We had a wonderful time (July 13-20). It was Florida-hot, but it always seemed cooler by the resort’s grotto pool (either my imagination Or a result of the building design at ground level that funneled air around). Everyone was very nice, helpful, and good at what they did. We had a 2-bedroom ocean-view villa on Floor 12 that was spacious, beautiful, and clean (W/D in unit!). The balcony ran the length of the unit, affording a wonderful view (with patio furniture for outdoor relaxing and dining).
We eat in a lot, but there were many restaurants to choose from. Some were just across the street. And the on-site restaurant was quick about prepping meals for pick-up or delivery. Our villa kitchen had service for 8, but because of the large, thick tableware, the dishwasher was full after breakfast and lunch with just 4 people there. Still, it had everything you need to prepare meals (pots/pans, openers, blenders, toasters, knives, etc.), and it had plenty of room for putting away groceries. The bed and bathrooms had a reasonable amount of storage space for our personal things. So we settled in very comfortably right away. I ran out of vacation time before I was ready to leave. The grocery (Publix) is only 2 miles away and reasonably priced. A Walmart (en route to the place if you’re taking Collier Blvd. onto the island) is about 10 miles away and was our location for snorkels and masks, hats, and flip flops. There are beach stores a stone’s throw away, but they are very overpriced. The biggest added expense was having to rent the beach chairs (2 lounge chairs + umbrella = about $105/week). If we’d driven instead of flown, I’d have brought those items with me. By the pools, these were free. The wireless connection was slow and unreliable (not sure if a wired option is available), so if you need a web-connection you might want to inquire more.
I would return.
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