A one-stop family-friendly destination on the most exclusive, most beautiful corner of Captiva. With spacious Florida-style accommodations, pristine beaches and twenty pools through out the resort including the WHOA! water park, South Seas Island Resort delivers the best family destination in South Florida.
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South Seas Island Resorts is breathtaking. It is a family resort situated in the middle of paradise. There are places for families with children of all ages to just relax or enjoy some fun activities. Everything you need from clothing to food is on the property so once you are in paradise you can stay in paradise.
During our stay we enjoyed a beautiful 2 bedroom beach villa located in South Village. Our villa came with a king sized bed, two single beds and a pull out couch. There were two television sets with cable, one in the master bedroom and the other located in our living room. We took full advantage of the full sized kitchen and dining room table which seated six comfortably. There were two full sized bathrooms and a balcony with a dinette set that allowed us to eat our meals or enjoy a cup of coffee outside while overlooking the ocean. Our villa was very clean and the staff was very attentive to all of our needs. When I asked for an extra packet of coffee they gave me three. Which was great because I needed the extra to keep up with my boys, ages 5 and 7. There were a few items that needed to be addressed with our room. The bathtub faucets were not attached to the bathroom walls and the sliding door on the balcony needed to be fastened together. Neither were big issues so I just let the staff know about those small details when we departed.
At South Seas there are quite a few lodging options. There are the Beach Villas, Two Bedroom Cottages, Bayside Villas, Gulf Cottages, Tennis Villas, Marine Villas, Land’s End Villas, Private Homes and Condos, or you can pull up to the marina and stay on your boat for a few days while having access to all of the resort comforts and amenities. Room rates start at about $195.00.
South Seas Island Resort has an amazing selection of food. If you are a foodie then this is the place you will want to visit. We enjoyed a great dinner and scrumptious breakfast at Harbourside Bar and Grill. Dinner was very good but a little on the pricey side for our family of four. The breakfast buffet was fantastic! The berry compote is a must try. I poured it all over my french toast and it was simply amazing! I could have eaten it all day long. The cost for the buffet was $20 per person but they are currently running a special where kids can eat free for breakfast so I would definitely recommend taking advantage of that.
After a full morning of swimming with friends we enjoyed a very tasty lunch at The Pointe. Lunch was great and the view was spectacular. We were able to watch the sailboats and wildlife play in the water of Pine Island Sound while we enjoyed our lunches of blackened mahi mahi and a lobster salad.
There are so many different places to eat at South Seas you can choose from Harbourside Bar & Grille, The Pointe, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille(coming soon), Scoops & Slices, Starbucks, Captiva Provision Company or The Ships Store.
There are many activities to choose from at South Island Seas Resort from collecting sea shells to enjoying water slides. The H2WHOA! Water Park is where we spent quite a lot of our time while at the resort. My boys had a blast riding the two water slides over and over again with all of their new friends. The South Seas staff in charge of the slides were fantastic. They knew who my boys were so when we passed each other during our walks around the property they would stop to say hello and just chat with my very inquisitive sons. Their friendliness made this trip extra special for our family.
My husband, who is a fisherman, really enjoyed fishing from the T-Dock located behind Skully’s. You can fish from this dock without a license as the hotel has paid the license fees for you. You will go home with some amazing fish stories after spending a few hours at this dock.
Another favorite activity we enjoyed was the Scoutabout adventure the hotel has set up for families to enjoy. There are 15 different Scoutabout locations around the resort. Once you find a spot you can read about the wildlife around that area and you collect a colored bracelet. Once you collect all 15 bracelets you can trade them in for a big bracelet. Basically, it’s a treasure hunt. My boys loved doing this. They had me up and out the door at 6:30am one morning because they wanted to make sure they found all of the bracelets before we left.
There is so much to do at South Seas. We were not able to do everything but hope to enjoy a few more activities on a return visit. Some of the activities you can enjoy include a Sea School for Kids, Scoutabout, Skully’s, H2Whoa! Water Park, Watersports Rentals, Captiva Cruises, Bike Rentals, Golf, Tennis, Spa Packages, a Fitness Center and more.
A Few Tips
The resort has a trolley system so when you are on the property you do not need your car. Everyone does need their hotel key including the kids. You cannot use the trolley or amenities without one. Some homes located inside the resort do not utilize/pay for the amenities which is why the hotel keys must be shown at all times.
Stock up your refrigerator. The restaurants on-site are very good but eating out can get expensive so stop by the Publix on Summerlin Rd. before crossing over the bridge to Captiva Island. Also, there is an option for you to have your groceries delivered using a delivery service on the island.
The resort does run specials so check their website often for special deals.
Our trip to South Seas Island Resort was so fun and so relaxing. The friendliness of the staff and their attentiveness to our needs allowed this mommy to truly unwind and thoroughly enjoy some family time. We loved our vacation in paradise together and made memories that will last a lifetime. I highly recommend visiting this resort so that you can create some special memories with your loved ones as well.
This review is based on a complimentary stay at the South Seas Island Resort in Captiva Island, FL. I received no other compensation besides the hotel stay and dinner at The Pointe, Harbourside Bar & Grille and Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille and the hotel did not express any requirements that I express a particular point of view.
