I spent the first day of our three night stay trying to overlook all the things I thought were mediocre. I had heard from several Floridians how much they enjoyed going to Captiva so I thought surely if I gave it time I would see only the positives. My three night stay only reinforced the negatives that outweigh the positives. The one positive is the beach but even this has a down side. Your resort fee covers the beach chairs and umbrellas which are set up by an overworked staff. All three days I had to wait for assistance to get 4 chairs and it was only on the last day that I got 2 umbrellas. Believe me you need them if you are spending any amount of time at the beach. If the resort would properly staff the beach there would be several attendants working with the resort guests. Not having enough resort staff was a common theme throughout our stay. The staff was accommodating but there were too few people to fulfill everyone's needs. The only person from the staff that was actually rude was the gentleman who checked us in.
The rooms at the resort are equivalent to a low 3 star hotel. The problem with this is that they are charging rates equal or surpassing several lovely 4 star hotels in southwest Florida. I can't imagine paying their high season rates over the winter months for these less than average rooms.
The other mistake I made was to think that "resort" meant that all my wants would be met at the property. The food was mediocre at best. We had to drive off property for breakfast and dinner every day. And for those of you who still think you want to venture to Captiva I would also caution you to be very careful with the island dining choices. The Captiva House and The Mad Hatter stand out and are worth the extra dollars. Most other spots like the Key Lime Bistro are horrible!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- South Seas Island Resort is located on 330-acres on tropical Captiva Island, on the west coast of Florida, just off the beaches of Fort Myers, Fl. South Seas is an iconic resort village combining a natural wonderland with modern resort amenities and accommodations. The resort offers many styles and sizes of accommodations including guestrooms, one to three bedroom villas (condominiums), cottages and spacious private homes. Activities at the resort include tennis, golf, water sports programs including kayak tours, boating and parasailing. Kids will have a great time at the Sanibel Sea School while learning about the surrounding environment. Enjoy three lagoon style pools, complete with private cabanas located at the Pointe and H2Whoa! With two fun water slides. The resort also features some of the best shelling in the world on the miles of sugar sand beach. For relaxation, the Kay Casperson Boutique and Spa is located in the South Village, providing special pampering with a complete spa treatment menu.Dining at South Seas Island Resort is as varied as the activities, with The Harbourside Bar and Grill and The Pointe located at North Pointe. Visit Scoops & Slices, located next to The Pointe, for ice cream or coal fired pizza. In the South Village, other options include Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille, Starbucks and the Captiva Provision Company, a gourmet deli. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- South Seas Island Hotel Captiva Island
- South Seas Island Captiva
- South Seas Island Resort Captiva Island, Florida