As a family of six (2 adults, 2 grandparents, 1 preschooler and 1 toddler), we spent one week in March at the Lighthouse Resort. Since this was my first time in Sanibel, I don't have anything to compare it to but we had a great experience at the Lighthouse and it perfectly suited our needs. It was obviously an older resort, but the unit was clean, spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated. The kitchen could use updating, but the bathrooms looked fairly new. The unit had a balcony off the living room (with lots of sun), a shaded screened balcony off the kitchen and another open balcony off the master bedroom. We had an amazing view of the lagoon and even the lighthouse which I'm told was not the case before Hurricane Charlie. The kitchen was fully equipped with everything we needed, including sharp knives. We chose to pay a little more and shop at Jerry's. I highly recommend their Key Lime pie and the fish and shrimp was very fresh. We made good use of the laundry inside the unit. Bathroom towels and pool towels are provided, you just need to bring or buy some beach towels. The resort also provides folding chairs. The beach is an easy, short walk from the resort and we were also close to a walking trail to both the lighthouse and a small plaza where Pinocchio's, Geppetto's and the Lighthouse Cafe are located. When the ocean doesn't wash up a bunch of gunk, the beach has beautiful powdery soft, white sand. We didn't find "shelling" lived up to the hype, but I understand it's not the same as in previous years. There are a number of dolphins in the area who were not afraid of people and loved to play and do tricks for an audience. When we weren't at the beach, we enjoyed the pool or the shuffleboard. We did check out the bikes, but our young ones weren't into the idea of a bike ride. The resort staff were friendly and helpful. They hosted a meet and greet bagel breakfast one morning and printed our boarding passes before we checked out. I discovered at the end of our stay that the office has a library of books, DVDs and games that can be borrowed. Most the people staying at the resort are retirees, empty nesters and families. After such an enjoyable stay, we will definitely be back. A few notes about Sanibel: it was cool in the morning and evening, hot during the day, so heed the advice about layers in March. Also, traffic along Periwinkle Way was insane at all hours of the day and thankfully police officers could keep things moving along, but one lane of traffic in both directions cannot accommodate the popularity of this island. Luckily, my husband knew some detours we could take and we suggest you find your own alternative route to and from your hotel to avoid getting stuck in a jam. Or better yet, ride a bike to your destinattion.
- Also Known As:
- Lighthouse Resort & Club Hotel Sanibel Island
- Lighthouse Resort And Club
- Lighthouse Resort Sanibel Island