South Seas Island Resort Captiva Island, Captiva, Florida
South Seas Island Resort is a 330-acre full service destination resort on tropical Captiva Island in Southwest Florida, combining a natural wonderland with modern resort amenities and accommodations. Offering many styles and sizes of accommodations including guestrooms, one to three bedroom villas, and spacious private homes, the Resort is well suited for all sized parties. Whether looking for a variety of activities or complete relaxation, South Seas Island Resort provides it all. Tennis, golfing on our 9-hole Gulf-front Executive course, and an extensive water sports program including kayak tours, boating and parasailing, are all available on property. Or, enjoy miles of private sugar sand beaches or spend the day at The Pointe with two lagoon style pools, complete with private cabanas overlooking Pine Island Sound. Kids and kids at heart love the new H2Whoa pool with two fun water slides. For relaxation, the Kay Casperson Spa is located at the south end of the resort, providing special pampering with a complete spa treatment menu. The Ships Store – Located in the north end of the resort near Harbourside Marina offering marine provisions, grocery selections, South Seas logo’d resort apparel and a fresh sandwich shop. Seating is available on the deck and promenade and is open to all resort and marina guests. The Captiva Provision Company – Our gourmet store and deli offers over-fresh breakfast panini’s, lunch sandwiches prepared to order and daily dinner specials. The shelves are stocked with the finest Imported gourmet offerings, candies, pastries and chocolates. Also offering a wide variety of unique prepared salads, soups, entrees and gift baskets. Order online at www.southseas.com/cpc_order before your arrival for prompt delivery and setup for an unforgettable South Seas Island welcome. Scoops and Slices – Located next to the Pointe, taking fun food to the next level, creating an enjoyable experience for the entire family. With floor to ceiling sweets, table and counter service as well as take-out. Starbucks – Located at the south end of the resort, In addition to brewed and espresso beverages, our Starbucks also serves tea, bottled beverages and delicious pastries. Holy Smokes – Located at the south end of the resort, offering great take-out barbeque. The Pointe – Located at the north end of the resort, The Pointe has an island look and Caribbean Grille menu for the entire family to enjoy. Offering breakfast from 8:00am to 11:00am and a light lunch from 11:30am to 6:00pm. Enjoy sweeping views of Pine Island Sound while overlooking our signture pool and cabana complex. Experience breathtaking sunsets while enjoying your favorite umbrella drink, including our signature Watermelon Mojito Harbourside Bar and Grille – Located on the north end of the resort overlooking the picturesque Yacht Harbour. Open for dinner daily and serves cocktails. The Grill menu is filled with tempting seafood, steak and chops choices, our signature watermelon and golden beet salad and a variety of delectable desserts. A Resort Fee of $16.65 per day, per adult (an adult is 17 years of age and older), will be collected upon check out. The Resort Fee is not quoted with your rate. The Resort Fee includes: Unlimited local and 800 phone calls Guest room wireless high-speed Internet Pool/Beach (South Beach and Sunset Beach) services (i.e. poolside towels and lounge chairs, beach towels and chairs) Daily Trolley Service throughout the resort Fitness center access Nature Center access Participation in Special Resort Activities Weekday New York Times newspaper Cable with free movie channels (includes HBO)
rebecca dunmire (verified owner) –
Like Disney on the Florida Coast
My husband’s family has been coming to South Seas for years, and we all came back again over July 4th weekend. We stayed 4 nights in the Harborside Hotel rooms. The rooms were renovated after the hurricane several years ago, and are clean and comfortable. If you have never stayed at South Seas before, the main thing to keep in mind is that it’s not what I would consider a “luxury property”. Yes, there are people who own 100-foot yachts who come to the marina, but the resort should not be confused with the Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton. Imagine something more like a Disney property, but bigger and more spread out, and on the beach. Almost like an upscale summer camp for families. That being said, we always have a wonderful time and come back again and again. It’s just important to know what you’re getting when you book at South Seas. It’s a large property (you can rent golf carts or take the trolley to navigate around) with many different rental options, most of which are individually owned and managed by the resort. We like to stay on the north side of the property, as it’s closer to the marina, golf course, Harborside Grill, beach, and other activities. The property is under new management, and they seem to be doing a much better job with customer service and keeping guests happy. We are avid boaters, so we usually request a marina view, as it’s fun to look at all the boats. Many people may prefer the open water view (which is considered a higher category) if you’re staying in the Harborside Hotel. We ate several times at the Harborside grill, and had good food each time. Service ranged from decent to good, depending on how busy the restaurant was at the time. The resort was completely sold out over the holiday weekend, so given the large # of guests, they did a good job. South Seas doesn’t have too many dining options. They do have grills all over the property and many people bring food and make it in their condos (most units– not in the hotel– have full kitchens). the Ship Store has a small but well-equipped deli and meat selections. If you don’t mind spending a little more, it’s not even worth hauling a cooler and going shopping ahead of time, you can get what you need at the Ship Store (especially if it’s only for a couple meals over a long weekend). The main beach has a designated area for chairs and umbrellas, and when it’s a busy weekend, it’s packed. It would be nice if they could expand the “sitting” area. The beach itself is huge, but there are private homes on the south side and you cannot sit in front of them, and the golf course is on the north side, and they will not set up chairs in that area. It’s a wide beach, so they just stack the chairs 3 rows deep to accomodate everyone. I highly recommend bringing or renting bikes. You can cover a lot of ground, and bike all over Captiva Island. Be sure to bring bug spray, as there are lots of mosquitos here. The nature center is a fun place to stop into, especially for kids. Vince does a great job running the place, as he has for years. The new management cut the hours for the nature center, so it seems like it’s barely open. You can rent pontoon boats from the smaller marina, and it’s a great way to get out on the water for the day. There are also cruises on the Lady Chadwick that run on a daily basis. The pool is large and has water slides for the kids, but it does get quite crowded. I would hit the pool first thing in the morning (while it’s nice and clean and calm) then head over to the beach midday. The spa is a boutique (small) spa. I am a spa junkie, so it doesn’t have much “wow” factor for me. Overall, South Seas is a fun place to come with family, and there’s plenty of things to do. Don’t expect posh lounges or luxurious rooms, but set your expectations appropriately and you will have a nice time.
Tips for Families
The kid’s camp will take older 3 year olds with advance arrangements. Also, a list of local babysitters can be obtained from the resort. Overall, this resort is ideal for kids 4 and older but younger kids will enjoy as well (just a little more work for the parents until they’re old enough for the kid’s clubs!)