The draw here for us is that you won't be surrounded by spring breakers. Also, the location is stunning. WHite sand and clear blue water. We were here in February and it was very quiet. We had a room with a kitchen and ate most of our meals in. Dining at the resort is expensive. We had to walk to a trolley stop and then ride the trolley to get to the main hotel area. It wasn't bad, just don't forget anything in your room. The pool area is great. Three pools. One of the zero entry pools was too cold for our toddler, unfortunately. The other zero entry pool was warmer and has two water slides, which my husband and I had fun riding.
This place is amazing!! It truly is paradise and you get the feel of actually being on an island but with all the luxuries of an amazing resort. 4 mothers and our children have made a yearly tradition to go to South Seas. We fly into Fort Meyers and take a limo to the island (it's cheaper than renting 2 cars which aren't needed once you get to the island). We rent golf carts or take the trolley to get around the island. The resort takes up approximately 75% of the island. This resort is definetly a place for families or couples who want to get away from the tourist attractions. If your looking for a McDonald's or a place to "hook up" on the beach, South Seas is NOT the place to go.
My husband, two kids (ages 6 and 4) and I spent our winter vacation here, and it was just heavenly. We stayed in the Marina Villas, which we liked because we had a perfect view of the marina, complete with boats and frolicking dolphins. Our room was also close to the kids club and the amazing kid pool, complete with water slide.
The kids went to the kids club almost every day; it costs a extra, but it was worth it as they had a blast and my husband and I got some rare time to ourselves. The beaches are beautiful, and I've never seen so many gorgeous shells in my life. My little girl and I were obsessed with collecting them and, yes, we transported a big bucket of them home on the plane.
We spent a lot of time lolling around in the pools (there are several great ones to choose from). My son also loved taking the trolley, which transports guests around the resort. Some people rent golf carts, we chose not to. One day, we went to the local wildlife refuge, JN Ding Darling, which was spectacular—birds galore. We also took a day trip to the Naples Zoo; it wasn't the biggest one, but cute and perfect for little kids. Captiva and Sanibel are both captivating, and it was just relaxing to drive around there.
At the resort, we dined at Scoops & Slices, The Pointe and the barbecue place (delicious). Off-site, there are lots of great kid-friendly restaurants, including The Lazy Flamingo and Island Cow on Sanibel. The hotel had a couple of great evening family carnivals/parties while we were there; the one on New Year's had live music, a barbecue and art projects for kids.
All in all, a very fun vacation for all, I'd highly recommend it.
The South Seas Resort is a spacious beach resort perfect for families. Hotel rooms, suites, villas, cottages, homes. Recreational opportunities include nine-hole golf course and excellent kids’ program. A free resort trolley transports you around the 330-acre property.
We took our 21 month old to this resort and had an awesome time. Stayed in the Bayside villas with a quick walk to the beach, full kitchen, walk to Captiva Village. They have a great kids club and nature center. Staff is very attentive and helpful. Best of paradise and ease with kids!
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Shelling, walking on the beach and the pool were our main events. We could look for shells for days and never get bored. Also there is an abundance of wildlife right on the beach - herons walking right near you, pelicans diving into the water and catching their lunch. You could rent items on the beach - tubes, floats etc.
As far as other activities:
We would recommend the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge (tip: it is closed on Friday's so plan accordingly) Also we wanted to take a Captiva cruise however was already booked the day we called and we did not have any time left. So if you are interested call ahead. (They have coupons at the hotel so ask) We did not eat at any of the resort restaurants expect ice cream at Scoops, which was good.
Because of the baby we did some meals in (would recommend the fresh gulf shrimp from the fish truck located outside the Captiva Island store http://www.captivaislandstore.com http://www.andysislandseafood.com/
Stayed in Bayside villa which means you must drive or take trolley to main area of hotel where the zero entry pool and water slides are. We rented a Hertz car and used this to get around the property. We liked this better because at night we were close enough to the town to get to those restaurants. If you are looking to stay at the hotel and use all of their dining options you might want to stay closer to the pool/main area.
We dined at:
1. Sunshine Seafood Cafe- dinner
2. Mucky Duck -lunch
3. Bubble Room - dinner
4. Keylime bistro- lunch
All were very kid friendly with crayons etc. at most. Food was good. Mucky Duck lunch was fun - picnic tables near the beach - you grab a table, send someone from your party in to order the food and then they call your number. Easy and good fare. Keylime Bistro - would recommend the crabcakes and the grouper sandwich (local item and very tasty)
Because we had a late departure flight, we asked to have a later checkout. We were able to stay in our room until 2pm without being charged extra. We did stay until 6pm paying 1.5 the room cost.
Be sure to visit the welcome center in Sanibel after you go over the brigde for info brochures. Also we found most of our info from the chamber of commer site
Hope this helps!
We took my father down to Captiva (off the coast of Ft.Myers, just past Sanibel) for a long weekend to celebrate his 65th birthday. South Seas is a huge place neatly divided into many parts. Very friendly to kids of all ages with the main attraction being the sizable pool area (growing even bigger-a water park is under construction). The nearly deserted beach, tennis courts, golf and marina hold even bigger kids and adults captivated. South Seas offers a wide array of lodging--providing options for those with varying budgets and very smartly, varying family sizes. The food is adequate for this type of resort and each restaurant has menus, crayons and special cups for young kids. One drawback is that they are a bit pricey and because of the island's isolation you don't have much choice other than hotel grub. All in all, our 2 year old had a blast during the days and slept well at night. So did Mom and Dad and so did Grandpa and Grandma. It's hard to ask for much more from a quick long weekend. A fun and isolated place to check out for a few days as a family or as part of a big group of friends. Enjoy!!