hockey playoffs very enjoyable. D31 is one of the furthest units from the beach, but one of the first units as you enter the parking lot. The parking space was directly in front of the stairs. The walk to the beach is very short and allows you to walk through the very well maintained grounds. We had a view of the beach from our Lanai which we enjoyed each morning as we shared coffee and ate breakfast. Everything in the unit is fairly new and well decorated. The owners have added their own personalities in the unit and you begin to feel as you know them. They even have a vacation diary that is kept in the master bedroom and reading the remarks of past travelers proved very interesting.
The owners of this unit provided some extremely useful tips on their website: http://www.my-sanibel-paradise.com/accommodations.html We used their restaurant guide and agreed with their opinions on the reviews. YOU HAVE TO EAT AT TRADER'S CAFE, right next door to Royal Shell where you pick up your keys. Red Snapper and Filet to die for and the spinach salad recipe will be used at home now.
Remember, this is a quiet quaint island that provides beautiful lazy days on the beach and many restaurant and boutique options. Plenty of bicycle trails throughout the island, but not a place for a family that wants action provided for them. We love this kind of vacation (late 40s early 50s.) There is a boat marina where you can rent boats or boat rides, fishing trips etc. Bicycle rentals are plentiful. The beaches provide daily, or for the best shells, nightly shell hunts. As the sun sets the tide goes out and you can find some keepers to bring home.
I also played the DUNES golf course during my stay. The course is not long, under 6000 yards but has water on all 18 holes. It is a bit expensive at $115.00 per round, but one of the prettiest courses I have played. In very good condition and requires you to think and play within yourself or you could empty your bag of golf balls. I only took out the driver once but thoroughly enjoyed the course and played in a little over 3 hours. If you haven't played it is worth playing. I also played Shell Point, just over the bridge and the rate was $55.00 and that was a fun challenging course that I would play again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pointe Santo de Sanibel is an upscale condominium resort located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Our family resort features a gulfside pool and whirlpool, a clubhouse, 2 tennis courts, shuffleboard, beach volleyball and a supervised children's program. The grounds feature extensive tropical landscaping along a romantic lagoon crisscrossed by quaint bridges and walkways, Tiki huts and BBQ grills. All individually owned units feature a screenedmlanai with a Gulf view, full kitchens, individually controlled AC, cable & Wi-Fi. Pointe Santo is close to the bike path, "Ding" Darling wildlife refuge, theater, restaurants, and golf courses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pointe Santo De Sanibel Hotel Sanibel Island
- Pointe Santo De Sanibel Island
- Point Santo Sanibel Island