Our Sanibel Resort

Happy Travel Tuesday! As you already know, travel is one of my favorite things in life, and I am pretty lucky that I get to do it pretty frequently (I wish more!). Today wraps up my series of posts on our family trip to Sanibel Island.

My sister and her family, along with my mom, stayed at a condo in the Sandalfoot condo complex. It was right on the beach, offered a couple of spacious bedrooms with baths, a kitchen, living room, and screened in balcony that kept the bugs out. It offered plenty of room for the kids to play, and we spent the majority of our time there.

Sanibel Island

We actually booked our trip separately, and on the recommendation of my brother-in-law, stayed at the Holiday Inn Sanibel Beach Resort.  The price happened to be right, and as long as the room was cool and clean, we would have been happy. We ended up pleasantly surprised with just how nice the property was and how well we were taken care of by the staff.

The hotel is located on a fairly large property that offers bike rentals and lots of space for wandering. It even has two ponds with small alligators, turtles, birds, and other little creatures.

Sanibel Island alligator

Sanibel Island alligator

Sanibel Island alligator

One of the days we were in Sanibel, my family came over to our beach for the day, and the kids loved the ponds.

Throughout the time we were in Sanibel, we enjoyed our hotel’s beachside location which included a tiki bar and pool. I am not a pool fan, but I can definitely get behind a cold rum drink and lunch on the beach!

tiki bar

tiki bar

Our beach was only a few hundred feet from our room which made it easy to come and go as we pleased. Shady palm trees and hammocks provided some space out of the sun.

Holiday Inn Sanibel

Sanibel vacation

Just like the rest of Sanibel, the Holiday Inn was quiet, laid back, low key, and simple, a little bit of paradise in the very hot Florida sunshine. We enjoyed our stay and plan on staying there again on our next family trip to Sanibel Island.

Sanibel beach

What’s your travel style? Are you laid back or super planned? Are there are must-haves when it comes hotels or other travel arrangements?

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    We are pretty laidback about traveling too but I love a place with a huge bathroom. I think it was all those years with a tiny bathroom in Beacon Hill!


  2. Daisy’s avatar

    both spots sound lovely! I like having the beach and a pool right outside your doorstep. and I am seriously counting down the days until my trip!!!


  3. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    Close to the beach is the main thing I look for when travelling to a beach resort…this looks perfect!


  4. Amanda’s avatar

    Seriously, who would “want to feed the alligators?!” I would say that my travel style is laid back one of my favorite things to do is make everyone take their watches off – eat when your hungry, sleep when your tired but don’t stick to a routine ’cause it’s vacation!


  5. Lindsey @ BeantownEats’s avatar

    When we are on vacation in Florida, we have a general idea of the things we’d like to do, and most importantly, the places we’d like to eat! But usually no set itinerary. Your hotel looks great!


  6. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    This resort looks beautiful. When I travel, I rarely have an itinerary – there are always specific places I plan to check out or eat at, but my main goal is relaxing. ;)


  7. Raija’s avatar

    What a nice way to reflect on a great vacation — I’ve enjoyed reading your posts about all of the aspects of your trip. It wasn’t very long, but it feels like it was really full! I hope I get a chance to visit Sanibel someday!


  8. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Sanibel sounds like such a cool place! Love all the palm trees


  9. Megan’s avatar

    Is it weird that I think that alligator is adorable? I’m definitely a plan-aholic.


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