If you’re headed to the Fort Myers area and looking to land somewhere with breathtaking scenery, fun activities and a wealth of comforts, there’s a reservation waiting for you at South Seas Island Resort.
The scenic drive to the resort takes you over a causeway where pelicans fly alongside your car, through a populated stretch of Sanibel Island and nature preserves before crossing Blind Pass and onto Captiva, with its lush estates and million-dollar mansions.
South Seas is on the island's northernmost tip, taking up 330 acres of a former Key lime plantation, once owned by inventor Clarence Chadwick. The property is full of privately owned homes, villas and a hotel – a range of accommodations to fit almost any guest requirement.
South Seas Island Resort covers 330 tropical acres of Captiva Island — Photo courtesy of South Seas Island Resort
Resort amenities are concentrated on the north end of the property; to distance yourself a bit, stay on the south end and rent bicycles or golf carts to get around. A trolley service also runs all day.
To time a ride, download the trolley tracker app on your smartphone so you won’t waste valuable beach time waiting for the next run.
One of the most spectacular homes for rent is Suraya. With décor imported from Bali, this stunning four-bedroom home greets guests with a cascading waterfall. Terraces overlook the beach and a striking private pool.
The new poolside tiki bar is a big hit for guests wanting a cool beverage — Photo courtesy of Gina Birch
The 2.5 miles of beach owned by the resort are full of shells, gentle surf and epic sunsets. There are also 20 pools on property; the three for general resort use include food and drink services, slides, cabanas and more.
A new tiki hut was recently added for refreshments and shade.
Boat owners will appreciate the full-service marina, where day passes are offered (depending on occupancy) and overnight stays afford all the amenities of landlubbing guests.
Wellness is an important part of the culture at South Seas. There's a new yoga studio on the property, a well-maintained fitness center and a jogging map. This is not a resort that encourages hiding out in your room, but rather getting out and enjoying the many activities!
Tennis pros offer lessons and can pair you with other guests for play. The 9-hole, par-27 golf course stretches to the water's edge in spots, offering fantastic views of the Gulf of Mexico. There’s even an offshore sailing school that gets you certified to sail in as few as three days.
Find overnight accommodations and exciting excursions at the resort marina — Photo courtesy of Gina Birch
The water is a key feature at South Seas, a bay-to-gulf resort. Captiva Cruises books a variety of sunset and dolphin excursions aboard the Lady Chadwick.
This is also a perfect spot to catch a fishing charter, close to where the mighty tarpon run from April to June. Fishing is a year-round sport here, as there's always some type of fish in season.
Kids are well looked after, with lots of activities and the renowned Sanibel Sea School that offers up-close and personal experiences with marine life.
There are a number of dining options on property and a popular new Doc Ford's restaurant at the gate, where non-guests convene as well. Only registered guests are allowed through the gates.
If you’re looking for space to hold a party, reception, wedding or the likes, the King’s Crown is recently renovated, with wood floors, white-washed walls and tasteful chandeliers. It's a welcoming space for entertaining.
Add exceptionally welcoming and friendly service to the attractive grounds, top-notch accommodations and extraordinary menu of services, and you have quite an incredible combination, no matter what time of year.
Accommodations have views of the bay, gulf and golf course — Photo courtesy of South Seas Island Resort