SOURCE: Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa

March 07, 2006 17:22 ET

Vacation Planning Service at Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa Helps Guests Customize Plans Prior to Arrival

FORT MYERS, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 7, 2006 -- With so many choices of activities at Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa, it helps to have assistance from a vacation planner before arriving at the 85-acre, Southwest Florida luxury resort that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.

Named among the "Top 10 Spa Resorts in the U.S." by Condé Nast Traveler, recipient of the AAA Four-Diamond Award for over 12 years, as well as a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa is a luxurious escape to a tropical paradise.

To assist visitors in planning their visit before they pack their bags, Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa has dedicated Vacation Planners who contact guests a week to 10 days prior to arrival to discuss their preferences during their visit and to answer any questions. With one call, guests may plan an itinerary, book activities, make reservations and obtain information.

"The Vacation Planner is able to take the guesswork and stress out of planning a visit," says Barry Brown, director of sales and marketing. "Upon arrival, all is planned and they can focus on enjoying their vacation. This service also assures that our guests will get the reservations they want and will not be disappointed if something is booked when they arrive."

In addition to spa services, sports-related activities, dining reservations and tours, the Vacation Planner assists with airport transportation, rental car, babysitters and reservations at the resort's Kids' Klub as well as for special events and seasonal holiday activities.

The resort's extensive menu of activities includes treatments at its award-winning spa, tennis and golf, dining options from casual to elegant both on land and on water. Water excursions include kayaking, fishing, dolphin tours, sea life encounters, shelling and snorkeling tours as well as lunch trips to a barrier island. Scheduled transportation is available to beaches and shopping on Sanibel Island. The choices are endless!

With spectacular vistas of Sanibel and Captiva islands, resort guests may select from 400 spacious accommodations with views of waterways and mangrove preserves. The new Grande Bay at Sanibel Harbour, a 107-room concierge hotel within the resort, offers exclusivity with a focus on pampering and services. Meeting facilities include a 45,000-square-foot waterfront meeting and banquet facility with four ballrooms and 24 breakout rooms. Wi-Fi service throughout and beautiful décor offer guests and meeting attendees an exceptional experience.

The 40,000-square-foot spa includes 28 treatment rooms and more than 60 treatments. Guests enjoy a championship tennis complex, bayside beach and marina with daily cruises and watersports, supervised children's programs, access to nearby golf courses and a complimentary shuttle to Sanibel Island's famous beaches and attractions.

Guests enjoy dining options that offer choices in cuisine and atmosphere. The Banyan Room specializes in the flavors of the Mediterranean and has the ambiance of an old seaside plantation house library with sea grass and leather settees and tables draped in white with "old world" bamboo dining chairs. The Tarpon House offers waterfront seating along with a southern-inspired menu that draws specialties from the sea. Historical artifacts and photography accent the interior with the rich history of the area.

Courtside Steakhouse revives the beloved tradition of excellence and sophistication in a steakhouse restaurant. Guests will find extraordinary flavor-enhanced black angus beef, a 1,200-bottle wine cellar and private dining areas. For special dining on the water, The Sanibel Harbour Princess, a private 100-foot yacht offers nightly sunset dinner cruises and Sunday brunch.

Charley's Cabana Bar provides an island happy-hour spirit with views from every seat and a selection of flatbreads and tapas. On the lighter side, Palm Court Bakery features quality coffees and teas, pastries, desserts, gelato and specialty drinks. The Pelican Pool Bar & Grille is a refreshing poolside oasis specializing in salads, sandwiches, Chicago-style brat dogs, Sanibel Key limeade, cabana service and to go lunches for excursions.

For information and reservations, call (800) 767-7777, contact a travel professional or visit www.sanibel-resort.com.

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