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“Beauiful Sundial” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sundial Beach Resort & Spa

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Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
Ranked #7 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Stafford
1 review
“Beauiful Sundial”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2013

I modeled for Sundial in 1979, Our family fell in love with this beautiful resort on Sanibel Island. All these years later my family and friends make this resort and annual event, we visit and stay at Sundial, we always enjoy ourselves. Enjoy the Gulf View and beautiful beaches, (bring sunscreen). My kids love the amenities, and the shell pool too.
Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is as beautiful as the day this photo shoot was taken. Thank you for you constant efforts to renovate.

Room Tip: Most rooms have kitchens which helps traveling with picky children. Bring sunscreen and sunglasses!
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kgaddie
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Marina B, Front Office Supervisor at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 13 February 2013
Dear kgaddie,

We are excited to hear, that you have been visiting us for so many years and we love your story about modeling for the Sundial in 1979. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

We truly strive to be #1 Resort on Sanibel Island with our amenities and service alike. We can’t wait to welcome you back and present to you the new look for the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa.

Your Sundial Team
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sparta, nj
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2013

Our fifth time to sanibel- we love it there!! Tried Sundial for the first time. We were traveling with teenagers so were looking for a place with some activities. Sundial is going through some major renovations since they were bought out and I can honestly say they ate going in the right direction but right now it is in a bit of a transition and some info on the website is not accurate. There is no spa, no jogging strollers, and only one restaurant. That being said the pool is great, the beach location is amazing and it's activities were enough to keep my teenages happy. I do not like the charge to use the tennis racquets since you atte paying a 30 a day resort fee but I will let that slide. Had an amazing view and will definitely be back. If you haven't been to sanibel yet you must go and sundial is a good choice. Just be prepared.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mbloom1917
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Marina B, Front Office Supervisor at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 28 January 2013
Dear mbloom1917,

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to have you as our guest on your 5th trip to Sanibel Island and thank you for sharing your feedback with us. Yes, you are correct, we are currently remodeling our main building and will have an exciting new look including new Lobby, Restaurants, Pool Deck, Spa and great amenities to offer in the near future.

Thank you for your patience during your stay. But we are very happy you enjoyed your time at our Resort and your teenagers were happy with our activity program. Our daily Resort Fee currently includes pool and beach chairs, towels, bikes, kayaks, certain kid’s activities, tennis courts and wireless internet. We are planning on adding more fun amenities including a new tennis program after our renovation is completed.

Thank you again for your valuable feedback. We are looking forward to welcome you back with our new look. Should you have any questions, or would like to speak to us directly, please do not hesitate to contact us at 239-472-4151.

Your Sundial Team
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
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19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2013

Have stayed at the Sundial a couple of times each year since 2008 and cannot rave enough about it. The hospitality and attention to detail from Tiffani and Marina at the front desk is unparalleled, and the staff is professional and highly responsive. The rooms are all different, since they're individually owned condos, but our experience has been that they are all nicely appointed and well cared for. Direct access to a beautiful beach on the Gulf is great, and there are plenty of swimming pools and on-site activities for the kids. The location is fantastic and is within proximity to absolutely everything on the island. We're looking forward to the renovations and upgrades being made to the property.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank FTLFam
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Marina B, Front Office Supervisor at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 28 January 2013
Dear MandicFAM,

Thank you for visiting us so many times in the last few years and for your valuable feedback .
We are always excited to welcome you back at the Resort.

We truly strive to be #1 Resort on Sanibel Island with our amenites and Service alike. We can’t wait to show you our new exciting look when you will return to Sanibel Island.

Thank you again for sharing your experience with us.

Your Sundial Team
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Ypsilanti, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2013

Awesome condo style resort. Numerous pools (very nice and warm), amazing beach with lots of shells, free use of beach chairs, kayaks, bikes (with helmets, locks, baskets) and more. Property is amazingly quiet in the evening, very peaceful. Biking on the island is wonderful- completely flat and so pretty. Housekeeping didn't come until late in the day so most days we were back relaxing in the room by the time they came around and didn't want them to clean room at that point and the cable was a little spotty. Other than that, we were extremely happy with the resort and island as a whole.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank becky m
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Marina B, Front Office Supervisor at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 28 January 2013
Dear becky m,

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We are excited you enjoyed your stay and our recreational amenities. After our renovation is completed we will offer even more extras to our guests.

