Jun 14 - Jun 15
Loved having access to bicycles. So many options and activities that we didn’t even get to do.
May 31 - Jun 1
We had a great and relaxing time! Everything looked clean and well maintained. Staff was friendly. The sad part was that because it was during the coronavírus pandemic, not everything was available to guests. But the location is awesome and we were able to enjoy the beautiful beach.
Jun 2 - Jun 3
Wonderful place, very clean and amazing location! Would definitely come back!
Jun 15 - Jun 16
Absolutely accommodating! We loved this resort! Friendly, beautiful location and the bikes were great!
Jun 2 - Jun 3
As a HGVC member, I was unable to book this property with points for years, so paid for it. Compared to other Hilton properties, this one is average. My children's feet were black from the floors, and the pots and pans were really old and visibly worn out. The view was beautiful though. There is ...
The location is great. Staff is always responsive. It's a comfortable stay but needs to be updated.
Close to the beach and designed for couples on a romantic getaway.
Jun 23 - Jun 24
Sanibel Inn was very clean. Maid service every day, that was wonderful. The poolside hut and bar was a Great bonus. Just wish they were open a little later. On-site restaurant was also a plus. Bike rental and Beach towels supplied. Chairs and umbrellas on the beach every morning. The only negative ...
May 31 - Jun 1
Would have liked breakfast or coffee area. Other than that, beautiful and peaceful accommodations and perfect location.
Just over half an hour’s drive from Fort Myers, the island of Sanibel attracts vacationers to its stunning, sun-splashed shores. Almost 70 per cent of Sanibel is protected by the government to help preserve its delicate ecosystem. Sanibel City upholds its responsibility to care for the island’s environment by living in harmony with the diverse wildlife and natural surroundings. Even hotels in Sanibel play their part, with many taking steps to reduce their impact on their surroundings.
However, just because most Sanibel hotels are ‘green’ it doesn’t mean any compromise on their comfort or quality. Hotels in Sanibel are as luxurious or as rustic as you want them to be, with something to suit all tastes and budgets.
The beaches on Sanibel are a major attraction, drawing visitors to kick-back on their white, powder-soft sands or take a dip in the sapphire-blue waters. However, there’s another reason that Sanibel’s beaches are such a draw.
Sanibel sets itself apart from the other islands by running from East to West, as opposed to running from North to South. As a result, its ladle-shaped coastline acts as a geological scoop for shells carried along by the Gulf Stream. Sanibel has become known as ‘Costa de Caracoles’ (Coast of the Seashells), with more than 400 species of shell deposited along its seashores.
If you’re wondering where to stay in Sanibel, you won’t find any along the beachfront; these are left pristine and untouched, such is the island’s commitment to their preservation. Despite this, most of the hotels in Sanibel are only a short walk from the swathes of sun-bleached sand.
For families, Bowman’s Beach is the most popular. The shallow waters are safe for paddling and it’s protected from the sea winds. Blind Pass Beach is better for those who want to enjoy water sports and is favored by those who enjoy surfing and windsurfing. The currents here can be strong, so it’s not recommended for swimming in or for those with young children.
With its lush, dense vegetation and shell-strewn shores, the island is a natural playground. One of the best attractions is JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Within easy access of most Sanibel hotels and spanning more than 6,400 acres of subtropical untamed mangrove forests, it’s a haven for almost 250 species of bird, some of which are the last of their kind. There are kayaking trails for those who want to see the abundant wildlife at close quarters, which includes turtles, alligators, tree-frogs, bobcats and racoons.
If you’re taking a break with the whole family and the little ones are getting restless, jump in your car and drive to Busch Gardens. An African-themed adventure park, it’s packed with thrills and spills for visitors of all ages. Little ones will enjoy age-appropriate rides, such as the Air Grover, featuring well-known characters from TV’s Sesame Street. The Stanley Falls log-flume ensures a wet and wild time, while the Serengeti Express train ride is sure to leave young explorers starry-eyed.
For grown-ups and older children, there are some nerve-shredding attractions at Busch Park. Test your need for speed on the Cobra’s Curse rollercoaster, or get an upside-down view of the park as you hurtle along the Cheetah Hunt ride. If roller coasters aren’t your thing, the Congo River Rapids is enormous fun. This theme park is just a short drive from most Sanibel hotels, so you’re never far from family-friendly entertainment and a great day out.