For decades, Sundial Beach Resort was arguably the hottest spot on Sanibel Island. Its glory days ended when management changed, they closed off the resort to locals and the property fell out of favor. But today, the resort is back and better than ever.
When new owners purchased the hotel, it was in severe need of a change. Since taking over in 2012, they have spent six million dollars in renovations. Notably, the hotel lobby now has a modern, contemporary feel with wide-open views of the number one attraction: the beach.
All dining options are also beachfront: from the upscale Waterview Restaurant, to the casual Seabreeze and Terrace, to the poolside eatery of Turtles on the Beach. Managers are bringing back the fun with daily happy hours and live entertainment. Even Santa Clause will be at the resort during the holiday season.
The Waterview Restaurant serves fresh seafood and juicy steaks — Photo courtesy of GIna Birch
The Sundial began as a condominium community in the early 70s. Of the 407 privately owned units, 155 are in the resort rental program. Guests get 1500 square feet of living space, a full kitchen, a screened lanai and a choice of view.
Claiming to be the only full-service resort on the barrier island, Sundial is constantly making stays even better. Construction on a spa and salon that overlook the Gulf of Mexico is underway. Also, a $1,400,000 pool renovation project is slated to begin in 2014, which will include a kid's splash pad.
A pizza oven and a tapas bar will be added for even more poolside dining. The new eats will be served right next to the new fitness center, so you can workout and then pig out.
Costs vary depending on the view and time of year. Expect to pay anywhere from $159 to $800 per night. Price increases begin after President’s Day and last through July, while the best deals are in August and September.
You'll find a true island paradise at the landmark Sundial Beach Resort.
The landmark Sundial Beach Resort has undergone six million dollars' worth of renovations, with more to come — Photo courtesy of Gina Birch