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Lighthouse Resort & Club
toronto
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Hope to come back”
Reviewed 30 April 2013

I am currently staying at The Lighthouse Club and Resort on beautiful Sanibel Island. I was lucky
to get this unit through my timeshare company and I grabbed the opportunity when it found it online. It has a wonderful location near the lighthouse at the tip of the island. It is well maintained
and the the 2 bedroom is huge. The kitchen is full and has everything you need if you are inclined.
I basically use the fridge and microwave. The balcony is huge with various portions off different rooms. From the master bedroom,there is a good view of the bay. The one downfall is the 2 twin-sized beds in the 2nd bedroom. Except for children, I do not think they are comfortable. Luckily, there is room for the 2 of us in the king-sized bed in the master bedroom. Being economically minded, I found it better to buy groceries and eat in Fort Myers. The ride over the Sanibel Causeway is beautiful but gets pricey to pay $6.00 each time entering the island. There is a great walk starting at the front of the resort on the bay side with views of Fort Myers and lots of large birds. I go around the tip of the island onto the gulf side with castaway views. Lots of people
walk there then I head back to the resort. It only takes about 30 min. I found the 7 Eleven is a dandy place to get my large flavored coffee in the am.

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Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Toronto
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

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.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Muncie, Indiana, United States
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Reviewed 2 February 2013

Look forward to being there for 2 weeks every May. Family, friends, and a great staff to spend time with. No better place to spend your vacation! Great location at end of island where its quiet and you can walk the beach and view the lighthouse. Been going for 20 yrs and wouldn't miss it. Met so many friendly people over the years who have become best friends. Every January we all start our countdown to when we all will arrive and see each other.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Newport, Rhode Island
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 17 January 2013

We love the Lighthouse! It is clean, spacious and has all the comforts of home. Our unit has full 3 bedrooms although some units have 2 bedrooms and a den. There is a washer/dryer in every unit so you don't have to pack that many clothes. It has a fully equipped kitchen. 2 balconies, a screened-in porch, living and dining room with 2 TVs, DVD, free wireless internet, 2 bathrooms equipped with towel, sheets, blankets, pillows, etc. It has a heated pool and jacuzzi, barbeque area, shuffleboard, tennis with rackets and balls, basketball hoop. Bicycles are in included. It is quiet at the end of the island and very safe. The staff is very helpful. You can use the bay side beach or a very short walk to the larger beach. Fishing pier is also a very short walk on the beach and when we go in March we almost always see dolphins. Since it has a full kitchen, you don't have to go out to eat but there are some very good, reasonably priced restaurants to go to. ..Grandma Dots, Island Cow and Matzaluna are some of our favorites.
Now that our chldren are grown, they still like to come to the Lighthouse. Our friends love it also. Because it is so spacious, there is plenty of room for everyone.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Phillipburg
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97 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2012

We have been coming here as owners the last 8 years. Just got home and already want to back. Kids like this place better than Disney . The resort quiet and spacious . Fishing on the bay is always good and the pier is a short walk away.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2012

The resort it self is a older resort timeshare.We had a 3 bedroom unit facing the bay.View was spectacular! The room needs help.looks VERY outdated and needs a complete paint job on the inside.we also had ants in the kitchen.The island is VERY expensive to eat anywhere.My advice is to go back over the bridge and fine a less expensive place to eat! Im not sure if i would ever go back to this resort but will try a different place on the island first!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Greenwood, Indiana
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2012

We did a whole family vacation (Great Grandmother, daughters and grandchildren). Resort was nice, clean and pretty well maintained. Pool area is nice with a hot tub that was extremely hot and a nice place to grill with picnic tables under a covered area. Love being able to just unlock the bikes with a key attached to our room key. That was fun.
Our room has a huge master room with a very small 2nd bedroom that has twin beds and a den (?) that has a pull out couch. That couch was the most uncomfortable pullout ever. However in the middle of the week a huge foam mattress just showed up in the den still wrapped, with instructions to let it air out before putting it on the bed. No note no nothing. We had not even said anything to the front desk about the uncomfortable couch so they must have known it was missing part of the bed. Mother in Law didn't like the accommodations at all, our children thought it was wonderful and my husband and I thought they were nice. Overall we enjoyed the week at the Lighthouse.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Lighthouse Resort & Club
Address: 210 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-7414
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sanibel Island
Number of rooms: 30
Also Known As:
Lighthouse Resort And Club
Lighthouse Resort & Club Hotel Sanibel Island
Lighthouse Resort Sanibel Island
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