Sanibel Island truly has a lot to offer including 22 miles of bike patch, 15 miles of beaches and 250 kinds of shells. We are sorry to hear, that your room was not cleaned early in the day. To the convenience of our guests, we offer to set a preferred time to receive our daily Housekeeping Service.

We look forward welcoming you back on Sanibel Island and to the Sundial Beach Resort & Spa.

Thank you

Your Sundial Team
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Alberta
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2013

We stayed at the Sundial Resort for a few days over the holidays and were pleasantly surprised. Our room was a large two bedroom suite, with a king bed in one room and two queens in the other. The suite had been renovated, so was clean and updated. The kitchen and dining area was a nice size for the five of us. There were three TVs and plenty of dresser and cupboard space. The balcony was a nice size.

The bedding was brand new and the beds were very comfortable. We had plenty of new towels and toiletries in our room and when we called for more towels, someone delivered in minutes.

Because each section of the resort has its own pool, they were never over-populated. Our pool and pool area/washrooms were brand new. The water in all the pools was warm and clean.

The grounds were nice and clean and right on the beach, which was beautiful. There was tons of parking. And the bikes we used to ride around the island were working perfectly.

We had a great experience at this resort. But it is under construction, so we may have been lucky that we got an already updated suite. The only negative was that the bar and restaurant service was slow. But I can imagine when they are finished this renovation, it will be perfect. I can't wait to return when everything is finished.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank JeanetteKD
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Luis A, General Manager at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 9 January 2013
Dear JeanetteKD,

Thank you for sharing your recent experience at Sundial, you are right! As we complete our renovations our Food Beverage Service will improve significantly, as well as the variety of items that will be offered.

Our team strives to deliver the best service in Sanibel, we look forward to your next visit; we are certain that we will exceed your expectations.

My Best,

Luis Arellano
General Manager
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miami
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2013

we when to this hotel for new year eve and it was amazing how great was our stay fantastic people working in there and the weather was great,the activities availables like bike rental,kayak and the heated pool where great.
definitly a must go hotel

Room Tip: ocean view rooms out of this world
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank tazmania76
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philadelphia, pa
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35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2013

The front desk was friendly enough but that was where it ended. Our condo was well stocked but had a musty smell, which I could have overlooked because it's at the beach. However, the hotel staff at the bars and rental place were very unfriendly, the rooms weren't serviced until 5PM, they don't give you any more shampoo, conditioner etc unless you go to the front desk and there was a 'resort fee' added to our bill. The resort fee was $20 per night, why wouldn't they just include that in the price? It makes me feel like the resort amenities should be better if they are going to charge a fee. Most of the buildings don't face the ocean which seems odd to me but that isn't a huge deal. The lobby building and pool are under construction but it didn't really impact our stay. On the positive side the food was fantastic at the wedding and the wedding coordinator seemed great.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
2 Thank paymoto
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Luis A, General Manager at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 9 January 2013
Dear Paymoto,

Thank you for sharing your recent experience at Sundial, the only full service condo hotel in Sanibel. We are sorry to hear that you found some of our recreations and Food & Beverage personnel not as hospitable as other team members around the resort.

Your valuable feedback is used during our daily shift meetings to improve services around the resort.
We saw pictures of the wedding and they looked magnificent.

We look forward to your next visit, please contact us for personal assistance, main phone number 239 472 1451, my extension is 6006.

My Best,

Luis Arellano
General Manager
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Property: Sundial Beach Resort & Spa
Address: 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Sundial Beach Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 200
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sanibel Island's most luxurious resort has completed a multi-million dollar renovation. 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 this unique barrier island off the southwest coast of Florida. Sanibel is two-thirds nature preserve providing visitors with an experience of Florida the way it used to be. Sanibel Island is a natural playground where you can feel the white sand between your toes, take a refreshing swim in the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico or one of Sundial's pools and bike the miles of paved paths around the island. The Resort offers a wide array of activities and amenities for all ages including swimming in 5 heated pools, HydroGrid tennis 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, pristine shell-dotted beaches are just steps away. Voted Best Waterfront Dining in Southwest Florida, the resort's award winning 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. Sea Breeze Cafe offers casual dining and local, fresh ingredients with a true Sanibel Island tropical flair over looking 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 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 And Golf Resort
Sundial Beach & Golf Hotel Sanibel Island
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Sundial Beach Resort & Spa Sanibel Island, Florida
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