Nestled on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico lies a truly amazing Florida escape. Firmly rooted in its old-Florida ambiance, The Resort at Longboat Key Club melds that familiar, simple feeling of vacations gone-by with first-class accommodations, thanks in part to its status as an OPAL Collection property (http://www.opalcollection.com/).
The overall feel of the resort is largely residential, but in the best way possible, and only serve to make you want to stay even longer than your scheduled visit. Accommodations are spacious and the suites, especially, offer loads of room to really make yourself at home (the two-bedroom suite is divine, featuring a full-size kitchen–no oven but a cooktop–, gigantic living space, enormous closets and a washer and dryer. Hey, everyone needs a chance to wash their skivvies and swimsuits on vacation!).
There are a few dining options right in the resort proper (Sands Pointe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner), and a host of other great spots is just a complimentary shuttle ride away…just contact the front desk to schedule a pickup. My favorite is the lovely Portofino, located in the nearby marina.
Activities include the usual suspects of golf, tennis and the like (all of which I hear are amazing), but since this girl comes to a place like this to lay in the sun, I can only comment that both the pool and the beach will not disappoint your most lazy, sun-drenched self. The sand is sugar-soft and offers fantastic shelling, if you are so inclined (the location and soft current of the Gulf of Mexico make for great finds, with many of the shells remaining fully intact). Camp Loggerhead is the resort’s children’s camp and offers both half and full-day programs for your travel companions between the ages of 5 and 12.
Trust, this version of a Sarasota vacation is nothing like staying in your great-aunt’s cramped condo as a kid. Book yourself some time at The Resort at Longboat Key Club and send me a thank you note after you have one of your most relaxing vacations ever.